The Internet is both empowering and disruptive, streamlining information, but rendering layers of middle management unnecessary. The rate of technological innovation is accelerating. Just keeping up is perilous, bordering on impossible.
In computing people often say the half-life of expertise is roughly 5 years. Meaning in 5 years HALF of what you know is obsolete - so you better keep learning.
I'm taking a cue from my oldest son (Walt) and learning new software, trying to venture out of my comfort zone. It's like swimming upstream, but it's essential for both companies and individuals.
If you think you can get your high school or college degree and be "set for life" I have an 8-track (and gently used fax machine) I'd like to sell you. Like it or not all of us are perpetual learning machines now.
No red blobs are expected on Doppler today, but a few T-storms Friday may turn severe as a hot front approaches and the heat index nears the 100F mark by late afternoon, especially far southern Minnesota. Hey it's been 4 days since my last power outage. I'm due. Between wild, power-sapping wind storms and perpetual road construction it's a wonder I'm semi-sane.
A lake-worthy weekend is brewing with highs near 90F and sticky sun both days. Compared to the rest of America sizzling away Minnesota will see a mild dose of dog days this summer.
Image credit: Jan Null.
* Bloomberg Business takes a look at the link between an intensifying El Nino and the flurry of hurricanes and typhoons in the Pacific.
FRIDAY: Sticky and hot with some murky sunshine, strong to severe T-storms possible. Feels like 95-100F by late afternoon. High: 91
SATURDAY: Hot sun, light winds. Dew point: 68. Wake-up: 73. Winds: NW 5-10. High: 88
SUNDAY: Hazy sunshine. Go jump in a lake. Wake-up: 72. High: near 90
MONDAY: Still steamy. Strong T-storms late? Wake-up: 74. High: 92
TUESDAY: Damp start. Becoming sunny, turning less humid. Wake-up: 71. High: 86
WEDNESDAY: Blue sky, comfortable. DP: 58. Wake-up: 66. High: 84
Photo credit above: "Formation of lakes on the Greenland Ice Sheet after the main melt-season due to warm wet weather and heavy rain. Later this water drains to the bottom of the ice sheet enabling it to move and melt faster. This makes the ice sheet more vulnerable to such rapid melt events as the climate warms, scientists say in a new study." (Photo: Sam Doyle).
Photo credit above: "This photo provided by Paramount Pictures shows, Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator in "Terminator Genisys," from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions." (Melinda Sue Gordon/Paramount Pictures via AP).
Photo credit above: Season Spotter/PhenoCam. "This flowery field and image of Hawaii's Kamuela mountainside come from a network of cameras tracking vegetation's response to climate change. The project, called Season Spotter, appeals to the public for help by recruiting Internet users to assist researchers in analyzing images of natural scenes."
"There are too many special interests - and economic interests easily end up trumping the common good." - Pope Francis, Encyclical Letter Laudato Si.
- Greenhouse gases continued to climb: Major greenhouse gas concentrations, including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, continued to rise during 2014, once again reaching historic high values. Atmospheric CO2 concentrations increased by 1.9 ppm in 2014, reaching a global average of 397.2 ppm for the year. This compares with a global average of 354.0 in 1990 when this report was first published just 25 years ago.
- Record temperatures observed near the Earth’s surface: Four independent global datasets showed that 2014 was the warmest year on record. The warmth was widespread across land areas. Europe experienced its warmest year on record, with more than 20 countries exceeding their previous records. Africa had above-average temperatures across most of the continent throughout 2014, Australia saw its third warmest year on record, Mexico had its warmest year on record, and Argentina and Uruguay each had their second warmest year on record. Eastern North America was the only major region to experience below-average annual temperatures..."
Image credit above: "Arctic sea ice thickness in autumn as measured by CryoSat-2 between 2010 and 2014." Credit: CPOM.