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Dec. 16, 2017 Star Wars Something Something

Another Star Wars move is in theaters. People like it so much they will sleep outside theaters just to see it. They do know that the film is not like a banana, right? It is a manufactured object. It is not going to disappear after a few days. In a year it will be on cable television three times a day. You will be able to pause it, rewind it adjust the volume and talk with your friends about it.

Spoiler: Luke is somebody’s father.

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Dec. 15, 2017 Obamacare Deadline

Today was the deadline for most people to get coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act. A deadline should not lead to dead people. Frankly, registration should be anytime. Rather than wrestling with insurance paperwork, there should be Medicare for all. Contact your elected representatives tell them what you need.

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Dec. 14, 2017 Net Neutrality

On Dec. 14, 2017 NPR’s Alina Selyukh reported “FCC Repeals ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules For Internet Providers.” “U.S. telecom regulators have voted to repeal so-called net neutrality rules, which restrict the power of Internet service providers to influence loading speeds for specific websites or apps.” The decision was supported by Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly. It was opposed by Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Keep sending your messages supporting Net Neutrality to them and your elected representatives. This a First Amendment issue. Speak while you still can.

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Dec. 13, 2017 Ed Lee Dead

San Francisco mayor Ed Lee died unexpectedly at the age of 65. He grew up in the housing projects of the city where he became mayor. A free quality education was his ticket out. He was a civil rights activist who worked for housing the homeless. We have lost an important ally for a better world.

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Dec. 11, 2017 Discrimination Against Women

On Dec. 11, 2017 NPR’s Joe Nee reported “Poll: Discrimination Against Women Is Common Across Races, Ethnicities, Identities.” An NPR survey was put together by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard Chan School. ” A majority (56 percent) of women believe that where they live, women are paid less than men for equal work. And roughly a third (31 percent) say they’ve been discriminated against when applying for jobs because they are women.”

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Dec. 10. 2017 Blumbers

Fire Sale

On Dec. 10, 2017 KQED’s Guy Marzorati wrote “Insurance Commissioner Says More Intense Fires Could Lead to Fewer Fire Insurance Options.”  California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said “It’s possible in the wake of these disasters, that we’ll see some insurance companies, in some homes, begin to decide that they don’t want to write new policies,”“Even if a homeowner has fortified their home with fire prevention methods, cleared brush, the insurer may still decide that because of the location of the home, the topography, the wind direction, its proximity to large forests, that the particular home is one they don’t want to write,”

You may not believe in climate change but your insurance company does.

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Dec. 7, 2017 Unknown Alumni

I got a letter in the mail from a college alumni organization asking for money. The problem? I never attended the college. I looked through all the diplomas and they are not on the list. They will have to take a number.

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Dec. 6, 2017 West Coast Homeless

On Dec. 6, 2017 NPR’s Pam Fessler reported “Homeless Population Rises, Driven By West Coast Affordable-Housing Crisis” The number of homeless people is rising on the West Coast particularly in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, San Diego and Sacramento. Many of them are veterans. “Nan Roman, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, was surprised the overall numbers weren’t better.””Roman says it’s increasingly difficult to find available units in some areas of the country to house the homeless. And she worries the problem could get worse. Housing advocates note that the Trump administration has proposed cutting low-income housing subsidies, which many people rely on to stay housed. They also believe the tax bill working its way through Congress could discourage investment in new affordable housing construction by reducing tax credits used by developers.”

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Dec. 4, 2017 Do It Anyway

On Dec. 4, 2017 NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro reported “In ‘Bombshell,’ The Double Identity Of Hollywood Star Hedy Lamarr.” This new documentary is about Lamarr’s careers as actor and inventor. Escaping the Nazis in the 1930s, Lamar became a Hollywood star. She also invented a frequency hopping technique used for weapons and telecommunications.

Alexandra Dean, the director of “Bombshell” said “Even if you feel that you’ve been kicked in the teeth, and the world never gave you the applause you deserved because you did something amazing and it was not recognized, do it anyway. Do it anyway because it’s in changing the world that you’ll find meaning at the end of your life. It’s in trying to make your mark. And I love that, and I think everybody should listen to that – you know, that it’s in the work, the doing, that you’ll find meaning, not in the applause.”

Do it anyway.

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Dec. 4, 2017 The New Yorker

On Dec. 4, 2017 The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino wrote “Killing It” about what is wrong with millennials. The os are stacked against them. “The type of millennial that much of the media flocks to – white, rich, thoughtlessly entitle – is largely unrepresentative of what is, in fact, a diverse an often downwardly mobile group. (Millennials are the first generation to have a fifty-fifty chance of being financially better off than their parents.) Many millennials grew up poor, went to crummy schools, an have been shuttled toward for-profit colleges and minimum wage jobs, if not the prison system.”

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Dec. 3, 2017 Blumbers

Moody’s Blues

On Dec. 3, 2017 NPR’s Nathan Rott reported “Credit Rating Agency Issues Warning On Climate Change To Cities.” Moody’s “One of the largest credit rating agencies in the country is warning U.S. cities and states to prepare for the effects of climate change or risk being downgraded.” “In the Midwest, “impacts on agriculture are forecast to be among the most significant economic effects of climate change,” the report says. The Southwest is projected to become more vulnerable to extreme heat, drought, rising sea levels and wildfires. Rising sea levels and their effect on coastal infrastructure is the biggest forecast impact on the Northeast.”

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Dec. 2017 Events To Attend

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

Date: Dec. 2, 2017  10:00AM

Org: STC Puget Sound Chapter

Topic: Intro to Web API Doc Workshop

Speaker: Peter Gruenbaum

Venue: Galvanize, 111 South Jackson Street, Seattle, WA 98104

Date: Dec. 7, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Annual East Bay STC Holiday Party

Speaking: STC Members

Venue: Brass Door Restaurant, 2154 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583

Date: Dec. 12, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Holiday Party and Pub Social Night at Rough Draft Brewing

Speaking: STC Members

Venue: Rough Draft Brewing Company 8830 Rehco Rd. Suite D – San Diego, CA 92121

Date: Dec. 13, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Evaluating (and Improving) Your Technical Documentation: Save Money and Reduce Risk

Speaking: Joseph Devney

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

Date: Dec. 18, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Holiday Schmooze

Speaking: STC Members

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

Date: Jan. 26-27, 2018 8:00AM
Org: TC Camp
Topic: API Day, Workshops on Chatbots, Minimalism, WordPress/SEO, Adobe
Speaking: Liz Fraley, Peter Gruenbaum, Dawn Stevens, Michael Lam, Massimo Paolini and Alyson Harrold
Venue: Hospitality Management Building, Mission College, 3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

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Nov. 30, 2017 Crying Argentina

On Nov. 30, 2017 the Associated Press reported that 29 members of Argentina’s military junta from the 1970’s Dirty War were sentenced to life in prison. Among them were Jorge Eduardo Acosta, Alfredo Astiz, Georges Mario Daniel Arru, and Carlos Octavio Capdevilla. Astiz was also convicted of kidnapping, torturing and murdering two French nuns and a journalist. He refused to apologize for his crimes.

Makes you wonder. Did they think they would get away with it? Did they think it would just go away? It took years but it still happened. I have heard stories of junta members having their graves desecrated.  Their deeds are seen online for generations. They will be remembered, just not the way they thought. Perpetua.

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Nov. 29, 2017 Robot Origami Muscles

On Nov. 29, 2017 NPR’s Merrit Kennedy reported “Robot Muscles Inspired By Origami Lift 1000 Times Their Weight” about Harvard Engineering professor Robert Wood’s and Daniela Rus, director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. “The artificial muscles work by encasing in a plastic “skin” a folded origami-like “skeleton” capable of expanding and contracting. The device expands as water or air is pushed into it, and contracts as the water or air is pumped out.” This technique would be a safer, softer technology for the disabled.

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We Are Invincible

On Nov. 27, 2017 in Washington DC, Peter MacDonald, former chairman of the Navajo Nation and WWII code talker said “What we did truly represents who we are as Americans. America, we know, is composed of diverse community. We have different languages, different skills, different talents, and different religion, but when our way of life is threatened … freedom and liberty that we all cherish, we come together as one. And when we come together as one, we are invincible. We cannot be defeated.”

Cue the song.

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Nov. 27, 2017 Save Net Neutrality

Only five people at the FCC get to vote on Net Neutrality Repeal. Two plan to vote keep net neutrality. To defeat the net neutrality repeal one of these men MUST change their vote. Call them at the numbers listed below or contact your Congressional representative and senators.

Ajit Pai: 202-518-7399

Michael O’Rielly: 301-657-9092

Brendan Carr: 202-719-7305

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Nov. 26, 2017 Blumbers

Thankful

Someone asked me what I was thankful for. The answer was helping other people people find work. If I cannot hire them, I try to find someone who can. I am involved in all sorts of organizations so people can network. Invest in people, not companies.

Occasionally I will run into people who measure their success by how many jobs they eliminated. I do not think putting people out on the street is something to brag about.

Nowadays, there are many stories about powerful people who took advantage of vulnerable people. Ask yourself, do you want to be remembered for the best or worst thing you did?

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Nov. 25, 2017 Uneven Sea Level Rise

On Nov. 25, 2017 NPR’s Christopher Joyce reported “The Sea Level Threat To Cities Depends On Where The Ice Melts — Not Just How Fast” about  a new study from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. Eric Larour thinks the sea level will rise more in some places like New York and Washington DC than others. “What happens is when you change the mass of the ice, the modification itself makes the wobble change, and this in turn changes the shape of the ocean on the Earth.” National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s William Sweet said “Right here on the Severn River, we are somewhere that’s very likely to experience 25 to 50 percent more than the global average” of sea level rise.” “The land along Louisiana’s coast is sinking, for example, as are parts of the East Coast.” “So it really matters when you start planning … ‘I’m going to be prepared for one meter of sea level rise.’ Well, you might want to be prepared for four or five feet.”

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Nov. 22, 2017 Julian Calendar

A potential employer tested a candidate. They asked about the Julian calendar. It was totally unrelated to the job. I found out about it afterwards. The only people who know about the Julian calendar are archaeologists and science fiction writers dealing with the accuracy of time travel. Academics cannot even agree on when the calendar started.

You would have to study Classical Greek and Roman to know any of this. It struck me as a “how many bubbles are in a bar of soap” kind of gotcha question. Maybe the employer thinks that somewhere out there is a gladiator with a computer science degree.

Are you not entertained?

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Nov. 21, 2017 Justice Blocks AT&T Time Warner Merger

On Nov. 21, 2017 NPR’s Alina Selyukh reported “Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T’s Merger With Time Warner”. DOJ is worried that the merger will concentrate too much control over content and drive up prices. Both companies said they would respond to these allegations on Wednesday between 10 and 11 AM. They then put DOJ on hold.

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Nov. 18, 2018 Squash Hopes

I have found a new recipe for squash. I hope it will make the gourd edible. Apparently you pound it until it looks like baby food and then do the same to an apple and mix them together. You put it in little containers and then give it to someone else.

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Nov. 17, 2017 Tesla Big Rig

On Nov. 17, 2017, NPR’s Bill Chappell reported “Tesla Unveils Its Electric ‘Semi’ Truck, And Adds A Roadster”. The tractor trailer truck is streamlined and can haul 800,000 gross vehicle weight (GVW) up a five percent grade at 65 miles an hour up to 500 miles before charging. This is a big deal. Most people can barely afford to buy or lease an electric car, but lots of companies can write off a fleet of trucks as a business expense. They might even get an environmental benefit. There is a freeway down in Long Beach California that is bumper to bumper around the clock. Replacing diesel with electric would clear the air quite a bit. Cross country hauling would mean slipping in a new truck every 500 miles. It is possible that means drivers would get a chance to rest and have fewer accidents. One interesting detail. There is only one seat and it is in the center of the cab. It means you can sell it around the world no matter what side of the road people drive on. Frankly I think the extra room is for the technology that drives the truck without a human driver.

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