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Dec. 14, 2014 Blumbers

Distribution Time

William Gibson said the future is here, it is just not distributed evenly. I have covered a lot of very advanced technology, but it doesn’t seem to be getting to the people who need it.  We need to work toward a brighter future for everyone or there may not be a future at all.

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Dec. 10, 2014 Miracle of Breadsticks and Anchovies

The Miracle of Breadsticks and Anchovies (An excerpt from an upcoming book)

The Software Development Forum used to hold SIG meetings at Cubberly Community Center in Palo Alto. Barbara Cass, one of the founders of SDForum, liked it for the location, cheap rates and convenient parking. Around six o’clock people would wander in, pay Barbara three dollars for pizza and soft drinks and talk about emerging technology. A speaker would give a presentation and there would be a discussion. Someone might get a job or even start a company.

The community center also hosted a local homeless shelter, which led to some confusion. One cold winter’s night a homeless person came in and got some pizza. He went out and came back with some friends. They started networking with regular attendees. Many of them had worked at the same companies and were just going through hard times. Others were disabled veterans. Some were both.

With more visitors than usual, we were running out of pizza. I looked over at Barbara and saw her pick up a phone. Was she calling the police? No. She was ordering more pizza. She ordered the works, including breadsticks and anchovies.

This says a lot about Barbara. She was a class act. She treated everyone with grace and tact. Her SDForum was open, transparent, and served its community well. She knew that to think globally meant you had to act locally. No one was turned away. No one.

Sadly, Barbara died a few years later and Susan Lucas Conwell took over. SDForum came to and end and SVForum came into being. The SIG meetings at Cubberly moved to corporate boardrooms and gated mansions with valet parking. Discussions about creating jobs here were replaced with moving them overseas. Exclusivity replaced inclusivity. I recently heard that there will be no more SIG meetings. Not a place for homeless disabled veterans to reconnect with society. Just thanking vets for their service and tossing them out is not acceptable to me, so despite the recent changes, I will continue to support other organizations that do. Other people matter. If the future is not evenly distributed, we might follow Barb’s example to work and make it so.

At another meeting, a woman in designer wear who had spent several years in Europe walked up to Barbara and wanted to know who all the important people were. Barbara waved her arms to the crowd and said “All of them.” She was right.

Back to the meeting at Cubberly. It turned out that one of the people we thought was homeless turned out to be the speaker. In Silicon Valley, you just never know who the important people are.

Happy Holidays!

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Dec. 7, 2014 Blumbers

Infamy

Another WWII anniversary. Avoidable tragedies lead to inevitable ones. The tragedy of Pearl Harbor led to Hiroshima.

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Dec. 1, 2014 Events To Attend

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

Date: Dec. 4, 2014 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Annual East Bay Holiday Party

Speaking: Joe Humbert and Lori Meyer

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

Date: Dec. 9, 2014 6:00PM

Org: STC Willamette Valley

Topic: WVC Holiday Social

Speaking: Valerie Ball

Venue: Widmer Gasthaus Pub (East Wing), 947 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227

Date: Dec. 15, 2014 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Winter Schmooze

Speaking: David Hovey

Venue: Chevy’s in Mountain View, 2116 West El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

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Nov. 30, 2014 Blumbers

Shopaclypse

This is the time of year where I avoid holiday shopping crowds. There is no reason to risk being trampled by a mob at a store. Gadgets are not fruit. They do not go bad like bananas. If they run out, they can make more of them. Chances are it will be cheaper later and whatever bugs there are will be fixed. I just hope my supply of tuna and peanut butter hold out until January.

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Nov. 23, 2014 Blumbers

Humurducken ™

It will soon be Thanksgiving in America, a time of culinary excess. When a chef cooks a duck inside a chicken inside a turkey, they call it a turducken. After a human eats it they could call them a Humurducken.

Note: Hunger is not a game. No one should be hungry these days. Help if you can.

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