What’s a major worth?

Despite PayPal co-founder, Facebook funder, and venture capitalist Peter Thiel telling us we’re in an education bubble, a recent study and report by Georgetown University may suggest otherwise, with the bubble existing for only certain majors.

The Center on Education and the Workforce What’s It Worth report analyzes 171 majors in 15 categories. It tracks earnings by majors and provides key break-outs on questions of race and gender.

One key finding shows a 50% median salary difference for those obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree (Engineering, Computer Science, etc) versus a Bachelor of Arts degree (Humanities, Fine Arts, Psychology), with the former providing the highest median earnings.

The top 3 majors with the highest median earnings are: Petroleum Engineer ($120,000), Pharmacy/pharmaceutical Sciences ($105,000); Mathematics and Computer Sciences ($98,000). Lowest median salary majors include:  Counseling/Psychology ($29,000); Early Childhood Education ($36,000); Human Services and Community Organizations ($38,000); Social Work ($39,000).

Select findings can be found at: http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/whatsitworth-select.pdf

 

What's a major worth?

Despite PayPal co-founder, Facebook funder, and venture capitalist Peter Thiel telling us we’re in an education bubble, a recent study and report by Georgetown University may suggest otherwise, with the bubble existing for only certain majors.

The Center on Education and the Workforce What’s It Worth report analyzes 171 majors in 15 categories. It tracks earnings by majors and provides key break-outs on questions of race and gender.

One key finding shows a 50% median salary difference for those obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree (Engineering, Computer Science, etc) versus a Bachelor of Arts degree (Humanities, Fine Arts, Psychology), with the former providing the highest median earnings.

The top 3 majors with the highest median earnings are: Petroleum Engineer ($120,000), Pharmacy/pharmaceutical Sciences ($105,000); Mathematics and Computer Sciences ($98,000). Lowest median salary majors include:  Counseling/Psychology ($29,000); Early Childhood Education ($36,000); Human Services and Community Organizations ($38,000); Social Work ($39,000).

Select findings can be found at: http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/whatsitworth-select.pdf

 

Hot movies to see this summer

The line-up for this summer’s blockbusters is looking really good…if you’re a male geek.

Here’s my top 11 (w/ trailers and release dates)

Harry Potter – the final movie

Cowboys and Aliens

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

Super 8

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Captain America

Winnie the Pooh

TrollHunter

Mr. Popper’s Penguin

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Green Lantern

Release Dates

Opening Jun 10
Super 8
TrollHunter

Jun 17
Green Lantern
Mr. Popper’s Penguin

Jun 24
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

Jul 1
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Jul 15
Harry Potter – the final movie
Winnie the Pooh

Jul 22
Captain America

Jul 29
Cowboys and Aliens

Aug 5
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

A bunch of nerdy interviews

Are you a nerd?

It’s okay don’t answer. No need.

We control the internets and establish what is cool. No matter what everyone else thinks. Let’s just develop, design, and build away. Bit by bit we take over the world.

To help us along there is this really interesting site called the The Setup (aka usesthis.com). It features “a collection of nerdy interviews, asking people from all walks of life about the software and hardware they use.”

It should +1 your skills or at least give you a connection to the vast world of nerds out there. Like Ben Kamens the lead developer of the famous Khan Academy, Keven Kelly the cofounder of Wired magazine, Anil Dash, a million others, and not to mention Wiley Wiggins who smokes blindfolded.

 

Where have all the women with gray hair gone?

I miss my grandmas. I was lucky and I had two wonderful women. Neither was perfect but they loved me and taught me so much.

Now I look around and wonder, where have all the mature women gone?

Is there a role in our society for them. Or, does every women have to a seductress with perfect features. Maybe they can only exist as extensions of the family, as moms or grandmas.

Everyday I look I look for something more and don’t find it. It’s as if strong mature women have vanished from my life and possibly society as a whole. I can’t remember the last time I saw a woman under the age of 80 with gray hair.

What do you think happened to them. Am I just wailing about my own loss or living in the wrong area.

Are there others out there without this problem?

It doesn’t seem so. The problems evident at so many levels of society and in my own life cry out for a mature woman. All my experiences with my grandmas remind me of this.

They provided the glue that kept many things together. The advice in the face of foolhardiness. Love instead of fighting. And the memory of good times and bad that bind us together.

I don’t see a whole lot of that in America these days.

Who knows…maybe I’m crazy and the feminists have got it all figured out. They know what they’re doing. Shatter those glass ceilings and prove to the world what you’re capable of.

X-Men: First Class – hotness

All I needed to hear was that Kevin Bacon is in the movie. He’s playing against the two most powerful characters in the X-Men world (Professor Xavier, Magneto) as Sebastian Shaw. A world-class tycoon and his power is an ability to absorb and then use any sort of unleashed energy (any energy, even a nuclear bomb).

Sounds like a perfect plot, mutants and superheros pitched against Kevin Bacon. What more could you ask for?

Just so you know why I’m all Kevin Bacon, take a look at this story from the LA Times:

“A couple of years ago, Kevin Bacon needed a few degrees of separation from his fame…he went to a Hollywood makeup specialist…paid the $500 and then, with an anxious glee, he took his new rubber face…to experience an afternoon without autographs.

“You wouldn’t have recognized me if I was standing next to you,” Bacon said with a faraway expression. “It was really bizarre and I didn’t really like it. I didn’t like it at all. People cut in front of you and when you’re at a check-out counter it’s just … different. People weren’t all that nice to me. I’m just not used to it.”

Sitting in a quiet corner of a Brentwood restaurant, the actor shook his head, perhaps surprised at his own candor and then laughed at himself. “I can’t imagine life without it,” he added, referring to fame…”

The preview is pretty good too 🙂

Kanji and the art of calligraphy

The Japanese name for calligraphy is sho do, which most directly translates as “way of writing”.

I really want to go to Japan but not because I want to go on vacation. I want to go for the Imperial Gardens and the tasty noodles. You could say that I am utterly fascinated with this country and its culture.

Which is sad because it seems to be ultra trendy right now. As if Japan is so huge in America (not, I’m so huge in Japan). I guess this makes me a yuppster (hipster, yuppy) or just a really big dork.

Either way, I’m going full bore into the hole starting with learning the language. Having recently become bilingual (english/spanish) I’m feeling very haughty right now. It feels like any language no matter how complicated is within my grasp.

They key is knowing how to get into it. In high school they figured this was memorizing the alphabet and taking lots of vocab tests. Which failed even after  5+ years of Spanish classes. In the end what worked for me, believe it or not, was reading the newspaper out loud.

For about 6 months I read two newspapers from Spain that I subscribed to on my Kindle. In the beginning my comprehension was so limited that I barely knew the topic of each article. Then I started reading each one out loud and it clicked.

I suddenly began thinking in Spanish and my comprehension shot through the roof. In fact, it reached a tipping point where I just know Spanish and its not like how they say that if you don’t practice you lose it. Spanish is a part of me and I occaisonally do random things, like daydream in Spanish or randomly converse with people in Spanish.

This was pretty funny at first because I didn’t know I was doing it and I would get all embarrassed. Then I got into it and just went with it. It really is cool to have folks think you are a foreigner, or escape American drudgery by randomly talking with someone in Spanish.

The best book out there for Japanese calligraphy (click the picture to see it on Amazon)

With this newfound success I’m attacking Japanese and the key is calligraphy. The ancient art of writing things down. For some reason the Chinese and Japanese elevated writing to a high art form and they get all crazy about it. The book I ordered is teaching me about the “Four Treasures” and the cheap calligraphy set I ordered has meticulous detail on every piece.

In some ways it feels like painting, you know that feeling you get when focusing intently on making something beautiful envelops your mind pushing out all other distractions. But, there is no color and it’s all about technique. Hold the brush vertical, descend onto the paper at a 45 degree angle, slightly turn the brush, and lift off.

That makes a dot. A simple dot (called a ten). It’s the most basic of all moves and it requires four steps, a degree change, and a turn. Complicated but not hard. It’s more like an entry into a world of perfection where the goal is not to get it done but to marvel in the mastery of even the simplest move.

I have to say I love it. All throughout the book are the words: meditation, peace, zen, focus, perfection. I get to take a break from computers and websites by banishing all from my mind except the ten.

All the way I am learning Japanese. I have these dreams now of visiting Japan and being able to read street signs and store fronts. For some reason it awes me to simply be able to read Japanese street signs…so weird.

No matter though, I am learning a language through enjoyment and fun. I have found my key.

My Shumi Calligraphy Set (click the picture to see it on Amazon)

calligraphy papers (photo at top) by matsuyuki

2 Very Strong Words for Peter Corbett

After attending Thursday night’s 7th Ignite DC, I have two very strong words for Peter Corbett:

THANK YOU.

Closing the evening as the final talk, Peter reminded me and the other 300-some tech and innovation enthusiasts in the room that while DC may be, in Peter’s words, “the scrappiest mother fucking town,” we get shit done…we make things happen. It was one one of those talks that left you thinking, “I’ll have what he’s having.” It was inspiring.

Did he drink a Red Bull? Or chug a can of lentil soup? Who knows. If you weren’t there, you’ll have to wait until the talk is posted to understand (although you can check out the slides now). But even then, you might not understand, because Peter’s talk really wasn’t about what he was saying or how he was saying it, but who he was saying it to…a room, and more importantly, a community of people doing great things. Inspiring things. Things that are changing the world.

What Peter didn’t mention, although I know he knows exactly what I’m talking about, is success doesn’t happen over night. The road to it, in fact, is paved with No’s. And whole lot of blood, sweat and tears.

Sometimes it’s easy to give heed to the naysayers and the status-quo’ters. Sometime it feels like those chains aren’t moving fast enough. Sometimes doubt rears its ugly head at the most pivotal points in time.

And that’s when we need a jolt of enthusiasm, a shot of energy, a 5-minute talk of evangelism to remind us, we’re not crazy. Because the things we are facing as a community and more importantly as a society and civilization are going to require some big, crazy solutions and a lot of community support and action.

Peter’s talk was a much needed reminder that if others don’t think we’re crazy for doing what we’re doing, we’re not thinking big enough. The things that need to happen in the world require each of us doing our biggest, our best, our craziest…together.

So DC: What will you do? What are you waiting for? Who will tell your story?

And Peter, THANK YOU.

 

Swiss Design WordPress Theme

Both Amy and I think it’s beautiful.

I was searching for a new design that has one long text column and cool layout for the rest. It also has links for social media and a decent post layout.

Definitely using this for an upcoming project. Check out Smashing Magazine for this free theme and three others by designer Marios Lublinsky.

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Check out Marios help video as well (what a great idea!)