Summer 2012 is here. Do you sense a faster
pace with more complexity and uncertainty?
In a recent conversation, a colleague and I were
chatting about preparing members for their future
careers. He thought it good to have leading experts
give presentations and publish them in books. Nice,
yet too slow. As soon as the book is published the
information is out of date. How about a blog?
As Vonnegut said, ‘and so it goes.’
Science and engineering establish laws and boundaries
and we find with ‘open architecture’ questioning, the
newer kind of investigation, that there are conditions
outside these boundaries. [Extreme-ophiles] Change
confounding change makes the unpredictable happen.
[Wired - Venter] One approach leads to
entrepreneur-ism and start up companies. [Lean Start
ups] How can a resume get noticed in such
environments? How can job seekers find
opportunities? [Monster contextual keyword searches]
SOFTWARE INTEGRATING KEYWORDS IN
CONTEXT REFINES RESUME SCREENING
SOURCE: Fast Company, April 2012, p. 7-8 and
It is not enough to have a listing of keywords in
today’s resumes. Software tools ‘resume screening
software’ looks for the “context” of the words. The
Fast Company published an ad by Monster about
the new tools that Monster uses. If Monster uses them,
other firms will have the equivalent.
Other links point to other helpful videos about searching.
START UP COMPANIES
SOURCE: Ted Greenwald, “The Upstart,” Wired, June,
Really liked the short-cut of lean start up lingo and
would recommend some ideas listed here. Four critical
terms are Iterate, Minimum viable product, Pivot,
and Vanity metrics/Actionable metrics. It leads to a
nifty business learning model, called the build-
measure-learn loop for industries in knowledge
EXTREME-O-PHILES BEING APPLIED
SOURCE: The Economist, May 12, 2012
B. Appleyard, Creatures that survive in extremes
in p. 11-14 in the pull-out section.
The earth is teeming with hyper-resilient
microbes that survive at extremes of heat,
pressure, radiation and salt/acid concentrations.
Extremeophile researchers encounter it’s
impossible frequently. Applications of their
findings have been eventful.
“In 2010 bacteria from cliffs in the village
of Beer in Devon were found to have lasted
553 days on the exterior of the international
space station.” implications for extraterrestrial
“An enzyme in Thermus aquatics TaqDNA polymerase
has become one of the most important in
microbiology. It makes possible the PCR technique
for amplifying DNA samples.”
are among several cited examples.
CHANGE UPON CHANGE
SOURCE: T. Goetz, Life Hacker: Craig Venter
Wired June 2012, P. 108
An aha: “I think the new anti-intellectualism
that’s showing up in politics is a symptom of our
not discussing these issues enough. We don’t
discuss how our society is now 100 per cent
dependent on science for its future. We need new
scientific breakthroughs– sometime to overcome
the scientific breakthroughs of the past. a hundred
years ago oil sounded like a great discovery. You
could burn it and run engines off it. I don’t think
anybody anticipated that it would actually change
the atmosphere of our planet. …”