Still So Many Jobs…

Here’s a paradox you don’t hear much about: despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past 125 years. Why hasn’t human labor become redundant and our skills obsolete? In this talk about the future of work, economist David Autor addresses the question of why there are still so many jobs and comes up with a surprising, hopeful answer.

Still So Many Jobs…

Netflix Originals…

One lesson I am learning this year is that I don’t have to own something in order to enjoy it.  With that in mind, I have sold or traded away many (if not most) of my books, music, and (now) movies.  The ease of streaming movies and television shows has made hard copies unnecessary.  Subscriptions to Amazon Prime and Netflix are all that I seem to need.  I am looking for any recommendations on what to watch.  Share below!

Netflix Originals…

Coben the Stranger…

I had the chance over the holiday break to continue through Harlan Coben’s works (after about a year-and-a-half I am nearly finished) with The Stranger (a stand-alone story).  This book was full of twists and turns all the way to the very end (unfortunately the end was not necessarily the conclusion that I was hoping for – that is all I will say about that).
With that in mind, here is how I rank his works thus far….
  1. Caught (2011):  Alcohol and Unforgiveness
  2. The Woods (2007):  Camp and the KGB 
  3. Tell No One (2001):  Emails and the Inner-City
  4. Fade Away (1996):  The New Jersey Dragons and Unrealized Dreams
  5. Six Years (2013):  University Professors and Fresh Starts
  6. Live Wire (2011):  Ultrasounds and Lip-Synching
  7. No Second Chance (2003):  Shattered Windows and the Serbian Underground
  8. Just One Look (2004):  Family Photos and Big Hair Bands
  9. Promise Me (2006):  Transcripts and Teachers
  10. One False Move (1998):  The New York Dolphins and Old Mentors
  11. Hold Tight (2008):  Parental Controls and Prescription Drugs
  12. The Innocent (2005):  Self-Defense and Camera Phones
  13. Back Spin (1997):  The PGA US Open and Mysterious Kidnappings
  14. The Stranger (2014):  Lacrosse and Fake Pregnancies
  15. Seconds Away (2013):  Varsity Try-Outs and Movie Extras
  16. Long Lost (2009):  CNN Anchors and Stem Cell Research
  17. Shelter (2011):  Butterflies and Concentration Camps
  18. Stay Close (2012):  Suburbia and Secrets
  19. Death Do Us Part (2006):  Vows and Vengeance
  20. Missing You (2014):  Online Dating Sites and Taverns
  21. Gone for Good (2002):  Covenant House and Childhood Bullies
  22. Found (2014):  Steroids and Social Media
  23. The Final Detail (1999):  The New York Yankees and Failed Drug Tests
  24. Darkest Fear (2000):  Paternity Suits and Plagiarism
  25. Drop Shot (1996):  The ATP US Open and Gang Violence
  26. Deal Breaker (1995):  The New York Titans and Magazine Advertisements
  27. Play Dead (1990):  The Boston Celtics and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef
  28. Miracle Cure (1991):  The New York Knicks and HIV
With two books to go, I plan to next read another of Coben’s stand-alone stories – this one titled Fool Me Once.  Anyone read it yet?  If so, what did you think?
Coben the Stranger…

When Breath Becomes Air…

I recently listened to Paul Kalanithi’s bestseller titled When Breath Becomes Air.  I don’t believe that I have read something so honest, heartbreaking, and hopeful (all wrapped up into one work) in quite some time.  Like most books, I do not endorse or agree with all that the author suggests.  However, I am glad that I picked this memoir up.  At times, it felt more like the author was sitting right in front of me – pouring his heart out.  Highly recommended.

When Breath Becomes Air…

The Tide Continues to Roll…

For the sake of all those who are sick of Alabama winning, let’s hope that my college football postseason predictions are as bad as my preseason ones (fifty percent is a failing grade)…

Peach Bowl:  Alabama’s defense scores at least twice off of Washington turnovers.

Fiesta Bowl:  Clemson squeaks past Ohio State to return to the title game for a second consecutive year.

National Championship:  Ugh.  This game is no game from the second quarter on.  Roll Tide, again.

The Tide Continues to Roll…