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Jun. 8, 2018 Pioneer

Pioneer has crossed the yellow tape.

6/8/2018 1:51:03 PM (2 hours 4 mins ago)
IP: 104.129.192.187
Hostname: 104.129.192.187
Browser: Chrome version 65.0 running on Win10
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CustName: Zscaler, Inc.
Address: 2820 Northwest Pkwy
City: Santa Clara
StateProv: CA
PostalCode: 95051

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Jan. 31, 2018 Moving Moment

A monk asked me to help him move. I told him he did not have anything to move. He said he wanted to move himself. He wanted a ride. No matter were you go, you will need a friend to help you get there.

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Jan. 30, 2018 Soylent Shopping

I was at yet another discount store. There was no sign on the front, but clearly the store was closing. Aisles and aisles of black empty shelves tied off with yellow tape. Lots of homeless people waiting in line to buy heavily marked down food. It was like the film Soylent Green. What is happening here?

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Jan. 29, 2018 Lays Miz

I was driving past the front entrance of a discount store and saw something very sad. Security guards had grabbed an older woman for shoplifting. In the struggle, she dropped a bag of Lays potato chips to the ground. Times are so hard that people are stealing food. It reminds me of Les Miserables.

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Jan. 28, 2018 Blumbers

Anniversary

People are sending me congratulations for the anniversary of this website. The site worked as intended. I have to thank Doug Wray and Laughing Squid for their work over the years. As with anything I do, there are always lots of people involved who you never see. Thanks.

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Jan. 25, 2017 Awful Thawful

On Jan. 25, 2018 NPR’s Michaeleen Doucleff reported “Is There A Ticking Time Bomb Under The Arctic?” Doucleff talked with Dr. Thomas Douglas, a geochemist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Charles Miller, a chemist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They are worried that climate change is causing arctic permafrost to melt and release methane and carbon into the atmosphere. This could dramatically increase global warming. There is also a possibility that bacteria and virus could thaw and infect humans.

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Jan. 22, 2018 Everything You Own

Last fall there was a big fire north of San Francisco that burned down lots of houses. Fortunately, many homeowners had fire insurance. Unfortunately, lots of insurance companies wanted an itemized list of everything they owned before they could be reimbursed. Chances are that most people do not have such a list. If they did it probably got burned up in the fire. It does bring up an important point. With global warming these destructive fires are going to more frequent and eventually hit your neighborhood. Photograph everything in your house. Send pictures to faraway friends. Put them up on the cloud.

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Jan. 21, 2018 Blumbers

Shutdown The Shutdown

The Federal government is on the verge of another shutdown. This is irresponsible and harmful to millions of people. Members of Congress and their staff will still be paid. They need the incentive to act. Perhaps they should be fined for every day they do not resolve this issue. Do your jobs.

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Jan. 18, 2017 Bambi Zombie

On Jan. 18, 2018 NPR’s Sam Brasch reported “Concerns Grow That Infections From ‘Zombie Deer’ Meat Can Jump To Humans” Apparently some deer are suffering from Chronic Wasting Disease similar to Mad Cow disease. Matt Dunfee, head of the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance in Fort Collins, Colorado said “The vast majority of the time hunters find out their animal has CWD, they’re shocked, because it looked great,” he says. “It was moving just like everything else. It had great body fat.”

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Jan. 16, 2017 No Survivors

I once read an obituary of a small town school teacher. It said she taught for forty years. She never married and had no children. Therefore it said she had no survivors. I thought about that. Of course there were survivors. Every student she taught was a survivor. She touched the lives of thousands of people.

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Jan. 10, 2017 Daryl Issa Retiring

On Jan. 10, 2017 NPR’s Jessica Taylor reported “Rep. Darrell Issa To Retire, Adding To Record GOP Exodus From Congress”

“Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., announced he will not seek re-election Wednesday, adding to a record number of House Republicans heading for the exits ahead of the 2018 midterms — perhaps seeing the writing on the wall of a possible wave election for Democrats.

There are now 31 Republicans who will not seek re-election in November: 19 who are retiring outright and another 12 who are running for higher office. And that list is is expected to grow in the coming weeks.”

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Jan. 7, 2018 Blumbers

Battling Bonobos

I read this week about Bonobo chimpanzees liking strong bullies versus cooperative leadership. People are always looking for things that makes different from other apes. We cooperate on an large scale. We build systems with people we do not know. They are not family or tribal members. Leaders who talk about the world being a jungle are looking at the wrong apes.

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Jan. 3, 2018 Family Flu

The holidays are over and the visitors have left. What they left was the flu. The gift that keeps on giving. Yeah, I had a shot, but apparently it only covers ten percent of the flu strains out there. Time to catch up on my reading and binge watching.

Had a strange fevered dream after falling asleep watching video. A buffalo wanted their picture taken down, but there was no picture. They could not give a date or link. Cannot take down what is not there. Will not be buffaloed.

Back to sleep.

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Jan. 2018 Events To Attend

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

Date: Jan. 5, 2018 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: What User Experience Is and Why Tech Writers Should Care

Speaking: Nicki Davis

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

Date: Jan. 9, 2018 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: TBA

Speaking: Chapter members

Venue: Kilowatt Brewing, 7576 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego CA 92111

Date: Jan. 13, 2018 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Touchstone Awards

Speaking: Richard Mateosian and Patrick Lufkin

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

Date: Jan. 16, 2018, 6:00PM

Org: STC Puget Sound

Topic: Step Up to the Podium

Speaking: Lin Laurie

Venue: Tableau – NorthEdge Seattle, 1621 N 34th St. Seattle, WA 98103

Date: Jan. 17, 2018 6:00PM 

Org: STC San Francisco Chapter

Topic: Git for Non-Programmers

Speaking: Jimmy Cuadra

Venue: Salesforce office at 121 Spear St. in the Rincon Center, San Francisco, CA 94105

Date: Jan. 22, 2018 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Leadership

Speaking: David Hovey

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

Date: Jan. 23-24, 2018 9:00AM

Org: CIDM

Topic: CIDM IDEAS Winter Online Conference—Understanding User Needs

Speaking: Rob Hanna Kit Brown-Hoekstra, Larry Kunz, Diana Lakatos, Christina Mayr, Sarah O’Keefe, Elena Osichkina, Lisa Pietrangeli, Debbie Roemer, Keith Schengili-Roberts, Dawn Stevens, Mike Unwalla, Val Swisher

Patty Gale Vijay Kulkarni, Marie Louise Flacke, Eric Kuhnen, Nathalie Cotté, Siva Reddy Bora,Don Bridges, Kirsten Peterson, Jacob Royal, Jess Caldwell, Jack Henry, Lynn Chesler and many more

Venue: Online

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

Date: Feb. 20, 2018 8:00AM 

Org: STC Orange County 

Topic: MadCap Software

Speaking: MadCap Software representatives

Venue: Doubletree Club Hotel—Orange County Airport, 7 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92707

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Dec.30, 2017 Apple iPhone Slowdown

People are saying their phones are slowing down after they update their software. It is not just phones. I know someone who updated their laptop and now it freezes up and shuts down. They were forced to buy a new machine and battery in order to be productive. Personally I seldom update. The software a machine uses is optimized at the time the hardware is released. I am using machines that are over ten years old. Now if I can only get my internet service provider to speed up its network.

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