May 2010 Archives

The National Dissemination Center For Children With Disabilities (NICHCY) is a group that assists families, educators and other interested parties in providing information on children with disabilities.  This infomation includes stuff on special education services, specific disabilities, early intervention and research on educational practices.  For more about what this group offers, click here.  
new york times.jpgNew York Times writer Phyllis Korkki has just written this article on how recent college graduates entering the job market need to sell themselves.  Applicants will need to look for opportunities to learn, take risks, be flexible about the demands of a potential first job and apply what skills they learned in college to that first job.  To read the complete article, click here.  

Killdozer!

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c758.jpgFirst published in 1944 then revised in 1959 (with topical references to World War II removed), Theodore Sturgeon's classic novella Killdozer! is an exciting action packed thriller that builds up slowly at first before it ends in an explosive climax.  An eight man construction crew on a Pacific island begin getting killed off one by one.  As the survivors begin turning on each other, it's revealed that some kind of sentient energy being from a long-lost civilization has "possessed" a bulldozer and is picking off the remaining crew members one by one until...

 

 

5-21-2010 3-03-27 PM.jpgHire Disability Solutions is a web site set up to assist and protect individuals with disabilities in finding employment opportunities.  They pair up applicants and employers with one another, provide training and consulting services and offer assistive technology.  To learn more, click here.

 

The Krazoom Job Search Site

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5-17-2010 5-00-42 PM.jpgFor those who were unable to attend this event today, here's a link to the Krazoom job search site.  Krazoom helps match your job search according to your education, skill level and certifications in various fields.  You can create an account and post your profile on the site here.  Look it over and see what you think.  

547-1.jpgAlmost sixty years after it was first published, Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man (reserve it here) is still one of the most suspenseful, exciting and nail-biting thrillers you'll ever read.  Set in the 24th century, the book revolves around an Earth that, besides possessing fantastic technology and the ability to travel to other planets the way you and I would to the next state, almost everyone has developed extra sensory perception (ESP) and, depending on their particular range, can "peep" into the minds of their fellow beings.  Crime, especially homicide, is pretty much defunct, with the most highly developed "espers" using their abilities for law enforcement purposes and generally keeping the peace. 

 

The Seva Foundation

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seva2.jpgSo I'm listening to Little Steven's Underground Garage the other night and LS gets to the "Freak of the Week" segment about 45 minutes in.  Past Freaks have included people like Jack Kerouac and film director Roger Corman, among others.  This particular week's Freak turns out to be none other than 60s social activist Wavy Gravy ( a blast from my past), who, according to Little Steven, is one of the governing members of the Seva Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with other, often impoverished, countries to assist blind and visually impaired people in getting affordable eye care.  The Seva Foundation also assists victims of natural disasters as well.  If you want to read more about, and contribute to, this remarkable organization (whose motto is "Compassion In Action"), click here.

(Wavy Gravy's still in business BTW.  Check out his site here.)

 

CareerBuilder.com

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5-10-2010 10-27-33 AM.jpgAnother site that posts job openings, assists in preparing resumes, career advice and career fairs is CareerBuilder.com.  The site also helps job seekers find the position they're most qualified for by creating specific search criteria in their hunt.  For more information, click here.  
isingthebody.jpgThis 1969 collection of short stories (and one poem) by legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury (The Martian Chronicles; Fahrenheit 451), and which you can reserve online here, has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid.  Rereading it recently, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well most of the tales, which date from 1947 to 1967, still hold up.  (Here's the cover of the paperback edition I read way back when.)

 
The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, located at the Connecticut State Library in Rocky Hill, provides "free mail loan of recorded and Braille books and magazines and necessary playback equipment to eligible state residents unable to read conventional print because of a visual or physical disability".  For more information about their services, go to this link.  

AfterCollege.com

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5-3-2010 9-38-37 AM.jpgNot all college students graduating this month have jobs waiting for them.  Grads searching for entry-level positions may find those opportunities through the AfterCollege.com site.  AfterCollege offers advice on job networking through universities, resumes and cover letters, job searching tips, where to find internships and more.  Check out AfterCollege.com for more information here.

 

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