I'm working on Yet Another Career Change, into Science Communications, i.e. explaining science to non-scientists. I hope to get into the UCSC Science Communication Program next fall.
Part of my adventure so far is taking the Graduate Record Examinations (GREs) about 39 years after the first time I took them. I did pretty well on Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning, not so well on Analytical Writing (essays). I think my writing style is too simple and straightforward for the graders at GRE. As a friend pointed out: I wasn't writing to my audience. Kind of hard to write that way after 35+ years of simplifying complex topics in very short forms like emails.
Luckily, the head of the program says not to worry, I just need to do a good job on my application essays. No pressure!
We'll see how it goes.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
April 1976. I'm three days into a PCT thru-hike with a 55+ pound pack at Mount Laguna Post Office. The balls of each foot are one giant blister, snow is falling, and I'm cold and wet. I decide my PCT hike is over, and it's time to head home. “Home” is a couch at some friends' house in Riverside, since technically I'm homeless and jobless. I stick out my thumb to hitchhike there and figure out what comes next.
That's when my adventure really started.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Monday, August 20, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
I've used Google Shopping since it was a beta service called Froogle, to research and source millions of dollars of purchases over the years. I used Froogle because I trusted the results to be neutral.
Google Shopping is just another advertising channel now.
Google is making more money, and retailers with deep pockets are happy to drive more traffic.
But this move is a serious dis-service to the eyeballs (consumers) being sold by Google.
So this set of eyeballs won't use Google Shopping any more.
Reinforces the old saying:
If you aren't paying for something, you aren't the customer, you are the product.