November 21, 2017

Out For a Few Days

Filed under: General — Tom @ 8:00 am

Having the long-awaited relatively routine outpatient surgery today, and have been told that I’ll need 24 hours or so to fully recover.

So, given the holiday, I won’t be blogging for a few days, will probably be checking comments in the meantime, and expect to return to the trenches on Friday. In the meantime, the usual Positivity and Thanksgiving-related posts will appear.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Year 13 Christmas/Holiday Layoff and Shopping Searches: Round 1

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias — Tom @ 7:00 am

Background behind these annual searches is here and here.

Here are the results of this year’s first round of searches:

Here goes with Google News searches done at 1:00 this morning (for the past month, sorted by date):

This is a bit of an improvement over last year’s Christmas component of 7.0 percent, and 2015′s 5.7 percent.

Now on to the second set of searches (for the past month, sorted by date):

  • Christmas layoffs (not in quotes, also excluding the word “challenger” to ensure that items relating to the mass layoffs report issued by Challenger & Christmas were exluded) — 4,680 (39.9%)
  • Holiday layoffs (not in quotes) — 6,210 (45.0%)
  • Holidays layoffs (not in quotes) — 2,920 (21.1%)

As has been the case in previous years, the press is far more likely to use “Christmas” in connection with layoffs (almost 5 times as likely in the most recent set — 39.9% vs. 8.1%), an obviously negative thing, than it is to use “Christmas” in connection with shopping and commerce, a generally positive or neutral thing.

Additional searches will take place in roughly two and four weeks.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112117)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Man says the Apple Watch saved his life after detecting an irregular heartbeat

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From New York City:

Published 10:57 AM ET Mon, 16 Oct 2017 Updated 2:09 PM ET Mon, 16 Oct 2017

James Green says an Apple Watch saved his life.

Late last week, Green posted an image from the hospital noting that the “stupid lil wrist computer [he] bought 2 years ago” saved his life after it notified him of a spiking heart rate.

It turns out, according to Green, that he had a pulmonary embolism, which wasn’t just a spiking heart rate but is a blockage of the arteries. Green specifically thanked Heart Watch, an app that can be used to help alert a user when it noticed abnormalities in heart rate.

The latest software on Apple Watch, watchOS 4, is capable of identifying similar changes in heart rate and alerting a user. By default, it can ping the wearer if his or her heart rate spikes above 120bmp while it appears he or she is at rest. Apple is also conducting a study with Stanford and telemedicine vendor America Well to see if the watch can be useful in detecting cardiac arrhythmia, a type of abnormal heartbeat that can cause or indicate serious health conditions.

Green says he was discharged and sent home after the incident.

Go here for the rest of the story.