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Ariel’s Digital Autograph | How does she do that?

Ariel’s Digital Autograph | How does she do that?

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

My daddy once asked Ariel, “How many Ariels are there?”

I didn’t understand the question.

Ariel said, “Well, there’s only one of us.”

That’s what I thought.

What I don’t get is how Ariel can be in so many places at the same time. She can be in her grotto, or in the princess hall of fame, at the show in Fantasy land and in the parade – all at the same time.

If nothing, she definitely is pretty fast! How does she do that?

I get my picture taken with her each time I go to Disneyland and the last time I went to the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. Another thing that puzzles me is that I keep getting older but Ariel never changes!

How does that happen?

But I am sure there is only one Ariel. Daddy and I got her to sing, um, sign his baby phone.

He has a nifty little thingamabob (it’s what Ariel called it!!) that allows him to sign his screen and then he can keep it.

We got one signature at Disneyland in California and the other at Magic Kingdom in Disney World in Florida.

You can compare them. And then you’ll know that there really is one very fast Ariel.

This one was given to us in California:

Ariel's Digital Signature
Ariel’s Digital Signature

And this one was given to us in Florida:

Ariel's Digital Signature
Ariel’s Digital Signature

You can see Rapunzel’s and Tinker Bell’s digital signature’s too!

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China Growth By The Numbers

China Growth By The Numbers

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

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China’s Growth

China’s consumer price index rises 4.8% in 2007

The CPI (inflation) was at the highest level in more than 10 years.

GDP expands 11.4 percent, fastest in 13 years

2007 saw a slowdown but the year’s growth was still the fastest in more than a lunar cycle.

China’s fixed asset investment up 24.8% in 2007

Fixed assets were up over 2006 by almost 1%. Overall investment – $1.9 trillion.

China’s online game market hit Y12.8 billion in 2007

The game market was up 66.7% over 2006. Shandra had a market share of 19.3%, Netease had 15.1% and Giant Interactive had 11.9%.

Too late to get started in China?

Hardly. It’s just harder now.

 

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8 Reasons to Work for General Electric in China

8 Reasons to Work for General Electric in China

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

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China

Everywhere I turn I read about China’s management needs. Businessweek reported the results of a study by McKinsey & Co. that estimates China will need 75,000 managers over the next 10 years but have only 3,000-5,000 who qualify.

One reason – a decade-long Cultural Revolution from 1966-1976. Students of that era..well there were no students. That age group makes up the would-be managers now.

General Electric is one company that is meeting its management needs, for now.

1. Voluntary turnover for execs in China is around 14% – GE is less than half of that.

2. GE dishes out foreign assignments to its workers – to Japan, the US and so on. This, GE, says builds loyalty.

3. GE offers a mentoring/training program to its up and coming managers.

4. GE gives access to its managers in training to the CEO Immelt through dinners and special groups.

5. A good manager in GE China can do in three years what takes five or more in other companies. About 60% of GE’s salaried employees are under 35.

6. GE offers parties, perks and awards to its performers.

7. GE offers a very clear career path.

8. GE has a research and training facility in Shanghai to look for more promising employees.

Turnover is inevitable where people seek out better lives and the light bulbs seem brighter in other areas…but Immelt says “GE is doing its best to make sure their pipeline is full” of replacements.

What do you think about working for GE?Everywhere I turn I read about China’s management needs. Businessweek reported the results of a study by McKinsey & Co. that estimates China will need 75,000 managers over the next 10 years but have only 3,000-5,000 who qualify.

One reason – a decade-long Cultural Revolution from 1966-1976. Students of that era..well there were no students. That age group makes up the would-be managers now.

General Electric is one company that is meeting its management needs, for now.

1. Voluntary turnover for execs in China is around 14% – GE is less than half of that.

2. GE dishes out foreign assignments to its workers – to Japan, the US and so on. This, GE, says builds loyalty.

3. GE offers a mentoring/training program to its up and coming managers.

4. GE gives access to its managers in training to the CEO Immelt through dinners and special groups.

5. A good manager in GE China can do in three years what takes five or more in other companies. About 60% of GE’s salaried employees are under 35.

6. GE offers parties, perks and awards to its performers.

7. GE offers a very clear career path.

8. GE has a research and training facility in Shanghai to look for more promising employees.

Turnover is inevitable where people seek out better lives and the light bulbs seem brighter in other areas…but Immelt says “GE is doing its best to make sure their pipeline is full” of replacements.

What do you think about working for GE?

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How much do lawyers make in Silicon Valley? | Legal salaries

How much do lawyers make in Silicon Valley? | Legal salaries

Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.

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lawyer salaries

Silicon Valley is the place to be if you want to make a lot of money, provided you can get the job, go to a great school, provided you can get in or just chill because you are close to the beach, provided you can get to Santa Cruz.

Techies make a lot of money. But so do lawyer dudes, and dudettes.

Especially lawyers in high-demand practice areas.

They are:

1. healthcare

2. litigation

3. commercial law.

In 2013, lawyers made from $118K – 172K!.

In 2014, the salaries are expected to jump to $124K – 179K.

Read: How much does Mark Zuckderberg make in one second?

It will be totally interesting to read this post in 10, 15 or 20 years – AFTER I know what these numbers mean.

At large firms, attorneys will make $174K –  264K!

Let’s see, I used $12 from my piggy bank to buy a Frozen Anna doll the last time we went to Disneyland.

For $264K I could buy 22,000 dolls!

That number is too big. If I were to play with one doll every day, then throw it away and get a new one each day after that, it would take me 60 years to play with all of them!

Yikes, that means my daddy could have started when he was born and he still wouldn’t be done yet. (Next Christmas he’d finish).

I wonder how much Jane in Drop Dead Diva makes.

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