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  Thursday, August 21, 2003

Jenny caught it before I did: Business 2.0's September issue heralds a coming job boom, brought on by the impending retirement of the boomer generation--and there aren't enough educated workers in subsequent generations to fill the gap, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Biz 2.0 also lists the top in-demand occupations and the highest-growth parts of the country.

Here's my comment to Jenny's post:

I've never been accused of being an optimist, but . . . BLS classifies technical writers in with Writers and Editors. However, a case could be made that what we do also falls into the Desktop Publisher classification--which is number 6 of the top ten growth occupations. Tie that with the high-tech bent of the other top occupations and there might be reason for joy in our part of the world.

I also appreciated the article's listing of high-growth cities. Short of leaving the country, Florida is already pretty high on my list of states to move to. Demographically, I fall into that group of boomers that threatens to retire, thus precipitating the job crisis described; but the likelihood of my actually retiring with small children in school is close to nil. I therefore see some reason for hope that I'll actually be able to afford to get these kids into college before I do retire (or die).

Unfortunately, Business 2.0's web site doesn't have the article up yet, and when it does it will likely be behind a subscriber (the magazine or AOL) wall. And they don't seem to have an RSS feed either. Bummer. Between my former favorite business rag, Fast Company, and Biz 2.0, the latter is my current favorite, despite its relationship to the AOL/TW mega-biz.

Note also that this issue of Biz 2.0 includes a tear-out primer on how to offshore, in case one (a business person, say) had the inclination. Remember that the rag's angle is for the profit-hungry mogul, not us weary wage-slaves.

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The local bowling alley, Cabrillo Lanes, closed up at the end of April due to some fairly unclear real-estate dealings that were going to turn the property into a Toyota dealership. Seems that's not in the cards near-term, so some folks pooled their bucks and talents subleased the lanes and spruced the place up, and it reopened yesterday. Warren and I bowled three practice games this afternoon, warming up for a junior/adult tournament in Reno this weekend. So if you're anywhere in the vicinity and enjoy a good bowl now and then, please patronize Cabrillo Lanes in Watsonville: 831-722-7210.
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Cory Doctorow points to a new and timely tome which asks a question that's been on my mind a lot lately:

Beyond Fear: Required reading for Ashcroft's America. One of the books I'm delighted to have had the chance to read here is Bruce Schneier's latest, Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World.

In Beyond Fear, Schneier has utterly demystified the idea of security with a text aimed squarely at nontechnical individuals. He takes his legendary skill at applying common sense and lucidity to information-security problems and applies it to all the bogeymen of the post-9/11 world, and asks the vital question: What are we getting in exchange for the liberties that the Ashcroftian authorities have taken away from us in the name of security?  Link Discuss [Boing Boing Blog]

The question bears repeating: What are we getting in exchange for the liberties that the Ashcroftian authorities have taken away from us in the name of security?

Yes, I've ordered the book. It will go to the top of the pile of intended reading that haunts my nights and weekends.

7:15:04 PM    Questions? Comments? Flames? []

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." 

 Douglas Adams. [Quotes of the Day]

This one's a long-time favorite of Silicon Valley denizens. I've watched so many arbitrary deadlines go by this year it's a wonder my head doesn't spin. Or maybe it does--that could explain a lot. . .

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