Nov. 22, 2017 Julian Calendar

A potential employer tested a candidate. They asked about the Julian calendar. It was totally unrelated to the job. I found out about it afterwards. The only people who know about the Julian calendar are archaeologists and science fiction writers dealing with the accuracy of time travel. Academics cannot even agree on when the calendar started.

You would have to study Classical Greek and Roman to know any of this. It struck me as a “how many bubbles are in a bar of soap” kind of gotcha question. Maybe the employer thinks that somewhere out there is a gladiator with a computer science degree.

Are you not entertained?

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Nov. 21, 2017 Justice Blocks AT&T Time Warner Merger

On Nov. 21, 2017 NPR’s Alina Selyukh reported “Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T’s Merger With Time Warner”. DOJ is worried that the merger will concentrate too much control over content and drive up prices. Both companies said they would respond to these allegations on Wednesday between 10 and 11 AM. They then put DOJ on hold.

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Nov. 18, 2018 Squash Hopes

I have found a new recipe for squash. I hope it will make the gourd edible. Apparently you pound it until it looks like baby food and then do the same to an apple and mix them together. You put it in little containers and then give it to someone else.

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Nov. 17, 2017 Tesla Big Rig

On Nov. 17, 2017, NPR’s Bill Chappell reported “Tesla Unveils Its Electric ‘Semi’ Truck, And Adds A Roadster”. The tractor trailer truck is streamlined and can haul 800,000 gross vehicle weight (GVW) up a five percent grade at 65 miles an hour up to 500 miles before charging. This is a big deal. Most people can barely afford to buy or lease an electric car, but lots of companies can write off a fleet of trucks as a business expense. They might even get an environmental benefit. There is a freeway down in Long Beach California that is bumper to bumper around the clock. Replacing diesel with electric would clear the air quite a bit. Cross country hauling would mean slipping in a new truck every 500 miles. It is possible that means drivers would get a chance to rest and have fewer accidents. One interesting detail. There is only one seat and it is in the center of the cab. It means you can sell it around the world no matter what side of the road people drive on. Frankly I think the extra room for the technology that drive the truck without a human driver.

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Nov. 15, 2017 Ancient Inequality

On Nov. 15, 2017 NPR’s Dan Charles reported “From Cattle To Capital: How Agriculture Bred Ancient Inequality” about how using domesticated animals gave an advantage to wealthy people in the Old World.  Washington State University’s Timothy Kohler said “After that period, for some reason, wealth gets much more unequally distributed in the Old World, Europe and Asia, than it does in the New World.” And yet the Pilgrims almost starved to death when they first arrived. Native Americans shared what the had because that is what you do in an egalitarian society.

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Nov. 13, 2017 Kill Tax Hike

There are bills in both the US Senate and House of Representatives that would cut taxes for the rich and large corporations. It would raise your taxes. Contact your Senators and representative and tell them you are against these bills.

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Nov. 12, 2017 Blumbers

This week I helped bury a stranger. Cancer took her away from a loving husband and son and a congregation that made them both possible. She built a community that mourned her passing and will carry out her wishes.

There have been a lot of news stories about people abusing their power. One solution is to build organizations to check the concentration of power at the top, to hold those responsible. It means a steady drumbeat of vigilance and transparency.

The stranger saw injustice. People were taking advantage of vulnerable disabled people and she created a group of people to fight it. I never knew the stranger, but she will be known by her works.

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Nov. 11, 2017 Armistice Day

Today is the 99th anniversary of the end of WWI. The armistice happened on the eleventh second of the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

For many it ended four years too late. Some thought it would be over quickly. One surprise attack and the opponent would sign a piece of paper and disappear. The wealthy and powerful saw their empires fall beneath angry mobs. The war did not end, it simply took on new forms and returned with new ferocity. I watch my phone and it shows old news in color.

You can say a war is over all you want. The war continues. If you think achieving justice is too expensive, remember injustice costs much more.

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Nov. 7, 2017 Election Day

This is an off-year election day. You should still vote. There lots of elections around the country that could be important down the road. You have to do more than vote once a year. You have to contact  your elected officials and tell them what is important for your community. Even cooler? Be the elected official.

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Nov. 5, 2017 Blumbers

Self Government

On Nov. 5, 2017 NPR’s Ann Marie Awad reported “When Election Day Comes And There’s Only One Candidate On The Ballot” about the lack of contested elections at the local level. Colorado school boards do not have enough members because they are unpaid volunteer positions. These roles are important to our children and country’s future. They are also a pipeline to getting experienced professional candidates for state and federal office. If you have the means and temperament, consider running for public office. Democracy is self government. Some things you have to do yourself.

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Nov. 2017 Events To Attend

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

Date: Nov. 2, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC East Bay Chapter

Topic: E Pluribus Unum — Out of many deliverables, one story

Speaking: Tom Goering

Venue: Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

Date: Nov. 2, 2017 7:00PM 

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Developer portals – When docs become DX

Speaking: Brian Immel

Venue: Portland State University 1930 SW 4th Avenue, Room FAB 86-01, Portland OR 97201

Date: Nov. 5-8, 2017  9:00 AM

Org: LavaCon 2017

Topic: Content Strategy Conference: Spanning Silos, Building Bridges

Speaker: Jack Molisani and many others. You can register for LavaCon using the referral code PDXMeetup for $300 off conference tuition?

Venue: Hilton Portland and Executive Tower. 921 Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Nov. 5, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Intercultural Communication and Business

Speaking: Madeleine Adkins

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

Date: Nov. 11, 2017  6:00PM

Org: STC Puget Sound Chapter

Topic: Augmented Reality Talk and Virtual Reality Play

Speaker: Stacey Stevens

Venue: Virtual Sports 17600 W Valley Hwy, Tukwila, WA 98188

Date: Nov. 11, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Case Study: How FICO’s Technical Publications Team Got Started with Video Production

Speaking: Dan Ziagos

Venue: Qualcomm Building Q, 6455 Lusk Blvd – San Diego CA 92121

Date: Nov. 13, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Experts Matter

Speaking: Joe Meyers

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

Date: Nov. 15, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC San Francisco Chapter

Topic: Getting The Most Out Of TC Camp

Speaking: Liz Fraley

Venue: Salesforce office at 121 Spear St. in the Rincon Center, San Francisco, CA 94105

Date: Nov. 16, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC West Coast Canada

Topic: Vanvcouver Island Tech Comm Café

Speaking: Technical communication professionals

Venue: The Churchill 1140 Government St, Victoria, BC V8W 1Y2, Canada. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to admin@stcwestcoast.ca

Date: Nov. 16, 2017 6:00PM

Org: SVEC

Topic: SVEC 2017 Open House Reception

Speaking:  Aidan Herbert

Venue: SEMI Headquarters, 673 S. Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035

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Oct. 28, 2017 Computer Sharks

On Oct. 28, 2017 NPR’s Melissa Block reported “Top American Fears: Sharks And Zombies Or Corrupt Officials?” about the Survey of American Fears by Chapman University. “And we’re apparently as fearful of sharks as of computers replacing people in the workforce.” Frankly, I have yet to meet a shark that can code.

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Oct. 26, 2017 Amazon Inside

Amazon wants to sell you a security system they can unlock to put packages inside your house. Just in time for Halloween. “We’ve traced the package… it’s inside your house!” Of course, if people are already taking packages from your house, how will Amazon deliver a device that protects them? Somewhere burglars will have a truckload of anti-burglar devices that they will be afraid to fence because it will just make their lives harder.

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Oct. 25, 2017 Phone License

As fewer people drive and more buy phones, it might be a good public safety idea to require a phone license. When you first turn on your phone, an app would ask you a series of questions. Are you in the drivers seat of a moving car? Are you walking down the middle of a busy street? Are you wearing clothes? If you fail the test, the phone turns off.

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Oct. 23, 2017 Back It Up

Many people surviving disasters lose their family photographs. Make a point to scan them in and store them in different places, including the cloud. Your old life may disappear but you memories may not.

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