Surviving the post-employment economy – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

In the United States, nine percent of computer science majors are unemployed, and 14.7 percent of those who hold degrees in information systems have no job. Graduates with degrees in STEM – science, technology, engineering and medicine – are facing record joblessness, with unemployment at more than twice pre-recession levels. The job market for law degree holders continues to erode, with only 55 percent of 2011 law graduates in full-time jobs. Even in the military, that behemoth of the national budget, positions are being eliminated or becoming contingent due to the sequester.

It is not skills or majors that are being devalued. It is people.

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the meerkat’s window – Commander Vimes didn’t like the phrase ‘The…

Commander Vimes didn’t like the phrase ‘The innocent have nothing to fear’, believing the innocent had everything to fear, mostly from the guilty but in the longer term even more from those who say things like ‘The innocent have nothing to fear’.

Terry Pratchett, Snuff (via bibliophilemartini)

Truer than ever, unfortunately. And more so every day, it seems….

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Chili for two

No pic, didn’t think about blogging this till later. It’s getting cold and I’ve been wanting chili but I’m the only one in the house who eats it. Usually I make a giant pot but that wasn’t going to work this time.  So I figured out how to make a small batch. It turned out pretty well but the seasoning was a little strong because I’m used to making much larger recipes.

  • 1/2 lb ground beef (I used the other half to make burger patties for the others.)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1 16oz can tomato sauce (about the size of a coke or soup can)
  • 1 can red beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt, cumin, and red pepper

Brown the ground beef with a little salt and cumin, drain and put in a bowl. Chop the onion and pepper small and cook with a little salt. Add the ground beef back in with the tomato sauce and beans. Season to taste, watching the salt. There’s some in the tomato sauce in addition to what you’ve already used. This is where I went wrong, forgetting I was only making a small batch.

It’s pretty simple but nice for a fast meal. I had enough for 2 good size bowls.


Procrastination is not typically a function of… | Angst Reaching Critical Levels

Procrastination is not typically a function of laziness, apathy or work ethic as it is often regarded to be. It’s a neurotic self-defense behavior that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth.

You see, procrastinators tend to be people who have, for whatever reason, developed to perceive an unusually strong association between their performance and their value as a person. This makes failure or criticism disproportionately painful, which leads naturally to hesitancy when it comes to the prospect of doing anything that reflects their ability — which is pretty much everything…

Because it is rewarding on the short term, procrastination eventually takes on the form of an addiction to the temporary relief from these deep-rooted fears. Procrastinators get an extremely gratifying “hit” whenever they decide to let themselves off the hook for the rest of the day, only to wake up to a more tightly squeezed day with even less confidence.

Once a pattern of procrastination is established, it can be perpetuated for reasons other than the fear of failure. For example, if you know you have a track record of taking weeks to finally do something that might only take two hours if you weren’t averse to it, you begin to see every non-simple task as a potentially endless struggle. So a modest list of 10-12 medium-complexity to-do’s might represent to you an insurmountable amount of work, so it feels hopeless just to start one little part of one task. This hones a hair-trigger overwhelm response, and life gets really difficult really easily. (via codenamecesare)

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Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social…

Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.

Quiet (Susan Cain)

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