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.

http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts

http://www.manpowergroup.com/talent-shortage-explorer/

Hummingbird

Just surfing the web tonight and looking at some task chairs. You might have heard of some, like Hermann Miller’s Aeron. It was kind of a big deal.

There’s a place not too far from where I live that deals in refurbished office furniture.

I digress.

Google let loose a new update that’s supposed to make changes to the way that its search engine can display shit. If memory serves me correctly, the search geniuses looked at the types of things that human beings would search for. Queries are typically structured in a limited number of formats, and a machine ought to make sense of what a question is demanding.

Anyways, they’re plowing ahead with moves towards a smarter web. The Semantic Web. (Go Google this up, and let me know what you think).

I’m not sure how to take this news. Still researching, to be sure. However, a smarter web is a better web.

FAQ: All About the New Google “Hummingbird” Algorithm – http://searchengineland.com/google-hummingbird-172816
Why Google’s New Hummingbird Algorithm is Good News for Serious Content Creators – http://www.copyblogger.com/google-hummingbird/

I will do a post to detail some of the changes that I imagine Hummingbird will bring — just a little experiment.

Additionally, I have added a contact form to this site.

Hardware Business

Today’s reading list:

http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/09/the-hardware-revolution-will-not-be-hyped-heres-what-itll-take-to-make-this-really-happen/

http://marcbarros.com/build-brand-awareness-first-distribution-second

Thoughts for Reflection

Even with 3D printing’s rise in popularity & accessibility, rapid prototyping remains a difficult task in hardware

Crowd-funding is a lot friendlier than raising equity the old way

The best specs don’t make the winner

Really Cool .GIFs

http://www.wired.com/design/2013/09/the-rise-of-subtle-tasteful-and-commissioned-animated-gif-illustrations/

Robin Davey for WIRED Italia
A lovely animated GIF by illustrator Robin Davey for WIRED Italia.