Sep. 25, 2016 Blumbers

Cancer Vote

A big Bay Area company just laid off thousands of people. One of them had Stage Four cancer. The company got a stock uptick and one heck of a karma load. The cancer patient will die without a job or health insurance. She intends to continue treatment and vote in November.

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Sep. 18, 2016 Blumbers

Voting History

I have been contacting people I know living all over the United States and encouraging them to vote. We have seen what happens when elections are close. One woman in her nineties told me she worked her whole life toward voting in this election. Her mother was one of the first women to vote in the 1920s. She carefully goes out and checks her mailbox for her ballot very morning. She said sometimes you have to live through a lot of history to make it.

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Sep. 12, 2016 Going Sante Fe?

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Going to Santa Fe? Bring your appetite to Little Anita’s and your night vision goggles to the very dark Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. If you cannot stay with friends or relatives try the La Fonda hotel. There is also an event in Santa Fe with a  website for that is a little tone deaf about genocide. See below:

“The scenery between Albuquerque and Santa Fe hasn’t changed much since Don Pedro de Peralta marched his army north along the Rio Grande and founded Santa Fe 400 years ago.”… ” The Indians ask train passengers to refrain from taking photos while passing through their pueblos.”

It seems like the colorful sales copy glosses over a historical tragedy. According to my research, Juan de Oñate y Salazar founded the Province of Santa Fe de Nuevo México, not Peralta. He also is responsible for the Acoma war of 1599 where hundreds of Native Americans were killed, mutilated or enslaved. Don Pedro de Peralta Ordóñez replaced Onate in 1609 but is also accused of abusing the captured natives that built Santa Fe. Also, I think the correct term is not Indian but Native American, or the particular tribal name if known. Apologists for atrocities like to say it happened a long time ago, but there is no statute of limitations for human rights violations. One way to fix this is to acknowledge wrongdoing. I hope whoever is charge of the event fixes this. Otherwise it will look like they and everybody involved approves of it. Human rights are for everyone. Past, present and future.

DJClinecom0837 Recommended listening: Vertical Horizon’s song I’m still here.

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Star Trek 50th Anniversary

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Fifty years ago, Star Trek first appeared on American television. It is an example of successful brand management and historic timing. What most people do not know is what had to happen to make that possible. It started with one man.

First, Gene Roddenberry’s parents moved from Texas to Los Angeles in the 1920s. It put him in the neighborhood of the entertainment industry, but there was also a New Deal education program to teach people how to fly. Roddenberry graduated as a pilot and wound up fighting in the Pacific during WWII. The US Navy had a policy that personnel should not to disrupt local culture. I wonder if native peoples being caught up in a war between advanced civilizations stuck in his mind as the Prime Directive.

After the war he became a commercial pilot and had adventures around the world, including a plane crash in Iraq. That bit of excitement helped him decide to become a Los Angeles cop. Jack Webb hired him as a consultant and then writer for the TV show Dragnet. From there he cranked out scripts about cops, cowboys and soldiers. Tiring of this, he thought of a science fiction show about a naval vessel and its diverse crew in the future.

The second thing that needed to happen was a Cuban refugee named Desi Arnez. He arrived in Hollywood and married Lucille Ball in the 1940s. They sold CBS a television show about a diverse married couple that became one of the most successful shows in history. Selling Star Trek to NBC was one more diverse show, like Mission Impossible to CBS. They hired experienced actors. Oh, and they filmed it in color.

Third, they hired real science fiction writers like Harlan Ellison. As ridiculous as the show seemed, it was not a silly as Irwin Allen’s show Lost In Space.  (Harlan wrote for both shows, but you do not see Dr. Smith in the City Of The Edge Of Forever, do you?)

Fourth, even as NBC cancelled the show, Paramount put it in syndication so many people could see it many times. It developed a wider audience than when it was on network television. This led to more TV shows, movies and merchandising. You know a brand is successful when they name a space shuttle after it.

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Sep. 4, 2016 Blumbers

The answer to more money in politics is putting in more voters. Vote.

And now a Labor Day story.

A few weeks ago I was waiting in the checkout line of a San Francisco department store. I walked up to the counter and saw a cashier in agony. I asked if she was okay. She explained that she had osteoarthritis and her job required her to stand. She was leaning against the counter but that did not help. She said her boss would not allow her to sit down.

I had a temporary solution. I asked her when unsold merchandise was put back on the racks. She said cashiers took it back at the end of their shifts. I walked back to housewares and brought back a barstool.  I told her I considered buying the barstool but decided not to buy it.

She could now sit down as she worked. If her boss gave her any trouble she could say it was a reasonable accommodation for disability. I cannot believe an employer who knew an employee was clearly disabled would allow them to suffer.

Her story is not unusual. She is sixty years old and works thirty hours a week for minimum wage. She drives all over Northern California to the store chain’s other locations. She is too young for Medicare and not paid enough to afford surgery. She supports expanding Medicare and will be voting in November.

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Sep. 1, 2016 Events To Attend

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

Date: Sep. 1, 2016 8:00AM 

Org: Touchstone Awards

Topic: Accepting entries for regional competition, sponsored by the Bay Area STC chapters, benefitting the Kenneth Gordon Scholarship. Deadline Oct. 1, 2016.

Speaking: Richard Mateosian and Pat Lufkin

Venue: Oct. 8, 2016 at 2:00PM, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, California 94618

Date: Sep. 1, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC East Bay Chapter

Topic: Leading and Thriving in a Content Rich World

Speaking: Eeshita Grover

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

Date: Sep. 12-14, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: CIDM Best Practices

Topic: Maximizing Value—Reducing Waste: Moving to Leaner Practices, Processes, and Information Products

Speaking: Joanne Moleskin and many others

Venue: La Fonda On the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco St., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 and yes, I will be there.

Date: Sep. 13, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

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

Speaking: STC members

Venue: Kilowatt Brewing, 7576 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

Date: Sep. 13, 2016 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Surviving as Information Experience Designers in a Continuous Development World

Speaking: Tana Franko

Venue: New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Sep. 14, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Mini Job Fair

Speaking: STC members

Venue: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA, Rooms A, B and C 94703

Date: Sep. 14, 2016 6:30PM

Org: STC West Coast Canada

Topic: Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café

Speaking: Technical communication professionals

Venue: To be announced. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to admin@stcwestcoast.ca

Date: Sep. 19, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: How can technical writers thrive in agile environments?

Speaking: Daniel Doornbos, Bonnie Clark, Tom Johnson, Rosemary Picado and Jane Wilson

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

Date: Sep. 20, 2016 6:00PM

Org: Orange County STC

Topic: Get it in Writing: How to Write Statements of Work and Contracts for Content Development Projects

Speaking: Jack Molisani

Venue: DoubleTree Club, 7 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92707,

Date: Sep. 24, 2016  10:00 to 11:00 AM

Org: STC Puget Sound Chapter

Topic: Be the Captain of Your Career

Speaker: Jack Molisani

Venue: Webinar

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Aug. 30, 2016 Late Night Update

Larry Wilmore’s show on Comedy Central was cancelled. I found out by catching up on all those episodes I should have been watching live. Wilmore took all kinds of risks and maybe that was too much for a mainstream audience. It was clearly a lot of work to do four shows a week. Jon Stewart’s other alumni HBO’s John Oliver and TNT’s Samantha Bee are knocking it out of the park by doing only one show a week. CBS’s Stephen Colbert’s new show was struggling until he fell back on his strengths of being the old Stephen Colbert. NBC’s Seth Meyers also fell back to sitting at a news desk and delivering the sharpest commentary of his career. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and NBC’s Jimmy Fallon seem to competing directly for the mainstream audience.

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Aug. 28, 2016 Blumbers

Dog Catcher For President

When you try to figure out who to vote for, you want someone who get the things you want done. You want someone who understands the process. You may not like it but you will probably want a career politician. The polite term is a lifetime of public service. That means someone who has worked their way up from dogcatcher to council member to mayor to state representative to governor or senator. You want someone who can recite Roberts Rules of Order from memory. You want someone who can sit through a long meetings and then vote in your interest. Electing one person at the top will make a difference if also you vote for all the other people that will help that candidate make the right decisions. It starts at the grassroots. It starts with you voting for the dogcatcher that might someday become president.

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