Jun. 26, 2016 Blumbers

Orlando

A young person asked me if it gets better. Yes, but we have to keep working to make it better. A few very unhappy people will never like you. Many more will like you. There may be quislings and capos who betray you for short term gain, but it never ends well for them. Go online and be a constant reminder of their failure to make you disappear.  They will have to get used to you being everywhere all the time. Find people who agree with you. Organize. Create or join a community that will carry out your objectives after you are gone. Vote for people who agree with you. If you cannot find a candidate to vote for, then become the candidate. Be the change.

BTW: If you want a see a fascinating movie, check out Orlando starring Tilda Swinton. It will show you how to think long term. Also, there is a nice music video by Taylor Swift called Mean.

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Jun. 19, 2016 Blumbers

Zombie Date Movie

Funny story. A young man invited a woman for dinner and a movie. He asked her what movie she wanted to see. She heard there was a new Jane Austen movie out. Not looking forward to seeing a boring movie about manners but wanting to seem very sophisticated, he bought the tickets for “Love And Friendship.” After the movie he asked the woman how she liked the movie. She said it was very nice but thought they were going to see “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.” They laughed and realized they had the same taste in movies.

I thought it was a delightful misunderstanding and recommended a double feature of Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer.”

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Jun. 12, 2016 Blumbers

Wildlife Amid Mildlife

Wildlife is everywhere you look in urban areas these days. I have seen coyotes, raccoons or possums when I take out the trash. For some reason the red squirrels are being replaced by dark gray squirrels. I’ve seen doves, egrets, geese, herons, hummingbirds and a white pigeon that could have escaped from a magician’s sleeve. One evening I saw a gyrfalcon circling overhead. You could barely see it against the fog.

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Jun. 5, 2016 Blumbers

Walls

People have been talking about walls a lot these days. I was walking through a poor neighborhood that was being gentrified. Older buildings were being torn down or remodeled. Apparently one of the ways to get permission to rehab a building is to leave at least one old wall standing. I took a picture of a wall that the workers left. It was propped up but still looked like it was about to fall down. The construction workers just went around it. One of them said the rule was silly and that eventually they would have to take it down anyway. Maybe he was right. Sometimes you have to tear down a wall to build something more useful for people on both sides of it. Picture below.

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Jun. 3, 2016 United Shades Of America Portland

Recently, W. Kamau Bell’s “United Shades of America” on CNN talked about gentrification destroying the African American community in Portland. While Bell and the TV show Portlandia tried to make light of it, the city is becoming known as the whitest large city in America. Like many large metropolitan areas, Portland had a history of redlined neighborhoods, but there had been some progress. Then, after the year 2000, many long time residents noticed an increasing lack of diversity. Apparently the new arrivals drove up real estate prices by buying large McMansions in the suburbs and rental investments in poor neighborhoods. The increasing rents forced people out, and destroyed one the things that made the city unique.

It is happening in the San Francisco Bay area too. A woman from Oakland gave me what she called her diversity test. She thinks the facts of everyday life are an indicator. Is the person you wake up next to different from you? Is your family? Is your neighborhood? Is your school? Is your workplace?

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Jun. 1, 2016 Events To Attend

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

Date: Jun. 1, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Watch, Discuss, and Win during Summer Webinar Mania

Speaking: Alice Brzovic and many others

Venue: Online

Date: Jun. 2 , 2016, 6:00PM

Org: STC Willamette Valley Chapter

Topic: Chapter Celebration

Speaking: Melissa Amos

Venue: Nicholas Restaurant 3223 NE Broadway Portland, OR 97232

Date: Jun. 2, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: The Next Best Thing to Being There: A Recap of Summit 2016

Speaking: Lori Meyer, Liz Fraley, Gale Naylor, Bonnie Kim

Venue: Eddie Papa’s American Hangout,  4889 Hopyard Road,   Pleasanton, CA 94588

Date: Jun. 8, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Instructional Design and Training 101

Speaking: Madeleine Adkins

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

Date: Jun. 9, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Sacramento

Topic: Lightning Talks: How to Make Your Web Site a Super Hero

Speaking: TBA

Venue: Parallax Inc. 599 Menlo Dr #100, Rocklin, CA 95765

 

Date: Jun. 20, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Let’s Tell a Story – Scenario-Based Documentation

Speaking: Matt Ness

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

Date: Jun. 28, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: Modernize Your Documentation Workflow with MadCap Flare

Speaking: Mike Hamilton

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

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May 29, 2016 Blumbers

Ladder

Walking down a street I noticed a ladder to a billboard. The first rung  on the ladder was ten feet off the ground. I thought it was a good metaphor for what many young people must be feeling these days. They see the opportunity but there is no way to get there from were they are. They need a ladder just to get to the ladder. Picture below.

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