Friday is here, and this video seems like the perfect end to this week: I first noticed this video in a post by Mike Wehner at Boy Genius Report: As someone who spends much of his work day trying to sift through gadget rumors and staring wide-eyed at photos taken hundreds of millions of miles … Continue reading Video: See a front end loader “dancing” at a construction trade show
Slate's podcast, Working, profiles various professionals in an attempt to understand what certain unique jobs entail. In a recent episode, Jacob Brogan profiled Mark Hughes, a self-described "cell technical specialist" who performs forensic analysis of batteries: The lab where Hughes works is an enormous facility, coming in at around 85,000 square feet. It includes equipment … Continue reading Listen: Slate podcast features a profile of the forensic analysis process
Perhaps it should come as little surprise that Sweden's new Museum of Failure sounds like the perfect museum for a person like me. Jason Zasky, writing for Failure Magazine (which is now one of my favorite subscriptions), reports the following: The Museum of Failure isn’t on any list of the Top Things to do in … Continue reading New museum in Sweden celebrates the failure necessary for progress and innovation
Financial Times' Matthew Klein has proposed an interesting alternative theory about the skilled labor shortage in the US that has impacted all sectors of the construction industry, but especially the residential market. He posits that by looking at homebuilding data in Japan, the implication is that the US isn't facing a labor shortage so much … Continue reading Why is Japan’s construction industry substantially more productive than that of the US?
Skilled labor shortages affect more than just the construction industry. As craftsmen in various trades and industries from the Baby-Boomer generation retire or change professions, there aren't too many younger apprentices to train or to otherwise transfer that knowledge. The brain drain could have drastic impacts on modern conveniences that most of us take for granted. Case … Continue reading More skilled craftsman retiring and taking their skills with them