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Oct. 19, 2014 Blumbers

Ebola Webola

For some reason, every time I hear the word Ebola, I hear the song Wooly Bully. There has been a lot of talk about ebola and how to stop its spread in this country. One way would be to improve universal access to health care. If a patient goes to a doctor or hospital, it should not matter what kind of insurance they have or how they should pay. With universal access we can focus on treating the patient. It is harder for disease to spread if there is a large resilient public health system in place.

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Oct. 12, 2014 Blumbers

Time To Vote

I received my ballot in the mail for the upcoming election. I also got a lot of very slick printed attack ads. I have always said that what you say about people says a lot about you. If you cannot say it publicly to the face of the person in question, then you might wind up saying it in court. Of course in American politics, such speech is protected by the First Amendment, so just about anything goes. I got one colorful expensive brochure that was so disparaging of a candidate, that I decided to meet the guy being attacked. It turns out he was a great guy and I will vote for him. The other guy has lots of money from rich people and corporations to send out attack ads. If you see a well produced ad on TV or a slick brochure in the mail, be very suspicious.

I recently saw video of people protesting in Hong Kong for the right to vote for their own mayor. This should remind us that all the elected positions are important. Voting for a president is good, but that president cannot do it it alone. To meet your needs, you need to find suitable candidates for Congress, state legislature, city council and right down to dog catcher.

So get out there and vote. You do not want to wake up to tanks in the streets tear gassing protestors like in Hong Kong… or Ferguson Missouri.

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Oct. 5, 2014 Blumbers

Marking A Half Century

My friend Mark is turning fifty. That is 350 in dog years or approximately 1500 in goldfish years. Of course, if he was an Apple iPhone with a lifespan of two years, he would be only 25. If he were a bristlecone pine,  he would barely be a pine cone. If he were a Highlander DVD,  he would be a boxed set by now. If he were a Hollywood celebrity,  he would be in his fifth rehab.

Part of being a cranky old man is dealing with the next fifty years. Now he will be old enough to complain about dolphins voting, robot marriage, post-apocalyptic gluten-free cannibalism, offshore oil drilling in Kansas, plastic surgery for celebrity pets, and the inability to find a parking space at the euthanarium.

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Oct. 1, 2014 Events To Attend

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

Date: Oct. 2, 2014 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Surviving the Transition to DITA: Trusted Partners Can Ease the Pain

Speaking: Nicki Davis

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

Date: Oct. 4, 2014 2:00PM

Org: Touchstone Competition Deadline

Topic: Excellence In Northern California Technical Communication Competition

Speaking: Richard Mateosian, Competition Organizer

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

Date: Oct. 7, 2014 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Unknown

Speaking: Unknown

Venue: Elijah’s La Jolla — 8861 Villa La Jolla Drive, La Jolla, Ca 92037 (maybe)

Date: Oct. 8, 2014 11:30AM

Org: STC Los Angeles

Topic: Growing Your Consulting Business

Speaking: Matt Moran

Venue: Buchanan Arms, 2013 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA

Date: Oct. 8, 2014 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: When school standards meet literacy outreach

Speaking: T.R. Girill, STC Fellow

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

Date: Oct. 13-14, 2014 9:00AM

Org: LavaCon

Topic: Implementing User Experience Strategies that Reduce Costs and Generate Revenue

Speaking: Jack Molisani and many others

Venue: Portland Hilton and Executive Tower, 921 Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Oct. 15, 2014

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: Publishing Strategies for API Documentation

Speaking: Tom Johnson, 41st Parameter

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

Date: Oct. 16, 2014 6:00PM

Org: STC Willamette Valley

Topic: Refocusing the STC

Speaking: Kit Brown-Hoekstra, STC President and Fellow

Venue: Rogue Distillery and Public House, 1339 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209

Date: Oct. 20, 2014 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Tips with oXygen XML Editor

Speaking: George Bina, Syncro Soft

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

Date: Oct. 23-24, 2014 6:00PM 

Org: Information Development World

Topic: How to use content to create exceptional customer experiences

Speaking: Scott Abel and many others

Venue: Doubletree Hotel, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, California,95110

Date: Oct. 25, 2014 9:00AM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: WordPress Workshop for Beginners

Speaking: Rob Marlbrough

Venue: Impart Wisdom & Wellness Center, 540 North Golden Circle Drive #108, Santa Ana, CA 92705

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Sep. 28, 2014 Blumbers

Last Student Driver

With the invention of cars that can drive themselves, the days of student drivers are numbered. Somewhere out there right now is the last person who will learn how to drive a car. I am told that the most dangerous time for a teenager is the first year of driving. Keep your eyes on the road and hands upon the wheel. You do not want to be one of the last people involved in a traffic accident. If you are careful, years from now you will be one of the last people on earth who knows how to parallel park.

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