Sunday, March 31, 2019

You're On Your Own

Here is another self-responsibility blog. We live in the information age. Many live complex lives. In particular, more jobs require more skills to learn, more resources to complete responsibilities, more people to brainstorm, and more money for departments to function. Growth is complex. The jobs apply to both white collar and blue collar.

Times have changed. Companies providing training to existing employees and to new employees are expensive. Training costs are rising. Also, providing training requires time. Training times are rising. More companies don't provide training to new hires. More companies want new employees to start immediately like plugging new hardware in a USB. How can a job candidate get relevant experience when he or she can't get a job to get relevant experience? A jerk who knows five programming languages is more likely to find a job than a college graduate with a motivating attitude to learn programming. The Catch-22 job hiring system has existed for decades. Blame the system.

There are fewer jobs today workers go to work, work, go home, relax and sleep every work day. More workers must find time outside work to review existing skills. More workers must find time outside work to learn new skills. More workers must find time outside work to self-train. More workers are on their own. You're on your own. Companies don't provide training such as VLOOKUP() in Excel, operating a PC or Mac, reading an engineering schematic, calculating profit and loss, Photoshop, etc. I remember taking a programming language class when I attended San Jose State. Many students knew programming before they started taking their undergraduate computer classes.

The bottom line is never stop learning. Innovate infinitely.


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Crooked College Counselor Rick Singer Brainstorming Points With Merit

Rick Singer was arrested on college admission fraud on Tue Mar 12, 2019. Parents paid Singer to a bogus charitable foundation. Singer arranged false test scores to boost their son or daughter's test scores either bribing test proctors or correcting answers on the test. Singer also arranged false athletic scholarships for their son or daughter even though he or she never played in the scholarship sport.

I share my thoughts regarding the fraud. They're simple. They're complicated. They're easy to comprehend. The college admission process is complex. More work is required to apply to colleges and scholarships. There are many opinions. The facts are unraveled during the justice process.

Overcrowded World. There are too many people. The worldwide population continues to increase. There are more families. There are more children. There are more high school students. There are more college students.

Supply and Demand. The number of colleges are the same. I believe there are no new colleges. If there are new colleges opening, then the number of new students outpaces the number of new colleges. In other words, the number of colleges or supply is too low to accommodate the number of new students or demand. There is a finite number of new freshmen openings for the increasing number of high school students applying to college.

Competition. The requirements for college are harder compared to past generations. There are too many high school students who want to go to college. Raise the bar. Raise the requirements. Raise the criteria. "A rising tide raises all boats" is a common life wisdom.

Parents Are Too Busy. Some parents can't afford to pay for college. More work hours. Less parental nurturing. Parents are too busy while the dad, mom, or both are earning money. Moreover, today's workplace is complex. Today's workplace requires more costs, more time, and more resources to complete assignments. Today's workplace is another conversation. Parents earning high incomes can pay people to assist their children to enroll in prestigious college. For example, tutors, college advisors, and opportunities to beef up their college application.

Furthermore, parents are stressed. There is a family parental peer-pressure. It can be embarrassing another family's son or daughter attends a better college. Likewise for student peer-pressure. Also, it's hard to find a job even in today's economy. A prestigious college on a graduating student's resume can increase the chances to find a job after college.

Average High School Students. Most students are average intelligence. They have average grades. SAT scores are average. They have little to no time for extra activities to improve their college application because they need more time studying. Average grades and average SAT scores disqualify average students going to popular colleges. The average students aren't dumb. The college enrollment process is too hard.

Blame The System. Life is unfair. The sentence is cheap. The sentence is true. The college admission system favors the rich, favors the students with a support system, and favors students with college connections. The colleges are partially responsible for the scam. Some parents need Singer's help for whatever reason to enroll their children to college.

Greed. Self-explanatory. Singer took advantage of anxious stressed-out parents desperate for their children to attend prestigious colleges.

Final Note. Bribes, exclusive favors, special deals, and payouts happen every day. They happen everywhere. You scratch my back, I scratch yours.


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Accutane Day 3,682

I might as well kill two birds with one stone. The first is update my face years after my Accutane treatment was completed. The second is update my face 10 years later or the 10 year looks challenge.

My face neither improved nor worsen significantly. I still have an acne scar above my forehead. My hairline continues receding. I may need another Accutane treatment because bumps are reappearing on the left side of my face near my left ear. I wait for full medical coverage to pursue treatment. I stopped going to my dermatologist due to a medical insurance error.

I apply Ponds facial cream when my face dries up in the daytime. The CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM I purchased in 2011 still works. I apply the CeraVe when my face dries up before bedtime. I use Burt's Bee lip balm when my lips are dried. Vanilla and Pomegranate are my favorite flavors.

My face sweats easily. Accutane worked. My face rarely sweated before Accutane. Maybe my body changed for which I'm heat sensitive my face sweats significantly. Maybe Accutane was a coincidence.

I lost 25 pounds since April 2017. My highest weight averaged 188 pounds. I'm currently 163 pounds. My face shows the weight loss.

Finally, I'm getting more spots which I call freckles on my face. There is a dermatology medical term for the spots. I forgot the medical term. A common slang is life marks. A human gets more life marks as he or she ages.


Friday, March 15, 2019

Dun Kind Donuts

My first Dunkin Donut. Good advice. Good information including the hero firefighters battling the 2018 California wildfires. New auto experience. Retail updates. Check your spelling beyond spellcheck.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

Did The Greatest Human Generation Doom Their Grandchildren And Their Future?

I'm not a historian. I'm not an anthropologist. I'm not a sociologist. Today's blog is based on my intuition. The greatest human generation made life easy today. Perhaps they made life too easy.

The greatest human generation established core values, core knowledge, and core foundation to be successful; for example, delayed enjoyment and delayed rewards. Don't count the chickens before the eggs are hatched. The greatest human generation sacrificed. Sacrifice is required for the top successes. Did they have time to teach their children and their grandchildren how they were successful? Did they have time to teach their children and their grandchildren the cores? They were obsessed. They were too focused. Their desires were too strong. There was no time outside their projects. Work was the highest priority. All other priorities were a distant second and below.

Everyone lives 24 hours a day. It's impossible to do everything. The everything includes raising a family, teach their children, work, sleep, eat meals, self-learning, and physical activity. The sacrifice includes weak parenting. The sacrifice includes weak nurturing. The sacrifice includes spoiled children.

Life is too good. More people today are taking life for granted. We're losing strength. We're losing focus. We're making fewer mistakes. There are fewer opportunities to experience frustrations. There are fewer opportunities to experience struggles. It's hard to learn life lessons the hard way because life is easier today compared to yesterday.

Overpopulation Concern

Life is good today people are living longer. There are more people living today. The number of opportunities are either growing slower or decreasing for the growing faster population needing a chance to be free. The world is too crowded. Ironically, the best time to live is today.


Saturday, March 09, 2019

2018 Year In Review. Three Consecutive Bad Years For The First Time in My Life.

Blogger's note: The 2018 Year In Review was supposed to be posted in early February. All 2019 days are excluded.

I give myself 30 days after Dec 31, 2018 to review 2018 accurately. The top reason I review my past year is I want to learn what I did wrong and to reinforce what I did correctly. Could I have done something different? What were the good choices? What were the bad choices? I select my 2018 Moment Of The Year first. There were highlights. I reflect my 2018 second.

2018 Moment Of The Year

Nominees: Consistent Gym Workouts; Discretionary Spending In Check; Joaquin Miller Park Hike; Learning And Refreshing Job Skills; Read Faster And Comprehension Improved; Upgrades, New *Fill In The Blank*, Replacements
Explanation: The only times I didn't workout at the gym were being sick. No earned income meant minimal splurges. I minimized spending on my favorites hobbies which included buying one board game a year, one backpacking item a year, and used books. Joaquin Miller Park hike is a long shot. I want to mention hiking is still one of my favorite hobbies. My never stop learning continued with SQL and Python one day and Power Query and Power Pivot another day alternating. I can't explain how my reading skills improved. And I combine new shoes, new desktop monitor, add mouthwash to my daily oral hygiene, new backpacking equipment, upgrade internet, new water pump and timing belt for my car, renewed passport, etc. for the upgrades, new *fill in the blank*, and replacements nominee.
What Won: Consistent Gym Workouts
What Should Have Won: Consistent Gym Workouts
My Thoughts Feb 2019: It's time to recognize physical workouts are important to live a healthy life. My workouts are part of the reason I'm sane during my long-term unemployment. If I was sick, then I didn't workout. Otherwise, I workout four days a week consisting of two days cardio and two days weights. Weekends are included. There were no other causes I missed a workout day.

Reflect 2018

Tue Dec 4, 2018 summarized 2018. I wanted to try Korean Fried Chicken for the first time. The restaurant closes on Tuesdays. Tuesdays?!? I understand Mondays. Tuesdays?!? 2018 too much bad luck. 2018 too much bad timing. 2018 too much missed opportunities. I elaborated 2018 in a blog titled First Time I Saw A Restaurant Close On Tuesdays.

There is good 2018 momentum for 2019; in particular, the Upgrades, New *Fill In The Blank*, Replacements nominee. All years were good when the prior year had momentum. Good 2004 is the exception because there was no 2003 momentum. There was 2014 momentum for a good 2015. There was no 2015 momentum for a bad 2016. There was no 2016 momentum for a bad 2017. There was no 2017 momentum for a bad 2018. I can argue 2018 momentum started in Apr when I changed toothpaste due to Angular Cheilitis.

2019 is a cautiously optimistic year. I keep my feeling good moments in check. How do I recover from three consecutive bad years? I answer the question in 2019.

2018 Letter Grade: C-

I started grading my years on Mon Aug 13, 2018 titled Grading My Past Years. I'm playing the teacher is a good mood who gives passing grades to students who try. I'm trying. I'm doing my best. I really am.


Sunday, March 03, 2019

Instant Bullets Blog Mar 3, 2019

*The following books I read two times in no particular order: Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki, Cashflow Quadrant by Kiyosaki, Prophecy by Kiyosaki, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, Moneyball by Michael Lewis, Seinlanguage by Jerry Seinfeld, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, The Red Badge Of Courage by Stephen Crane, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, The Old Man In The Sea by Ernest Hemingway, All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum, How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie, The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, and The Invention Of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

*Flashdance Movie. My fifth grade class sang the theme song for the school music recital. The movie was popular because of the music. The movie included adult themes fifth graders didn't understand including the sex, brief nudity, and adult relationships. On the other hand, we understood the bad language swearing.

There is a line "take your passion." I interpreted the line as "take your pants off" before I read the correct lyrics to sing at the school music recital.

*Splash Movie. My fifth grade class watched Splash starring Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, and the late John Candy. The entire class laughed when we saw Hannah character's nude butt when she walked out of the water. Today's political correctness female nude butt scenes are inappropriate for children.

*Super Bowl LIII. Congratulations to the New England Patriots defeating the Los Angeles Rams for their sixth Super Bowl Championship. 66 year old Patriots head coach Bill Belichick outcoached 33 year old Sean McVay. Belichick coached nine Super Bowls. .667 championship record anyone takes the odds for many chance opportunities.

In particular, Belichick called for a defensive blitz resulting in a Rams interception turnover. The Rams punted the ball in their first 8 offensive possessions. The Rams defense played too many minutes in the first half resulting in fatigue in the fourth quarter.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the only NFL player with six Super Bowl titles. The Patriots and the Pittsburg Steelers are the only NFL teams with six Super Bowl titles.

*More Bay Area Sports Media Changes. Former NBC Sports Bay Area Ahmed Fareed is working for NBCSN East Coast. Ryan Covey was fired from KNBR 680. Covey works for 95.7 The Game.

*The world is getting dumb. IQ is dropping. There are more dumbing down. There is intelligence loss.

*I realize why people inflict self-pain. The pain makes people forget anything bad, depressing, evil, and anxious. Similarly, people runaway, escape, to get out for the same reasons above.

*Apocalypse. What goods are more valuable than money? Nude pictures. Nude deck of cards. Great barter to exchange for food, surplus goods, transportation, and shelter.

*The Firm Movie. I read the book by John Grisham. I watched the movie. The movie is a template how not to adapt a movie based off a novel. The movie wasted star power actors and actresses.

*Seeing More Homeless. There are going to be more homeless people in the Bay Area. I saw a homeless person at a supermarket who walked away from me. I carried four 1 gallon bottle water. I should have given the homeless person a gallon.

*USPS Manipulating Delivery Statistics. My dad's package was marked delivered according to the USPS website. The packaged never arrived. My dad contacted the local post office the next day. The supervisor said USPS had to mark the packaged delivered. There was no time to deliver the package yesterday. The packaged was delivered the next day. Why did the post office marked my dad's packaged delivered? My answer is quotas or minimal percentage of packages must be delivered on time. Politics?

*KCEA 89.1 FM. The big band radio station in the Nor Cal Peninsula area is back on the air. The radio station is located in the Sequoia Union High School district at Menlo-Atherton High School. The website is

*Senior Home. Visitors shouldn't ask the seniors to recollect past memory. Too much pressure to remember. The better communication is tell the seniors the past memory proactively.

Never refer to the senior present in a pronoun. Don't say he or she. Do say my grandfather or my grandmother.