Dec. 4, 2016 Blumbers

What Color Is Your Facebook?

On October 28, 2016 ProPublicas’ Julia Angwin and Terry Parris Jr. wrote “Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race” They said “The ubiquitous social network not only allows advertisers to target users by their interests or background, it also gives advertisers the ability to exclude specific groups it calls “Ethnic Affinities.” Ads that exclude people based on race, gender and other sensitive factors are prohibited by federal law in housing and employment.”

One of the concerns about breaking down old barriers is not building new ones. Creating tailored experiences may keep people divided. Knowing what we have in common or understanding our differences helps build a common future.

I interact with lots of people and do not need a filter. I expect differences. I expect to be uncomfortable. It is what I like about the real world versus the virtual.

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Dec. 1, 2016 Events To Attend

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

Date: Dec. 1, 2015 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Annual East Bay STC Holiday Party

Speaking: STC Members

Venue: Hera Hub Sorrento Mesa 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd #400
San Diego, CA 92121

Date: Dec. 6, 2015 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Standards for Information Development

Speaking: JoAnn Hackos

Venue: Hera Hub Sorrento Mesa 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd #400
San Diego, CA 92121

Date: Dec. 14, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Writing for the Space Program

Speaking: Peter Basch

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

Date: Dec. 19, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Holiday Schmooze

Speaking: David Hovey

Venue: Stein’s Beer Garden, 895 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

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Nov. 24, 2016 Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

This is not the year to listen to your annoying uncle. Tell him they are giving away free TVs at the local store, but you have to wait all day.

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Nov. 20, 2016 Blumbers

Time Zoned Out

A clueless recruiter on the East coast calls a candidate on the West coast. The recruiter calls at 8:00 AM in New York, apparently unaware that it is 5:00 AM in San Francisco. The recruiter starts asking the candidate if they know all sorts of technology. The candidate says yes, but they also know what time it is in San Francisco and hang up.

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Nov. 13, 2016 Blumbers

Nada Canada

Winston Churchill said that Americans will do the right thing, after they have tried everything else. Unhappy about the election results? Moving to Canada may not be an option. I travel quite lot and keep meeting Canadians… all over the United States. One woman spends six winter months in Florida and the rest of the time traveling here because it is so cold there. I know many other Canadians have moved here and become American citizens.  Besides, Canada has a total population of only 36 million who might agree with your views.  In America, there are over 62 million Americans who already agree with you. The United States has made the most of good ideas and people from all over the world. If you think Canada is doing some things right, work toward getting them adopted here.

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Nov. 8, 2016 Election Day

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In the 2016 US Presidential election, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost to billionaire Donald Trump in the electoral college but won in the popular vote by two million.

According to CNN “Trump, who clinched the nomination by securing 270 Electoral College votes, currently leads Clinton 290-228, though Michigan and New Hampshire have yet to be called.”

“She had 59,755,284 votes, according to CNN’s tally, with 92% of the expected vote counted. Trump had 59,535,522. That difference of 219,762 is razor-thin considering the nearly 120 million votes counted so far.” Over 100 million Americans did not even vote. That may be larger than the number of humans still alive on the planet in 2100.

There were large spontaneous protests in the streets of Asheville, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Iowa City, Los Angeles, Madison, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Omaha, New York City, Richmond, Philadelphia, Portland, Omaha, San Francisco, San Jose Seattle and Washington DC.

So now you know how it all happened. This site is for future reference. I am archiving all this and will continue this as long as I can, but there is no guarantee that the remaining information will get through.  There is an Alfred Hitchcock movie called Foreign Correspondent. Watch the last scene.

Learn from us. :-)

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Nov. 6, 2016 Blumbers

Buckle Up And Vote

Everyone to their stations. A lot of strange things are going to happen online over the next few days. I recommend holding course and doing your civic duty. Be the reasonable sensible person. If something seems false, you are probably right. We will find out if the future is determined by the wisdom of crowds or the madness of mobs. Vote.

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