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  1. The correct format is: 1. Use bullet points unless numbers make more sense c. go ahead and mix stuff up 4. and do it in Comic Sans
  2. Chief Jr. is also one practical, get-it-done motherfucker. He's going to succeed starting the moment he gets in the door. He's not just a problem-solver, he's a problem-anticipator, which means he solves shit before it BECOMES a problem. His only challenge will be making sure the braindead higher-ups see the real value he brings, instead of doing something like saying "well, Dipshit McGee turned in 12 problem solution sheets last month, Chief Jr. only turned in one," not realizing that's because Dipshit McGee helped create all 12 problems that he "solved," whereas Chief Jr. didn't have to solve much because he kept shit from becoming problems. I don't know how he is at the politicking part of things, but that's where he's going to have to make things work -- the rest of it is going to come easy to him.
  3. ^^^ probably would raise more money as an Onlyfans. Then again, as I understand it, most every website would. The internet is a pretty damn consistent place.
  4. Went back for round 2 as a snack:
  5. Liar. It was never open in the first place.
  6. I suspect it's a lot closer to home. First, it's people from even poorer local countries (think Moldova, Kosovo)? Then....Africans and Middle East (Syrian refugees etc.). But that's just my hypothesis. I remembered being surprised when we stayed in Vienna, and the housekeeper who came to our AirBNB was Serbian. Came to find out that lots of the "help" there was Serbian.
  7. Cool, man. Want me to grab you an Alabama Slammer? I keed in fun -- I followed a similar path. Also included private school for high school. Blah blah blah, learned a lot socially and about networking, which was a step up for a kid whose family life was mostly oilfield trash (good people, but perhaps not as....sophisticated or well-to-do as my classmates).
  8. Imagine all the rebuilding construction work to be done once the war is over. Based on my experience, within 90 days of the cessation of hostilities, there are going to be a metric shitton of hardworking mexicans there, already pouring foundations and setting up scaffolding. My geography might be a bit wonky on this, though. Who are eastern Europe's mexicans? (Brisket asks jokingly, but also semi-seriously).
  9. Proof that whatever you can do to help, no matter how tiny or insignificant it is, matters.
  10. Also cannot be understated. And the children of educated parents who run in educated, professional circles have a big advantage over kids who don't have those things. That's the way it is. College, however, helps level that a good bit. Now, you've spent 4 years among other people who are (by and large) "going places." At college, you drank beer with the dude who is now the CFO of Amalgamated Monkey Products, Inc. When they have an opening for Chief of Banana QC, you can just call your buddy, laugh about the time he pissed off the balcony of his girlfriend's apartment onto the rent-a-cop below, and waltz right in for an interview. The kid who just graduated college....not many of his network of peers end up as CFOs. We are already emphasizing the hell out of this to the boy, who is starting to get it. His uncle (we vacation together every year) is one of the foremost American foreign policy experts of his generation....and he knows most of the rest of those experts. When the boy had to do a high school project where he talked to someone in his currently preferred career (foreign relations), he called his uncle, who put him in contact with someone who made time for him, had long conversations with the boy, and remains in touch....and was one of the first people interviewed on many news channels when Russia invaded Ukraine. The boy has an advantage there because of the circles his family runs in. He didn't make it happen, but he'd be dumb not to follow the paths that are there for him. And for those kids who weren't born into that, college is a pretty fair proxy to create such relationships. College gives you a shitload more than a degree.
  11. Whereas I only have two screen names. Well, "Jimmy Handsome" is more of a stage name, but still.....
  12. Yeah.....irony is dead, run through the woodchipper, and then had its debris tossed into a tornado and scattered to the four winds. Past several years out front shoulda told ya.
  13. Also, the 40,000 acre estate that often comes with such skillset is quite helpful for one's prospects for success, good sir. It really is the ideal accoutrement for a man of letters.
  14. The bullseye Surly reply as reply #1. Perfection.
  15. Cross-disciplinary training for ANY field is a good idea. One of the most useful classes I took in law school was "accounting for lawyers." I knew nothing of balance sheets, income statements, etc. It has proven tremendously useful. Knowing how to do things that aren't in the usual bag of tricks makes you much more useful across the spectrum. "Engineers who can also communicate in direct and plain terms" are vastly more valuable than just "engineers who know engineering shit." Yeah, you need to know the engineering shit either way, but the engineer who can explain to the Board of Directors why the plant actually needs a new figrulated speculomifier so that they understand it and agree to fund it is really valuable. I deal with engineers. A LOT. The ones who can explain themselves in plain english are worth their weight in gold.
  16. Well then, man....I want one of everything on the left side of the menu. And 18 ketchup packets.
  17. Beat me to it. That's why PhD is dialing back his presence -- he knows we'll come for him when Austin turns into Ice Station Zebra next winter and we all have to gut our Tauntauns. We see what you're doing here.
  18. No pics, but for lunch, since I'm working at home due to ice and stuff, for lunch I made mac and cheese, topped with several spoonfuls of leftover canned chili. Hot, melty, delicious. It's the simple things. That sammich above looks damn fine, BTW.
  19. I mean, the existential breakdown thing is an ongoing process. The movie just helped with some of the punctuation. And yes, I certainly get that some of the messaging is far less than subtle, but the backdrop of all manner of alternate universes and timelines, including the mundane and likely (nothingness -- no life at all) to the absurd (hot dog fingers), creatively emphasizes the play between probability/possibility/near impossibility that brings home the beauty of destiny, choice, and universal constants. I mean, the movie is probably even WAY better if I was high as fuck when I watched it, but even then, it reminded me of when my wife and I walked out of an IMAX feature on the Hubble telescope, featuring star nurseries and the clear image of dozens upon dozens of galaxies. My wife being a theologian, mind you, at first walked out of that just stuck on the overwhelming idea that we are FUCKING NOTHING. But as we pondered and talked some more (on the deck in SOCAL, with waves crashing and drinks flowing), we got to a point of acceptance and understanding. We are -- at the same time and in the same place -- both insignificant specks of stardust, among infinite other specks, AND we are the most significant specks of stardust in existence, in that universe and in that particular place and moment in time. Nothing matters, while everything matters. There's a lot wrapped up in that about failure, and forgiveness, and intention. I dunno, I just found the movie to be a beautiful and creative musing on all that. Also, while the whole cast was incredible, for me, Stephanie Hsu was jaw-droppingly good. What a fun and varied role, and she dug into it with gusto. She played both the most arrogant creature in all the universes and one of the most vulnerable in the same movie, and pulled it off. She was awesome.
  20. First -- great thread, with some great discussion. Well-done. Also....."signaling equilibrium model?" Okay, fancy college-boy, whatever you say. Also fantastic point. Shit, many of y'all around here know my son's path -- he took a gap year after high school before starting college, and it was successful beyond our imagination in EXACTLY that respect: he grew up and learned to be responsible for his own shit. In his case, that was important, so he didn't go to college poorly equipped to do so, saddling himself with shitty grades/flunking out. He is MUCH more prepared for responsibility. A lot of us get that same outcome FROM the college experience, so it's valuable in and of itself. Absolutely. Shit, when my parents had a beach house, the house next door was owned by....an electrician. He was actually self-conscious about not having a degree, I told him "dude, I have two degrees, and you own one more house than I do." And one of the refugees we work with is on the path above -- good job in tech, supporting the family. BUT, we continue to push him to take college coursework (go to ACC, dude, we'll pay for it). Because in the long run, even an associate's degree will improve his earning capacity. Even if it is technically as pointless as running laps around traffic cones, if the outcome is "you earn more money over your lifetime," spend a few bucks and do it. Man....as an attorney, and as someone who (as a law student) taught incoming law students....I couldn't disagree more. The writing skills you develop in college are ESSENTIAL to being an effective practitioner (and even then, there were incoming law students who were behind the curve). A comprehensive education helps you see and be aware of different contexts, helps with higher-level pattern recognition (which is a crapload of what we do -- issue-spotting and problem-solving as you game out different scenarios and possible outcomes and consequences). And yes, even math. It's funny, all liberal arts grads have had the "man, why the fuck did anyone make me take algebra?" bitch session. I keep on a my phone a photo of a whiteboard that covered an entire conference room wall. In a dispute long ago, involving some pretty damn complex financial market elements and impacts, I spent half a day in a room with multiple opposing parties, tearing apart their multi-million dollar damages model, using their own documents to do so. By the end of the day, the entire whiteboard was covered with algebra that I had put up there, demonstrating how all of their damages scenarios were bullshit. I used the FUCK out of algebra that day. An education that teaches you about and how to use higher math is incredibly useful for any number of careers, even one as liberal-artsy as law. Another bingo. Dear god, I have spent time with engineers that made me want to tear my hear out. They say something that takes 20 minutes. I then spit it back at them in 15 seconds, in plain english. They start to argue with me, and I say "tell me what was false or incomplete about what I just said." 90% of the time, they can't, and I got it right. I said in 15 seconds, in a way that other humans can understand, what they spent 20 minutes yammering about in a way that NOBODY understands (I only get it because I've been immersed in the subject matter for months). Very Office Space "I AM A PEOPLE PERSON!" But I'll tell you, those engineers who took a slightly broader course load, with some humanities and writing, are MUCH better at communicating to a broad audience. The perspective and communication ability that come from a broad higher education are invaluable for damn near EVERYONE working a job that's worth a shit. Also a very solid point. Plenty of moron college grads. A fair number of bright and capable non grads. But as a percentage, the play you should run is easy. Hire the college grad. I hate Catcher in the Rye (Holden Caulfield should be kicked in the nads repeatedly). That said, fantastic quote. You need to figure out the ways in which you think that you excel at, and the ones you aren't so strong at. It's not unlike being an athlete - if you have powerful legs and great speed, maybe you're an RB. If you aren't as fast, but have a cannon arm, maybe you're a QB. Play to your strengths, be aware of your weaknesses. A recent great book on this is "Thinking fast, Thinking slow." My wife and I talked about it, because we are the two opposite archetypes that the book opens with. I am a fast and agile thinker, quick on my feet, can come up with an argument on the fly, with evidence, etc. She is a percolator, a deliberate thinker, and as a result, a better writer than I am. Neither is "better or worse." They just "are," and we have found careers that complement our styles. A big part of learning that was our higher education. Good stuff. Keep it rolling.
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