Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Future of Work: Stagnation, Automation ... Frustration

That's the title of an article in the Pacific Standard I heartily recommend. I also suggest checking out these Slashdot interview videos with publisher Tim O'Reilly.

I'm old enough and sick enough that I probably won't ever work full time again. You may not be so (un)lucky. I add the qualified "un" because everything I've done for money in the last 30+ years has been basically farting around, as in hobby stuff, and somehow I've been paid for it. Even now, retired, my side work is writing and video production. Complaints, Not a single one!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

No labor organizations made the 'top 10 Congressional bribers' list in Q2 2015

...but Google just made the cut.
                                                                                                                                                                              
U.S. Chamber of Commerce*
$22,970,000
American Medical Association
Boeing
General Electric
National Association of Realtors
Business Roundtable
National Association of Manufacturers
Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America
American Hospital Association
Google
This chart is from Maplight

Saturday, July 4, 2015

How the South Skews America

"Every year the Fourth of July is marked by ringing affirmations of American exceptionalism. We are a special nation, uniquely founded on high ideals like freedom and equality. In practice, however, much of what sets the United States apart from other countries today is actually Southern exceptionalism. The United States would be much less exceptional in general, and in particular more like other English-speaking democracies such as Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand were it not for the effects on U.S. politics and culture of the American South." Read the rest...

Friday, July 3, 2015

Speeding Up 3-D Printing

3-D printers can make objects that are impossible or expensive to make with molding, milling, and other conventional manufacturing processes. However, these printers work too slowly to be widely used in factories. Read the rest at Technology Review.

Leased LEDs and Energy Service Contracts can Cut Electric Bills (Video)

I first heard of Consumer Energy Solutions from a non-profit's IT guy who was boasting about how he got them to lease him LED bulbs for their parking lot and the security lights at their equipment lot -- pretty much all their outdoor lighting -- for a lot less than their monthly savings on electricity from replacing most of their Halogen, fluorescent, and other less-efficient lights with LEDs. And electricity option contracts can save on utility bills, too. See the video on Slashdot.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Too good for American Idol

When I first heard Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams, I knew neither of them would win American Idol. Too.... jazz. Too... swing. But a good fit with PostModern Jukebox? Oh, yeah!

Imagine a 'Confederate Flag Parade' where they have a multiple rear-ender

Damn. These people are sure proud to be white. Oy!

Monday, October 27, 2014

FLORIDA’S LARGEST CREDIT UNION LAUNCHES PAY IT FORWARD DAY

This is a press release I'm running  without preamble or rewriting. They're doing a cool thing!

TAMPA, FLA. (Oct. 27, 2014) – Suncoast Credit Union launched its inaugural Pay It Forward Day on October 18, 2014. This initiative was designed to inspire employees to perform intentional acts of kindness and positively impact the communities where employees live, work and play.