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2) Many times, I see jobs advertised for which I apply. About 2 days later, a recruiter will call me about the job. I'll say that I applied, but they will retort that the can get you in due to their established business connections. Half the times I feel that they are using me to make contact with a hiring manager rather than the other way around. Within 4 days, I get a 10 calls from recruiters half way across the country wanting me to represent me.
Lately, I have become a Java programmer and had a C++ interview. I use to know C++ quite well, but after being away from it for a while, I even forgot a lot of that. My first observation was that if you don't keep up, you fall behind quite rapidly. On top of that, it is easy to juxtapose knowledge between the two. For example, while working on Generics in Java, I could not keep my syntax straight and used patterns from C++ templates.
Visit your local IEEE or ACM meetings.
For example, my kid knows a lot about iPhones and various gadgets, but that that does not qualify him to be a repair man. He makes a good effort and is often successful, but really lacks a fundamental understanding.
It is rumored that Einstein was not exactly brilliant in everything. Often, he said, "Physics is easy, its the income tax calculations which are hard!" Similarly, Einstein let his marriage deteriorate. He could have taken easy steps to save his first marriage. Marriage takes work and sacrifice, and if one is really committed to it, then it takes compromise. I think he would have made the same contributions to his fame even had he taken care of matters. Otherwise, he could have just locked himself up in his office and not dated at all, and then he did not need to have a wife.
I know that the fore mentioned example is extreme, but is it any different than knowing any other obtuse bit of knowledge?
That and the fact that landing on a carrier is not always going to be cushy and might miss during a wave swell?
What nonsense to teach this to a 6th grader. First, a 6th grader has no concepts of primitive geometry, even having a difficult time understanding like dimensions and postulates.
The time wasted on this topic should have been devoted to learning fundamentals of mathematics which are the foundations for understanding geometry instead of gee-whiz, look at this proof. I see that because I am a mathematician. I doubt that the text book authors understand the principles of axiomatic formulations of geometry, instead, just route memorized that Pythagoras's stuff is coming up!
People would say it was the best SF. I thought Outer Limits was much better in terms of having stories and characters. For one thing, Kirk and the Enterprise would survive.