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May 8, 2017 The New Yorker

May 8, 2017 The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos wrote “Endgames” about removing President Trump from office using theTwenty-fifth Amendment. It is a little vague but can be done if he is judged to be mentally unfit. “He is the first president with no prior experience in government or the military, the first to retain ownership of a business empire, and the oldest person ever to assume the Presidency.”

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Apr. 29, 2017 JoAnn Hackos Retired?

On Apr. 29 2017, I got a message that JoAnn Hackos of Comtech and CIDM had retired. I have covered her events for years, with pictures going back decades. I consider it an honor that we are both STC Fellows. Her last event apparently was at last week’s CMS/DITA North America  Conference in San Diego,  called “Nightmare on collaboration street” with her and Casey Jordan. I learned a great deal from Hackos, like how to build a network to carry on your mission long after you are gone.

As for me, I absolutely, positively will not stop.

Note: Howdy Longmonties!

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Apr. 1, 2017 Events To Attend

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

Date: Apr. 6, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Silo Busting

Speaking: Paul Scott

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

Date: Apr. 11, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Optimize Your Content Using Acrolinx

Speaking: Lance-Robert

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

Date: Apr. 11, 2017 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Caring Systems: Documentation as care

Speaking: Amelia Abreu

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

Date: Apr. 12, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Speed, control, and quality: Choosing between open source and closed source content

Speaking: Jared Bhatti

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

Date: Apr. 17, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Continuous delivery (CD) and application release automation (ARA) for Documentation

Speaking: Jennifer Chew

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

Date: Apr. 17, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: Business Meeting and Mixer Event

Speaking: Chapter Members

Venue: Brio Tuscan Grille 774 Spectrum Center Dr, Irvine, CA 92618, USA

Date: Apr. 19, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: Writing for Developers (When You Aren’t One)

Speaking: Mysti Berry

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

Date: April 24-26, 2017, 8:00AM

Org: CIDM

Topic: CMS/DITA North America Conference

Speaking: Jared Spool and many others

Venue: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay1441 Quiver Road,San Diego, CA 92109

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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. 2, 2017 The New Yorker

Jan. 2, 2017 The New Yorker’s Ian Frazier wrote “Incident Report” about Captain Kirk and LaGuardia airport.

Michael Specter wrote “Rewriting the Code of Life” about MIT’s Assistant Professor Kevin Esvelt editing the DNA to fight Lyme disease.

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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, 2016 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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