Framing the Dialogue

Archive for September, 2011

Today’s Hottest Jobs

Kiplinger writers Martha Craver and Michael DeSenne have done the impossible and uncovered 10 hot jobs in an era of high unemployment. Even more unlikely one of the professions, and number four no less, is my profession. The “jobs” are ranked by the number of job seekers for every position open environmental engineers only have 1.15 active job seekers per opening according to Kiplinger. I was happy to see the 10-year growth projection at 31 percent though I don’t see a move to another employer in my future.

Cradle to Grave

My son recently bought a new bed. You’ll have to bear with me on this one, but I was thinking about that and its implications about growth and where we sleep or more importantly what we sleep on. He has lived on his own for years now, but still used his single bed much as he has since he was probably two years old. His move up to a double bed seemed like a life step. I know it’s just a bed, but think about what we sleep on.

A Game of Thrones

I am not sure how I missed this book for almost fifteen years because this is the type of book that I lived no growing up.  I’ll chalk it up to having seven, five, and two year old children. A Game of Thrones is in the genre of Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia and perhaps most closely to The Once and Future King by T.H. White.  Knights and valor abound with evil queens and betrayal.  George R. R. Martin has created a masterful world where the game of thrones is played with real men, real thrones, real blood, and real intrigue.

A Liberal Walks Into A Bar…

…And lowers it!

Lowering the bar gets A+ at city schools

Demonstrating the importance of a good education the City of Pittsburgh Public School Board decided that grades were so important that they would accept nothing less than a grade point average of 1.5 for any student wishing to participate in sports or other extracurricular activities (That’s D+ for those of you who grew up when I did).  We cannot have any football players ineligible because of low grades.  The “lowering the bar” part is because prior to this the bar was a full “C” or 2.0 grade point average.  That requirement must have decimated the ranks of the chess club and the forensics team.  Lest your heart (and mind) be too troubled by the lower standards any “students who are at a 1.5-1.99 GPA must take part in a probationary program aimed at getting them to a 2.0. If they haven’t achieved this in two semesters, they would be ineligible for activities including sports, band and club activities” unless there is a chance that a city football team can capture a state championship.  We wouldn’t want to deprive any kids of that honor.

It’s A Burgh Thing

If you are not a Pittsburgher you’ll still find this funny, but not as much.  You may recognize a little Dennis Miller to the comedy.  It is best enjoyed by someone that grew up in the city and even more if you have a few decades under your belt.  Pittsburgh’s Jim Krenn…

There are more videos at JimKrennRaw.