Tuesday, May 10, 2005

A Website worth viewing

If you enjoy reading odd news articles, weird stories, or enjoy talking about them, the boy do I have a site for you. Head on over to Fark.com. Heck of a place. With the ability to make your own comments and engage in flamewars, why go to CNBC or Fox News when Fark has it all. Probably the most entertaining part of it all is the photoshop contests. Personally, Yammering_Splat_Vector and Cranberry_Zero are two of the more unique artists. But don't take my word for it. Spend a week checking it out and you'll be hooked.

Well it has been a while

Why do we constantly judge our lives by our posessions? Each time we enter someone else's house, we compare the stereo equipment and televisions to the ones in our own home. We think that because our neighbor has that new 52-inch rear-projection HDTV they must be happier or better off than we are. We go back home, stare at our own 52-inch widescreen non-HDTV and wonder where we went wrong. We live vicariously through others in the hopes that through their happiness, we may also become content in our own lives. It has become, over the years, more important to own the biggest and baddest things in order to fulfill some ideology that we have convinced ourselves we must live by. My hope is that one day, we will no longer take our lives so seriously that laughter is vacant and that spending money is the only thing that makes us smile. When will we learn that spending time with friends and family, that a good joke, that eating a hotdog at a baseball game, is much more fulfilling than watching the latest episode of Survivor in high definition.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Degree vs Life-experience

I started to write this entry about more dumb people. I was almost done with it when I realized that I was just repeating the last entry basically. Then this topic hit me. I was discussing the pros and cons of getting a degree in todays society with a good friend of mine. We both agree, that in today's marketplace, employers are searching more for experience than education. I have a friend, we'll call him "Jim", that has a degree and is having problems finding a decent job. Jim is a bit delusional. He believes that a degree guarantees him a job that pays 40k or more a year starting off. Granted, they are out there. He is struggling to find a job. Myself, having no degree, could find another job at the drop off a hat most of the time. Why, you ask? EXPERIENCE. Since leaving the army in 99, I have worked full time. I've started at the bottom, and worked my way up. That's life. I know that, Jim doesn't. Or he doesn't want to believe that. Either way, reality is setting in. My other friend and I both can name dozens of Directors, Regional VPs, and the like, without degrees. There are at least 3 higher-ups(VPs, etc) in a major video retailer with NO COLLEGE HOURS on their resume. Again, I tried explaing to Jim why this is so. Experience. I've gone over hundreds of resumes looking to hire people before. What's the first thing most employers look at? Experience. Why? Because they want to spend the least amount of money training someone as possible. For example. 2 men walk into an office for an interview. We'll say twin brothers just so there cant be any contention of race discrimination and such. One brother, Alex, just graduated from college with a degree in business, working his way through college as a waiter. The other, Bill, has spent the past 4 years working as an assistant in office. They are both applying for the same job. Alex, with his business degree, and Bill with his office experience. Which gets hired? Bill would get hired 99.9% of the time because they employer knows he won't have to train Bill 1/10th the amount that he will Alex. I'm sorry, but that's business. Training costs money. I just wish someone would help explain that to Jim. Or get him some medication for when he truly experiences the real world, cause he's gonna need it.

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