A few entries ago I wrote about a movie called Waiting For Superman. Today I learned that Jeff Skoll is the man behind it. He funds movies with an angle beyond entertainment; his movies inform, potentially leading to social activism. His films include: Good Night, and Good Luck, North Country, Syriana, An Inconvient Truth, Murderball, [...]
Autumn begins at Wednesday September 22, 2010 at 11:09 PM ET, but I’ve already felt it. I recently sat at a family friend’s bare dining room table. I looked out the window to avoid seeing the pain in
his eyes. The setting sun created an epilogue hue – uneasy and fated.
My friend was mentally torn down. He said “I don’t know what to do? I’m 51 years old and without a job.” I slowly nodded my support. “I wish I had known.” His words trailed off and a deep breath was
He’s a divorced father of two: a boy who’s six and a daughter all of nine.
It’s back to school time. Parents have spent precious dollars getting their kids backpacks, notebooks, new clothes, and other supplies. But I’ve observed first hand that many teachers also spend getting ready for school. Often times there’s the perfect lesson that needs this or that to be perfect. Or there’s a student or two who [...]
Here are the job market and compensation numbers for August 2010 (based on the job report): Net loss of 54,000 jobs in the month (revised to a loss of 57,000 workers) Census workers accounted for a loss of 114,000 jobs as they rolled off the federal payrolls (143,000 census workers were released last month) Private [...]
There are 1440 minutes in a day. That’s 120 opportunities, in one day, to consume a video from Salman Khan. He’s a game changer for education. He started The Khan Academy , a video tutorial service using only Youtube and his knowledge base. There are 1600+ videos and each one usually runs a little more [...]
The smart people over to Informationisbeautiful.net created something called a The Billion Dollar-o-Gram . Its a Treemap. I don’t
visually get why its called that, but it’s the method for displaying heirarchical data by using nested rectangles.
What I like about it is the relationships. Understanding proportions when talking about big numbers is difficult, so an illustration like the one below helps immensely, especially when people mention
a few billion spent on this or a few billion going on that.
One more item about their work, they provide a link to all their supporting data
There’s a lot in the news lately about the George W. Bush tax cuts that are set to expire. These cuts were part of a larger tax cut program Bush put into place during the years 2001 through 2003. The only part of the tax cuts that is still up for debate is the tax [...]
Here are the job market and compensation numbers for July 2010 (based on the job report): Net loss of 131,000 jobs in the month (revised to a loss of 66,000 jobs) Census workers accounted for a loss of 143,000 jobs as they rolled off the federal payrolls Private sector payrolls increased by 71,000 Analysts expected [...]
The above illustration shows the ramping up of volume of trades on the FSTE starting in late 1997. There is an economic purpose for these markets, but at that volume is it really weeding out the
wheat from the chaff which is the point?
Working Thoughts 8/2/07
We are social animals. Culture and norms nudge our behaviors toward being part of a team or at least not disrupting the herd too much. But one of the most important times to be selfish is during a job change. It’s vital to maximize these changes for every market value dollar out there. It’s so [...]