Monday, April 25, 2016

Life Expectancy

As the deaths of the famous and quasi-famous continue to dominate the news, you may be starting to wonder about your own mortality. Perhaps when people reach a certain age, a larger percentage of their peers, both unknown and well know, simply start to pass away? How long can we all expect to live? The Life Expectancy page on the FastStats site from the National Center for Health Statistics may provide the data you'd need to answer those questions:

But, if you don't want to spend what little time you may have left digging through the site, average life expectancy as of 2013 was 78.8 years.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Retirement Preparation

Mentally and physically you may be more than ready to retire, but are you ready financially? If not, or if you're not sure, check out this list from the Department of Labor on the Top 10 Ways to Prepare for Retirement:

In addition to specific tips, the list also offers links to many other resources. Even if you were never a Boy Scout, it pays to "be prepared."

Monday, April 11, 2016

Data USA

The Federal government produces massive quantities of statistical data. In addition to producing reports and databases on specific groups of people or industries, the government makes its data available for other entities to use for their own purposes. Data USA is a good example of a project that has tried to make government data a bit more user-friendly:

The stated purpose of the site is "to understand and visualize the critical issues facing the United States in areas like jobs, skills and education across industry and geography. And, to use this knowledge to inform decision making among executives, policymakers and citizens." So, if you're trying to make a decision of some sort, maybe this site will help.

Monday, April 4, 2016

National Poetry Month

If you've recently found yourself waxing poetic about the spring flowers or April showers, you're in good company. April is National Poetry Month, so people across the country are exploring rhyme, meter, and the construction of poems. A lot of those people are still in school, so the National Endowment for the Humanities offers this site with resources about poetry tailored to the Common Core State Standards:

To the best of my knowledge, very few people have actually waxed poetic about the Common Core Standards themselves.