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Why Life-long Learning?

A skills and knowledge gap is keeping unemployment high.

UPDATE: This New York Times article titled, "Skills Don't Pay the Bills" at first blush seems to be painting a position opposite of my post, saying that American employers have lowered wages so low that it doesn't matter what skills you have, workers can't afford to work for them. However, if you read to the last line of the article, you'll see the conclusion is the same: we need to get better at learning at all ages and levels -- fast -- if the USA wants to stay a world-player in the 21st century.

We've all heard the mantra of "jobs, jobs, jobs." We hear the stories of companies they receiving hundreds of resumes for every job opening advertised. This naturally creates the idea that jobs are scarce out there.

But did you know that there are presently 3.6 MILLION job openings in America right now? (As of the last day of September, 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Job Openings and Labor Turnover Report, Nov 6, 2012.) And that number has remained unchanged since August.


What is Lojban: Description & Links

From the introductory book, "What is Lojban?":

Lojban (/LOZH-bahn/) is a constructed language. Originally called ‘Loglan’ by project founder Dr. James Cooke Brown, who started the language development in 1955, the goals for the language were first described in the article Loglan in Scientific American, June 1960. Made well-known by that article and by occasional references in science fiction and computer publications, Loglan/Lojban has been built over four decades by dozens of workers and hundreds of supporters, led since 1987 by The Logical Language Group.


Blog channeling chart for busy bloggers

The downside to the many easy, instant and cool blogging platforms on the Internet is that it is really easy for Internet-active folks to suddenly discover they have started a few too many blogs, joined a few too many social networks, and have created too many points of presence to keep up well.

I have a one-page chart that anyone can make that has helped me manage two things: keeping focus and awareness on my important blogs, and easily channeling blog post ideas to the right blog.