Review of Synthos Technologies and Finch Computing

In 2015, Synthos Technologies rebranded to Finch Computing and since then, its products are marketed under the names Finch.DB, Finch Analyst, and Finch for Text.

Synthos Technologies, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, offers three top-notch technology products that are developed after many years of experience. The company holds patents on over 2 dozen inventions that are unique to the company.

Synthos Technologies, or now Finch Computing, is part of Qbase, LLC. The company is building and supporting innovative ways of interacting with and processing information via three highly innovative products that are addressing complex (and not-addressable-before) data management and information needs at a number of points and moments in software stacks.

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Dawn Loggins -From Homeless to Harvard Beating the Odds

The story of Dawn Loggins is one of these stories that break your heart and bring you joy at the same time.  Having Will Power means one is able to beat the odds of what’s presented to them.  We are not able to dictate the cards we are dealt, but we do control how we play those cards and how we respond.

Dawn’s story demonstrates great strength, perseverance, and resilience with a determined spirit to not give up. Steve from BestGEDClasses.org, says their students(often high school dropouts) often refer to Dawn Loggins as the example of how they can achieve similar results and make dreams become a reality.

So, you are wondering, who is Dawn Loggins? Dawn was a straight-A student at Burns High School in Lawndale, N.C., who endured her family being evicted many times to her family ultimately abandoning her and leaving her homeless.

Yes, homeless! Dawn had to fend for herself during a time she should be enjoying her teenage years, going to prom, graduating and planning for college. As you can imagine, she was scared, lost, and clueless about how to move forward.  But to everyone’s surprise, Dawn rose to a challenge no child should ever have to tackle.

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Race and Education

The following is an interesting analysis written what Robert T. Carter Ph.D. about “Race and Education” a few years back.

Race has been and continues to be central to educational thought and practice. The dialogue about multiculturalism, race, and race relations has focused predominantly on members of visible racial/ethnic groups and immigrants. In the following TEDxLansingED video, Dorinda Carter Andrews talks about how gaps in mindsets and critical consciousness for students and adults in schools is preventing us from offering equitable education and schooling experience for students of all background.

Much of the debate and dialogue has ignored racially-based social scientific paradigms that undergird education – inferiority, cultural deprivation, and cultural difference. Race has been subsumed under the rubric of ethnicity and culture.

Race and Demographic Factors:

By the year 2050: two-thirds of the U.S. population will consist of visible racial/ethnic group members or people of color. Currently: 35% of school children are of color. Students of color constitute more than 70% of total school enrollments in 20 of the country’s largest school districts.

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Robert T. Carter, Ph.D. “Why Race is Important”

Race is an elusive, perplexing, troubling, and enduring aspect of life in the U.S. Race has been one of the most critical factors in the social, political, and economic structure of our American society from the first pre-colonial early beginnings to our present day. See also this TEDx video in which Alex Kajitani talks about why race matters and how to talk about it:

Any examination of American social history points to the legacy of America’s fascination with skin color, caste, and social status. Race and ideas and beliefs about race always have played a crucial role and had its effects throughout our American history.

For instance, European Americans used duplicitous means to obtain land held by American Indians. Throughout American history, Black Americans have been at the center of several controversies arising from fundamental constitutional questions: the debates over slavery during the framing of the Constitution and the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the Civil War, and the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 1906’s to end the denial of Blacks’ basic rights as citizens.

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The Pomodoro Study Method

While there have been many changes in our education system over the years, the classic Pomodoro study method or technique has remained relatively the same. When it comes to studying, many students will simply spend as much time as they can hitting the books and hoping to retain enough information to pass everything from simple pop quizzes up to university exams.

Unfortunately, many students may be wasting hours of their time studying because the brain does not readily retain information in the
manner that many people believe. Reading the same material over and over again does not mean it will be more easily recalled. Plus, there are also students who may not have what they believe is the proper time to study as well.

Fortunately, there is a proven study technique that takes relatively little time, yet has proven to be very effective. The Pomodoro Study Method has actually been around for decades, yet many students may not be aware of just how effective it is for helping them retain and recall information.

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Benefits for College Grads

Many companies will tout the excellent retirement benefits offered, but the majority of twenty-somethings should have much more pressing concerns on their mind.

The what-if factor is always a good motivator. What if you become sick or injured while working in the next year? What if you require prescription medication on a regular basis? What if you need to see a chiropractor, psychologist, clinical physician, or any other medical professional consistently?

At times when these medical expenses crop up, the thought of retirement seems much farther into the distant future than it already did before. There is no hiding the fact that health insurance is a big financial burden. Employers often offer some form of a company-provided insurance policy; however, within this policy, there are often several options. In any case, employees will be subject to paying a substantial portion of their insurance coverage in one manner or another.

First, employers will remove a portion of one’s wages as a premium for company-provided insurance coverage. Asking employers what this premium amounts to on a monthly basis is a very important question for job candidates to ask. Besides premiums, employees face other out of pocket expenses in regards to company-provided insurance policies, which include deductibles and co-payments at the time of service. A deductible is an out of pocket expense employees will face up to a certain dollar amount before the insurance benefits truly begin to kick in.

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