The STEM gap

There’s a great info-graphic and article on Adecco, concerning the widening gap between available Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) candidates and those job vacancies waiting to be filled.

I have much to be thankful for this year.  In particular, I have Adecco to thank for placing me at a great, international science-based company — Thermo Fisher Scientific.  Our relatively small local branch is a great group of people to be working with.  It’s challenging, new, exciting, and growing.

So it’s odd to think that I’m part of only 8% of all STEM grads still doing this 10 years later.

STEM Jobs Infographic: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

So where are all the STEM people?  It’s a strange dilemma.  If nothing else, the problem makes me thankful that the job future looks more secure today than it did years prior.

Function pointers

Here’s a great quote by John Bass on an EDN article about function pointers as an implementation of state machine design:

Failure complexity is a metric of a design.

http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/embedded-basics/4406821/Function-pointers—Part-3–State-machines

OS X Mountain Lion

So I finally got around to updating my iMac from Lion to Mountain Lion last night.  Wow, I am pleasantly surprised!

For the past year, this was a regular occurrence: systemic memory rot.

It was ridiculous.  I felt like I was using a Windows machine.  No offense, 95% of the world.  But seriously, it was crazy bad.

And now after the Mountain Lion update, it’s like a new machine.  And all for $20.

 

Automagically create annual month folders

On my computer, I’m in the habit of using lots of subfolders for my organization of reports and other output I generate from my financial software 1. I prefer to use a structure of month names inside the for the year, with forced chronological order.

For instance:

\Bills\subfolder1
\Bills\subfolder2

So I wrote an Automator script to do this for me automatically.  It took me a long time to get around to doing it.  I had been creating all these myriad subfolders by hand until now.

To use this, you save as a Finder service here:

~/Library/Services/create annual month folders.workflow

Then, in Finder you select a folder where you want to have the month subfolders created, right click and select Services and then “create annual month folder” and voila!

month folders screenshot

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