November 2013

November 2013

Oil rush. Despite America now sitting atop the largest oil and gas reserves in the world, Texas A&M issued a warning to incoming petroleum engineering majors last year: careful, it may not last. College students choosing majors that correspond to the list of jobs that are in high demand, said the university, often find the list has changed by the time graduation comes around. Is there a solution?  Find real work experience of some kind in your desired field for one thing, says The Wall Street Journal.

Flash! Good news from the economic front! In 1930, economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that the standard of living would be “between four and eight times as high” 100 years later. We’re on track. By actual numbers, we’re now five times better off than Keynes’s contemporaries.  Still to come: his 15-hour work week.

Blink. Shakespeare was “the nearest thing in incarnation to the eye of God,” said actor Laurence Olivier. But was he that theatre fellow from Stratford?  Alexander Waugh (grandson of novelist Evelyn) pulls the curtain back with a 16th century book. The author, “a sex-maniac clergyman from Cambridge,” says Shakespeare was the nom de plume of Edward de Vere, the courtier-poet Earl of Oxford and a long-argued alternative to the Bard of Avon. As the centuries pass, the plot thickens.

Counter-colonialism. Indian textile manufacturer Prakash Lohia is putting his rupees to work on Sheridan House, an 18th century mansion, the grandest in the Mayfair district of London. Total estimated cost: about 50 million pounds ($80.8 million). A century ago the British viceroy of India, Lord Curzon, restored the Taj Mahal.  Empire, says Tristram Hunt, is a funny business.

“I think I’d like to try milk straight from the cow.” That’s from Kiley Harris, age 7, one of the first-grade students at Fox Hollow Elementary School of Idaho Falls, upon meeting Maggie, the working replica of real-life Bossie the proverbial Cow. The Idaho Farm Bureau advocates an udderly hands-on approach to learning as it brings agricultural models to the classroom. Next? Potatoes, of course.

Quote to note: 
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” – Erma Bombeck

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