Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Announcement about this blog

I started Do the Hopey Copey when the present administration came in--I foresaw economic difficulties, especially for those entering the workforce.

And I was right, if I may say so.

Over the last eight years, I have tried to bring my own wacky home-grown experience as a former trade association executive (corporate) and writer (gig economy) to you. I also scoured the internet for useful advice on mastering the job market.

But my numbers are down. Most of the Hopey Copey readers are overseas (planning to "take our jobs?" LOL). No one ever commented. Does anyone care?

I also was finding my material mostly on or

In other words, this blog was languishing. So I am ending it.

You can check the websites I mentioned on your own.

I think the whole world is undergoing wrenching structural changes--in globalism, technology, and on the social side (religion, race, nationalism, etc).

Change is coming fast. You have to learn everyday to keep from being crushed under the wheels.

I have done what I could over eight years--now you must put my advice to use and I wish you luck and prosperity.

If you like my little stories and so on, I will continue my daily site HEALTH'Sass. Why should disease and disorder be boring and serious? Bookmark

See you there.

Oh--and PS. There are almost 2,000 posts on here--timeless advice, I like to think. I am not taking those down...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Do you groan when someone says "meeting"?

Amy McDonnell, CareerBuilder, says many people dread meetings. The sitting, the rambling, idea-stealing, the showboating, the time away from "work," gag.

Want to pep these up and be a hero to your coworkers?

Ask for an agenda ahead of time. Just ask the meeting caller for a brief rundown on what will be discussed, Distribute this.

Ask on-point questions. How does this differ from what we decided last week? How long will this take? Do we have a budget?

Bring snacks. Even if it's some Kit-Kats, people will appreciate it.

Try the "yes and" trick. Everyone who talks builds on the previous person, saying, "Yes, and..."

If things stall or people argue, tryy to bring up a different perspective. Even tell a joke.

But then keep people on topic. Keep out pop culture gossip or limit it to the first few minutes.

And ALWAYS--establish what the next steps are. Alice, you are going to..." "Bob, remember to talk to ..." Let's meet again on Friday. OK--we're done."

When I had a "real" job, I realized pretty early on that some people LIKED meetings--they were like a little vacay from the tasks at hand and a chance to talk and one-up others.

No Kit-Kats for them!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Navajo math

Auckley planning a fun activity.
David Auckley, professor of mathematics at Kansas State, and Tatiana Shubin, professor of mathematics at San Jose State, co-founded the Navajo Nation Math Circles.

This project provides math activities and opportunities for K-12 Navajo students in the Southwest.

A documentary on this will be aired on PBS in September--check your listings.

Included in the outreach are visits by prominent mathematicians to schools, teacher workshops, a spring festival and summer camp.

Instead of paperwork, the project uses such tools as dice, Rubik's cubes, and puzzles involving traditional Navajo culture. It is a low stress, grade-free environment.

One lesson is you can keep playing even without finding the answer right away. A good life lesson.

The Navajos being served by this project live in the Four Corners area. Thirty percent have no telephone, 30% have no electricity, and 30% have no running water.

Yet, participants are succeeding in HS and going on to higher ed.

Now we need to do percentages--and lower those percentages of those without amenities. Maybe the kids who go on to college will have something to do with that.

Friday, September 16, 2016

We need to think about "elder orphans"

Carol Marak, writing for Twin Cities Public TV, defines "elder orphans" as older people with no spouse, kids, or companion to aid them.

She quotes one woman as saying she was alone with her dog and doesn't know where to turn--she feared becoming homeless and was scared to death.

Older people (take it from me) don't move as quickly, don't multitask as well, and don't adapt as well.

Marak started an Elder Orphan Facebook group. Check it out. It has 1,100 members so far.

Topics the Facebookers cover:

Legal and care issues. One couple said they had no "trusted friend" to oversee their financial affairs.

Affordable housing. A 69-yr-old, living on Social Security, was losing her mobile home because she could not longer afford it.

Transportation. One person got a ride to the hospital--but could not get one home. She had to be admitted because she could not get home.

Some locales are developing solutions to some of this.  The Milken Institute is working with mayors' offices to build awareness.

The best cities in which to be an elder orphan (Milken):

Provo, Utah
Madison, Wisc.
Omaha, Neb or Council Bluffs, Iowa (tied)

These rank high in terms of health care, active lifestyles, vibrant economies, and enriched environments. Still, even those have some drawbacks.

Sounds like good work--and a good use of Facebook.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Other trends that affect new professions

Could you fix this?
Yesterday, I posted on lifestyle behaviors that are spawning or increasing certain professions.

Today, it's technical advancements (again courtesy of CareerBuilder).


Apps and smart tech  -- Software developers are up 17% since 2012

Tracking online behavior -- Marketing managers up 10%

Technology now in every aspect of life -- Computer user support up 11%

Catching health problems sooner and extending lives -- Med records and health info is up 8%

Big data -- Database administrators up 9%

Incorporation of tech into everything -- Technical writers up 11%

Globalization has also supported some professions:

Diff time zones -- Customer service reps up 9%

Need for greater understanding of markets -- Market research analysts up 15%

Expanding business across borders --Interpreters, translators up 14%

Helping the world's environment -- Wind turbine techs up 37% (that's a turbine in the pix)

Maps for mobile phones -- Cartographers and photogrammetrists up 16%

Haven o idea what that last is--you better check. It may be your dream job,

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lifestyle behaviors leading to new professions

CareerBuilder and Emsi recently studied occupations that are growing and the behaviors feeding them.

People are eating out more (foodies) -- Cooks, Restaurants up 16% since 2012

More embracing of the sharing economy -- Taxi drivers, chauffeurs, Uber up 15%

More health consciousness -- Fitness trainers, aerobics up 12%

More care with finances -- Personal financial advisers up 13%

More shopping or banking line -- Info security analysts up 12%

Postponing children -- OBs and GYNs up 4%

More trends and the occupations they feed--tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Star Trek--you were ahead of your time

Mun Keat Lool, writing in Nextgov, says Star Trek is 50 and in that time, many of its "far out" ideas have come to reality.

Some examples:

Tablet computers
Tractor beams
Flip communicators--badge communicators
Cloaking devices
Voice interface computers (Siri)
Transparent aluminum
Bluetooth headset (Uhura)
Google glass
Portable memory (floppies to sticks)
Focused ultrasound
Biometric data tracking (health, ID)
Automatic doors
Big screen displays
Real-time universal translators
VISOR (bionic eyes for the blind)
Diagnostic beds

Yeah, yeah, but where are the:

Beam me uppers
Moneyless society
Vulcan nerve pinch

Actually, my father mastered the Vulcan nerve pinch--for youngsters who acted up in restaurants.
And what about Spanx? Don'tell me Captain Kirk didn't have some "help" under those tight tunics.