Career Counselling Findings

A career is work and it is life because it is a bit of a symbiotic relationship.

The closest analogy I can think of is the Farmer and their draft animals.

Imaging you are the farmer plowing a field in 1890. Your plow is tied to an Ox and a Bear and you have to understand and work with them if you are going to be happy with the job and have a prosperous season.

Let’s understand these two career animals so we can take full advantage of the field ahead of us.

The Bear

The bear is your…

The T-Shaped competency model is oversimplifying our constellations of knowledge and experience

Organization X:
“We are looking for people who are T-Shaped — a broad, general knowledge across many disciplines, and [at least] one deep competency.”

The classic T-Shaped person. Such discipline in creating these orthogonal, aligned adjacent skill sets!

Organizations are attracted to this model of a Contributor, and why not? T-Shaped People are the best of both worlds:

  • They can use their general knowledge to work across silos, understand the context of how best to apply their deep competency
  • They can then dive deep to the heart of the problem to get things done, like a smart missile for productivity and outcomes.

Modelling people in this orthogonal, simplified way also simplifies the process of…

How an app makes aurora timelapse videos more accessible and immersive

“Aurora in the Yellowknife Sky” — a web app that reinterprets the deep night-sky video archive of the AuroraMAX all-sky camera

The Northern Lights, or “Aurora Borealis,” are something you never forget.

In a few moments, the whole night sky can unexpectedly fill with impossible light and motion — green, violet, magenta, and red. Adventurers take thousands of photos of the aurora every year, as do researchers trying to understand the connection between the aurora and space weather. Researchers collect their images using automated cameras, compiling archives of nightly time-lapse videos that can span years of aurora activity.

Homeschool resources to keep kids close to science and discovery


This document is all about keeping kids engaged and learning while school is out. It is for parents and caregivers who have to find a way to occupy everyone’s minds with good quality content.

Make your own Canadarm Grappler (NASA activity sheet)

A quick craft that I saw demonstrated at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum. Really neat to try:

Here is a video of how the real thing works:

Chris Hadfield’s tour of the Canadarm on the International Space Station:

Anturus hands on experiments

Focused on climate and exploration, including your own physical and environmental health. Volcanos…

A quick note about brand during a time when brands should act, not brand

A template to combine with black and white photography, slow pan-and-zoom, and stock piano chords in the key of sincerity

There is a long history of companies using a social cause as a branding element, but the speed at which branding has re-tooled for this particular Crisis demonstrates the very tight, very calculated connection between the two.

This is not the time to Brand Harder; it is not just another Brand-able Occasion.

Four examples made me believe that some companies haven’t been able to break the fourth wall of opportunism:

A car company voice-over of empty scenic winding roads, “Usually we are talking about our cars…

Aurora photographers can have a rude surprise in store if they use a protective lens filter

And you thought the most expensive part of photography was the camera.

Just wait till you start buying lenses that really perform well in low light for the aurora — wide viewing angles and fast apertures all mean more glass, and more money — in the same ballpark as your camera.

Protection for an optical price

The conventional wisdom is to protect this investment — one scratch on the large exposed ‘eyeball’ of the lens and it will never be quite the same.

So you put a UV/Haze filter…

Yes — here’s how

Aurora photos with kit lens and camera

So, you are going to Iceland! Or Norway, or Yellowknife, or Alaska, or the Yukon, and you are all packed, including your:

Canon Rebel, or
Sony A6*00, or
Fujifilm X-A, or
Nikon D3*00,

…and the 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6 kit lens it came with.

You’ve also packed your compact tripod.

You hear that the Aurora will come out at some point and you want to know:

“Can I get good photos of the aurora without buying a bunch of specialized gear?”

Well, yes! Keep in mind that your ‘entry-level’ camera, if sent back in time 15 years, would…

Sometimes you wonder if the sky is staring back at you. Especially when you are under the seething aurora borealis in the ‘Auroral Zone’ which circles northern and southern latitudes.

Churning aurora over Kluane Lake, Yukon, September 2019 by the author

This is just one moment in the fast-and-slow movement of the aurora. What if you were a researcher and needed to look at a whole night, or whole months and years of aurora activity to find patterns of activity?

Watching thousands of hours of time lapse video won’t do — the time-series data needs a representation that can show a whole night at once.

Enter “the keogram.”

A keogram is…

It is easy to be blind to the most blinding truths about ourselves

Things are quiet until they are not, what you remember is not what you thought you would, and your perspective on yourself is just one of many

How you see yourself is not how other see you. And each person sees a different you.

There is only one you…except that is not true. If you ask people you have interacted with, they will each describe and remember a different you. It will not be the same you that you believe you are. It’s strange to accept that no matter what, your idea of you is just one of many, and has no more truth than the others.

Everything adds up. Everything compounds.

Filling a piggy bank with change. Exercising. Smoking. Abuse, praise, discipline, slacking off, stress. Everything adds up and not only that, it compounds —…

Jeremy K

Interactive developer for science and data outreach,

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