And another week goes by

Shawn Magrath

Have you ever had one of those days where it seems that you can’t do anything right? And of course, the harder you try to fix your mistakes, the more you unintentionally make a problem worse – sort of like putting out a fire by dumping gasoline on it? Thank goodness I’m not having one of those days, although I did accidentally put the word “condolences” when I wanted “commendations” in today’s article about an SE student selected to play in the Great American Marching Band during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I accidentally switched the words while running spell check and didn’t notice (and in hindsight, I suppose “commendations” wouln’t have the best choice of wording either… Live and learn, I guess). But hey, whether she’s offered condolences or (more likely) commended for her efforts, that girl should be proud of her accomplishments. Kudos, Meaghan!

I read an interesting online article last night that recognized a federal bill out there that if passed, would mandate all car manufacturers to install a black box device on all makes and models beginning in 2015. The government could access recorded data on this device if given a court order, or in an investigation by the Secretary of Transportation to find who has driven where and when. Of course, I’m not too worried about this Big Brother-ish bill passing, at least not without a lot of pushback. Really, what’s the purpose of monitoring every driver’s move (which the GPS in millions of cars and cell phones already does). Personally, I don’t need constant surveillance to remind me of the ever so unexciting snooze-fest of a life I lead. I know the average data in my car’s black box would be as follows:
• Home to work
• Work to home
• Home to grocery store
• Grocery store to home
• End of day
I feel sorry for whoever’s put in charge of monitoring my travel data. It’s going to put them to sleep.

And into another not so subtle change of topics, heads up to anyone hoping to go back to school. The Wall Street Journal’s reporting wider gaps in wage equality between college majors. Not surprisingly, majors in math and science are likely to make much more money in their field over the course of their career than anyone else, which is devastating for some of us who chose an English major. Oops. Well, I may be at the low end of the socioeconomic food chain for the rest of my life, but at least I know the difference between condolences and commendations. You can’t put a price on that.