Ageism in Tech? They Almost Killed Me.

—– Ageism in Tech? They almost killed me because of this.

—– SCORES – I once suggested to the university career center that current OWLS, older learners, re-test while the testing is free. Then they can differentiate themselves from older workers whose degrees are more than 20 years ago. They refused, but I re-tested anyway for free.   [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

LinkedIn’s editor Caroline Fairchild wrote the online article called NO ONE IN TECH WILL ADMIT THAT THEY’RE OLD (C. Fairchild, 2016). I wrote this essay to follow hers.

—– CURRENT – I got my BBA at 43, now 57. And I got my BA at 48. So both of my degrees are new, although they aren’t really really new. But we are never as smart as when we graduated university or high school. But still, the degrees of my 50s and 60s peers have aged 30 and 40 years ago. And my degrees are ten and fifteen years current.   [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

—– DISABILITY – Many of my peers are leveraging for SSI and Disability Insurance. That umbrella really hurts active viable older workers who have not yet given up. They are trying to beat the age requirement of 62, while they are relatively still young men and young women.

—– But wait, because there is more.   [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

—– SMARTER – I agree that active older workers play drag-butt with most of their fellow older workers. I play Lumosity, and several other neuro-science/neuro-plasticity computer games. Their statistics say that the smartest players are 20-25 years-old. And the statistics go down hill, in performance, from there. I now score in the top 25 percentile of the 20-25 group, because that is important to department heads and recruiters.

—– SINGLES – I started my own pro-employment marketing campaign called SNAK – Single No Kids. It included the empty-nesters and the divorced. It also included Generation Jones, the younger part of the Baby Boomers. I made in-roads with important people.   [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

—– Yes. And there is yet more than that.

—– PROCESSES – Many older workers stay with old legacy processes. But younger workers learn on new processes because they constantly hang in schools with academia. Their legacy processes are two to five years old, instead of 20 to 30 years old. It is just a matter of scale. Younger workers are not deliberately creative or inventive; they just fall into it.   [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

—– MEMORY – Younger workers deal with short-term memory while older workers deal with long-term. Really? Older workers enjoy Carly Simon and Journey. And younger workers enjoy Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Rhianna. But if older workers wanted to listen to current music, they can just turn the dial if they want.

—– There probably is some aggressive ageism in tech. But everybody enjoys a good fight, from the moment we enter the building until the time we leave the building. While the boss didn’t start it, they can enjoy watching us leave blood on the floor.   [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

Fitness Diary

Intermittent Fasting Gains Fans

—– By using the Intermittent Fasting-Technique, I expect to regain my 1999 pound weight by summer 2017.  This graph describes my weight control better than a photo.  Sports icons, movie stars and successful business people have used fasting.

—– I mainly draw my motivation from the fitness experts who have proven YouTube channels.  If you have a proven YouTube channel with a consistent subscribership, you are one of my virtual fitness mentors that I draw strength from.

—– I am not going to parse the reasons for the weight loss or gain, from 2010 through 2016.


This is my workout for Sunday, August 28, 2016.    [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]




Fitness Diary

Workout for August 28, 2016


Solid Foundation for Good Future

—– Rise to the top because of harmony between peers, solid successful work and the praise of past bosses.

—– I’m well aware that the easiest way for co-employees to avoid work is to insist that I go to the boss for permissions.  And it’s all on the level of loading pallets and unloading pallets.  It’s all on the level of me getting another batch of survey forms to data input through typing.  And whenever I ask another co-employee for help, they always tell me to go to the boss because I shouldn’t tell them what to do.    [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

—– But when I go to the boss frequently, even the boss rebels, because the boss knows their employee should have gotten along with me and cooperated with me.  So when the boss rebels, I end up going to his boss.  And that’s a lofty powerful experience, to go over the boss’s head, to claim that I’m not getting cooperation from my co-employees nor my boss.  It’s a recipe for disaster.  But that has been the past environments of work, that I’ve found myself in.    [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

—– I find that fame is the same way.  Often others will tell me to talk to important people, just because it makes me look foolish.  And it shows that my peers have the power to refuse to cooperate on even the smallest things.  That’s certainly the wrong way for me to rise to fame.  If there’s any fame for me, it should be because I get along with people and have many friends.    [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

—– My rise to fame shouldn’t be because I have to go over everybody’s head, and ultimately find myself talking with important people who incidentally always have a microphone in front of them or a camera in front of them.  I shouldn’t rise to fame just because I’m constantly complaining to them about the way my friends are, or my co-employees are, or my bosses are.  My immediate environment isn’t likely to change, because the world is what it is and we all need to accept people as they are.    [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

—– Since we really need to accept people as they are, I often refuse to take that next fateful step off the cliff to fame, stardom and celebrity-status.  I need a solid foundation of stable income and solid friendships, instead of a foundation built on sand.  Surely the microphone and camera can spot frail celebrities; and the audience will use it without pause.    [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

—– No, I do want the stable base-level job through which I can prove myself as a company-man, and as a base-level leader.  I want that, if my peers and prospective bosses will let me.  Because without that, I’ve lost everything anyway.    [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

—– It’s said that those who haven’t made their own money are most apt to lose money, when it falls in their laps.  And I’ve never really made my own money, per se.  I need to do that.  I need to make my money as a responsible worker, instead of chase stardom through the warm milk and cookies of a magic good-looking celebrity or nice-sounding celebrity.    [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

—– That’s why I want to be a cashier or a delivery driver for awhile.  But that hiring takes a dialogue and an agreement.  And after I’ve demonstrated that ability for awhile, maybe I’ll try the next brassring higher up.  And nobody can push me to do what I don’t want to do, or force me into actions that I deem are unwise.    [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]


Spanish as a Second Language: Flashcard Practice: House Nouns. 17.Aug.2016 (video)

On Wednesday, I spent time practicing my Spanish nouns on objects we find in a house.  Watch these four minutes of homework in Spanish as a Second Language. 17.Aug.2016  [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]



Fitness Diary

The Two Thousand Calorie Workout, 10.Sep.2013


Journal Entry from MyFitnessPal

—– This workout routine clarifies a 2,500 calorie burn, that I did in 2013.  The target burn is 500 calories per hour, in either of the following cardio exercises.  [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

  • Treadmill (1 hour at 3.0 mph with a 5.0% incline)
  • Stationary Bicycle (1 hour at 90 rpm with level 11 on the Life Fitness machine)
  • Rowing (1 hour going 3700 meters at 16 strokes-per-minute for 1025 strokes)
  • Swimming (60 laps which is 1 mile in an hour)
  • Elliptical (30 minutes at 4.5 mph at 300 calories with the level-to-match)



Journal Entry from Workout Notebook

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—– The five different cardio-types spread the strain through many different body movements.  The body often incurs injury through repetitive movements.  So anything longer than an hour walk incurs one type of injury.  And anything longer than an hour on the stationary bicycle incurs a different type of injury.  [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

—– Those who can maintain this level of activity in the gym can also maintain eight hours of physical activity in most working environments; of warehouse, of outdoor, of office, of call center, or of retail work.  And those who can maintain this level of activity can also burn the necessary calories required for weight control.  The heart and lung conditioning is also a bonus, since you are never going to get tired throughout your day.[Donate online to KeepYourHouse]

—– Workouts like these did improve my health, fitness and physical presentation so that employers hired me.  And I worked with customers in face-to-face F2F P2P types of jobs.  [Donate online to KeepYourHouse]



LIMITLESS vs LUCY. Which is Smarter?

—– Two movies show two heroes, of average intelligence, taking on the world by getting smarter overnight, but neither showcase blue-collar Do-It-Yourself skills.  LIMITLESS (2011) and LUCY (2014) both gauge their hero’s intelligence spurts by their ability to perform white-collar tasks.  In LIMITLESS, the hero learns martial arts in seconds, second language skills in hours, and day trader skills in days.  And in LUCY, the heroine learns language skills in seconds, martial arts skills in seconds, surgeon skills instantly and can cruise cellphone frequencies without a phone.

—– But many people judge intelligence by the ability to fix a car or fix a house.  I hope that writers and the movie industry can build-in several minutes of a hero doing the following tasks:

  • changing oil, oil filter and spark plugs
  • upgrading the burned out headlight bulb of a car.
  • upgrading a car’s wiper blades

And similarly I hope that the future heroine can go into a house to perform the following duties:

  • caulk a kitchen sink
  • exterminate an infestation in a bedroom
  • put new line into a weed-eater.
  • put a new coat of exterior white or interior white on an old house.

—– As a reward, people who can do those tasks should get a matching gift from somebody around.  It doesn’t have to be a sexual gift, since that play can turn off some audience members.

—– Many average people wait weeks and months to get their headlights legal and get the gunky oil changed.  I agree that the skills of a day trader are valuable, but barring that, many audience members will instantly fully appreciate a pest-free house, a leak-free sink, and a nicely trimmed yard..

—– So please add blue-collar skills into the high intelligence profiles of movie hero leads and movie heroine leads.


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