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Tough break for oil employees. I have a feeling that industry might get tighter and tighter if regulations keep pushing us into the alternative energy space.
Falling oil prices were cited as the reason for Halliburton's trimming of 9,000 workers in the past few months. Those 9,000 jobs represent more than 10 percent of the oil field service company’s global workforce, said Christian Garcia, interim CFO for the firm, during a quarterly conference call. It comes a few days after Schlumberger announced it would cut up
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Kentucky offering free training to tech workers

Want to learn to make a website? Visit the library in Louisville where your library card is all you need to sign up for classes in technology training. This is a great use of library resources, and it shows a surprising amount of awareness of the changing workforce needs for a state so rooted in old-school manufacturing.
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Etsy Valued at $3.3 Billion

After going public last week, +Etsy's stock rose more than 50% to make them the largest Social Good Corporation (B-Corp) in the country. Can they sustain growth after hitting the open market though? What do you think?
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Some of my thoughts on what gets in the way of good project estimation. Feel free to share your stories with me. I'd love to hear more from experienced managers and devs!
Project estimation is something that every engineering manager wants to get good at, but it seems to be a problem that very few people can say they've mastered. I'm not here to tell you I'm especially great at estimating things (or that I even have that much experience doing it), ...
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For-profit college grads refuse to pay back student loans
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If you rely upon someone else to get you a job - you're doing it wrong.
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Surprise, surprise. The unregulated "breast" milk that people are buying online isn't all it's advertised to be.

I just heard about this trend over the weekend. Apparently meatheads and more understandably women who can't produce their own breastmilk are buying black market milk on places like Craigslist. Unsurprisingly, as much as 10% of the samples purchased are mixed with cow's milk.

Is it just me or does feeding your baby something you bought on the internet from a stranger seem crazy?
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How Dilbert's Creator Turned a Lot of Failures into Final Success

Scott Adams is a really interesting dude, and after stumbling on his blog a few months ago, I decided to check out his book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big.

It's part self-help and part anecdotal advice for people who want to be successful but are still looking for a formula to do so. Check out my whole review below, and if you've read it, let me know what you think.
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How often do you look for a new job?

Most employees now think it's normal to hold a position for two or fewer years before looking for work. I've noticed this a lot in the tech sector where movements are very common and competition for the best talent very high.

I think it's okay though. Employer loyalty is a thing of the past.
For most younger workers, staying with an employer five or more years seems unthinkable, but that doesn't mean millennials want to change jobs every 6 months. There are pros and cons to switching jobs more than once every two years as this infographic points out. Highlights: Only 13% of millennials believe workers should stay at a job for five years
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This priest should be in jail, but instead he was allowed to resign quietly. Religious privilege makes me sick when it comes to child abuse.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn from his leadership role with the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of the Kansas City in Kansas Archdiocese will serve as the diocese’s interim leader.
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Resigning from the church doesn't make him immune to prosecution. It's up to the families though to be willing to press charges and stand as witnesses. If they don't want to do that because they don't want to upset the church or their congregation then there's nothing the law can do.
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Headlines like this give me hope for America...I think.
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We certainly don't need the Republicans passing any of their ideological-based laws. And we don't need them passing anything to roll back or strip away progressive things like Dodd-Frank or the ACA. We do need them doing something progressive (not regressive, as is their wont) on tax reform and immigration reform. And maybe, just maybe, they could do a thing about the wars that we are getting in. Oh, but that wouldn't be Republican...
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API Clients for 7 Job Search Websites in PHP

For the past few months I've been investigating job board APIs. The problem is that even though they all let you get access to roughly the same data, they're all different in how you request that data and what form their responses take. If you've ever worked with multiple job search API's, you know what I mean.

This first set of projects includes support for:

- Indeed

- Dice

- Government Jobs

- Careerbuilder

- SimplyHired

- JuJu

- Jobs2Careers

To read more and see a demo project, check out my blog post below.
I've been playing around with several job search API's for the last year as a part of a personal research project. Basically I wanted to run a search query on several job board sites and receive a standard result. I decided to start by investigating 7 job board APIs.
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Let me know if you have any questions or feedback  +Juan Valencia it's definitely a work in progress.
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Internet junkie, web developer, startup fanatic, bootstrapper, and continual student
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  • Packback Books
    Software Engineering Manager, 2013 - present
  • Uloop - Student News & Classifieds
    Director of Student News, 2012 - 2013
  • JobBrander
    Founder/CEO, 2013 - 2013
  • MyUdaily
    Founder & CEO, 2011 - 2012
  • Shakeup Media - Web development and community management
    Founder and Owner, 2011 - 2012
  • Siemens Healthcare
    Technical Writing Intern, 2011 - 2011
  • GE Consumer and Industrial
    Mechanical Engineering Intern, 2007 - 2008
  • CleanAir Engineering
    Engineering Intern, 2009 - 2009
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Technology Entrepreneur in Digital Media & Software Development, currently based in Chicago, IL
Introduction
What I do right now:
I am the Director of Student News at +Uloop, where I recruit, train, and manage hundreds of college writers at campuses across the country.  I do a lot of web development, and help with Uloop's social media strategy. I love code, and I love people.

My qualifications:
I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tennessee (c/o 2012), but after two years of internships with some of the biggest firms in the world, I realized that startups were way more fun.  I founded a web-development company (+Shakeup Media) and started a news blog on my college campus.

After pitching my college news platform at business competitions for months, I was getting very little traction.  Uloop found out what I was doing, and eventually brought me on to their team to create Uloop News.  It's now the fastest growing college news blog in the United States with a presence at 50 campuses and over 400 writers contributing.

My Philosophy
Follow me for a week and you'll see that I'm controversial, fun-loving, and a deeply-rooted minimalist. My goal online is to start intelligent dialogues, not further the amount of trash out there to be discarded tomorrow. I live in a 300 square foot apartment with one chair and a mat on the floor, and I am as happy as Bill Gates.

For Fun:
I love meeting people, writing (in both code and prose), playing guitar, traveling, and cooking.  While I enjoy my work and the flexibility it provides, I also do a lot of geeky things on the side. Lately, it's been playing with my Raspberry Pi and learning Python.

Let me know if I you'd ever like to chat:
(901) 827-9637
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"Be interesting, be enthusiastic... and don't talk too much."
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When I was in college the first thing my career adviser told me was to start looking for internships. I was only a freshman at the time, but

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The phrase, “We're looking for someone who's the right fit,” gets thrown around a lot in hiring these days. Everybody from startups to large

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If you've ever worked with a talent recruiter, you know that they can be a bit relentless. Not every recruiter is pushy or annoying, but tho

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Getting hired is much more about who you know that what you know. Whether you like it or not, your professional network will likely be a big

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There are a ton of advantages to working out, especially when you're in the middle of job hunting. If you're without a job or you hate the o

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To the non-technical startup founder, offshore outsourcing seems like a godsend. For pennies on the dollar, you can get programmers in India

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You did the college thing, you earned the degree and you accumulated the experience. Now, you just need the job. LinkedIn is a great network

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There are a lot of things you can do to help improve your chances of finding a job in marketing, but you probably never thought that your we

I see Ben at Peter Field on a regular basis, and he's always extremely friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Their work is also the best of any tailor I've found in Chicago. They know modern clothing styles and cuts for professionals, and I continue to recommend them to friends on a regular basis. The only thing they could improve is opening another location closer to my office!
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Dollar for dollar, I haven't found any better Chinese food in this part of Uptown. It's cheap, greasy, and if you look inside the place you won't be impressed, but the food is excellent and the staff is friendly.
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This place is amazing. Friendly staff, great food (whether you're vegan or not), and a wide variety of options. First time in today, and I can promise I'll be back.
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Thursday and Saturday night are their big days. Never had the food, but the beer is cheap, the music is loud, and the people are always fun. It's one of the most progressive dance crowds in the city, and stays hopping till 2 or 3 am.
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very Good
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They did a great job with my nose piercing. Their piercer was professional and very thorough when it came to explaining care instructions. He even told me to come in anytime for a follow up or new gauge if I felt uncomfortable with the one I got. This place might not be the cheapest, but if you're doing body modification, your health is worth more than saving a few bucks.
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The pizza is excellent, they have a great beer selection, and there are live bands almost every night. The crowd is what you'd expect in the Old City, a mix of young and old. During the day, a great spot for your family or large groups to meet, but it does get a bit loud at night.
Atmosphere: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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