On the Job Search

It’s a job in and of itself, isn’t it..

Peter Cappelli’s article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Why Companies Aren’t Getting the Employees They Need”, October 2011: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052970204422404576596630897409182

Peter Cappelli’s book, Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs: The Skills Gap and What Companies Can Do About It, 2012

“To get a job, you have to have that job already. It’s a Catch-22 situation for workers — and it’s hurting companies and the economy”

Don Peck’s article in The Atlantic entitled “They’re Watching You at Work”: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/12/theyre-watching-you-at-work/354681/

Technology is a wonderful thing. It is not a replacement for face-to-face communication.

James Pethokoukis, Money & Politics columnist-blogger for the American Enterprise Institute, asks.. “Will robots terminate the US middle class? A Q&A with Tyler Cowen, author of ‘Average is Over'”: http://www.aei-ideas.org/2013/11/will-robots-terminate-the-us-middle-class-a-qa-with-tyler-cowen-author-of-average-is-over/

If you ever need an alternative source for any measure of economic health in the US, see Shadowstats. The unemployment charts are worth a good, hard look.



Release Early …

I sincerely apologize to anyone who has come to my website looking for petroleum engineering notes only to find a long series of stubs.

The good news today is that I have started releasing new content. You’ll find content for ES2013 – Statics, PE2113 – Rock Properties, PE3023 – Reservoir Engineering, and PE3013 – Computer Applications in Petroleum Engineering available now.

If you come across any broken links or other problems, contact me.


The Best Task Chairs on the Market. Period.

This is not going to be a typical post. It aims to address two things:

  1. The Best Task Chairs on the Market
  2. Google Hummingbird, and what it may mean

The Best Task Chairs

Presented in no particular order and selected based on crowd wisdom. There are bigger lists out there with cheaper chairs.

  • Herman Miller Aeron
  • Herman Miller Embody
  • Humanscale Freedom
  • Steelcase Leap

Hummingbird and Task Chairs

A brief journey into the current state of web search: after finding this list of the best task chairs on the market today, I decide that I must gather some more information so that I can make a decision on which chair is best for me. I would enter the search with the aim of gathering as much useful information as possible — anything that can aid in making a selection.

This first link is an example of a webpage that would have done alright historically owing to its liberal use of keywords and links. Never mind that most of the presented content is likely the result of content scraping, which has been seeded with affiliate links. Such a webpage, given the right incentive and low advertising cost, can be a real money-maker.

A smarter Google will pay more attention to the manufacturer’s webpage ie. http://www.steelcase.com/en/products/category/seating/task/leap/pages/adjustability.aspx

It will also be able to directly interpret the data from sites like this:

The tangible benefit to search engine users being easier access to structured data in ways that add value. I am talking specifically of data presentation that is able to do a good deal of leg work.