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Mar. 1, 2017 Events To Attend

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

Date: Feb. 28 – Mar 2, 2017, 8:00AM

Org: Writers UA

Topic: ConveyUX 2017

Speaking: Joe Welinske and many others

Venue: Motif Seattle Hotel, 1415 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Date: Mar. 2, 2017 2:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Minimalist Writing for Maximum Communication

Speaking: Bruce Poropat

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

Date: Mar. 8, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Who does literacy outreach really reach?

Speaking: T R Girill

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

Date: Mar. 13, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Leveraging Structured Authoring/DITA Techniques When All You Have are Unstructured Tools

Speaking: Monique Semp

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

Date: Mar. 14, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Documenting APIs for Technical Writers

Speaking: Susan Gallagher

Venue: Hera Hub Sorrento Valley, 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd #400, San Diego, CA 92121

Date: Mar. 14, 2016 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Learn About The Wacom User Help System

Speaking: Arthur Krebsbach

Venue: New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, 27th floor, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Mar. 15, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: All Roads Lead to API Docs

Speaking: Leah Scampoli

Venue: Salesforce, 121 Spear St., Rincon Center, San Francisco CA

Date: Mar. 21, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: TBA

Speaking: TBA

Venue: Doubletree Club Hotel—Orange County Airport, 7 Hutton Centre Dr. Santa Ana, California 92707-5794

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Feb. 1, 2017 Events To Attend

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

Date: Feb. 4, 2017 2:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Schmooze

Speaking: Chapter Members

Venue: Black Bear Diner, 5100 Hopyard Rd, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Date: Feb. 8, 2016 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Networking with a side of Write The Docs proposals

Speaking: Mo Nishiyama

Venue: New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, 27th floor, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Feb. 8, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Get it in Writing: How to Write Contracts for Content Development Projects

Speaking: Jack Molisani

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

Date: Feb. 13, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic:Advance Your Career Through Self-Publishing

Speaking: Liz Fraley

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

Date: Feb. 15, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Localization Best Practices and Translation Processes

Speaking: Chris Bono

Venue: Qualcomm Building Q, 6455 Lusk Blvd., San Diego CA 92121

Date: Feb. 21, 2017 8:00AM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: Using Content Automation in Your Content Strategy

Speaking: Scott Allshouse

Venue: Doubletree Club Hotel—Orange County Airport, 7 Hutton Centre Dr. Santa Ana, California 92707-5794

Date: Feb. 25, 2017 6:00PM

Org: SVEC

Topic: 2016 Engineers Week Banquet

Speaker: Dale Dougherty, Chenming Hu, Richard Stuart, David N.K. Wang

Venue: Hyatt Hotel, 5101 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Date: Feb. 28 – Mar 2, 2017, 8:00AM

Org: Writers UA

Topic: ConveyUX 2017

Speaking: Joe Welinske and many others

Venue: Motif Seattle Hotel, 1415 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

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Jan. 21, 2017 TC Camp

On Jan. 21, 2017 at Mission College in Santa Clara, TC Camp held technical communication workshops on GIT, Minimalism, Microlearning and more. Speakers include Liz Fraley, Peter Gruenbaum, Mysti Berry, Dawn Stevens, Beth Chagrin, Andrew Davis, Tom Johnson, Jenn Leaver, Sarah Maddox, Jeffrey Maramba, Gwen McLean, Gavin Nichols and Cynthia Rich.

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Jan. 20, 2017 TC Camp

On Jan. 20, 2017 at Mission College in Santa Clara, TC Camp held an Workshop with SDK Bridge’s “Introduction to Web APIs” with Peter Gruenbaum.

On January 21, 2017 there will be technical communication workshops on GIT, Minimalism, Microlearning and more. Speakers include Liz Fraley, Mysti Berry, Dawn Stevens, Beth Chagrin, Andrew Davis, Tom Johnson, Jenn Leaver, Sarah Maddox, Jeffrey Maramba, Gwen McLean, Gavin Nichols and Cynthia Rich.

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Jan. 9, 2017 The New Yorker

On Jan. 9, 2017 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Shop Till They Drop” about fake news purveyors using social media to drive boycotts. Companies need to think twice about becoming involved with or being identifying with divisive politics. “Trump’s victory has created a political realm in which tens of millions of people feel that if you’re not with them you are against them. That’s a curse for companies that aim for a mass market, America’s traditional strength.”

Kelefa Sanneh wrote “Secret Admirers” about Trump doing what many traditional conservatives want and ignoring the people who voted for him.

Ian Frazier wrote “High-Rise Greens” about new hydroponic technologies to grow more food in cities.

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Jan. 1, 2017 Events To Attend

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

Date: Jan. 5, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: The Editor as Collaborator – Communication Makes the Difference

Speaking: Lori Meyer

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

Date: Jan. 10, 2017 12:00AM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Pub Social Night at Kilowatt Brewing

Speaking: Chapter members

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

Date: Jan. 18, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC San Francisco Chapter

Topic: Leveraging Structured Authoring/DITA Techniques When All You Have are Unstructured Tools

Speaking: Monique Semp

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

Date: Jan. 20-21, 2017 9:00AM

Org: TC Camp

Topic: Technical communication workshops on GIT, Minimalism, Microlearning and more

Speaking: Liz Fraley, Peter Gruenbaum, Mysti Berry, Dawn Stevens, Beth Chagrin, Andrew Davis, Tom Johnson, Jenn Leaver, Sarah Maddox, Jeffrey Maramba, Gwen McLean, Gavin Nichols Cynthia Rich and many more

Venue: Hospitality Management Building, Mission College, 3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054

Date: Jan. 23, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Modern Technical Writing

Speaking: Andrew Etter

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

Date: Jan. 23, 2017 8:00AM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: Power Job Searching

Speaking: Mike Sanders

Venue: Mimi’s Cafe, 17231 E 17th St, Tustin, CA 92780

Date: Jan. 24, 2017, 3:00PM

Org: STC Puget Sound

Topic: DITA Listening Session

Speaking: Chapter members

Venue: Xeditor (inside the Galvanize Building), 111 S. Jackson St.
Seattle, WA 98104

Date: Jan. 24-25, 2017 9:00AM

Org: CIDM

Topic: CIDM IDEAS Winter Online Conference—Understanding User Needs

Speaking: 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. 28, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Touchstone Awards

Speaking: Richard Mateosian and Patrick Lufkin

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

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Dec. 19, 2016 The New Yorker

On Dec. 19, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Doctor’s Orders” about American Medical Association hundred year battle against health care reform, including repealing Obamacare.

Elizabeth Kolbert wrote “Rage Against The Machine” about robots replacing humans in the workplace. We will be replaced. We will be unemployed. The technological solution will need political, economic and social solutions.

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Dec. 12, 2016 The New Yorker

On Dec. 12, 2016 The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin wrote “The Fight To Vote” about conservatives efforts to suppress the vote. “In the words of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which, before the election, struck down some of the changes instituted by North Carolina “Although the New provisions target African Americans with almost surgical precision, they constitute inapt remedies for the problems assurtedly justifying them and, in fact, impose cures for problems that do not exist.”

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Dec. 5, 2016 The New Yorker

On Dec. 5, 2016 The New Yorker’s Amy Davidson wrote “Transitions” about the president elect’s cabinet and staff appointments and conflicts of interest. “Trump has a shot at being the country’s worst President but Americans are not in the worst position they have ever been in from which to confront him.”

James Surowiecki wrote “Trump Sets Private Prisons Free” about the Correction Corporation Of America and other private prisons new lease on life with the new administration. Chris Patella of Bates College and others find private prisons to be less cost effective than government ones despite cutting corners. “Worse, private prisons have an obvious incentive to keep people inside as long as possible. America has more people in prison than any other and private prisons are part of this system of mass incarceration.

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Dec. 1, 2016 Events To Attend

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

Date: Dec. 1, 2015 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Annual East Bay STC Holiday Party

Speaking: STC Members

Venue: Hera Hub Sorrento Mesa 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd #400
San Diego, CA 92121

Date: Dec. 6, 2015 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Standards for Information Development

Speaking: JoAnn Hackos

Venue: Hera Hub Sorrento Mesa 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd #400
San Diego, CA 92121

Date: Dec. 14, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Writing for the Space Program

Speaking: Peter Basch

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

Date: Dec. 19, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Holiday Schmooze

Speaking: David Hovey

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

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Nov. 28, 2016 The New Yorker

On Nov. 28, 2016 The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb wrote “States Vs. Trump” about liberals using states rights to defy the new administration. On November 10, 2016 Kevin de Leon of the California Senate and Anthony Rendon of the California Assembly stated “Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land.” “Thirty-nine million people live in California – twelve percent of the population of the United States. The state is home to the economic and cultural axes of Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Last year its economy became the sixth largest in the world, a spot formerly held by France.”

James Surowiecki wrote “Trump’s Infrastructure Promises”  about the new administration’s strategy to increase debt, put money in the hands of the wealthy, create no jobs for the poor and won’t build new infrastructure.

Nicola Tilley wrote “Cold Remedy” about doctors lowering a gunshot victim’s body temperature to the low fifties (Fahrenheit) with ice cold saline. The patient can be in a state of suspended animation for an hour and slowly brought back to life.

Daniel Zalewski wrote “The Factory of Fakes” about archaeologists using digital technology to create copies of threatened antiquities for future generations.

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November 14, 2016 The New Yorker

On November 14, 2016 The New Yorker’s Nicholas Schmidle wrote “About Face Bad Guys” about conservative pundit Glenn Beck’s regretting everything he has said over the years. “So much of what I used to believe was either always a sham or has been made into a sham. There is nothing deep.””These people scare the hell out of me.”

James Surowiecki wrote “What’s In A Name” about the lengths corporations go to find the right name and still fail.

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Nov. 3, 2016 SVEC Open House

On Nov. 3, 2016 SVEC held its annual Open House at the TechShop in downtown San Jose. Speakers were Jim Newton, Founder, TechShop “STEAM Education & TechShop” Steve Mohr, Varian “Linear accelerators in the history of Varian”

Organizers were collecting donations to support afterschool STEAM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) for disadvantaged youth.  They are partnering with TechShop which has a thriving after school STEAM program.  They are a nonprofit 501c3 and donations toward this initiative are fully deductible.  You can find out more about how to donate here: https://www.svec.org/techshoppartnership

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Nov. 1, 2016 Events To Attend

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

Date: Nov. 3, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: SVEC

Topic: SVEC Open House with TechShop Promoting STEAM Education

Speaking: Jim Newton, Steve Mohr

Venue: TechShop,  300 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Date: Nov. 3, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC East Bay Chapter

Topic: Version Control, Writers, and Workflows

Speaking: Richard Mateosian

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

Date: Nov. 8-9, 2016 9:00AM 

Org: CIDM

Topic: Applying Agile Management to Information Development

Speaking: Dawn Stevens

Venue: San Jose, CA

Date: Nov. 9, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Tech Writing and the American Medical Writers Association

Speaking: STC members

Venue: Hera Hub Sorrento Mesa, 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd #400, San Diego, CA 92121

Date: Nov. 9, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Choosing the Right Tool

Speaking: Liz Fraley

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

Date: Nov. 14, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Open Authoring – Content Collaboration Across Disciplines

Speaking: Ralph Squillace

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

Date: Nov. 19, 2016 6:30PM

Org: STC West Coast Canada

Topic: Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator.

Speaking: Keith Barker

Venue: Willms Salon in the VSO School of Music, 843 Seymour Street in downtown Vancouver. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to admin@stcwestcoast.ca

Date: Nov. 21, 2016  6:00

Org: STC Puget Sound Chapter

Topic: Single Sourcing With MadCap Flare 12

Speaker: Neil Perlin

Venue: Online

Date: Dec. 13, 2016 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: BDD Case Study: Accurate and Useful Documentation for Developers

Speaking: Jason Faas

Venue: New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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Oct. 31, 2016 The New Yorker

Oct. 31, 2016 The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz wrote “Trolls For Trump” about conservative extremist online supporters attacking anyone they do not like  with fake news. Meme expert Richard Dawkins said “Now, however ridiculous what you are saying is, if you make it mimetically successful, something really bad can spread through culture.”

George Packer wrote “The Unconnected” about how Democratic leadership is disconnected from poor voters who may not vote in the numbers they used to. They feel neglected. They may vote for people that do not represent their own best interest. “The fact that so many informed, sophisticated Americans failed to see Donald Trump coming, and the kept writing him off, is itself a sign of a democracy in which no center holds.” “Trump represents  the whole country’s failure.”

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Oct. 17, 2016 The New Yorker

Oct. 17, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Trump’s Other Tax Ploy” about his proposed tax break which is similar to every other Republican tax plan. Low taxes for the rich and big deficits and less help for the poor. “And his plan will only reinforce the image of the Republican party as the home of rich people something that has already started to worry a few Republicans.”

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Oct. 10, 2016 The New Yorker

On Oct. 10, 2016 The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar wrote “Higher Mathematics Algorithm Blues” about Cathy O’Neil, author of “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy”. Apparently “…algorithms are being used to oppress people.. I saw … individuals just getting screwed by unfair automated decisions.” “Certain categories of people were being given ‘scores’ by computer programs which led to their being charged more for car insurance, paying higher interest rates on credit cards, getting disqualified from jobs or receiving longer prison terms.”

James Surowiecki wrote “The Hidden Cost of Race” about how discrimination is built into the financial system with most of the benefit going to the richest twenty percent of Americans.

Nathan Heller wrote “Cashing Out” about the end of printed currency in the digital age.

Larissa MacFarquahar about how unpopular Hillary Clinton is in West Virginia.

Louis Menand wrote “He’s Back” about the return of Karl Marx.

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Oct. 1, 2016 Events To Attend

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

Date: Oct. 1, 2016 8:00AM 

Org: Touchstone Awards

Topic: Accepting entries for regional competition, sponsored by the Bay Area STC chapters, benefitting the Kenneth Gordon Scholarship. Deadline Oct. 1, 2016.

Speaking: Richard Mateosian and Pat Lufkin

Venue: Oct. 8, 2016 at 2:00PM, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, California 94618

Date: Oct. 6, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC East Bay Chapter

Topic: Applying Standard Approaches Toward Improving Usability

Speaking: Ron Stone

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

Date: Oct. 6-7, 2016 9:00AM 

Org: CIDM

Topic: Advanced Reuse Strategies

Speaking: Dawn Stevens and Brianna Stevens

Venue: San Jose, CA

Date: Oct. 11, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Tech Comm Job Search Progression at SDSU

Speaking: STC members

Venue: Scripps Terrace, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92115

Date: Oct. 11, 2016 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: DocOps: Iterating Toward an Agile-Integrated Continuous Publication Workflow

Speaking: Andrew McCollough

Venue: New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Oct. 12, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: The Language of Cyber Security

Speaking: Tonie Flores

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

Date: Oct. 12, 2016 6:30PM

Org: STC West Coast Canada

Topic: Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café

Speaking: Technical communication professionals

Venue: To be announced. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to admin@stcwestcoast.ca

Date: Oct. 17, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Saving your sanity through better client relations

Speaking: Alisa Bonsignore

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

Date: Oct. 19, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC San Francisco Chapter

Topic: How to Add Marketing to Your Skill Set

Speaking: Floyd Smith

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

Date: Oct. 25-28, 2016  9:00 AM

Org: LavaCon 2016

Topic: Content Strategy

Speaker: Jack Molisani and many others

Venue: Golden Nugget Hotel, 129 Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, NV, 89101

Date: Oct. 25-28, 2016  10:00

Org: STC Puget Sound Chapter

Topic: What Are All These Features! Single Sourcing With MadCap Flare 12

Speaker: Neil Perlin

Venue: Webinar

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Sep. 26, 2016 The New Yorker

On Sep. 26, 2016 The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos wrote “President Trump” about what he may after he is elected. Anthony Karydakis of Miller Tabac said, “If he ever even alludes renegotiating the debt, we will have a downgrade of U.S. debt, and that event will cause a massive exodus of foreign investors from the U.S. Treasury market.”

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Sep. 19, 2016 The New Yorker

On Sep. 19, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “The Thick Blue Line” about how police unions protect their members. It is an example for other workers.

Nick Paumgarten wrote “Wild Man” about Patagonia co-founder Yvon Chouinard’s efforts to build a sustainable company and planet. He said “Trump is the perfect person to take us to the Apocalypse.”

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Star Trek 50th Anniversary

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Fifty years ago, Star Trek first appeared on American television. It is an example of successful brand management and historic timing. What most people do not know is what had to happen to make that possible. It started with one man.

First, Gene Roddenberry’s parents moved from Texas to Los Angeles in the 1920s. It put him in the neighborhood of the entertainment industry, but there was also a New Deal education program to teach people how to fly. Roddenberry graduated as a pilot and wound up fighting in the Pacific during WWII. The US Navy had a policy that personnel should not to disrupt local culture. I wonder if native peoples being caught up in a war between advanced civilizations stuck in his mind as the Prime Directive.

After the war he became a commercial pilot and had adventures around the world, including a plane crash in Iraq. That bit of excitement helped him decide to become a Los Angeles cop. Jack Webb hired him as a consultant and then writer for the TV show Dragnet. From there he cranked out scripts about cops, cowboys and soldiers. Tiring of this, he thought of a science fiction show about a naval vessel and its diverse crew in the future.

The second thing that needed to happen was a Cuban refugee named Desi Arnez. He arrived in Hollywood and married Lucille Ball in the 1940s. They sold CBS a television show about a diverse married couple that became one of the most successful shows in history. Selling Star Trek to NBC was one more diverse show, like Mission Impossible to CBS. They hired experienced actors. Oh, and they filmed it in color.

Third, they hired real science fiction writers like Harlan Ellison. As ridiculous as the show seemed, it was not a silly as Irwin Allen’s show Lost In Space.  (Harlan wrote for both shows, but you do not see Dr. Smith in the City Of The Edge Of Forever, do you?)

Fourth, even as NBC cancelled the show, Paramount put it in syndication so many people could see it many times. It developed a wider audience than when it was on network television. This led to more TV shows, movies and merchandising. You know a brand is successful when they name a space shuttle after it.

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Sep. 5, 2016 The New Yorker

On Sep. 5, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Sick Business” about Obamacare (originally Romneycare) and insurance companies. “Since managing risk is typically key to how insurance companies make money it would have made sense to leave them out and just enroll everyone in a government-run program like Medicare.”

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Sep. 1, 2016 Events To Attend

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

Date: Sep. 1, 2016 8:00AM 

Org: Touchstone Awards

Topic: Accepting entries for regional competition, sponsored by the Bay Area STC chapters, benefitting the Kenneth Gordon Scholarship. Deadline Oct. 1, 2016.

Speaking: Richard Mateosian and Pat Lufkin

Venue: Oct. 8, 2016 at 2:00PM, 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, California 94618

Date: Sep. 1, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC East Bay Chapter

Topic: Leading and Thriving in a Content Rich World

Speaking: Eeshita Grover

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

Date: Sep. 12-14, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: CIDM Best Practices

Topic: Maximizing Value—Reducing Waste: Moving to Leaner Practices, Processes, and Information Products

Speaking: Joanne Moleskin and many others

Venue: La Fonda On the Plaza, 100 E San Francisco St., Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501 and yes, I will be there.

Date: Sep. 13, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

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

Speaking: STC members

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

Date: Sep. 13, 2016 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Surviving as Information Experience Designers in a Continuous Development World

Speaking: Tana Franko

Venue: New Relic 111 SW 5th Avenue, suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

Date: Sep. 14, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Mini Job Fair

Speaking: STC members

Venue: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA, Rooms A, B and C 94703

Date: Sep. 14, 2016 6:30PM

Org: STC West Coast Canada

Topic: Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café

Speaking: Technical communication professionals

Venue: To be announced. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to admin@stcwestcoast.ca

Date: Sep. 19, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: How can technical writers thrive in agile environments?

Speaking: Daniel Doornbos, Bonnie Clark, Tom Johnson, Rosemary Picado and Jane Wilson

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

Date: Sep. 20, 2016 6:00PM

Org: Orange County STC

Topic: Get it in Writing: How to Write Statements of Work and Contracts for Content Development Projects

Speaking: Jack Molisani

Venue: DoubleTree Club, 7 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92707,

Date: Sep. 24, 2016  10:00 to 11:00 AM

Org: STC Puget Sound Chapter

Topic: Be the Captain of Your Career

Speaker: Jack Molisani

Venue: Webinar

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Aug. 30, 2016 Late Night Update

Larry Wilmore’s show on Comedy Central was cancelled. I found out by catching up on all those episodes I should have been watching live. Wilmore took all kinds of risks and maybe that was too much for a mainstream audience. It was clearly a lot of work to do four shows a week. Jon Stewart’s other alumni HBO’s John Oliver and TNT’s Samantha Bee are knocking it out of the park by doing only one show a week. CBS’s Stephen Colbert’s new show was struggling until he fell back on his strengths of being the old Stephen Colbert. NBC’s Seth Meyers also fell back to sitting at a news desk and delivering the sharpest commentary of his career. ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and NBC’s Jimmy Fallon seem to competing directly for the mainstream audience.

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Aug. 8, 2016 The New Yorker

On Aug. 8, 2016 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “The Perils Of Executive Action” about President Obama’s getting around Republican obstructionism using executive action. The problem is that it can be overturned by whoever is elected after him. “the power of the President is greater than ever. The choice of a President matters more than ever, too.”

Jill Lepore wrote “The War And The Roses” about the Republican and Democratic conventions.

Jon Lee Anderson wrote “The Distant Shore” about protecting isolated Amazon tribes in Peru.

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Aug. 1, 2016 The New Yorker

On Aug. 1, 2016 The New Yorker’s Hector Tobar wrote “Letter From Maricopa County” about Latinos trying to vote in Arizona.

Amy Davison wrote “Parental Controls” about parents using Game Theory to raise children. It does not work. Stephanie Koontz thinks that government programs like the Homestead Act, the GI Bill and federal mortgages helped more families.

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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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Jul. 16, 2016 Ghostbusters In Silicon Valley

The latest Ghostbusters movie was fun and actually said a lot about today’s workplace. The actors were hilarious and there were lots of cameos from the first movie. The special effects were okay. Maybe it was too close to home for fanboys here in Silicon Valley. It is funny to listen to men who have no trouble with technological change freak out over social change. They seem threatened by a story about  women over forty with technical skills working as a team and trying to manage their own careers. Well guys, get used to it or watch the original on VHS.

Despite them, things are progressing. Smart companies are hiring women in senior technical positions at above market rates.  One hiring manager said it was a good idea to hire now than scramble for talent after November. Get used to that too.

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Jul. 1, 2016 Events To Attend

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

Date: Jul. 1, 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: Jul. 13, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Usability Testing: Why and How

Speaking: Jeff Johnson

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

Date: Jul. 18, 2016 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Summer Schmooze

Speaking: David Hovey

Venue: Sam’s Bar-B-Quemore, 1110 S Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA 95128

Date: Jul. 19, 2016 6:00PM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: Summer Networking Event

Speaking: Chapter Members

Venue: Brio Tuscan Grill, 774 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618

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