May 22, 2016 Blumbers

Scarf

It was a cold and windy Super Bowl Sunday. I was buying some last minute supplies for a party. In front of me in line was a young man wearing one of those uniforms from an oil change garage. He pulled out a very thin wallet and pretty much emptied it to pay for groceries. His wife was holding their baby and trying to keep it quiet. She was wearing a head scarf. She adjusted the scarf to cover the child. What struck me was pattern of stars and stripes. It was beautifully done. I respected their privacy and did not take a picture. It did not seem right. People send messages in what they wear. To me it said “I wear a scarf and I love this country.” They walked out of the store and I never saw them again.

A couple of weeks later I was in the Yosemite gift shop and saw the scarf for sale. This is probably where the woman bought it. America does not have a dress code. It does have a First Amendment. Picture below.

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May 15, 2016 Blumbers

STC Rising

Ten years ago STC and its local chapters faced an existential crisis. The members worked very hard to rebuild the organization and today the Summit is being held here in Anaheim, California. Chapter member Marta Rauch will be named fellow for her contributions at the local and international level. She is a pioneer in the technical communication tools we will use everyday. Gillian Flato should also be recognized for her work for the Silicon Valley chapter. She returned the chapter to financial health after the crisis and made it possible to hold training and networking events to help our members keep up with the changes in our profession. These are only two examples of the power of grassroots volunteers that build leadership for STC.

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May 1, 2016 Events To Attend

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

Date: Apr. 28 , 2016, 6:00PM

Org: STC Willamette Valley Chapter

Topic: Chapter Dissolution Vote

Speaking: Melissa Amos

Venue: Elmer’s Restaurant, Cornell Oaks, 1250 NW Waterhouse Ave., Beaverton, OR 97006

Date: May 5, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Responsive EPUB, Really?

Speaking: Scott Prentice

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

Date: May 10, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: An overview of topic-based authoring, single-sourcing, and multi-channel publishing

Speaking: Mike Hamilton

Venue: Hera Hub Sorrento Mesa, 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd #400, San Diego, CA 92121

Date: May 11, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Making the Case for Documentation

Speaking: Paul Scott

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

Date: May 15-18, 2016 9:00AM

Org: STC

Topic: STC Summit

Speaking: David Rose and many more

Venue: Anaheim Marriott, 700 Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802

Date: May 24, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: Bringing the Summit Home 2016

Speaking: Michael Opsteegh

Venue: Doubletree Club Hotel—Orange County Airport  7 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92707

Date: May 23, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Writing tech docs like a hacker with Jekyll

Speaking: Tom Johnson

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

Date: May 24, 2016, 6:00PM

Org: STC Puget Sound

Topic: Technical Storytelling: Breathing Life into Technical Communication

Speaking: Allie Proff

Venue: Visit chapter website for more details.

 

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May 1, 2016 Blumbers

Mayday Wrayday

By now many have noticed the new look. Once again designer Doug Wray updated the site to handle all the different kinds of devices looking at it. This makeover is one of many over the past twenty years. Wray’s sense of style and instincts on technology have never failed to delight and amuse. To another twenty years.

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