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Article: [link to www.zerohedge.com]

As wall street analysts celebrate the coming of age of the millennial generation, a group of young people who were supposed to lead another revolutionary wave of consumerism if only they could work long enough to escape their parents' basement, retailers like Home Depot are panicked about selling into what will soon be America's largest demographic...but not for the reasons you might think. 

While avocado resellers like Whole Foods only have to worry about creating a catchy advertising campaign to attract millennials, Home Depot is in full-on panic mode after realizing that an entire generation of Americans have absolutely no clue how to use their products.  As the Wall Street Journal points out, the company has been forced to spend millions to create video tutorials and host in-store classes on how to do everything from using a tape measure to mopping a floor and hammering a nail.

Home Depot's VP of marketing admits she was originally hesitant because she thought some of their videos might be a bit too "condescending"but she quickly learned they were very necessary for our pampered millennials.
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I don't even go up to a younger employee at Home Depot whenever I have a question anymore. I look for the older employees who actually know something about the products or where they even are in the store. Every time I used to approach a younger employee, they responded with a glaze-eyed look, said they didn't carry the product (when the store did carry it), or mumbled a bullshit response when they didn't have a clue what they were talking about. A lot more frequently as of late, I've been visiting our local Ace Hardware for supplies. The employees at Ace are typically older; they know the products and have some experience with home repairs and building projects.
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America’s Retailers Have a New Target Customer: The 26-Year-Old Millennial

This age bracket, bigger than any other, is pushing companies to revamp marketing and products, including a lot of remedial education

[link to www.wsj.com (secure)]

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that's some funny shit
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Nothing wrong with it. Actually, probably a little behind the times with DIY videos. Home Depot was just lucky that Amazon was not able to pull more market hare from them.
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Good thing they got rid of shop classes .idiots.
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Good thing they got rid of shop classes .idiots.
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Bahahahahahahaha!!! Bout time they started to learn something. They have absolutely no practical knowledge, not because parents never tried to teach em, cause the schools brainwashed them with NON-sense. Welcome to the real world.
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Wow...

Harley Davidson is a bit worried too. All these pansy ass Millennials don't have any desire (nor the money) to hop on a big 107 V-Twin.

This is why they are making the 500 and 750 bikes. Hoping it might appeal to the man bun, skinny jean wearing, broke ass turds that are our next generation.
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Too funny even the people on the short bus know how to use a tape measure and hammer nails. 1/2 of them would cease to function without a smart phone.
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This is all so true and sad. I'm a 30yo Electrician and there is expected to be a huge shortage of electricians in 10-15 years as the old timers retire. These millennials (which I don't consider myself part of) just don't want to get their hands dirty. Plus they just don't have any mechanical skill
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Good thing they got rid of shop classes .idiots.
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Blame it on OSHA. They don't want anyone under 18 using a power tool, and certainly not a lathe, mill, or welder.
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This is all so true and sad. I'm a 30yo Electrician and there is expected to be a huge shortage of electricians in 10-15 years as the old timers retire. These millennials (which I don't consider myself part of) just don't want to get their hands dirty. Plus they just don't have any mechanical skill
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I can do anything an electrician can do except pull a permit because I don't have a license. I can do electrical engineering and scope and detail projects. The licensing crap keeps anyone without five years experience working under a license from getting one. It's all old guild tactics.

BTW, I have no interest in dealing with inspectors or building offals. I'd hire an electrician just to avoid that.
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Oh fuck off I'm a millennial, so are my brothers and we've diy renos off of YouTube. No fucking different then visiting a library 20 years ago
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Oh fuck off I'm a millennial, so are my brothers and we've diy renos off of YouTube. No fucking different then visiting a library 20 years ago
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Really? Can you pound and lead an oakum joint?

Can you wipe a joint(lead, not pot).
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This is all so true and sad. I'm a 30yo Electrician and there is expected to be a huge shortage of electricians in 10-15 years as the old timers retire. These millennials (which I don't consider myself part of) just don't want to get their hands dirty. Plus they just don't have any mechanical skill
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 75651093


I can do anything an electrician can do except pull a permit because I don't have a license. I can do electrical engineering and scope and detail projects. The licensing crap keeps anyone without five years experience working under a license from getting one. It's all old guild tactics.

BTW, I have no interest in dealing with inspectors or building offals. I'd hire an electrician just to avoid that.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 75671158


If you can do electrical engineering, then why is:

Hd(s) = Gd(s)

called a diffferentiator?

Do you know what a differentiator is?
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Oh fuck off I'm a millennial, so are my brothers and we've diy renos off of YouTube. No fucking different then visiting a library 20 years ago
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You would be 100% lost and clueless without your smartphones.


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This is all so true and sad. I'm a 30yo Electrician and there is expected to be a huge shortage of electricians in 10-15 years as the old timers retire. These millennials (which I don't consider myself part of) just don't want to get their hands dirty. Plus they just don't have any mechanical skill
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 75651093


I can do anything an electrician can do except pull a permit because I don't have a license. I can do electrical engineering and scope and detail projects. The licensing crap keeps anyone without five years experience working under a license from getting one. It's all old guild tactics.

BTW, I have no interest in dealing with inspectors or building offals. I'd hire an electrician just to avoid that.
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should be a whole other thread on you being a idiot. you win the internet for the day.
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This is all so true and sad. I'm a 30yo Electrician and there is expected to be a huge shortage of electricians in 10-15 years as the old timers retire. These millennials (which I don't consider myself part of) just don't want to get their hands dirty. Plus they just don't have any mechanical skill
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They want $100,000 a year right out of college because they have a PhD in gender studies.
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Oh fuck off I'm a millennial, so are my brothers and we've diy renos off of YouTube. No fucking different then visiting a library 20 years ago
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20 years ago (like today) I called an electrician, plumber, or HVAC guy when I needed one....

...and they didn't draw their own blood, take their own EKG, x-Ray their broken bones, suture their own wounds, etc.

When society is comprised of skilled people performing a healthy balance of necessary tasks, all is well. When there's an over-abundance of illegal moochers and pajama boys with no skills (other than "blogging") things get screwed up.
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Oh fuck off I'm a millennial, so are my brothers and we've diy renos off of YouTube. No fucking different then visiting a library 20 years ago
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Really? Can you pound and lead an oakum joint?

Can you wipe a joint(lead, not pot).
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An Oakum joint.

Wow that is old school.
Most are push joints now !

Wipe a joint is more than likely sweating copper.
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Oh fuck off I'm a millennial, so are my brothers and we've diy renos off of YouTube. No fucking different then visiting a library 20 years ago
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Really? Can you pound and lead an oakum joint?

Can you wipe a joint(lead, not pot).
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 75671158


An Oakum joint.

Wow that is old school.
Most are push joints now !

Wipe a joint is more than likely sweating copper.
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Sweating copper is modern and rather simple, if you have clean copper, good fitup, the right flux and solder. Wiping lead joints in lead pipes is old school. That is more of an art.

It used to be that plumbers would have to demonstrate this before they could get their license.
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This is all so true and sad. I'm a 30yo Electrician and there is expected to be a huge shortage of electricians in 10-15 years as the old timers retire. These millennials (which I don't consider myself part of) just don't want to get their hands dirty. Plus they just don't have any mechanical skill
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They want $100,000 a year right out of college because they have a PhD in gender studies.
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oh this is so true!
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Who uses nails? Framers and trim guys. Actually it's screws that are useful but then you have other challenge like power, torque, etc. But yeah, swigning hammers is gonna have them save their entire generation fucked by Aww Shuckeserberg and the tecchshits. Yeah right.
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I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had a grandfather who taught me many valuable lessons, both by example and otherwise, all of which continue to serve me well in my 57 trips around the sun. (Love you Gramps, and I think about you everyday...)

He had a former chicken coop on his property which he converted into a home workshop well before I was even born. With his guidance, that's where I first learned how to properly respect, utilize, and maintain tools.

This forum is quick to indict Millennials on a number of fronts, one of which is an alleged lack of basic life skills. To do so completely ignores the reality that most people regardless of age have no clue how to properly hold and use a hammer, or even a simple shovel, so that the tool is doing the majority of the work.

Until our educational system can get its act together in regards to teaching a myriad of basic life skills, parents and grandparents really need to step up and fill in the void.

My wife and I did this with our Millennial daughters, as did the parents of our respective Millennial son-in-laws. All four of these young adults have incredible skill sets, combined with the power to think critically and creatively. As such, they've already achieved considerable success in their respective personal and professional lives. Here's one of the first things you'd notice about them if you were to glance in their direction; Unlike many people of all ages, they don't have their noses buried 24/7 in their smartphones...
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This is all so true and sad. I'm a 30yo Electrician and there is expected to be a huge shortage of electricians in 10-15 years as the old timers retire. These millennials (which I don't consider myself part of) just don't want to get their hands dirty. Plus they just don't have any mechanical skill
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 75651093


I can do anything an electrician can do except pull a permit because I don't have a license. I can do electrical engineering and scope and detail projects. The licensing crap keeps anyone without five years experience working under a license from getting one. It's all old guild tactics.

BTW, I have no interest in dealing with inspectors or building offals. I'd hire an electrician just to avoid that.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 75671158


If you can do electrical engineering, then why is:

Hd(s) = Gd(s)

called a diffferentiator?

Do you know what a differentiator is?
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A differentiator circuit is one where the output voltage is proportional to the rate of change of the input voltage(aka first derivative). It could be a current differentiator but that ciruit would be more complex. It could be implemented using RC elements, RL element, or such elements with an op amp. It can be used to create a leading edge trigger or state change in DSP and other digital logic.
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My 12 yr old niece is always helping my husband build stuff out in the yard. Yesterday she helped me put a new battery in my Tahoe. She is going to be fine.
Her 15 yr old brother not sure, he will look for any excuse to go back in the house.





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