Hehe, I learned all this stuff playing master of orion:)
In a side note, america isnt the only place where all the jobs are drying up. In the last 6 months, I've found 4 IT-related jobs that didnt require a minimum of 5 years experience, and each one had over 150 applicants, despite the fact that these were smallish, local businesses.
I'm currently phoning all the colleges in the area begging for jobs. If this doesnt produce any reuslts, next stop is my local supermarket, stacking shelves :/