Drama in the Sky on December 21st (Once in a lifetime experience)
While some may be thinking about the Star of Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, we will be treated to a dance in the sky that will not repeat for hundreds of years (500 years is the next) on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. This will be a lunar eclipse at the same time as the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.
LUNAR ECLIPSE: When the Sun, Earth and Moon line up and the Full Moon goes into the Earth’s shadow it causes an eclipse. This alignment does not happen every month because the moon’s orbit is also tilted from the Earth’s orbit at about 5 degrees and it rotates too. The ancients knew that these tilts rotated in both a 9 and 19 year cycle as recorded in places like Stonehenge, England and Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.
TIME: This particular eclipse will be early Tuesday morning Dec. 21, and is well positioned for viewers in the United States. The total eclipse lasts about an hour. The peak will be (USA time zones) 3:17 a.m. Eastern, 2:17 a.m. Central, 1:17 a.m. Mountain and 12:17 a.m. Pacific. Total eclipse spans about an hour, partial spans about 3 hours, entire process spans about 5 hours. These spans reach before and after the peak.
SOLSTICE: The Earth is tilted relative to its orbit around the sun at about 23.5 degrees. This leads to our seasons as we get more and less sun from shorter and longer days. The reversal of the swing back and forth occurs June 21 and Dec. 21.
TIME: The December Solstice, called Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere, will occur on the afternoon of Dec. 21, 2010 at 23:38 Universal or Zulu Time (USA = 6:38 PM Eastern, 5:38 PM Central, 4:38 PM Mountain, 3:38 PM Pacific).
SO?: Some ancient peoples thought that the Sun, Moon and other natural elements were persons — persons on whom their lives depended. If it seemed that the Sun died, they feared for their own existence and dependence on the Sun, rain, seasons and nature.
Unlike the Stone Age model which had a flat Earth floating on water underneath an inverted bowl holding the stars, many ancients such as Eratosthenes knew the Earth was round, how big it was and how far it was to the Sun and Moon.
With the Earth tilted and the Moon’s orbit also tilted, and everything rotating, it is only now with our computers that we realize how much work it took to gather and record astronomy data in ancient times without any instruments. Never forget that ancient people were just as smart as we are (and sometimes more?). As we leave our stone age superstitions behind, we are just now becoming aware of how much our ancestors knew and how very much we still have to learn.
THE LESSON: We no longer think that the Sun and Moon are going to die, at least anytime soon, but we can now see further to new shocking realizations. Remember when the comet hit Jupiter in 1994? It made holes in Jupiter the size of Earth. Events like that and this winter solstice with lunar eclipse during the holiday season remind us of our mortality and fragile lives in this dramatic universe with powerful forces in motion.
In astrology, Eclipses are meant to expose truths and increase motivation to get us moving forward, as eclipses work against the status quo. Eclipses will test the strength of a relationship or situation and show you any weak links that it could find that you might want to fix. If the eclipse deems a situation to be strong, you will be asked to make something more of it. If the eclipse finds flaws, you will be challenged to find fixes, or to leave it altogether.
This is a time of year of remembrance and thinking of those we love, whatever our persuasions. As Stephen Levine said: “If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?” I always liked the phrase in the old Book of Common Prayer that talked about “things we have done and things we have left undone.” Have you left something undone? Now is the time to tend to it. Only now exists.
Did you know that San Diego Airport is 10th most dangerous airport in the world? They call it "One Runway Wonder".
An internationally televised documentary on the History Channel is calling San Diego’s Lindbergh Field one of the 10 most extreme in the world.The documentary takes airports from all over the world and highlights what makes some dangerous and others challenging, but calls all of them extreme.According to the documentary, “San Diego perfectly illustrates the principal of air traffic congestion.”
The documentary uses the only deadly air traffic accident in Lindbergh Field’s history to illustrate the point. In September 1978, PSA flight 182 was making its approach into Lindbergh Field when a Cessna crossed into its flight path. The crash claimed the lives of 144 people. At the time, the incident over San Diego was the most deadly commercial aviation accident in U.S. history. It led to what is called terminal control areas at all airports — restrictions on where planes can fly near airports. According to Lindbergh Field executives, at peak traffic, the airport has 55 flights coming and going every hour. The airport is the busiest one-runway airport in the country, with an average of 550 flights per day.
The History Channel documentary refers to San Diego’s airport as “the one runway wonder.”“The challenge in San Diego is not so much the mountainous terrain; the challenge is more the surrounding community,” according to the documentary. There’s also a 100-foot tall parking garage less than 200 yards from the end of the runway. The History Channel documentary said this shortens the runway.
In 2006, San Diego taxpayers voted against building a new airport away from the city center.
Over the last two centuries, several countries have declared themselves neutral: they choose not to enter into any foreign war on any side, hoping thereby to avoid invasion, and to provide a “neutral” location where conflicts might be avoided or halted by diplomatic means. The following seven neutral nations are members of the United Nations, all but one have standing armies for defense, and most participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Austria: Neutral since 1955, Austrian law states “in all future times Austria will not join any military alliances and will not permit the establishment of any foreign military bases on her territory.”
Costa Rica: Neutral since 1949, the year it became the first modern nation to abolish its army. Members of the small “civil guard” are bound to form a national army in case of invasion.
Finland: Sharing a border with the USSR put it in a precarious position as World War II ended, and it declared neutrality shortly thereafter to alleviate Cold War tension.
Ireland: Neutral since gaining its independence in 1922, Ireland possesses a small army and, unlike most neutral nations, allows foreign military aircraft to fly over the country and refuel at some Irish airports.
Sweden: Sweden hasn’t fought a war since the Nepoleonic War of 1814, making it the longest-running neutral nation on Earth.
Switzerland: Neutral since 1815
Turkmenistan: It’s been neutral since it gained independence from Russia in 1992. It does have a standing army but doesn’t participate in UN missions.
Do you know what The amusement park chain Six Flags' name means?
It’s the “Six flags over Texas,” referring to the six different governments that have ruled the state. Spain (1529-1685, 1690-1821), France (1685-1690), Mexico (1821-1836), Republic of Texas (1836-1845), Confederate States of America (1861-1865), United States of America (1845-1861, 1865-present)
Hopefully you’re Thanksgiving went well and your jeans still fit. Or at least they last until January, when you make a resolution to lose weight and hit the gym more.
In the meantime, while everyone’s spending their time cybershopping for the perfect toaster for Grandma, you can continue your job hunt. Many job seekers have put their searches on hold during the holiday season, but they’re missing out. Companies are still in need of workers and plenty aren’t going to wait until January 2 to start hiring again. They need workers right now.
So here are 10 companies that are hiring workers this week:
Chipotle, named after a smoked jalapeno pepper, was founded in 1993 by CEO and professional chef Steve Ells.
"When I created Chipotle in 1993, I had a very simple idea: Offer a simple menu of great food prepared fresh each day, using many of the same cooking techniques as gourmet restaurants. Then serve the food quickly, in a cool atmosphere. It was food that I wanted, and thought others would like too. We’ve never strayed from that original idea. The critics raved and customers began lining up at my tiny burrito joint. Since then, we’ve opened a few more.”
Industry: Customer service Sample job titles: Restaurant team member, restaurant hourly crew
Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of September 30, 2010, the Company has $112 billion in assets, operates 16 affiliates with 1,309 full-service Banking Centers, including 101 Bank Mart® locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,390 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina.
IBM is committed to environmental leadership in all of its business activities, from its operations to the design of its products and use of its technology. IBM’s corporate policy on environmental affairs, first issued in 1971, is supported by the company’s global environmental management system, which is the key element of the company’s efforts to achieve results consistent with environmental leadership and ensures the company is vigilant in protecting the environment across all of its operations worldwide.
Industry: IT Sample job titles: Senior system testing analyst, WebSphere portal administrator
HealthPort, formerly SDS, is the catalyst for a whole new approach to health information processing. Virtually every healthcare organization wrestles with the challenges of managing paper-based health information and a more efficient, streamlined, and secure electronic medical records processing. This is a daunting task for even the most resource-rich organizations, and HealthPort has helped some of the most recognizable names in healthcare attain that vision. We want to help you get there as well.
Industry: Health care Sample job titles: Medical records ROI specialist, medical records ROI specialist
From the earliest days of America’s “War On Poverty,” when Job Corps began under the inspired leadership of Sargent Shriver, Career Systems Development Corporation (CSD) has sought to impact youth for growth. Operating centers nationwide and never giving up in our quest to find the best ways to serve our disenfranchised youth, the CSD family is deeply involved in the future and growth of our trainees.
In operation since 1964, Career Systems Development Corporation (CSD) focuses on training at-risk youth. At the CSD Job Corps Centers, eligible young people ages 16 through 24 receive education to earn a GED or high school diploma and career technical training at no cost to them!
Founded in 1907 as a messenger company in the United States, UPS has grown into a $42.6 billion corporation by clearly focusing on the goal of enabling commerce around the globe. Today UPS is a global company with one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world. We have become the world’s largest package delivery company and a leading global provider of specialized transportation and logistics services. Every day, we manage the flow of goods, funds, and information in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
Industry: Transportation and delivery Sample job titles: Drivers, package handlers
Through the values of integrity, service, innovation and transparency, Tenet is a disciplined operating company uniquely positioned for growth.
Since 2003, Tenet’s Commitment to Quality has improved the quality of medical care and patient safety at its hospitals and other businesses by evaluating processes and promoting best practices. As the world in which Tenet operates continues to change, Tenet’s Commitment to Quality will remain focused on quality, the growing quality gap relative to top performers in the industry, and the fact that payers and employees use quality as a distinguishing factor. Visit the Quality Care page for more information.
Since 1955, when entrepreneur R. Charles Loudermilk began renting folding chairs for 10c a day, Aaron’s has led the charge in providing the absolute highest level of service, quality name brand products and the guaranteed low price. With more than 1,800 Company operated and franchised stores in 48 states and Canada. Aaron’s is the leader in lease-to-own and specialty retailing of furniture, appliances, electronics and computers.
Aaron’s also operates RIMCO, Custom Wheels and Tires, Aaron’s Office Furniture, and operates 18 distribution facilities along with 10 furniture manufacturing plants.
Look for all our GREAT openings as we continue to GROW!
Industry: Sales Sample job titles: Customer service representative, manager trainee
At TCS, we achieve real business results that allow you to transform, and not just maintain, your operations. Our IT services, business solutions and outsourcing bring you a level of certainty that no other competitor can match.
You will experience your requirements being met on time, within budget and with high quality; greater efficiency and responsiveness to your business; and the ability to shift investment to strategic initiatives rather than tactical functions.
Industry: Consultant Sample job titles: Business development manager, recruiting manager
Robert Half Legal is a leading provider of experienced professionals on a project and full-time basis. Our offices have dedicated teams who focus solely on attorney search, project placement, legal support search and legal support placements – so you will always work with Account Executives who are local experts for your specific job requirements.
Our full-service approach, extensive knowledge of the legal marketplace and experienced staff allow us to respond to your needs and requirements quickly and efficiently. Your local Robert Half Legal office offers a wealth of career opportunities and resources, including:
Changing Gears on Personal Branding. Are You Sending the Right Message?
What are you known for? What do people say about you when you leave the room? (They are talking about you, aren’t they?) How can you burnish your reputation to win that promotion or land that new client? You’ve diligently focused on your personal brand for years — but what if you now want to reinvent yourself?
It happens all the time. A financial services executive moves into retail. A techie wants to try marketing. A VC wants to jump ship and become a life coach. Your path may make perfect sense to you, but how can you convince others to embrace your new brand — and take you seriously?
Here are five steps to reinventing yourself for the business marketplace.
1. What’s Your Destination? First, you need to develop a detailed understanding of where you want to go, and the knowledge and skills necessary to get there. If you’ve been a techie for the past decade, you may understand every new marketing toy out there, from Facebook to Foursquare. But can you effectively convey that knowledge to a non-technical audience? Learning the skills you need will help you gain the confidence necessary to start identifying (and publicizing) yourself in your new identity.
2. Leverage Your Points of Difference. In marketing, we call it a USP — a “Unique Selling Proposition.” What makes you different from anyone else? That’s what people will remember, and you can use it to your advantage. Conservative pundit Ann Coulter, as the New York Times recently reported, has reinvented herself after losing popularity to newer, even more right-wing talking heads. Leveraging her unique blend of blonde vixen and conservative firebrand, Coulter is now courting gay Republicans who enjoy diva-style smack talk. You probably won’t find Sarah Palin hitting that circuit anytime soon, so it looks like Coulter owns it.
3. Develop a Narrative. You used to write award-winning business columns — and now you want to review restaurants? It’s human nature to have many interests, to seek new experiences, and to want to develop new skills over the course of your life. Unfortunately, there’s a popular word to describe that profound quest: dilettante (an amateur interest). It’s unfair, but to protect your brand you need to develop a coherent narrative arc that explains to people — in a nice, simple way so they can’t miss it — exactly how your past fits into the present. An example of changing others’ perspective - “I used to write about the business side of many industries, including food and wine,” you could say. “I realized my big-picture knowledge about agricultural trends and business finance made me uniquely positioned to cover restaurants with a different perspective.” It’s like a job interview — you’re turning what could be perceived as a weakness (he doesn’t know anything about food, because he’s been a business reporter for 20 years) into a compelling strength that people can remember (he’s got a different take on the food industry because he has knowledge most other people don’t).
4. Reintroduce Yourself. The vast majority of people, regrettably, aren’t paying much attention to you. That means their perceptions are probably a few years out of date — and it’s not their fault. With hundreds (or thousands) of Facebook friends and vague social connections, we can’t expect everyone to remember all the details of our lives. So we have to strategically re-educate our friends and acquaintances — because, especially if we’re launching a new business venture, they’re going to be our buyers and recommenders. That means a concerted effort to phone or email everyone on your list — individually — to let them know about your new direction and, where appropriate, ask for their help, advice, or business. (What do you think I’m doing here?) Please note that blast emails are a start, but too often go unread. Sometimes, less is more.
5. Prove Your Worth. There’s a difference between my knowing that you’ve launched a new graphic design business and trusting that you’ll do a good job for clients. I may like you a lot, but unless I see proof of your skills, I may hesitate to put my own reputation on the line by sending you referrals. That’s where blogs, podcasts, videocasts, and other forms of social media come in. It’s critical to let potential customers see what you’re about and test drive your approach before they make a large commitment. Checking out your image gallery and seeing a roster of attractive corporate logos you’ve designed may allay my fears enough to send you that major new account.
Be intentional on your communication and what I often hear from people – slow down and let your audience catch up to you. It’s really not about what you are sending but how are they receiving your message. What are your best strategies for reinventing your personal brand? I would love to hear them