Entries Tagged as '2012'

My Future Career Tip!

Yesterday, I picked up a Prestige Limousine client in Lake Oswego and took him to PDX for a flight home. As we crossed the Willamette on the Marquam Bridge, we took in the progress of the new light rail bridge being built. He told me that everything, like a bridge, is now built on a computer in the cloud and all sorts of engineering decisions are made there. An engineer can subject the bridge to various loads, make design changes, subject the design to earthquake stresses all on the computer. Because the design is in the cloud, what used to take two to three days for each iteration, even with a powerful computer, now can be viewed instantly or can take as much as a 30-minutes. The cloud substantially decreases the design time, cuts production or manufacturing time, cuts costs and increases safety.

I shared with him the bus charter of children that took us to the new Sellwood Bridge. The children saw from water level the result of shifting a working bridge 30 to 60 feet downstream, so a new bridge could be built in its place. They saw how new piles coffer dams were built and met the engineers working on the project. I doubt if it impressed the children, but I was astounded that most of the civil engineers were women fresh out of college in the last two years. When I grew up, engineers were men.


Big pipe to be used for the new bridge concrete.


Looking up at the old, shifted Sellwood.


My charter bus under the new bridge supports.

Here’s my future career tip: My passenger says his company is looking for female engineers to hire. I failed to ask him why. Maybe women bring a unique perspective to a project; maybe they demand less in salary; maybe it’s good for morale; maybe the answer is none of the above. Whatever, his company wants to hire female mechanical and electrical engineers. All they can get. This is still an area dominated by men, he told me. So if you like to design or build things and you’re a woman consider becoming in demand mechanical and electrical engineers.

Week 4 Football Upsets

#6 Oklahoma 19, #15 Kansas St 24

Seriously!
#24 Boise St. 7, BYU 6 and BYU had five turnovers. That’s not the look of a #24 team.

Well, that’s satisfying!
Oregon State beats #19 UCLA 27 to 20 and Mike Riley is tied for the most wins ever at OSU.

Now, let’s see if #3 Oregon can avoid the SI jinx tonight against #22 Arizona.

UPDATE: #3 Oregon overwhelms #22 Arizona 49 to 0!

Locally. Portland State loses to Southern Utah 49 to 42.

Swill Shoveled For A Long Time

Socialism is great, I’m told, until we run out of other people’s money.

Order And Madness

Ever since I watched Chris Martenson, economic analyst at chrismartenson.com and author of ‘The Crash Course’, explain why he thinks that the coming 20 years are going to look completely unlike the last 20 years, I can’t stop thinking about his examples.  You can watch it at Zero Hedge.

Then today I watched a hour with Kyle Bass explain why he is pessimistic about Europe, Japan and the U.S.  and he references an article in Foreign Affairs by Nassim Taleb (and Mark Blyth).

When I say to my wife or friends that Silver has a huge upside, maybe $350 to $1,000, the inevitable question is when?  Martenson says in an exponential system things come faster and faster and Taleb says a complex system that has been made stable by governments or politicians, for example, becomes extremely fragile and leads to black swans,

I just don’t think we have years and years, but maybe a year to three at the most. Why should we squander our precious resources on things Blue Ray players, iPads, and Kindles, when buying Silver and Gold coins makes more sense?

Biden Calls Corzine

Biden says after the new regime took over they talked about a “Bank Holiday.” That’s when they close the banks, devalue the currency, and then let you have some of that new currency. Then he says they called Jon Corzine, formerly of Goldman Sachs, for financial advice. Financial advice from a man who just ran MF Global into the ground and stole over $1.2 billion of investors money.

Now Gerald Celente tells us to expect a “Bank Holiday” in the first quarter of 2012. You can listen to Celente at King World News.

Economy? Bad Through Q1, 2012?

MaxedOutMama has a very scary chart in NFIB – The Swedish Movie

Jaws Dropped At The BBC

Zero Hedge continues to find the most provocative information and share it with the rest of us.


Now Or Eventually?

Bev and I spent an enjoyable weekend with our friends Bill and Connie at Neskowin. Plenty of food, drink and conversation. Just plain relaxing with walks thrown in on the sand or through the town. One big difference between Bill’s and my outlook for the U.S. economy is time. He thinks eventually we will end where Greece is now, bankrupt, if we continue on our present fiscal and monetary path. There is still time to pull out of our nosedive. We just need the political will.

I don’t see any political will to cut trillions from our spending that can overcome the anger from the public once they see their programs being cut. I think it is too late. We both like Gold. He is not willing to guess how high the high is for Gold and it may take years saying the high is unknowable. I on the other hand think we could go parabolic and the endgame is over the next year and a half. I base part of my reasoning on the following chart:


(Click on to enlarge)

If we stay in the current uptrend, we will look like the period from 1970 to 1980 and the top is up near $10,000 in 2012. What’s the risk if I’m wrong? You own lots of Gold before everyone else. What’s the risk if he’s wrong? Anything denominated in dollars vanishes like the memory of summer heat in November.




Undefeated…I’m Going!

The Undefeated Teaser Trailer from Dain Valverde on Vimeo.


Crossing Xibalba

I’ve posted about Xibalba here several times,  The crossing of Xibalba relates to the Mayan end times of December 27, 2012.  I came across Jack’s Florida Bromiliads which has wonderful in depth look at Xibalba, its meaning  and the calendar of the Mayans.  The Mayans believed, for example,

After death, the soul was believed to go to the underworld, Xibalba a place of fright where sinister gods tested and tricked their unfortunate visitors.

They believed the crossing of Xibalba released these souls from purgatory.  That’s why so many are afraid of what 2012 will bring.

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