Want to Get Hired? 5 Highly Insightful Questions to Ask the Interviewer

“You wouldn’t believe how many companies haven’t thought about this and can’t provide an answer… and when that happens, I’m no longer interested in the position.”

Of course they can provide you an answer, it’s what they say it is. In the interview for work with the last corporation that I applied for employment the interviewer was quite specific. They wanted a person who could keep a shift running, while at the same time weld stainless steel tubing. While I think I could weld stainless steel tubing, in the manner for which he spoke, I really doubt I could do both. My eyes are not what they were before I reached 40, and swing shift is usually not about how much production the mechanic can get out. Swing shift is about the production the production people can put out.

He liked that I knew what “heaters” were (mechanical switches that control the amount of amps a machine uses), but he didn’t like it when I said that I hadI never welded stainless steal tubing before.

Sometimes the answer, to this guy’s question, comes before the end of the interview instead of after.

via Want to Get Hired? 5 Highly Insightful Questions to Ask the Interviewer.

Junk Mail?

My wife still gets mail that supposed to go to her mother. I call that junk mail, but it’s really not. Business knows there is a cost to the buy-in in the experience they have with new customers, and so a few “trinkets” laying around any house seen but unused is not a bad thing.

We don’t have the resources her mother had, but with the resources of hers that we got, I am trying to design something for future generations, and a home that my wife and her mother would enjoy together. It is a really fine line that scale balances on in decision making, and so it is when it comes down to where the money should go, in this project.

Apparently one of the senders, who her mother gave to, have an orientation that is Native American. I got one such sample labeled: from “the Lakota (Sioux) children at St. Joseph’s”. The package says that the contents are made in China, but the context does seem to originate around the culture of Native American. A German physicist that I talked with online said that the Native American culture spoke of quantum physic before all the other “advanced” civilization did. The object we received on behalf of my wife’s mother speaks to me about another dimension, and that is basically what quantum physics says.

It’s not a bad business model if you’re one of the children. After all, who could pass up a deal when there is a Dream Catcher involved and on a key chain?

“They Better Have Fire insurance.”

I am trying to design another home on my lots; the second of the possible 3 on two lots. But I have a vacant house next to the area of my design.

So my neighbor’s quote is correct. Once a house is abandoned or laid vacant for a few years, the best thing to happen to a vacant home is that it burns down. Otherwise you run the risk of spreading the mold throughout the neighborhood, and, once the mold reaches inside the outer wooden sheath, there is no longer anything to salvage.

So I better have good fire insurance, if I am going to build next to it.

#thedalles, #design, #communityorganizer, #solidworks

“Geo-spacial, geostrategic and geo-energy importance of #Afghanistan for the #USA #geopolitics

As I observed in this post on Obama’s Pivot to the East, structure is important. Structure contains the culture of any movement of energy and culture doubles by multiply eight. Twice the structure containing culture represent 8 times the power of the movement the culture represents.

The structure in this tweet looks like a one-legged balance beam laying on the knife edge that is the Persian Gulf, held-up on the “heavy end” by the leg of Pakistan, the foundation of the Arabian Sea, with the muscle being South Asia (the home of the larges population of Muslims?). It is not so much a doubling of the population in any specific area, but the static forces on the structure itself.

As the Caliphate “finds” its way, its only advantage (as if the West will be able to take advantage of the position of the Caliphate) will be in its ability to take a little heat, cause by the weight of Geopolitics on the Geo-spacial areas of the world, off the that Geo-strategic area east of Afghanistan.

Structural-wise, it is the most contested area of the world largely supported by a leg, which, if not weak, whose force is made static by nuclear weapons.

Maybe balance is enough and the West has no real command of the situation, only some control over where it is postioned and who controls the Caliphate.

Velina Tchakarova on Twitter: “Geo-spacial, geostrategic and geo-energy importance of #Afghanistan for the #USA #geopolitics http://t.co/oBjh1c0fw7 http://t.co/GPWy2gtcum”.


I am going to try and build my new house in a decentralization way. At least that is a part of my Strategy. Strategy comes with an end, ways and means—Decentralization will be the “way”.

As the Designer, of this project, what I am planning to do is build the foundation and deck at the same time as I install the plumbing and electrical into the wooden structure. This will be accomplished through decentralization. Now, before I start getting a bunch of hate mail, hear me out.

Decentralization doesn’t mean there isn’t a “center”—it means each node of the network carries the same potential energy as their potential “center” would. And by “center” I mean brand.

So my “means”, which are resources, will come from the distribution of energy surrounding this project. So to does that mean that “local” gets moved further out as a center position, but I am still using “stuff” (resources) that would be put into the house anyway, if the house was built locally. So the problem with decentralization comes down to the question of: who will do the work local businesses or large corporations.

From “work” we create a “workspace”, and Orientation begins in the “workspace”. So the people who will do the work will also be the ones within the “workspace” of my design. If this is indeed a Community Project, and that is a big “if”, then the second problem with decentralization becomes: how much will the end of this project affect the community? If the people in command of the resources doesn’t make something off of this, then it is hard to gain any “enthusiasm” to this project.

But remember when you are talking enthusiasm, when you double the energy within the area of a community, it’s “end” doesn’t look like the 4 times the doubling of the area represents. The potential created is 8 times what you once had before you started. Or in other words, what you had at the beginning of the “end”.

The potential created by this project depends largely on how many homes I build on this property—one or the potentially 3 homes—and if these homes become a part of the community.

A Community Project

As we stood looking at my Apricot tree, the person in front of me remarked, “Most Apricot trees are not that big.”. The person was a tree doctor of some kind, but she could have added beautiful, because my big, huge, unmanageable tree is also beautiful in not only full bloom, but, to me, in its unstructured-self that doesn’t lend itself well in producing edible fruit. The tree is too tall and I think she was telling me that, without great harm to man or the tree, there was no easy way to bring the fruit growing branches closer to the ground.

Most apricot trees have small fruit, mine doesn’t. The fruit, while good tasting, are the size of peaches. They are also attacked by some kind of a beetle that attacks the top fruit, then works its way down to the lower branches of the tree. What works for me is to hand-pick the fruit before they are ready to fall and then finish ripening and then cull-out all the insect damaged fruit.

Because of my method (madness?), time and access to fruit is critical. This year everything seemed to ripen and become infected by insects all at once and out of reach. I salvaged some fruit, which I was able to dry, but the rest went fast and rotted into the ground. This is not something I enjoy happening. The smell and sight of the rotting fruit is not pleasant.

The process of harvesting the fruit was not helped by my pruning last year. I tried to lower the amount of fruit that was not suitable for processing by cutting the higher limbs and making all the fruit accessible from the lower limbs, which are still nearly 10 feet of the ground. This pruning opened up light throughout the tree’s umbra. I wanted to be able to reach all the fruit from a ladder on the ground.

But my efforts in getting all the fruit closer to an accessible point closer to the ground didn’t work as planned. All the fruit ripened at the same time and the insects took-over the entire trees, instead of only their half.

I think I could keep the process of making use of the tree’s fruit by letting it grow more and working from a greater height, but I think it is time to let the seedlings take over. I need to find the best position to plant them and then let them reorient my way of collecting the fruit. Besides, the people who really admired the tree’s beauty are gone, and I am not sure if the new neighbors will miss beauty that they haven’t really seen.

I mean all the fruit is edible, but, any more, it has been hard for me to claim my human share. Much of the fruit goes to insects, which I try and do put much of it back into the soil.

But it is harder every year for me to make use of the tree. I am getting too old to be climbing trees and It used to be that we had one good harvest year in about every three years of the tree’s life, but that is changing and this year I couldn’t act quickly enough or at the correct tempo to take care of the fruit.

But there is hope. I have manage to raise two Apricot trees that I got from seedlings from under the tree. They grew great fruit this year which I feel I will be able to manage, once they get transplanted into a permanent position next to the new house springing up from where the big Apricot tree was once.