Square 6578 Nightscape San Francisco

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Square 6523 Lamp Gold

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Jan. 25, 2015 Blumbers

Sense of Community Colleges

On Jan. 14, 2015, Tom Hanks wrote an Op/Ed piece in the New York Times support President Obama’s plan to make community colleges free. Hanks attended Chabot Community College in Hayward California back the 1970s because it was free. Considering his contributions to the world it was money was well spent, but it is not just Tom Hanks that did well. I know thousands of people who benefitted from attending California’s community colleges. They learned valuable lifelong skills and more than paid back their value in taxes. Giving people access to education is not an expense, it is an investment in the future.

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Square 6520 Stonework Lion

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Square 6517 Dome City Hall

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Square 6515 Clock

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Square 6470 Wood Beam

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Square 6431 Apple iPod Shuffle

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Square 6418 Apple iPod Shuffle

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Jan. 18, 2015 Blumbers

The New Yorker Legacy

I have inherited a large stack of New Yorker magazines. While the cartoons are funny, the articles are interesting too. I am going through them one by one and posting stories about emerging trends that might be of interest later on. Just type in New Yorker on my site to find them. Once I am done, I will pass them on to someone else.

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Square 6416 Apple iPod

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Square 6410 Apple iPod

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Square 6408 Sign Event

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Square 6356 Palm Tree

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Square 6351 Woodwork

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Square 6336 Woodwork

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Jan. 11, 2015 Blumbers

Je Suis Charlie

Paris is a wonderful place. This week something terrible happened there.

There are many signs of tyranny or terrorism. One of them is the inability to take a joke. Another is attempting to control the creative process or access to information. For me there is a simple test. Can I go somewhere and not be harassed or intimidated? Can I bring a camera or any other device of my own choosing? Can I write a story about what I see without retribution? If I am not there, something is wrong, and it is not me.

Maybe you are someone in a position of power and someone makes fun of you. Honestly ask yourself, did they do a great job? Was it really funny or accurate? Was it a crudely drawn cartoon, a satirical novel or huge Hollywood movie? Back home, when somebody does a really great job ridiculing, we call it counting coup. It is calling truth to power.

There is a difference between terrorists and artists. When artists hit their target, people laugh. If you seek immortality, tell a great joke.

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Square 6333 Woodwork

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Square 6327 Windmill

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Square 6323 Peacock

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Square 6311 Stove Wood

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Square 6303 Anvil

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Square 6298 Weathervane

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Jan. 4, 2015 Blumbers

Boxelope ™

Over the holidays I received the mail equivalent of a Turducken. It was a three page document put inside a business envelope, inside an overnight envelope, inside an overnight box. It was a triumph of unnecessary packaging that I called a boxelope.

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Square 6284 Sheep

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Square 6272 Peacock Feather

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Square 6261 Caterpillar

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Jan. 1, 2015 Events To Attend

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

Date: Jan. 6-7, 2015 9:00AM

Org: WritersUA

Topic: Conference for Software User Assistance

Speaking Scott DeLoach, Joe Welinske and many more

Venue: Intercontinental Austin Hotel, 701 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX , 78701

Date: Jan. 8, 2015 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: The Editor on Your Documentation Team – Adding Versatility and Value

Speaking: Lori Meyer

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

Date: Jan. 12, 2015 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Passive vs Reactive Documentation, with Greg Koberger

Speaking: Gregory Koberger, ReadMe.io

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

Date: Jan. 13, 2014 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Roles of technical writers and instructional designers

Speaking: Jeff Freeman

Venue: Apollonia’s Greek Bistro, Costa Verde Center, 8650 Genesee Avenue #106, San Diego, CA 92122

Date: Jan. 15, 2015 6:00PM

Org: STC Willamette Valley

Topic: Lean Practices for Writers

Speaking: Mark Barnett

Venue: Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA), 121 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209

Date: Jan. 16, 2015 11:30AM

Org: STC Los Angeles

Topic: Torrance Lunchtime Forum

Speaking: Jeff Kreger

Venue: Paradise Restaurants, 889 West 190th Street, Gardena, CA

Date: Jan. 17, 2015 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Touchstone Awards

Speaking: Joe Devney

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

Date: Jan. 20, 2015, 6:00PM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: Seven Steps to Creating Effective Screencasts

Speaking: Matt Sullivan

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

Date: Jan. 20, 2015, 6:00PM

Org: STC Puget Sound

Topic: January STC-PSC Competition Showcase

Speaking: Rick Grey

Venue: Swedish Cultural Center, 3 Crowns Room, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Date: Jan. 21, 2015 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: Technical Communication and Climate Change

Speaking: Floyd Earl Smith

Venue: Salesforce Community Meeting Room, Rincon Center, on Howard Street between Steuart and Spear, San Francisco

Date: Jan. 22-24, 2015 9:00AM

Org: ConveyUX

Topic: What’s Next in UX

Speaking: Shawn Henry, Jon Kolko, Eric Reiss and many more.

Venue: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 721 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Date: Jan. 23, 2015 9:00AM

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: API Technical Writing Workshop

Speaking: Sarah Maddox

Venue: Google, Room “Araujo Tech Talk”, level 1, 1295 Charleston Rd, Mountain View, CA 94043

Date: Jan. 24, 2015 9:00AM

Org: TC Camp

Topic: Workshops on Adobe products, Mobile Apps, APIs, Doc Portals

Speaking: Liz Fraley, Marta Rauch, Tom Johnson and many more

Venue: Hospitality Management Building, Mission College, 3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

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Dec. 31, 2014 Happy New Year

With storage no longer a problem, this was the year I began archiving hundreds of thousands of images. Seeing the Menuez installation at the Computer History Museum motivated me to keep going. Every time you see an old photograph, remember that somebody went to a lot of trouble to catch that moment in time. May all your future moments be happy ones.

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Square 6260 Butterfly Chrysalis

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Square 6215 Apple Macbook Air

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Dec. 28, 2014 Blumbers

Net 20

It will soon be twenty years of the internet changing the world. Young people entering the workforce today have access to more information than any generation before. I hope to write about the changes over the last two decades and what the future has in store for them. May all your futures be bright.

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