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Monday, August 22, 2016

Some Resources for Personal and Professional Development and Well-Being

Some Resources for Personal and Professional Development and Well-Being

By Aaron S. Robertson

Khan Academy
www.khanacademy.org

Launched by Sal Khan, a Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) –educated former hedge fund analyst, the Khan Academy is a free online education platform, with instruction by Khan himself, all by video. The site features courses in math, science and engineering, computing, arts and humanities, economics and finance, test prep, and more. Within the economics and finance course offerings, Khan has a subcategory devoted to entrepreneurship, featuring exclusive interviews and conversations he conducts with top entrepreneurs and business leaders.

A big thanks to my co-worker, Andy, for bringing this site to my attention. This Web site has been around for quite a while now. I had heard of it. It was planted somewhere in the back of my mind. But it was really Andy's recent recommendation that prompted me to actually look into it, and I'm glad I did, because I love it! In particular, I really enjoy the economics/finance/investments offerings, but there's something for just about everyone.

TED Talks
www.ted.com

Featuring brief talks via video by a plethora of business leaders, entrepreneurs, educators, writers, philosophers, scientists, and subject matter experts of all kinds, TED bills itself as “Ideas worth spreading”.

From its Web site:

TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Credit Karma
www.creditkarma.com

A free resource allowing you to regularly monitor your credit via access to your credit reports, weekly updates to your credit scores, and alerts if something seems suspicious. Also features articles and tutorials on a wide array of credit subjects, and offers you customized recommendations on credit cards and loans based on your current scores. Recently, the site added a mechanism that allows you to directly dispute with the credit bureaus any negative listings on your credit reports with just a few clicks of the mouse!

Like a lot of young people, I had run into credit card trouble in college. I've managed to clean it all up since, and it's great to have a resource like Credit Karma at my disposal to help me stay on top of my credit. I have made use of the Direct Dispute tool recently to challenge three old negative listings on my credit reports, and have managed to have all of them removed, quickly and easily. I have also taken up a few of the customized recommendations on credit cards. I’ve had a Credit Karma account for a couple of years now, and I highly recommend it.

Friday, August 12, 2016

2016 Green Bay Packers Schedule

2016 Green Bay Packers Schedule
Preseason schedule

Sunday, August 7, 7:00 pm, Indianapolis Colts, ESPN
Friday, August 12, 7:00 pm, Cleveland Browns, State
Thursday, August 18, 7:00 pm, Oakland Raiders, State
Friday, August 26, 8:30 pm, at San Francisco 49ers, State
Thursday, September 1, 7:00 pm, at Kansas City Chiefs, State

Regular season

Sunday, September 11, Noon, at Jacksonville Jaguars, FOX
Sunday, September 18, 7:30 pm, at Minnesota Vikings, NBC
Sunday, September 25, Noon, Detroit Lions, FOX
Sunday, October 2, Bye Week
Sunday, October 9, 7:30 pm,** New York Giants, NBC
Sunday, October 16, 3:25 pm,** Dallas Cowboys, FOX
Thursday, October 20, 7:25 pm, Chicago Bears, NFL/CBS
Sunday, October 30, Noon,** at Atlanta Falcons, FOX
Sunday, November 6, 3:25 pm,** Indianapolis Colts, CBS
Sunday, November 13, Noon,** at Tennessee Titans, FOX
Sunday, November 20, 7:30 pm,** at Washington Redskins, NBC
Monday, November 28, 7:30 pm, at Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN
Sunday, December 4, Noon,** Houston Texans, CBS
Sunday, December 11, 3:25 pm,** Seattle Seahawks, FOX
Sunday, December 18, Noon,** at Chicago Bears, FOX
Saturday, December 24, Noon, Minnesota Vikings, FOX
Sunday, January 1, Noon,** at Detroit Lions, FOX

**  Start time may shift due to the NFL’s flexible scheduling.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Weight Loss Programs Milwaukee


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Hales Corners Annual Night Out

Mark your calendars for the annual Hales Corners Night Out! Lots of fun planned!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
5pm-9pm at Hales Corners Park, 5765 S. New Berlin Road

Want to have EVEN MORE fun in Hales Corners during this week? Attend the Annual Night Out on 8/2, and then check out Augustfest, featuring a car show and a whole lot more, on 8/7!

This year's Annual Night Out features: 
  • Live music by On the Rebound  (Click here for info on On the Rebound)
  • Police personnel, police squads, and police equipment 
  • Firefighters, fire engine, ambulance, and emergency response vehicles 
  • Numerous local businesses and organizations 
  • Food and refreshments available at the Hales Corners VFW tent
  • Inflatables
  • Balloons
  • Face painting 
  • Speleo cave
KIDS FUN RUN: A fun run around Hales Corners Park! Please Register at the Instep tent by 7pm. Races start at 7:05. Prizes for all participants!

SHORT DISTANCES SET BY AGE GROUPS:

1st Wave - Diaper Dash
2nd Wave - Toddler Trot
3rd Wave - 3-5 years old
4th Wave - 6 - 8 years old
5th Wave - 9-11 years old

A BIG THANKS TO THESE BUSINESSES AND ORGANIZATIONS, IN PARTICULAR:
  • Village of Hales Corners Police Department 
  • Village of Hales Corners Fire Department
  • Friends of Hales Corners Park & Pool
  • Hales Corners Chamber of Commerce
  • Holz Motors
  • WaterStone Bank 
  • Bluebill Electric
  • Milwaukee County Parks
  • Prime Printing & Signs
Watch for more details around town!

Augustfest in Hales Corners

Mark your calendars for this fun-filled day on Sunday, August 7, 2016, from 11am-4pm!

10627 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners, WI 53130 (414) 425-1515 www.emanuel-ucc.org

Emanuel Church and Park’s Edge Preschool are celebrating AUGUSTFEST with their First Annual Car Show. The first 20 Pre-Registrations will receive dash plaques.

Enjoy music and bingo!

There will be food including chicken on the spit, brats, hot dogs, and authentic German potato salad, along with FREE Roasted Corn! Beer and wine will also be available. NO carry-ins please!

Entries for the car show should be in by July 23. To register for the car show, or for any questions and concerns, please call Lonny at (414) 427-6974.

Eagle River Vacation Homes for Rent

Eagle River Wisconsin Vacation Homes for Rent
Rent a beautiful home on the Eagle River Chain with a one acre park-like setting for your dream Northwoods vacation.

Nestled among the towering pines on the Eagle River, the the secluded 4-bedroom, 2-bath home has 140 feet of frontage, a sandy beach, and pier. The home is adjacent to the Hwy. 70 snowmobile trail.

Eagle River is located in Vilas County, about 45 miles south of the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan border. The county is home to 1,327 lakes, making fishing and boating one of the major recreational activities. The Eagle River chain of lakes, consisting of 28 connected lakes, is the largest inland chain of lakes in the world.

The city of Eagle River, Wisconsin is about 240 miles from Milwaukee; 300 miles from Chicago; 250 miles from Minneapolis.

More information about the area can be found on the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce website: www.eagleriver.org .

Amenities provided:

There is a full kitchen with cooking and dining utensils, including stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave and laundry facilities in basement.

We supply coffee maker, toaster, dishwashing soap, laundry soap, paper towels and toilet paper.

Also provided are a gas grill, fire pit, aluminum rowboat (no motor), TV.

Things you need to bring:

1. You must supply your own bed sheets. There is a queen-size bed in the master bedroom. All other beds are twin size. We provide blankets and foam pillows.

2. You must supply your own towels: bath and hand towels, and dish towels.

3. You must supply personal items such as toothpaste, shampoo, bath soap, etc.

4. You must supply own food for preparation. Please bring a cooler to remove leftover items, as cleaning staff is required to empty the refrigerator and ice trays.

Sorry, no PETS. We maintain a SMOKE-FREE environment.

For photos and details on the homes for rent, current rental rates, deposit information, reservations, and more, please visit www.eagleriverhome.com, or call 414-530-0558, or e-mail jonhmfr@execpc.com .

Monday, June 13, 2016

Alan Turing

Author's note: The following is taken from a larger paper prepared as part of a course taken for his pursuit of a Ph.D. through Milwaukee's Cardinal Stritch University. For this portion, the author was tasked with identifying and reflecting on a historical figure that in some way exemplified moral leadership. He chose Alan Turing, the subject of the 2014 major motion picture, The Imitation Game. 

Copyright 2016, Aaron Scott Robertson. All rights reserved.

Taken from "The Importance and Relevance of Moral and Ethical Principles in Leadership"
Aaron S. Robertson, MSM
April, 2016

Historical Exemplar: Alan Turing (1912-1954)

Alan Turing
Alan Turing
Most recently, with the release of the 2014 major motion picture, The Imitation Game, this author has come to find interest in the life and work of Alan Turing. Turing is generally considered to be the father of computer science, and he and his team are credited with saving countless lives during World War II when his Turing machine was able to finally crack the enigma code used by Nazi Germany (Grossman, Ostrowsky, and Schwarzman, 2014).

This author, without yet knowing very much about Turing’s life aside from what has been portrayed in the film, sometimes struggles to grasp his true intentions when pursuing the conceptualization and actual building of his enigma code-cracking machine. Much of the struggle rests on the fact that Turing never really showed emotion, and he was often detached from others, the result, perhaps, of some eccentricity and social awkwardness. Perhaps his detachment also stemmed from his homosexuality, in an attempt to conceal it from others, as it was considered a criminal act in England at the time, punishable by prison and/or chemical castration. His homosexuality was discovered by the authorities and publicly revealed later on, near the end of his life, merely by accident, when local police were investigating a burglary that had taken place at Turing’s home. The burglary turned out to be orchestrated by a friend of the man whom Turing had recently had an encounter with. Turing was convicted of gross indecency, and opted for chemical castration over prison time, eventually causing impotence (Grossman, Ostrowsky, et al., 2014; Biography.com Editors, n.d.). But whatever the cause, or causes, of his detachment from others, it is often difficult to read Turing because of it.

Was his work on this machine truly a quest fueled by moral conviction and leadership, or was it merely an intellectual exercise for him – a series of simulations; a game – meant to take up time, just something to keep him occupied? Was it all purely for the greater good in his mind and heart, or could there have been at least some degree of intellectual arrogance at work – a need to prove himself right simply for the sake of proving himself right amidst a lot of doubt? It is difficult to tell, simply based on his detachment and lack of emotion. It must also be mentioned here that once the machine did work, Turing and his team could not dispatch Allied forces to intervene in every impending German attack or invasion. In order to hide from the Nazis the fact that the riddle of their code had been solved, the Turing team had to allow for the appearance of intervention or prevention by random chance, letting the Germans get away with some attacks and invasions – no doubt leading to known certain death for many – while having Allied forces show up for others. Allied forces appearing at every event would undoubtedly give away to the Nazis that their code was now known, and they would have then simply changed its settings, rendering the team’s two years of work to crack the code entirely useless. In the movie, Turing appears largely detached from all of this, as well, giving the appearance that this was all merely a numbers game for him, nothing more than an intellectual exercise consisting of mathematics and statistics (Grossman, Ostrowsky, et al., 2014).

Yet, on the other hand, Turing kept on enduring in the face of budget constraints, numerous technical failures and disappointments, and superiors that – literally and figuratively – wanted to pull the proverbial plug on the project, convinced that his invention can, and will, work. As is now known, it ultimately did, and the rewards of it working cannot be understated. By allowing the war – and consequently, more certain death for many – to continue on after the code was broken, it is estimated by historians that Turing and his team cut the length of the war by more than two years and saved some 14 million lives (Grossman, Ostrowsky, et al., 2014).

On another note, it is interesting to this author that Turing and his team, at least that this author is aware, are not enduring the scrutiny and criticism that Pius XII’s legacy is. The World War II-era pope is heavily criticized by Jewish groups, in particular, over claims that he did not do enough to save more Jews during the war. The Roman Catholic Church’s counterargument to these claims has always been that, had Pius more blatantly and openly criticized the Hitler regime, then perhaps that many more Jews would have perished in retaliation. The pontiff, the Church maintains, did all that he could do quietly and behind the scenes, and it is not in dispute that the Roman Church had saved a large number of the Jewish people. Similarly, the Turing team had to act in total secrecy behind the scenes, and had to knowingly and intentionally allow the war to continue to drag out with the ultimate strategic goal of actually cutting it short and saving countless millions of lives. But for the Turing team, it was not just Jews whose lives were at stake, and ultimately lost, while they continued to work behind the scenes to stop some attacks while letting others through, it was also their fellow countrymen – Brits – and troops and civilians representing all of the Allied forces.

This author cannot begin to imagine the toll that these decisions must have taken on the lives of Turing and his colleagues. For this author, Turing is an historical exemplar because, whatever the reasons, perhaps only fully known to him, he chose to use the talents and gifts granted to him for the greater good – but this was not certainly without great cost. And sadly, his life was taken far too early. We can only vividly dream and guess what other talents and contributions to society may have come from his powerful mind had he lived any longer. Turing died in 1954 at the age of 41 of an apparent suicide by cyanide poisoning (Grossman, Ostrowsky, et al., 2014; Biography.com Editors, n.d.). In recent years, however, the official ruling of his death has been called into question, suggesting that the cyanide poisoning was accidental. Turing was known to work with cyanide frequently as part of his lab studies. Furthermore, he did not give the appearance that he was suicidal in his final days (Biography.com Editors, n.d.).

Bibliography

Grossman, N., Ostrowsky, I., Schwarzman, T. (Producers), & Tyldum, M. (Director). (2014). The imitation game [Motion picture]. United Kingdom: StudioCanal; United States: The Weinstein Company.

Biography.com Editors. (n.d.). Alan Turing biography. The Biography.com website. Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/alan-turing-9512017