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Feb. 10, 2016 New Hampshire Primary

Yesterday in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won their respective parties’ primary elections. They could not be more different, yet they are both from New York City and have unruly hair. If they are both running in November, they could call it Battle of the Boroughs.

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Feb. 7, 2016 Blumbers

Super Bowl Sunday

There is a Super Bowl football game being held in Santa Clara this afternoon. Some call it the Concussion Convention. Others think of it as a Las Vegas floor show with a football game before and after it. Because of traffic, locals are staying home and watching it on TV. Sometimes the wisest move is not to move. BTW: It will be 74 degrees Fahrenheit in February in a city that is already at least ten feet below sea level. Some day soon the dolphins are going to play there. Actual dolphins. :-)

Note: Tukwila International Blvd. in Seattle?

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Feb. 6, 2016 Apple Problems

Something is happening at Apple. CEO Tim Cook said that iPhone sales were slowing. On Feb. 3, 2016 The Verge’s Walt Mossberg wrote “Apple’s apps need work Complexity, feature gaps, and bugs have crept in” about the company’s software lagging behind its hardware design. On Jan. 28, 2016 The Guardian’s Nellie Bowles, wrote “Apple – losing out on talent and in need of a killer new device” about software developers not wanting to work for Apple. On Feb. 1, 2016 Bloomberg’s Jack Clark wrote “Google Parent Overtakes Apple as World’s Most Valuable Company” about Alphabet’s market capitalization reaching $531 billion over Apple’s $523.9 billion.

Lately I have noticed recruiters desperately trying to place anyone at Apple. I know some amazing technical people who will not even talk to them. They say Apple does not pay enough to live in Silicon Valley. They do not like the pressure cooker culture. People inside are cautiously reaching out, looking for new opportunities. Some are contemplating selling their homes.

This does not jive with Apple continuing to build its mothership or recently announcing it is getting more office space in San Jose. What is going on? We might find out at their next big event on Mar. 15, 2016.

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Feb. 5, 2016 Super Bowl And Women Turning 50

Everywhere I go in San Francisco I see promotions for the Super Bowl turning 50. What I do not see is a celebration of women turning 50. On Jan. 14, 2016 the PBS News Hour’s Paul Solman broadcast “Why women over 50 can’t find jobs.” He cited a Federal Reserve study by Alexander Monge-Naranjo and Faisal Sohail titled “Long-Term Unemployment Affected Older Women Most Following Recession.” If you are a woman turning fifty you more likely to become one of the long term unemployed. Teresa Ghilarducci, professor of economics at The New School for Social Research said “We have a lot of inequality in the United States, and much of that is generated because we create such bad jobs. Jobs that really don’t keep a family of two or three above the poverty level. So we have low unemployment for everybody, including old people, but these are really low wage jobs.”

Women turning fifty in the next few years need to think about strengthening the social safety net when they vote.

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Feb. 4, 2016 Rosa Parks Day

Rosa Parks was born a hundred and three years ago. Sixty one years ago she refused to give up her seat on a bus in Birmingham Alabama. It led to other major turning points in the civil rights movement, like rights for the disabled. I ran into a young woman in Oakland who honors the memory of Rosa Parks (and her own grandmother) by giving up her BART seat to the elderly and disabled. Apparently it is a federal law that can be traced back to the civil rights movement. She said “Take a stand! Give up your seat.”

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Feb. 3, 2016 Yahoo Boo Hoo

Sad news from Sunnyvale. Yahoo is laying off more people. CEO Marissa Mayer may be next. I told this to a Millennial. They asked “Are they still around?”

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Feb. 2, 2015 Iowa Caucus Spellchecker

I started to type in the word “caucus” and the spellchecker recommended “circus.” Somehow I think that might be more appropriate. Send in the clowns.

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Feb. 1, 2016 Events To Attend

Here are some events you might want to attend. Check with the respective organizations for more information.

Date: Feb. 4, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: TC Camp Recap

Speaking: Chapter Members

Venue: Mimi’s Cafe, 4775 Hacienda Dr Dublin, CA 94568

Date: Feb. 9, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Pub Social Night

Speaking: Alice Brzovic and many others

Venue: Kilowatt Brewing, 7576 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 (between Ruffner Road and Convoy Street)

Date: Feb. 9, 2016, 6:00PM

Org: STC Puget Sound

Topic: Meeting the Challenge: Making Your UX Design Dreams a Reality

Speaking: Christina Wodtke, Kelly Franznick and Indi Young

Venue: Motif Seattle Hotel, 1415 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Date: Feb. 9-11, 2016, 8:00AM

Org: Writers UA

Topic: ConveyUX 2016

Speaking: Joe Welinske and many others

Venue: Motif Seattle Hotel, 1415 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Date: Feb. 10, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Keeping Up With Content in a Dynamic Environment

Speaking: Scott Prentice

Venue: Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, CA 94618

Date: Feb. 17, 2016 9:00AM

Org: CIDM

Topic: Reinventing Content Publishing

Speaking: Ann Beebe

Venue: Online

Date: Feb. 20, 2016 8:00AM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: Time Management

Speaking: Mike Sanders

Venue: Mimi’s Cafe, 17231 E 17th St, Tustin, CA 92780

Date: Feb. 22, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Doc is Dead! How Walkthroughs Changed Salesforce’s Content Strategy

Speaking: Gavin Austin

Venue: IHOP Restaurant 4200 Great America Pkwy. Santa Clara, CA 95054

Date: Feb. 25, 2016 6:00PM

Org: SVEC

Topic: 2016 Engineers Week Banquet

Speaker: Michael Trela and John Celli

Venue: Hyatt Hotel, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

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Jan. 31, 2016 Blumbers

Maximum Wage

Last week fellow journalist Steven Johnson wrote “Maximum Wage Is technological progress dependent on extreme inequality?” It is an extraordinary take on income inequality. Here is an excerpt:

“In other words, the tech sector doesn’t have to be the poster child of inequality’s abuses. It could actually be a role model. Take just one potential remedy as a thought experiment. Let’s say we decided as a society that no private company should have a pay ratio above 40:1. That would lead to a radical decrease in income inequality, and it wouldn’t involve a cent of additional taxes. Every private company would be allowed to keep the exact same portion of its income. The government wouldn’t be extracting money out of the private sector; it would just put some boundaries on the way the private sector distributes its money internally. Critics would scream that such a dramatic intervention would be terrible for business, but of course the one sector of the economy that has already voluntarily embraced this ratio turns out to have nurtured the most profitable corporations in the history of capitalism. This would no doubt be fiddling with the natural markets for wages, but we fiddle with these all the time, through progressive income taxes, earned income tax credits, subsidies, and tax incentives. We have a minimum wage. What if we had a maximum ratio?”

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Jan. 30, 2016 California Solar Net Metering

On Friday Dec. 7, 2015, KQED’s Lauren Sommer wrote “With Rooftop Solar Booming, California Utilities Want to Charge More” about how California utilities want to change  solar net metering. If you are a solar homeowner, you pay little or no money to the utilities. What ever electricity they use at night they sell back to the utility during the day. Solar has become so popular in California that utilities have to figure out new ways to make money. Rather than change their hundred year old business model, they want to change the law. They are trying to influence the Public Utilities Commission to change the rules in their favor. Arizona regulators did something like it and now solar homeowners are paying an average of fifty dollars a month, devastating the market for solar there.

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Jan. 29, 2016 Paul Kanter Dead

Paul Kanter, original member of the Jefferson Airplane and lifelong resident of San Francisco died at the age of 74. Kanter was best known for using science fiction elements in his music, like his Hugo award-winning  album “Blows Against the Empire.”

All we can do is echo your anguished cries.

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Jan. 28, 2015 Phone No Home

Lost another phone. It must be a headache to constantly keep track of my devices. I think the problem is that I so seldom use it anymore.

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Jan. 27, 2016 Abe Vigoda Dead

Abe Vigoda, best known for his roles in The Godfather and Barney Miller, is dead at the age of 94. No kidding. Really. Most people do not know he was also a great stage actor. He could make you laugh with just a look.

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Jan. 26, 2016 Work Pajamas

I saw a someone working in an office wearing pajamas. Not scrubs, not exercise gear, but a flannel nightgown with little sheep on it. I assume they were wearing their best work pajamas because they don’t make dark gray pinstripe gowns. This is a clear sign that the United States has no dress code. I expect feety pajamas in the boardroom next.

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Jan. 25, 2016 The New Yorker

Jan. 25, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Suroweicki wrote “Bundynomics” pointing out that the Wild West benefitted from large amounts of federal funding subsidizing logging, mining and ranching.

Jane Mayer wrote “New Koch” about the Koch brothers attempts to change their negative image. A long time employee said “When you said ‘Koch’, you might as well have said you worked for the Devil.” Apparently they do not want with collar criminals to go to jail.

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Jan. 25, 2015 Washington DC Blizzard

A blizzard in Washington DC has shut down Congress. The question is: how can they tell?

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Jan. 24, 2016 Blumbers

Barney Weather

A blizzard hit the east coast last week and reminded me of a ridiculous coat I once bought from a clearance rack for ten dollars. It was the biggest down parka I had ever seen. It looked like a sleeping bag with sleeves. The only drawback was the color, a bright purple. When I put it on I looked like a large singing purple dinosaur. I kept it in the back seat of my car in case I was stuck in a blizzard. I was ready for Barney weather.

I donated the coat when I moved west. One night I was watching the weather news from back east. They showed people struggling down a snow-filled street. One of them was wearing the unmistakeable big purple parka. It was nice to know that it was still being used.

Stay warm. Stay purple.

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Jan. 23, 2016 TC Camp

On Jan. 23, 2016 in Santa Clara at Mission College, Liz Fraley held the annual TC Camp. Here are some pictures from the event.

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Jan. 23, 2015 Planet 9 From Outer Space

Astronomers believe there is a planet beyond Pluto that is twenty times the mass of Earth. Pluto has been downgraded to a dwarf planet, which does not sound PC (Planetarily Correct).

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Jan. 22, 2015 Like It Or Not

Somebody wanted me to read their article online. I visited their site and a window popped up asking me to like the article on Facebook. How can I like an article I have not read yet? There was no opt-out or close button. I backed out and decided not to “like” any of it.

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1177 B.C.: When Civilization Collapsed

By Eric Cline

An archaeologist named Cline wanted to go back in time and find out why several Bronze Age advanced societies collapsed almost simultaneously. While there were ways to store and retrieve information, most of that disappeared in the collapse. He traveled extensively and established a network of experts in a number of fields to examine his findings. He discovered that the wealthy elite of all the different societies had complex trade agreements so they could exchange luxury goods. They accumulated large stockpiles of weapons and standing armies to protect themselves from poor hungry peasants. The elite did not create resilient governments to deal with climate change, earthquakes, immigration and inequality. Several leaders proposed building walls, but their palaces were destroyed by angry mobs. A perfect storm of natural and man-made disasters destroyed civilization and the surviving illiterate poor people struggled to rebuild. He worried if it could happen again. He wrote about what he found, hoping that future archaeologists will learn from him.

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Jan. 20, 2016 License To Not Drive

Gizmodo reports that not only Millennials, but fewer Americans in general are getting driver’s licenses. Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute took data from the Federal Highway Administration and determined it was not just a fluke but a long term trend. As more Americans become poorer, they cannot afford a thirty thousand dollar automobile with the additional costs of licensing, financing or maintenance. They are moving to poorer inner city neighborhoods with access to public transportation or ride sharing services. They do not plan to go into debt by buying cars, college educations, houses or having children. They will spend their lives walking from one low paying job to another. They won’t be sleeping in their cars because they won’t have one.

Here is another concern. The American driver’s license is a primary form of identification. It is used when people vote, serve on juries or travel. If people do not have a driver’s license, will they be disenfranchised as citizens?

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Jan. 19, 2016 Glen Frey Dead

Glenn Frey, best known for the Eagles’ song Hotel California, is dead. You can check out anytime you want but his music will never leave.

Note: Austin TX and Rutherford NJ.

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Jan. 18, 2016 Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 18, 2016 is Martin Luther King Day, in honor of the American civil rights leader. He followed his faith and others followed him.

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Jan. 17, 2016 Blumbers

Millennial Money

On Jan. 8, 2016 The Wall Street Journal’s Sara Germano wrote “Holiday Sales Rose, But Not All Are Cheery” about how poor the latest generation of Americans are. More than 60% of milennenials who are employed full time year-round make less than the U.S. median income of $46,480 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.” Young people are struggling just to get by, causing constant stress and anxiety. Without high paying jobs, they will not be buying cars or houses. They will be living with their parents and not having children themselves. They will be scrambling to pay their college loans and little else. What is the solution?

Last year Dan Price CEO of Gravity Payments had an idea. Pay people a living wage. He raised the annual base salary of his employees to $70,000. He partly based his decision on a 2010 Princeton study by Nobel Prize economist Daniel Kahneman, who determined that less than that $70,000 forces poor people to make compromises that are harmful. Dan Price also based his decision on his own conservative religious upbringing about helping other people. He put his money where his people were.

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Jan. 16, 2016 War Plan Red

The United States Secret Plan To Invade Canada And Canada’s Secret Plan To Invade The United States

By Kevin Lippert

A light-hearted look at American and Canadian relations over the past three hundred years. Global warming and melting polar ice caps open the area to new challenges. He cites a more serious book by Diane Francis titled “Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country.” I suspect that Canadians will build a wall to keep out Donald Trump and make him pay for it.

Note: Elk Grove Village IL, Los Angeles CA?

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Jan. 15 2015 Alan Rickman Dead

BBC reports that British actor Alan Rickman, best known for his roles in the movies Die Hard and Harry Potter, died from cancer at the age of 69. A few years ago I created a mashup of Rickman’s Die Hard character Hans Gruber blogging like Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. See below.

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Jan. 14, 2016 SVEC Education Awards: Apply Now!

On Jan. 14 2016 the Silicon Valley Engineering Council announced it was accepting applications for the SVEC Education Awards with a deadline of February 11, 2016. Details below.

Awards Eligibility and Criteria

The Silicon Valley Engineering Council Engineering Education awards recognize young engineering and technology students for their dedication, focus, and commitment to engineering. Engineering and Technology students graduating from high school (i.e. high school senior class) or presently enrolled in undergraduate community college or university programs are eligible to apply. Fulltime and part-time students are eligible. Students may receive an SVEC Education award only once. Graduate students are not eligible. Undergraduate and High School students are judged separately.

For information go to www.svec.org

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Application for 2016 SVEC Education Awards now online

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