What a b-e-a-utiful weekend!

>> Monday, February 22, 2010

Hello.. this has to be the most gorgeous past couple days in quite a while! Just to recap my weekend (not to make you jealous ;):

Thursday: jog with Rylynn, dinner with friends and shagging at Jillian's (got much too sweaty wearing a thin long sleeve shirt.. tank top it is for this Thursday!)

Friday: 3 mile jog with Rylynn, chill out time outside and bluegrass show with friends

Saturday: breakfast with my brother and nana (blueberry pancakes, eggs and bacon!) enjoyed on the patio, reading time outside/ frisbee time in the horseshoe with Taylor and Rylynn, babysitting 2 awesome little ladies and getting paid to play foosball/watch movies

Sunday: jog with Rylynn (a little too hot for her this time), reading time with my pup at the riverwalk and more frisbee time at the horseshoe, attempted tennis match with Caroline but major lighting fail.. exchanged for not so healthy food and beer at the Ale house

Number of times I heard "you have a beautiful dog", "she's just so well trained!" and "she must really love people": 5.. maybe more, lost count

I was hoping that my guest book and canvases would have arrived last week. I'm so anxious to see them! Will post some photos of the canvases. The guest book is a surprise for Kris and Matt so you'll have to wait until July to see it (and I'll have to somehow hide it in a very secure place ;) My prints are also on display now at Cool Beans. Will get some photos of those as well.

The rest of the post has to do with an article I found extremely interesting! I realize most of you aren't nearly as into economic development so I totally don't mind if you scroll to the bottom to see photos of our new house edition. Enjoy!


Who Broke America's Job Machine?

I've been saying all along that our country has gotten too far away from small business development and is failing to plan for future growth. If I've learned anything from grad school it's that economic development doesn't happen magically and it definitely doesn't happen without the help of collaboration and R&D investment. Case in point- the Silicon Valley and Research Triangle wouldn't exist without major governmental intervention. I also found it interesting that (according to this article) the Silicon Valley grew during a period of refurbished anti-trust laws which forced companies to compete and become more innovative.

Large companies are not to blame for all of our economic toils.. but leaving these giants to control prices and stall innovation is only going to hurt our national economy. The fact that we've had zero job growth between 1999 and now should be scary to anyone whether you are interested in economics or not.

This is a REALLY interesting article. It's long but worth the read. Here are some of the snippets I found most profound:

Other, more plausible explanations have been floated for why the rate of job creation seems to have fallen. One is that the federal government made too few investments in the 1980s and ’90s in things like basic R&D, so the pipeline of technological innovation on which new jobs depend began to run dry in the 2000s.

It is now widely accepted among scholars that small businesses are responsible for most of the net job creation in the United States. It is also widely agreed that small businesses tend to be more inventive, producing more patents per employee, for example, than do larger firms.... Goliaths increasingly lack any real incentive to create new jobs; after all, many can increase their earnings merely by using their power to charge customers more or pay suppliers less. At the other extreme, the people who run our small enterprises enjoy fewer opportunities than in the past to grow their businesses. The Goliaths of today are so big and so adept at protecting their turf that they leave few niches open to exploit.

As the falloff in IPOs over the last decade seems to confirm, one practical result of all this is that fewer and fewer entrepreneurs at start-up companies even attempt any longer to build their firms into ventures able to produce not merely new products but new jobs and new competition into established companies. Instead, increasingly their goal, once they have proven that a viable business can be built around a particular technology, is simply to sell out to one of the behemoths.


The painters went ahead and painted the kitchen

..and the living room. That's my angel oak :)

More photos to come!


Hi! My name is Janet. February 22, 2010 at 10:45 PM  

what a lovely house! i'm glad for you that it's finished!

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Tia Nicole Photography has launched this summer after many practice photo sessions and the encouragement of some dear friends and family ("Life Through Tia's Lens" was a recommendation of my good friend, Kristin, who has been an avid supporter the whole way through!). This blog has documented the process from the beginning and also dates back to some older rantings during grad school and football seasons. Feel free to get to know me and my work. I like to focus primarily on natural shots, true emotions and beautiful landscapes. I also absolutely adore kids and pets so you will find a good bit of my work in these areas. Feel free to contact me anytime! I love blog comments!

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