Thursday, January 13, 2011

What overused resume phrases?

According to CNN, LinkedIn, the social networking site for professionals, has listed the ten most overused resume phrases.
With national unemployment at 9.8 percent, Americans are looking for ways to make their job applications stand out.

However, peppering résumés with tired or empty buzzwords probably isn't the recipe for becoming a standout job candidate.
I, for one -- with my extensive experience as an innovative, motivated, results-oriented, dynamic team player with a proven track record that speaks for itself and documents my achievements as a fast-paced, entrepreneurial problem solver -- have no idea what they're talking about

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Fog is often photographed in black and white (and gray), but that doesn't mean it really is

Fog Isn't Just about Monochromatic Black and White and Gray
For more examples, see Colors of the Fog, a set I posted on Flickr.

Footsteps in the snows of time

Binary Time and Date This Afternoon: 1023
Nice 10-digit binary string on the calendar today with a decimal expansion of 2¹º-1, or 1024-1=1023. 1024 is, of course, a number frequently encountered -- either directly, or as a factor -- in computer related things involving chips. For example, the "Large" size on Flickr is 1024 pixels wide. In honor of the occasion, I made this 1023 pixels wide and posted it on Flickr at 1:11:11, 1/11/11.

Serendipity strikes again -- looking up a date and finding an ekphrastic poem along the way

Looking It Up and Finding an Ekphrastic Poem Along the Way
"Red, Yellow, Blue II," Ellsworth Kelly, 1965, Milwaukee Art Museum

I'm a pushover for primary colors, especially in combination, so it's not surprising that I've always loved this Ellsworth Kelly work at the Milwaukee Art Museum. I was going to post this photo, but then wanted to add the work's date, and so I went to Google.

I found the date, alright, but I also found an ekphrastic poem -- one that is written in response to a work of art and tries to capture its spirit or essence. The poet, James Gapinski, thinks of Kelly's three colored rectangles as imprisoned within white, close but unable to touch or even really meet.. This inspired Gapinski to write "The Color of Life," which is about two people in an analogous situation. I enjoyed the poem and thought I'd pass on a link to a post at the JSOnline art blog, Art City, where you can read both the poem and Gapinski's essay about it.

There's also a link to an earlier post about the huge controversy that ensued when a suburban mommy blogger posted indignantly on her family blog about the same work, which she encountered on a visit with her young daughter, and which she described as "those primary colored rectangular pieces of crap."

It's sort of touching that they care so much about a 45-year-old modernist painting as to argue about it fiercely in Milwaukee -- where, apparently, one person's crap is another person's poem.

Monday, January 10, 2011


What a tragic weekend. Words fail me.

Especially after reading about the Insurrectionism Timeline at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence website.
On June 26, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court embraced the National Rifle Association's contention that the Second Amendment provides individuals with the right to take violent action against our government should it become "tyrannical." The following timeline catalogues incidents of insurrectionist violence (or the promotion of such violence) that have occurred since that decision was issued.
Check out the Insurrectionism Timeline for yourself. The incidents it documents make for troubling reading.

This morning Gabrielle Giffords' brother-in-law, astronaut Scott Kelly, observed a moment of silence for the victims in low earth orbit with the crew of the International Space Station and then made a brief statement.
"As I look out the window, I see a very beautiful planet that seems very inviting and peaceful," said Cmdr Kelly. Unfortunately, it is not. These days, we are constantly reminded of the unspeakable acts of violence and damage we can inflict upon one another, not just with our actions but also with our irresponsible words."

"We are better than this. We must do better," he said.