Cover letter writing advice: How to write a cover letter for an entry-level media job – Slate Magazine

The most important one is this: Many young people seem to have no idea how to apply for a job. What I see time after time from young media hopefuls are not the classic no-nos, like misspellings and typos, but what appears to be a fundamental lack of understanding of how to sell oneself to a prospective employer. While I certainly don’t speak for all media folk or even all of the editors at Slate, allow me to offer some guidance to current college students and recent grads. Some of my advice may sound familiar, but based on the applications I’m seeing, there are plenty of green job-seekers out there who could use these pointers.

via Cover letter writing advice: How to write a cover letter for an entry-level media job – Slate Magazine.

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The REAL Personality Types Made Relevant

As you probably already know, the Jungian personality sorters are intended to be a general, universal personality ID that divides people into one of sixteen distinct personality types, along axes if introverted (I) or extroverted (E), Sensing (S) or Intuitive (N), Thinking (T) or Feeling (F), and Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).

Now, there are many places which will tell you what this all means, but none of them are quite as…relevant to today’s modern civilization as this one…

via The REAL Personality Types Made Relevant.

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Kansas City Star: The Slippery Nature of Subsidies (Student Debt Crisis): Document View

Student debt has reached a not-so-cool $1 trillion. Young people saddled with big loan payments are putting off marrying and having children, and buying cars and houses, and they’re not starting businesses.

But the real lesson about subsidies hides behind deeper questions: Who really benefits from a subsidy? In whose pockets does the money end up?

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Why I Left Google: Thoughts on Trading in Pride and Security for Authenticity | Ellen Huerta

After that conversation, I wandered away from the campfire for a few minutes to get a better look at the stars. The moon had never looked so big. I could hear old-school hip-hop from our camp in the distance, but I was surrounded by absolutely nothing and no one, and I felt free in the universe. It was that moment that I realized I was truly free to do whatever I wanted in this world and it was completely up to me to make it happen. It was my life, and I had to stop caring what people thought about it. If I wanted to bake, I should. If I wanted to write, I should. If I wanted to start a company, I should. If I wanted to do nothing, I should. If I wanted to fuck up for once, I should. I was probably only out there for a few minutes before someone tapped my shoulder to go back to the fire (it was so cold that night your pee froze as soon as it hit the ground), but it felt like an eternity. Maybe I would have reached this conclusion had I stayed in San Francisco, but I really believe it was the magic of being nowhere that did it. Being nowhere forced me to stay silent long enough to hear what I hadn’t wanted to admit: I wasn’t living authentically. When I returned to work, I gave my notice immediately. My explanation of what I was leaving to do (explore some hobbies, work on a few projects, bake more) confused everyone, but they were all fully supportive. Ironically and quite magically, the day I returned (which was also the day I gave notice), an award was sitting on my desk that I had won while I was out: “Most Likely To Build A Start Up In The Next 5 Years.”

via Why I Left Google: Thoughts on Trading in Pride and Security for Authenticity | Ellen Huerta.

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Why Does College Cost So Much? – Forbes

Our technology story rests on three strong pillars. First, like many personal services, including much of health care, the law and banking, higher education remains essentially an artisanal industry. These are industries in which technological progress has not reduced the number of labor hours needed to “produce” the service. By contrast, labor productivity in basic manufacturing has soared, and this is why the cost of a year of college has gone up compared with the purchase price of a basic car or a basket of groceries.

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NASA WISE: Infrared observatory will look for near-Earth asteroids.

WISE_zetaoph.jpg.CROP.original-originalI have some great news about NASA: Next month they will be reactivating the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE! This observatory orbits the Earth and sees in the far-infrared, well outside what our eyes can detect. This is the domain where cooler objects in space emit light: dust clouds, planets, and asteroids.

WISE was launched in late 2009 and spent 13 months surveying the sky. Since it looks at what we call “thermal infrared” light, its cameras had to be cooled to keep from interfering with the observations—you don’t want to have your own telescope glowing brightly! It ran out of coolant in 2011 (as was expected) and was put into hibernation.

And now it gets a second chance at life. And what a chance: NASA has approved an extended three-year mission for WISE. The goal is to map out potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids—that is, space rocks that can hit us—something that was part of its mission when it was still active. Two of its four cameras can operate without coolant, and they should be sufficient to do the job.

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Iranian Politician Moradi Denied Seat On City Council Because She Is Too Attractive

The woman is Nina Siahkali Moradi, a 27-year-old architecture graduate from Iran. During the last election in the city of Qazvin, she received an impressive 10,000 votes. That total placed her 14th out of the 163 candidates on the ballot. Her campaign, which successfully recruited the youth vote from Qazvin, earned her a spot as an alternate member of the council. This designation effectively made Moradi the first reserve to the council, granting her a spot on the council if any current members stepped down from their position.

But when a council member ranked above Moradi stepped down, she was blocked from filling his seat. The reason?

“We don’t want a catwalk model on the council,” a senior Qazvin official said.

via Iranian Politician Moradi Denied Seat On City Council Because She Is Too Attractive.

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Meet the olinguito, an adorable new mammal species found ‘in plain sight’ – KansasCity.com

Researchers announced Thursday a rare discovery of a new species of mammal called the olinguito. It belongs to a grouping of large creatures that include dogs, cats and bears.

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Love those animals!

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Surviving Progress Movie Review (2012) | Roger Ebert

“Surviving Progress” is a bright, entertaining (!), coherent argument in favor of these principles I have simplified so briefly. It’s self-evident and tells the truth. It is an irony that the actual victims of the process are often those most in support of it. Think of the opposition to “tree huggers.” In Brazil, they are seen as a cause of unemployment in the lumber and logging industries. Actually, they are opposed to the nation essentially tearing its wealth out of the ground and shipping it overseas, resulting not only in unemployment but in devastation.

via Surviving Progress Movie Review (2012) | Roger Ebert.

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Sampat Pal, head of India’s vigilante pink sari revolution. – Slate Magazine

Sampat does not know exactly why she has persistently felt compelled to get involved in other people’s business—indeed, it represents one of the greatest mysteries that she has encountered in her life. She once declared that “not even I understand Sampat Pal.” She paused and then, wrinkling her brow as she pondered the enigma that she represented to herself, came up with an idea. “When I die, the Indian government should look in my brain and find out how I have become like this.” It was an earnest, if somewhat humorous, suggestion. After a moment, she added, “They should look into my heart too, that could help.”

via Sampat Pal, head of India’s vigilante pink sari revolution. – Slate Magazine.

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