- What’s wrong with the movie industry’s release model? That artificial scarcity thing, is, well, artificial!
“But what’s clear is that every other form of entertainment is getting easier and cheaper to consume, except theatrically released movies. And this is absolutely going to catch up to the industry sooner or later.”
(Via @wfvanvalkenburg, Forbes, What ‘The Interview’ Accidentally Taught Us About Digital Film Distribution, December 27, 2014)
- If the research in the IEEE Spectrum article titled “The STEM Crisis Is a Myth” by Robert N. Charette is to be believed, the “STEM Labor Shortage” is not one simply of numbers. There are more than enough graduates each year to cover the annual vacancies.
Unfortunately, after that clearly presented fact, the author wimps out and doesn’t draw the connections he probably should and inserts his personal opinion at the end of the article. If you combine the obvious number of vacancies (and assume that companies aren’t padding their openings for other reasons, which is possible), with radical change in the way companies do (or don’t as the case may be) provide training and try and retain employees the way they used to, I think it’s reasonable to understand the problem as that there is a shortage of the “right” STEM competencies. While the need to learn on one’s own has been an aspect of software development for at least the last twenty years, I’m beginning to understand more of the scope and scale of the problem in all other industries. I’ve been doing more work in engineering education again, and have been collaborating on community college and workforce development projects and see the efforts underway to address this lack of the “right” preparation.
(Via IEEE Spectrum, The STEM Crisis Is a Myth, September 2013)
I took a look at what Google Analytics had to say for 2013.
I found the traffic stats on desktop versus mobile to be particularly interesting.
That Apple devices were the majority of mobile use wasn’t particularly surprising.
But the browser resolutions was a bit surprising.
My design point for this site is desktop users with a reasonably high screen resolution. That’s still the case, but mobile users with much smaller resolutions are making up a big enough percentage of to get my attention.
This is what my site looks like at 568 x 320.
2013 was an off year for me and blogging only about 40 posts for the year. Unfortunately I was too busy at work to have time to write up blog posts 🙁
Top 25 Most Read Posts during 2013
My blog received about 29,000 visits in 2013 from 163/196 countries according to WordPress’ stats.