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Apr. 20, 2014 Blumbers

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Refined Sugar Holiday

Outside are hyperactive children biting the heads off of chocolate rabbits and marshmallow chicks as they forage for decorated eggs laden with cholesterol. Their pancreatic panic is probably not healthy but it sure looks fun.

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Apr. 13, 2014 Blumbers

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Last week David Letterman announced he was retiring. Think about the timing of this announcement. Jay Leno was finally replaced on the Tonight Show by Jimmy Fallon last February. Letterman is retiring because he made his point. He could do a better job than Jay Leno. He was funnier longer than anyone else, including Johnny Carson. It was a constant reminder to NBC, the company that employed them both, that they had made a terrible mistake. They got rid of the wrong guy. The nice guy. And they kept making the mistake for years and would never admit it until it was too late.

Letterman almost retired a few years ago when Jay Leno was replaced by Conan O’Brian. Leno wound up doing the same thing to Conan that he did to Letterman, so Letterman decided to stick it out a few more years. It was more than professional. It had to be personal. Like a soldier who pays dearly for a piece of real estate, Letterman held his ground until reinforced. Who are the reinforcements? Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Craig Ferguson and of course his chosen replacement: Stephen Colbert. They are all followers of Letterman’s tradition and not Leno’s. To paraphrase George Clooney, they know the same people and they like him better.

It should be noted that some people have tried to get Colbert fired by deliberately misinterpreting remarks he made in a joking manner. They didn’t like him making fun of them. They have now discovered that when you try to get rid of someone, they just reappear on a bigger stage, the one in Ed Sullivan’s Theater.

Meanwhile, Jay is offline, silent. The continued silence is an admission that despite all the maneuvering, the better man won. Letterman will get the last laugh as a whole new generation carries on the work.

Dave’s funny, huh?

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I Will Be There

Look for me, I will be there.

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Apr. 6, 2014 Blumbers

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Michael Lewis Flash Boys

Michael Lewis has a new book called “Flash Boys.” He appeared on CBS TV’s 60 Minutes and described how Wall Street’s high frequency trading creates a system rigged against ordinary investors. One idea was put forth in the September 28, 2011 New York Times by French foreign minister Philippe Douste-Blazey and promoted by David Brin. They support a small tax or fee on the billions of financial transactions or machine trades made by big corporations every year.

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Remembering Holly And Howard

I have worked with thousands of people. A few of them stand out and I wanted to tell everyone my life is better for knowing them.

Years ago I worked with two amazing people, Holly and Howard. They worked at a company that has since been bought by one company and then another. It was Holly who introduced us to the television show Mystery Science Theater 3000. Everyday at lunch we would crowd into a conference room and watch a VHS tape on a big tube television the size of a hundred gallon aquarium. The movies were mostly bad science fiction movies from the 1950s, the kind where teen agers fight radioactive monsters. The hosts of the show would make funny remarks about the movie, like the fact that the teen ager actors were in their early thirties. I never laughed so hard. Holly is now retiring from that company. Whatever its current name is, and I am sure that everyone there will miss her as much as I do.

Howard taught me about jazz. He studied it in college and had worked as a professional musician. It was fun to go through a record store and have Howard recommend what he considered the best examples of a particular artist. Later I would sit at my computer trying to recreate a full color three dimensional view of an extruded plastic part. Howard would be standing next to me telling me a story about Miles Davis as we listened to “Kind of Blue.” Howard went on to record his own music, and I treasure listening to it. He died a few months ago and musicians from all over talked about what it was like to perform with him.

Wherever they are or go. I wish them well.

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Apr. 1, 2014 Events To Attend

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

Date: Apr. 3, 2014 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Using Change Management Concepts to Provide Better User Assistance

Speaker: Linda Urban

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

Date: Apr. 8, 2014

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Information Design

Speaker: Linda L. Oestreich

Venue: Elijah’s La Jolla, 8861 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, Ca 92037

Date: Apr. 9, 2014

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Cloud Computing/Big Data

Speaker: Bill Weinberg

Venue: NOTE ADDRESS CHANGE FOR THIS MONTH Cal State East Bay Oakland Conference Center, Trans Pacific Center, in downtown Oakland–1000 Broadway, Suite 109.

Date: Apr. 14, 2014 6:30PM

Org: SVForum

Topic: Not So Fast!   Employment, Ownership and Privacy Concerns When Using Social Media for Business

Speakers: Paul Cowie

Venue: Detati Digital Marketing, 265 Caspian Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Date: Apr. 15, 2014 

Org: STC Orange County

Topics: Protecting and Improving Your Search Rank in 2014

Speaker: Sam Dragga

Venue: Doubletree Club Hotel, 7 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92707, USA

Date: Apr. 15, 2014

Org: STC Puget Sound

Topic: Neuro-Linguistics, Storytelling, and Presentation Mastery

Speaker: Lindagail Campbell

Venue: Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church 308 4th Ave S, Kirkland, WA 98033

Date: Apr. 16, 2014

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: TBA

Speaker: TBA

Venue: Hub SoMa at 901 Mission St, Ste 105, San Francisco CA

Date: Apr. 17, 2014

Org: STC Willamette Valley

Topic: Usability Testing for Writers

Speaker: Steven Brooks

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

Date: Apr. 21, 2014 

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

Topic: Making Great Voice Recordings

Speaker: Robert Hershenow

Venue: Harry’s Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real, Redwood City, CA 94063

Date: Apr. 28-30, 2014

Org: CIDM

Topic: 2014 CMS/DITA North America Conference

Speaker: Chris Malone, Fidelum Partners

Venue:  The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.

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Mar. 30, 2014 Blumbers

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Phones and Keyboards

Just few more cell phones banners and we will be done for a while. It reminds me of the great keyboard series I did for STC. It was a hundred years of keyboards from mechanicals to touch pads. Seeing it speeded up was pretty cool. At some point we will just think of a word and it will appear on our retinas. I do not know how I will photograph that. Probably by blinking twice. :-)

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