July 2011 Archives

7-29-2011 10-15-28 AM.pngWith the release of the  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film (which we carry; click here) in 2002, we found our hero (Daniel Radcliffe) just barely, after several obstacles (including some provided by a very annoying elf named Dobby) starting his second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  Somebody, or something, seems to have it out for Harry.  He's hearing nasty voices, gets  framed for "petrifing" caretaker Argus Filch's cat, discovers he can talk to snakes, and finds that he's being set up as the "heir" of the dreaded sorcerer Salazar Slytherin, who housed some kind of horrible creature in the school's "Chamber of Secrets". 


7-26-2011 2-33-26 PM.pngDavid Bornstein at the New York Times focuses on a Danish company, Specialisterne, that offers job opportunities to workers with autism as consultants, in this article.  As Mr. Bornstein puts it:  "(W)hile many business people worry about the costs of accommodating employees with disabilities, few consider the potential contributions of people who are not "normal" or "neurotypical," as they say in the autism community."  See how Specialisterne approached this situation by clicking here

(Almost forgot:  Today's the 21st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) becoming law.  Read this to see why it's still important!)



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7-25-2011 10-33-38 AM.pngThe self-described "career and job search engine" JobCab.com assits job hunters with finding work throughout the United States.  The site lists job openings posted online under categories specifically tailored for technical, medical and engineering professionals.  To check out the site, click here.   

Sgt. First Class Leroy Petry, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan, appeared on The Daily Show last week.  Sgt. Petry, who is now fitted with a prosthetic right arm, talks about his "remarkable" (as host Jon Stewart puts it) experiences here:



If you'd like to help out other soldiers and veterans who've been severely injured and/or disabled, click here for more info.   


Using QR Codes In Your Job Search

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7-18-2011 4-11-47 PM.pngWant to be able to stand out from all the other job hunters? Having a QR (Quick Response) code, or "SearchMe" button, on your business card.  The QR code will allow recruiters and employers to find out all about you via social media such as blogs, online profiles, etc.  And, as Vizability CEO James Alexander points out in this article, "you'll probably be more memorable than that other guy who's still using a paper resume, something that's becoming more and more important if a job seeker wishes to stand out". For more details, click here


7-14-2011 1-11-24 PM.pngWith the release this week of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, the final (?) Harry Potter film, in movie theatres, now seems like a good time to look back on the Potter series and how it evolved over the years while keeping as close as possible to the original J.K. Rowling books.  The new film, like the (second half of) the book it's based on, signals an end to the popular series.  The next (well, almost) several posts in this blog will review the various installments of the series.

7-12-2011 3-24-44 PM.pngMaureen ODanu has an interesting article on how homeless people (whose numbers include civilians and veterans with physical and emotional disabilities) in Kansas City and other urban areas use the Internet and various forms of social media.  Homeless people, often with the aid of a cheap laptop or computer access at local libraries, can better themselves and their circumstances by being able to "connect more easily with far-flung family, track down job leads and communicate with potential employers, check dates and times of service availability, provide an opportunity to participate in community conversations and political discourse, and advocate for themselves".  By using the web to upgrade their skills in various areas, homeless people can develop computer mastery and improve their lives.  Read the complete article by clicking here.

Job Hunting On The Sly

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7-11-2011 3-54-54 PM.pngYou're unhappy with your current job and you're looking for something better.  But for various reasons, including the state of today's economy and ongoing depressing employment picture, you don't dare let on about your job search to your current employer. 

Katherine Preston (click here) gives currently employed job hunters looking for a better position several tips on finding something while avoiding the risk of getting fired.  She recommends using social media, scheduling interviews before coming to work and maintaining good references.  For more details click here.  And good luck!

amazingstories1928.pngPublished in the August 1928 issue of the pulp magazine Amazing Stories, Philip Francis Nowlan's novella Armageddon - 2419 A.D. is chiefly notable as the work that introduced the classic (1929-1967; 1979-83) comic strip character "Buck Rogers".  It's recent inclusion in the new Big Book of Adventure Stories (edited by Otto Penzler; click here to reserve our copy online) is a great reminder of how imaginative and delirious pulp science fiction could be.


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