Aug. 21, 2016 Blumbers

Transparency Builds Trust

A recruiter contacts a candidate by email. They will not say who the client is. They will not reveal the rate. They will not reveal their phone number and will only call from an unknown phone number. None of the interviewers will identify themselves. They want to know lots of private information. The candidate turns them down. Transparency builds trust. If a recruiter cannot reveal basic information that any reasonable person would want to know about a position then there is no reason to do business.

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Aug. 14, 2016 Blumbers

Vote

This is an unusual election year. It is like finding out your drunk uncle at Thanksgiving is not only voting but is also a candidate. If you have never voted, now is a good time to start. It is important that you vote.  I know you have a lot of crazy stuff in your life going on right now. If you want less crazy stuff, voting can help. It is time to get registered and vote.

In some places you can register to vote online or by mail, but I recommend the old fashioned way at a voter registration office. They are usually in the basement of a county courthouse. In most cases, you might have to show a valid photo ID like a drivers license. Find out if you can vote ahead of time at the courthouse instead of a local polling place. If not, check out where you will be voting, usually a school, library or firehouse. You might be able to vote by mail, this great because you can go online, research the issues and candidates and carefully fill out your ballot. When you are done, sign the ballot, seal the envelope and take it down to the courthouse or post office. I have seen elections be decided by one vote. That could be you.

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Aug. 5, 2016 SVEC Ed Kaminski Memorial

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On Aug. 5, 2016, SVEC leader Ed Kaminsky passed away at the age of 91 after a long illness. Born in Chicago during the roaring twenties, he graduated from high school and joined the Army to learn a Bronze Star in the Battle of the Bulge and a Purple Heart in the Battle of the Ruhr. He returned from the war  to work for many firms, most notably Lockheed Missiles & Space for thirty years. (In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Swords to Plowshares.) He was married to wife Liz for 63 years and produced 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

In addition to a successful career in Silicon Valley, Kaminsky gave back by volunteering for a number of community organizations. He helped future generations find careers in technology. It was an honor to work with him. Our hearts go out to all who were lucky enough to know Ed Kaminski.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday August 13, 2016 1:00PM at Aquamaids Bingo, 1600 Martin Ave. Santa Clara, CA 95050.

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Aug. 7, 2016 Blumbers

Polarized Menu

New technology really can help you eat healthier. I was on the road for some time and finally found a fast food restaurant. I walked in and they had replaced the traditional printed menu sign over the counter with big digital displays. Unfortunately the displays were polarized vertically. I was wearing sunglasses that were polarized horizontally. The result was a pitch black display.  If I took off my glasses, everything was blurry. If I tilted my head, I could kind of see the menu. I took this sign as a sign that I should not be eating at fast food restaurants and kept driving.

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Aug. 1, 2016 Events To Attend

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

Date: August 4th  12:00 to 1:30 PM

Org: STC Puget Sound Chapter

Topic: Best Practices for Creating Effective eLearning Video Demos

Speaker: Kevin Siegel

Venue: Online workshop

Date: Aug. 10, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Adopting Structured Authoring/DITA Best Practices for Any Toolset

Speaking: Monique Semp and Riley VanDyke

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

Date: Aug. 15, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Hunting for Dev Doc Work around the Bay

Speaking: Andrew Davis

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

Date: Aug. 31, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

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

Speaking: Alice Brzovic and many others

Venue: Online

Date: Sep. 1, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC East Bay Chapter

Topic: Leading and Thriving in a Content Rich World

Speaking: Eeshita Grover

Venue: Check website for details

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