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Aug. 17, 2014 Blumbers

Dead Stapler

No sooner do I get home with my new box of staples and discover my stapler has died. Back to the store.

Note: Regal in Redmond?

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Aug. 11, 2014 Robin Williams Remembered

Robin Williams was found dead yesterday in his Tiburon home.

I first saw Robin Williams back in the early 1970s near Pier 39 in San Francisco. He was a very observant and incredibly strong street performer. I suspect that those days were in an education. There were all sorts of people walking the streets, struggling with all sorts of problems. He knew that he was not far from their suffering. Fortunately for him, the world recognized his extraordinary abilities more than his disabilities. Later I saw him perform nearby at the Boardinghouse. He took the beret off his head and held it out limply and called it Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Frisbee.” It was a surreal take on a surreal artist. Squared. Cubed. Brilliant.

He was incredibly prolific. People still watch his TV show. On average he made two films a year. He appeared on stages thousands of times around the world.

It makes you wonder what genius we are missing as we walk down a San Francisco street from our corporate bus to our gentrified townhouse, checking our phones for the latest stock bump or tax break and stepping over a homeless disabled person on the sidewalk. What genius are we missing that could make not just our lives but everyone’s life better? If we are so smart, why can’t we see their genius?

To those who are suffering, I quote Robin’s best performance. “It’s not your fault.” Copyright 2014 DJ Cline all rights reserved.

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Aug. 10, 2014 Blumbers

Staples

Another reminder of change. I ran out of staples. Gee, you buy a box and ten years later you gotta buy another one. I am still using the toner cartridge and box of paper from that period. I have no idea where I will buy new carbon paper. :-)

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Aug. 9, 2014 Doug Menuez Fearless Genius

On August 9, 2014 in Mountain View, the Computer History Museum exhibited “Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000.” This collection is just a sample of the 250,000 images taken by photojournalist Doug Menuez taken during that period.

Thirty years ago, Steve Jobs was kicked out of Apple, an organization he had helped build. It did not stop him. He created Next computers. The genius of Steve Jobs was bringing out the genius of others and promote it. He recognized the talents of Doug Menuez from his images in newspapers and magazines. Jobs gave him complete access. He did not tell the photographer what cameras to use or who to take pictures of. The result was a series of remarkable historic images capturing the people who changed the world.

Menuez sees a bigger picture from all the little ones. There is a trend from open, inclusive cultures based on sharing to closed, exclusive cultures based on greed and exploitation. Organizations that used to meet in community college classrooms now meet in gated mansions. While this might create jobs in other countries, it does not help most people in America. Without middle class jobs there are few paths to success for the next Steve Jobs.

We owe a debt to people like Menuez who had the foresight to take these images. Imagine if you had an independent photojournalist who was willing to accurately document every important event in your organization. Of course. you would have credit their work and they could make money from the images in magazines etc. but the publicity and legacy it would promote would be worth it.

Real visionaries show us what they see. If history is written by the winners, it is also illustrated. This exhibit is an inspiration to archive and display my own collection of Silicon Valley history.

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Square 0554 Monarch Butterfly

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Square 0553 Seal

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Aug. 3, 2014 Blumbers

Evaluating Valued

Got a message from someone that said “valued” customer. This implies that they have “unvalued” customers. I was under the impression that everyone had value. I took it as a warning sign.

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Aug. 1, 2014 Events To Attend

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

Date: Aug. 13, 2014 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Highlights from the 2014 STC Summit

Speaking: Tonie Flores, Gwaltney Mountford, and Lori Meyer

Venue: Highlands Country Club, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, California

Date: Aug. 13, 2014 6:00PM

Org: Churchill Club

Topic: Open Forum: The Promise of the Connected Car: What It Can Be and Who Can Win

Speaking: Rob Csongor of NVIDIA , Maarten Sierhuis of Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley

Venue: Santa Clara Marriott Hotel, 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara,  CA 95054

Date: Aug. 20, 2014 6:00PM 

Org: GABA

Topic: The Second Coming of the Internet of Things

Speaking: Dinesh Sharma of SAP, Sven Strohband of Khosla Ventures, Raj Kanaya of Aeris, Marianne Wu of GE Ventures

Venue: SAP, Palo Alto, 3421 Hillview Avenue, Building 2, First Floor

Date: Aug. 25, 2014 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter (www.stc-siliconvalley.org/)

Topic: API Technical Writing: What, Why, and How

Speaking: Sarah Maddox

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

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Jul. 27, 2014 Blumbers

Tanked Out

I was looking for a summer shirt and found a tank top. What was I thinking? Then I realized it was a gift. Phew! Now I have to ask, what they were thinking?

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