The newscast below provides an interesting and instructive overview of the potential for Marcellus shale natural gas exploration and development in Pennsylvania.
This bit is even nerdier
19 minutes ago
A practice differs considerably from an exercise or a technique. A practice intends to develop new capacities by developing dimensions of attention and objects of attention that go beyond usual forms of consciousness. An exercise such as group work may, under certain conditions, produce a momentary experience of a new dimension, but there will not be enough inner strength of will to continue to experience that dimension. And techniques tend to be manipulative, often attempting to make something happen rather than helping others to discover what lies within their own abilities.
It will come as no surprise to most readers that America’s primary and secondary schools are widely seen as failing. High school graduation rates, while improving, are still far too low, and there are steep gaps in achievement between middle class and poor students. Even in the midst of high unemployment rates, business owners are struggling to find graduates with sufficient skills in reading, math, and science to fill today’s jobs. School districts, teachers’ unions, and parents are engaged in fierce debates over the best way to rein in climbing costs and improve standards. Meanwhile, progress is frustratingly slow, if in fact what is taking place represents progress at all....
The domestic consequences of a weak education system are relatively well known... A world-class education system is vital to preserving not just the country’s physical security but also to reinforcing the broader components of American leadership, such as economic dynamism, an informed and active democracy, and a coterie of informed professionals willing and able to live and serve around the world....
In international tests of literacy, math, and science, American students rank far below the world’s leaders in Finland, South Korea, and Shanghai....
This failure and its consequences are not theoretical; they are real and already having a noticeable impact on individual students, particularly the neediest students for whom education is the only "intervention" capable of putting them on track to a better life, as well as on U.S. competitiveness, readiness, and future prospects. In short, America’s failure to educate is affecting its national security.
General Electric (GE) is opening a new chapter in management philosophy. The conglomerate that once groomed jack-of-all-trades generalists is now betting on deep industry experts instead.... The shift is a change in philosophy at a corporation that for decades had made a rigorously applied but generic management tool kit central to its identity. Like all companies, GE wants some of both traits in its leaders, but the balance has tipped toward expertise.Read More
The Weller is 107 square feet, not including the porch. The gable over the offset front door gives the Weller a distinctive look as well as a little extra loft space inside. The exterior dimensions are approximately 7' wide x 18' long. At the roof line, the Weller is 9'6" wide and 20' 6" long; and it stands at 11'2" tall (not including the foundation). The downstairs has a ceiling height of 6'6", and the loft height is 3'."Build it Yourself" plans for the Weller Home can be purchased for $99.00. Follow the link below for details, including the floor plan.
Being an intellectual had more to do with fashioning fresh ideas than with finding fresh facts. Facts used to be scarce on the ground anyway, so it was easy to skirt or ignore them while constructing an argument. The wildly popular 18th-century thinker Jean-Jacques Rousseau, whose disciples range from Robespierre and Hitler to the anti-vaccination crusaders currently bringing San Francisco to the brink of a public health crisis, built an entire philosophy (nature good, civilization bad) on almost no facts at all. Karl Marx studiously ignored the improving living standards of working-class Londoners — he visited no factories and interviewed not a single worker — while writing Das Kapital, which declared it an “iron law” that the lot of the proletariat must be getting worse. The 20th-century philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend boasted of having lectured on cosmology “without mentioning a single fact.”Read More
Employment consists of all persons who, during the reference week (the calendar week including the twelfth day of the month), (a) did any work at all (at least 1 hour) as paid employees, worked in their own business or profession or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of the family, or (b) were not working but had jobs or businesses from which they were temporarily absent because of vacation, illness, bad weather, childcare problems, maternity or paternity leave, labor-management dispute, job training, or other family or personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off or were seeking other jobs.... The civilian noninstitutional population consists of persons 16 years of age and older residing in the 50 States and the District of Columbia who are not inmates of institutions (for example, penal and mental facilities and homes for the aged) and who are not on active duty in the Armed Forces.Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Interviewing TipsLooks like Foxconn has tough interviewing standards for prospective employees. Follow the link below to learn more about career opportunities at FoxConn.
There are three main steps in the interview process: preparation, the interview itself, and follow-up. Foxconn offers these suggestions for handling each step well, and some predictors of interview success or failure.
- Know the exact place and time of the interview, the interviewer's full name and the correct pronunciation, and his or her title.
- Research pertinent facts about the company, such as annual sales revenue, main businesses and products, and locations. A visit to the company's web site or a short web search often provide this information.
- Be ready to discuss how the job might impact your immediate and longer-term career growth.
- Determine 6 to 10 questions you want to ask in the interview. This will help you understand the company better, and it lets the interviewer know you are serious about the job.
- Review the job description, your resume, and cover letter.
- If appropriate, prepare a portfolio of your best work. This is expected in visual arts, writing, or editing. Programmers can use screen captures, diagrams, and short descriptions of applications or other projects they've handled.
- Rehearse answering some questions related to your resume or the career field that you think might be asked.
- Wear proper business attire, be enthusiastic, and greet the interviewer by name, with a solid handshake and a smile.
- Wait until you are offered a chair before sitting. Sit upright, and look alert and interested. Focus your attention on the interviewer at all times.
- Follow the interviewer's leads, but try to get him/her to describe the job and duties early, so you can apply your abilities to the position throughout the interview.
- Don't smoke, even if the interviewer does and offers you a cigarette. Do not chew gum.
- Remember that the interviewer is the mechanism the potential employer uses to determine a "right match."
- Don't forget that the interview also is crucial for you to determine whether the job is right for you. It may turn out not to be a good fit.
- Don't lie, or make unnecessary derogatory remarks about your present or former employers. Limit your comments, if you are asked, to those necessary to adequately convey why you left or are seeking different employment.
- Don't over-answer the questions, especially if the interviewer directs the discussion into politics or other controversial issues.
Predictors of success
- Within one day, be sure to send a thank you letter to the interviewer. If you were interviewed by two people, send two different letters. If you were interviewed by several people, you can send one letter to the main person supervising the hiring process. Thank him/her for the interview and for the other interviews, and ask that your appreciation be extended to the other interviewers.
- All letters should mention the name of the position and interview date.
- Indicate that you are still interested in the position (or not, if that is the case).
- If possible, mention something you learned or discussed in the interview. Let the interviewer know you can be reached by phone or email, and list your email address and phone number.
Predictors of failure
- Ability to communicate clearly
- Demonstrated teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills
- Career-related work experience
- Knowledge of the hiring organization
- Ask good questions
- Flexibility and enthusiasm
- People skills
- Professional appearance
- Ambitious and motivated
- Lack of qualifications
- Inability to communicate clearly
- Small evidence of prior achievement
- Lack of knowledge about or interest in the organization
- Unwillingness to relocate
- Appear overbearing, overaggressive, conceited
- Too much emphasis on money and benefits
- Failure to follow-up
America has painted itself into a corner. Unaffordable demands for social services have led to trillion-dollar deficits, but most political leaders are unwilling to propose a real solution for fear of alienating voters who want it all. Special interests maintain a death grip on the status quo, making it hard to fix things that everyone agrees are broken.....Read More
Change is not a remote contingency, however....
Change occurs not incrementally but in big shifts. The relative stability over the past half century is misleading. What appears to be an immutable way of governing..., is just a temporary lull between episodes of big change....
Over the past 100 years, America has made three dramatic shifts in the role of government: The Progressive era at the turn of the last century, ending laissez faire; the New Deal in the 1930s, instituting social safety nets; and the rights revolution of the 1960s. Each of these represented a radical expansion of the reach of government into society....
The challenge of the 21st century is to pull government back from daily choices while still allowing it to provide regulatory oversight and safety nets. We must discipline government's appetite for social control, and push it away from the heaping table of unaffordable mandates and bloated regulation....
Like it or not, America will change its way of governing. The growing crisis of authority will force us to start over....
The villain that keeps America stuck in a swamp is an underlying presumption about government decision-making, no less insidious because it rules from our preconceptions rather than from a palace. To get out of this mess, we must depose it, and embrace a new way of making public choices.
One problem with the usual approach to education at all levels is that it mostly consists of having someone learn something not because he at the moment has any need to know it but because someone else told him to learn it, possibly on the grounds that the knowledge or skill will be useful at some time in the future. It is much easier to get someone to actually learn something if it is of immediate use to him. The best way of learning a computer language, in my view, is not to start by working your way through the manual but to start with a program you want to write. You then have an immediate incentive to learn what you need to write it, and immediate feedback as to whether you have succeeded.Read More
The higher levels of government spending associated with war tends to generate some positive economic benefits in the short-term, specifically through increases in economic growth occurring during conflict spending booms. However, negative unintended consequences occur either concurrently with the war or develop as residual effects afterwards thereby harming the economy over the longer term.Read More
Compressed 03 continues my interest in telling stories through analog visual effects - everything in the film was made with physical materials and tools in my studio. By using frame by frame stop motion and time lapse techniques, fluid dynamics and magnetism are transformed into majestic explosions and seething storms.Learn More