Archive for September, 2011

Infographic Resume–a sign of the times…

Well, the web is certainly evolving. I accidentally came across this rather nascent idea today for touting one’s wares; the infographic resume. I noticed an intriguing post by Andrew Corliss, so I clicked through. He posted up an Infographic Resume. I think this lad is on to something…

I came across Andrew’s resume while I was (pa)trolling Mashable Business’ web site, digesting the stats on their Job Searching with Social Media [InfoGraphic].

 

And we engineers have a propensity to use infographics for locating information, too:

CALGAVIN Social Media Survey
Courtesy of: CALGAVIN

Gamification

Everyone likes a good story. Everyone likes to play a game, right? This operative crossed my Inbox today, ‘gamification.’

I’ve been chortling for several years that in order for the general audience in the consumerism-bent west to come on-board to embracing lifestyle changes that include renewable energy and energy efficiency practices, they need to be incorporated as cool, sexy, fun, like a game. Yeah, gamification.

Mario Herger, a Technology Strategist & Community Manager at SAP Labs is a gamification sage. He was recently interviewed and had this to say

By discussing how people interact in game settings, we can learn not just how to cater to them, but also that participants can understand that there are four types of players; the misconception is that all people are just Killers, or single players who only want to win by beating others. In fact, the collaborative games outrace you three to one over solitary competitive games that appeal to Killers.

Hmmm, games making the world a better place? Mixed feelings on this, but I think we have to start somewhere to proactively get the masses to change their consumption behavior, even if it results in player fatigue.

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An engineering generalist with an understanding of sustainable development whose skills set are typically comprised of an amalgam of mechanical and electrical engineering. One who is able to design and assemble systems and components that are comprised of more than one renewable energy (RE) technology i.e. solar, wind, hydro-kinetic (ocean/wave/micro-hydro), biomass, hydrogen fuel cell, geothermal and storage (battery, fly wheel, pumped-hydro). The RE technologies selected depend on one's geographical predisposition, resource availability, the end-use need, practicing conservation (behavioral change) to name a few considerations...

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