When I saw this, I almost said “There’s no way anyone will pay for these channels.” But, people said the same thing about Netflix. YouTube is charging up to $6.99 a month for subscriptions to certain channels. The fee isn’t for the for the entire service, but for selected channels. You can get a bundle of channels (just like cable TV) for about $9.99 a month which brings me back to my original statement: ”There’s no way anyone will pay for these channels.” There are 54 paid channels which cover a lot of topics and programs like Justice Central (which has all of your favorite reality court room shows), Big Star Movies (independent movies, foreign films, documentaries), Cuba Play T.V. (Cuban television programming), and 51 more channels for your viewing pleasure. These days, there’s a market for everything. The big question is: Will you buy?
No one really thought when we watched the Jetsons years ago, we would have flying autos by now. Of course, we don’t, but I believe we are getting close. If you watched some of the old sci-fi movies or television shows way back when, the characters held what seemed to be small computers which could give them almost any type of information. That science fiction is now science fact so who knows how long it will be before we have the flying automobile? Here are a few pics of past cars mixed with a few future auto ideas that may spark your curiosity and bring back memories.
After observing all of the incredible business news occurring this week (Apple earnings slip while Samsung’s surge) it is easy to get wrapped up in all the hoopla and trends of the day and forget about some of the little things. I overheard a conversation between two, obviously well paid, technicians discussing new career moves they will be trying to make this year. One of them talked about moving up into management because the money was better. The other talked about a different path: teaching. His colleague laughed. She told him “you’ll never make anything as a teacher. You’re very talented and can move on to create a lot of great projects while making a lot of money.” I didn’t hear the end of the conversation, but this brought to mind what people REALLY make. Most people judge themselves and others by titles, clothing, the type of cars they drive, and how much money they make.
The technician mentioned above who decided to go into teaching should have told his colleague “I make a difference.” No matter what level of teaching anyone decides to go into (elementary, high school, college, etc.) they will ultimately be judged by how they were able to teach their students. Teachers MAKE their students wonder about new topics and ideas. They MAKE that student struggling in Geometry see the use of the Pythagorean theorem. They MAKE young students put away their iPods and read poetry, American literature, and study computer science. They MAKE the most boring topics enjoyable to even the most closed minds. The amount good teachers MAKE adds up to more than any monetary figure. So, when you hear that U.S. education is falling behind the rest of the world in science, math, reading, etc., don’t blame the teachers. Volunteer, mentor, and help them to keep making a difference and you’ll find that what you MAKE is a little more satisfying.
My twin sons mean the world to me and I try my very best to NEVER compare them to each other or choose a favorite which many parents tend to do. I have one who was sweet, became a hell-raiser, and is now very focused; honor roll, accolades, and becoming the man he was meant to be. My other twin, was a go-getter who still possesses a positive attitude, very much liked by his peers and teachers, but cannot seem to wean himself from video games. His grades are slipping but yet he claims to have everything under control. This, I do not doubt because above all, he is highly intelligent, and has a pure soul that radiates infectious, positive energy. Like many parents, I worry too that my son’s gaming habit has become an addition. So, my point is how do I get him to focus more on his schoolwork and less on gaming?
One father, tired of his son’s failing grades, tried a unique way to curb a gaming addiction:
“A Chinese father, tired of his son playing video games instead of looking for a job, decided to hire some assassins. Their job: to kill his son’s characters in his favorite online role-playing games, local reports said.
According to Kotaku East, the man referred to as Mr. Feng had been concerned about his son, Xiao Feng, 23, since he started playing online games in high school. The post said the son’s grades suffered in school, and that his father now attributed the difficulty of landing a job to gaming, too.
“I think that this way, he will probably lose interest in the game, thus turning his attention to find work,” Xiao Feng’s father said in an original interview with Chinese newspaper, Sanqin Daily. He assured the death of his son’s gaming personalities by looking to players that were at a higher level than his son.
In rebellious fashion, despite being killed every time he logged on, Kotaku reported that Xiao Feng remained adamant about waiting for the right job to come along, “not just any job.”
In an interview with the BBC, Professor Mark Griffiths, a gambling and addictions expert at Nottingham Trent University, said about the father’s handling of the situation, “It’s not going to do much for family relations, but I don’t think these top-down approaches work. Most excessive game playing is usually a symptom of an underlying problem.”
The BBC also reported that father and son are said to have reconciled. Whether Xiao Feng found a job is uncertain.” Read the story here.
I am not for sure I would go this far, but a meeting with the school counselors, enlisting his brother, yep, his brother, to motivate him to take and pass AP (advanced placement) courses as he is doing, and finally limiting the internet connection. There is no internet for him after a certain hour. We will see how it goes.
In our field, because of ever-changing technologies, we can become overwhelmed. Just remember that this will happen to all of us, especially those new to the Information Technology field. You will eventually graduate but many of us feel like imposters in our field. We feel, as though we do not know what we are doing and sooner or later our peers or employer will find out we are a fraud. This is called imposter syndrome.
I must admit I have battled this quite often. I have read several great articles on the subject like “Do You Suffer From Impostor Syndrome?” that has helped me recognize and deal with this feeling. Another article that is extremely helpful for budding developers and designers is called “Don’t Worry. We All Feel Overwhelmed. Check them out!
Has anyone else felt like this; overwhelmed, in a job and felt that you may have bit off more than you can chew? I am curious to have a discussion on this because “more than 70 percent of the population has experienced this feeling at one time or another.”
Post your thoughts!
 P. R. Clance and S. A. Imes, “The Imposter Phenomenon in High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention,” Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice 15, no. 3 (1978): 241-47.
What are you working for? The drive to get paid has overshadowed what many planned to do with their careers. Of course, we all have to make a living, but with today’s fast moving society and the slow pace of the economy, money seems to be on the forefront of everyone’s minds. Many freelancers have found they have to push a little harder or return to the “regular” workforce to make ends meet. Unfortunately, our workforce has become so compartmentalized that we are forced to take little bites or pieces while learning a system instead of taking the whole cake at once. When most began the head first leap into the world of technology, it was done because we were intrigued by what could be created, not what could be earned. We worked on every aspect of our trade. Now, there is a requirements section, someone who develops the code, another to input, and someone to perform quality control. All of these different positions almost guarantee you won’t be learning every aspect of programming if that is your chosen field. Continue Reading…