Last week I went to Albuquerque for a job interview with the visualization group at Sandia National Labs. After my ordeal with NVIDIA starting last October, I wasn't holding out much hope... which made the results all the more enjoyable. They treated me like a respected guest instead of sitting me down in a very small room and hammering at me hour after hour. They said "We've seen your resume and your work. It's pretty impressive. We also want to get to know what you're like as a person and how you interact with us." instead of NVIDIA's "Okay, kid, let's see what you're made of." They showed me all kinds of neat projects that are going on. I get the impression that the interview was as much to convince me to come work with them as it was for them to evaluate me.
I'm pretty pleased with the way it turned out. I have high hopes for the outcome. It's always possible that someone twice as impressive as I am will come for an interview the day after I go home, but there's nothing at all I can do about that. I will go so far as to say that I put the bar up pretty high for my hypothetical competition. I've also heard that they do indeed have funding for this position and are looking for a person to fill it, as opposed to interviewing someone for whom they might try to find money if they're sufficiently impressed.
So now I wait. The paperwork to generate an offer letter is waiting on someone who's presently on jury duty. Here's hoping for a short trial.