Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 17, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #29

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #29

“Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.”

– Calvin Coolidge

My two cents, but please share yours:

Does the middle class count as the weak or the strong in this era?

Techie Corner – 2017 – Post #11 – Future Technical Jobs Exercise

We’ve all heard about the jobs that will be lost during the emerging-technology revolution. But how do we figure out what new jobs will be created?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Here’s a little exercise we can do for ourselves.

  • Step 1 – Pick an emerging technology (such as a robot that cleans houses, a 3-D printer that prints three scoops of ice cream in a sugar cone, or a quantum dot).
  • Step 2 – Imagine yourself using this gadget, this new piece of technology, today.
  • Step 3 – Ask what sort of companies would make this new gadget. Make a list.
  • Step 4 – Ask who would these companies need to employ. Make a list. Include everyone from CEO to gardener.
  • Step 5 – Ask who would help you to use this gadget. Make a list. Include everyone from those who help with setup to those in online customer service.
  • Step 6 – Ask who would fix this gadget if it developed a glitch. Make a list.
  • Step 7 – Ask who would dispose of this gadget when it has outlived its usefulness. Make a list.

There are hundreds of new technologies arriving now or coming soon. Doing this exercise on the back of an envelope for even a few of these will make it clear just how many new jobs are coming.

This is also a great exercise for those who are trying to figure out where they want to work in the near future. First, explore online many of the disruptive technologies that are coming. Then, run through this exercise for those technologies that seem the most intriguing.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 17, 2017

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #4

Rise of the Layoff Generation – Post #4

What is the first step for an individual returning to the workforce?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The Layoff Generation, ages forty-five to sixty-five in 2017, experienced the negative forces of layoffs, economic downturns, inflation (food, clothing, etc.), and skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles. Many in this generation have been left unable to bridge to retirement. They must now seek income streams to correct their financial gaps.

In order to return to the workforce, members of the Layoff Generation will first need to refresh and retrain themselves affordably, placing a particular emphasis on technology and writing skills.

Whether one is refreshing algebra or learning a new computer language (such as R), which didn’t exist a decade or two ago, there are still many free and inexpensive options available. The following list should help with getting started.

  • Shaun’s Outlines (used book stores) – These are best, since they include solved problems and supplementary problems with answers to practice on.
  • For Dummies books – Request a retired teacher or technologist to help you generate practice problems and answers.
  • Old high school and college textbooks (in an attic or from a used bookstore)
  • Khan Academy (online courses)
  • Free online courses sponsored by colleges and universities
  • Online classes given by associations in various fields (such as Romance Writers of America and Lawson’s Writers Academy for writers)

When retraining oneself, it is important to track down a friend or neighbor, who has recently retired from teaching. We all get stuck from time to time and need advice.

Soon, more options will become available as demand for continuing education and retraining grows.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 7, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #28

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #28

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”

– Emily Post

My two cents, but please share yours:

But it doesn’t hurt to know which fork to use as well.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 7, 2017

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #7

Picoblog Question – 2017 – Post #7

What is the best gift one can give this year to make the world a better place?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For decency and professionalism (not political correctness, which violates freedom of speech), I’m voting for Emily Post’s Etiquette, 19th Edition: Manners for Today. This latest edition was published on April 25, 2017.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 7, 2017

Movie Corner – 2017 – Post #7 – Perfect for July

Movie Corner – 2017 – Post #7 – Perfect for July

What movie would be perfect to watch in July?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For July, I always select the musical 1776 (1972), featuring William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, and Ken Howard. This movie is both delightful and patriotic.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 1, 2017

Happy Independence Day – July 4, 2017!

Wishing all of my friends, near and far,

Happy Independence Day – July 4, 2017!

Enjoy the Celebration!

Cheers, Ashley

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 1, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #27

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #27

“If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen.”

– Ronald Reagan

My two cents, but please share yours:

All 325.32 million of us!!!

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | July 1, 2017

Third Quarter Debt Check – 2017

Third Quarter Debt Check – 2017

For 3Q17, what is the current national debt, GDP, and population of the U.S.A.?

My two cents (but please share yours):

National debt =  was $19.95 trillion (1/3/17) and is now $19.96 trillion

GDP = was $18.75 trillion (1/3/17) and is now $19.10 trillion

U.S. population = was 325.32 million (1/3/17) and is now 325.32 million

Hint:  ( http://www.usdebtclock.org/ )

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 26, 2017

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #26

Favorite Quotes – 2017 – Post #26

“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”

– Dr. Seuss

My two cents, but please share yours:

Is it almost July already?

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