Sep. 15, 2017 San Diego Hepatitis Outbreak

On Sep. 13, 2017 NPR’s Merrit Kennedy reported “San Diego Washing Streets With Bleach To Combat Hepatitis A Outbreak” There are so many homeless in San Diego and so few places for them to go to the bathroom or get healthcare that waste is building up in the streets. Answer? Prove affordable housing for all. Also, think twice about attending Comicon next year unless you have had all your shots.

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Sep. 10, 2017 Blumbers

Statute Of Unlimitations

For many people, WWII ended 1945. For those who survived the camps, the war goes on. Every once in awhile a camp guard or officer is caught, arrested, tried and convicted. Sometimes they are sued in civil suits. When you violate someone’s human rights, there can be no statutes of limitations. Nothing you say excuses your actions. You are still on the hook.

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Sep. 9, 2017 Bernie And Hillary

Bernie and Hillary used to work together. They both wanted a promotion. She lost, turned on him and things got bad for millions of people. Hillary retreated north into the woods. Bernie continued to fight for the future. They both wrote books. Hers is about how she lost. His is about how we can win. I’ll read a book about winning over whining any day of the week.

Note: Bernie is not reading her stuff, but you know Hillary is reading his. :-)

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Sep. 8, 2017 Amazon New HQ

CNN reported that Amazon was looking for a second headquarters. Nobody can afford to live in Seattle anymore so they need to look someplace else in North America. Amazon wants to hire 50,000 workers and pay them over $100,000 a year. NPR reported that the cities had to have at least a million people like Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Washington, D.C. I am not sure this is going to work. A few years ago Boeing moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago. It did not seem to a help people in either place. Employees kept flying back and forth in Boeing planes. Maybe Amazon employees will be carried back and forth by those little drones. IBM use to buy employee’s housing when they relocated. It worked well.

The solution might be to create more affordable housing in Seattle. It might be cheaper than moving. Wherever they move it will create the same kind of destructive real estate speculation that happened in Seattle.

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Sep. 6, 2017 Fan Fail

Strange things happen when it is really hot. A box fan sat in a window. The sun heated up the plastic blades and it began to oscillate. First it was a little whining noise and eventually it ground to a halt. As it was removed, the plastic handle snapped off. Definitely time to recycle it.

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Sep. 3, 2017 Blumbers

Houston’s Hurricane Harvey

I once asked a friend in Houston how he liked it. He said it was fine, except that it was in Houston. It was hot and humid and he wished it was in Austin where it was hot and dry.

Last week Hurricane Harvey dropped five feet of rain on the Houston Texas area. Infrastructure was overwhelmed leaving millions of people without food, shelter, plumbing or electricity. Like New Orlean’s Hurricane Katrina, it will take years to recover. How to deal with repeated storms and rising sea levels? Retreat. Take the hint and move to higher ground. Do not replace damaged infrastructure,  figure out where to build new infrastructure farther inland. It means creating a strong government able to care for its poorest citizens. It is something Texan Lyndon Baines Johnson would understand.

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Sep. 2, 2017 San Francisco 106 Degrees

Local television and radio  stations say it was 106 degrees in the city of San Francisco today. I saw and experienced temperatures like 116. The Bay Area is not set up for this kind of weather. I walked into and immediately out of stores and restaurants with no air conditioning. Even newer Silicon Valley office buildings  could not keep up. Feel like you are in a bad science fiction story? I am trying to find a happy ending for this one.

Note: 9-10-17 Portland Oregon West Burnside

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Sep. 2017 Events To Attend

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

Date: Sep. 1, 2017 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. 7, 2017 2:00PM.

Coordinating: Richard Mateosian and Pat Lufkin

Venue: 110 Hiller Drive, Oakland, California 94618

Date: Sep. 7-8, 2017  8:00 AM

Org: Writers UA Northwest Tech Comm Con

Topic: Who Are We? A Mirror for Tech Comm Professionals

Speaker: Joe Welinske and many others

Venue: William Philip Hall, University of Washington 1918 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402

Date: Sep. 7, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC East Bay Chapter

Topic: Intercultural Communication and Business

Speaking: Madeleine Adkins

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

Date: Sep. 9, 2017 8:00AM

Org: TC Summer Camp in Washington, D.C

Topic: Life With Guru D: Adopting a DITA Mindset and Converting Others

Speaking: Liz Fraley and many others

Venue:  District Architecture Center (DAC) 421 7th Street NW, Washington, DC. 20004

Date: Sep. 11-13, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: CIDM Best Practices

Topic: Develop an I CAN Mentality

Speaking: Bob Kulhan and many others

Venue: The Burlington Hilton Hotel, 60 Battery Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401

Date: Sep. 12, 2017 10:00AM

Org: Org: Mindtouch

Topic: Finding Gold: Shaping the Customer Content Experience

Speaking: Jack Molisani

Venue: Online

Date: Sep. 12, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Life With Guru D: Adopting a DITA Mindset and Converting Others

Speaking: Liz Fraley

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

Date: Sep. 12, 2017 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Writing Inclusively About Technology Topics

Speaking: Thursday Bram

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

Date: Sep. 13, 2017 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. 13, 2017 6:30PM

Org: STC West Coast Canada

Topic: Vancouver-Area Tech Comm Café

Speaking: Technical communication professionals

Venue: Online. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to admin@stcwestcoast.ca

Date: Sep. 18, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Adding Marketing to Your Writing Toolkit

Speaking: Floyd Smith

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

Date: Sep. 20, 2017 6:00PM

Org: Orange County STC

Topic: Technical Writing in an Agile Environment

Speaking: Betsy Malone

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

Date: Nov. 5-8, 2017  9:00 AM

Org: LavaCon 2017

Topic: Content Strategy Conference: Spanning Silos, Building Bridges

Speaker: Jack Molisani and many others. You can register for LavaCon using the referral code PDXMeetup for $300 off conference tuition? Prices go up on September 15 and October 15.

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

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Aug. 31, 2017 Newspaper Not

There is a reason why newspapers sales are falling. It is because you cannot buy one. Here is an example. I was on a road trip. I decided to take a break at a gas station. I saw they had a copy of a local newspaper. I support independent journalism so I got in line to buy one. The woman in front of me was buying a pack of cigarettes with her phone. She was unable to complete the transaction. After fifteen minutes, I asked if I could pay exact change for the newspaper. The clerk said he would have to scan the barcode on the paper and could not until the current transaction had completed. I got another copy of the paper put the exact change on the paper and said he scan it as soon as he was done testing that online purchasing software. At this point there was a line of angry customers stretching into the parking lot and a line of cars stretching down the highway as the customer and clerk fiddled with their phone. I edged out to my electric car and maneuvered it back onto the highway. I passed by the station a few days later. It was closed.

Note: Nevermind who is buying newspapers. Who is still buying or smoking cigarettes?

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Aug. 30, 2017 Summer Reviews

Film and TV criticism is dead if not dying. The internet has made every film available to anyone who wants to be a critic. We are no longer in an age of limited runs. Now everything is on demand. Therefore I will not torture you with long boring reviews of films that did well at Cannes or on Netflix. I do not read them and neither should you. If you like the synopsis, then go watch it. If you do not, watch something else.

On the production side, there is a big push to develop a lot of mediocre content. Everyone seems to have moved from writing the Great American Novel to the Great American Screenplay. They have not realized that Internet is the medium of choice. It serves my long term purposes. No intermediaries. No barriers. No traditional constraints. And it will be here long after you are gone. How do you want to be remembered?

Note: Forest Grove OR?

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Aug. 27, 2017 Blumbers

The Mindfield Minefield

History is a minefield that stretches from the past to the future. Any step you take will have an unknown result. People in the past might be heroes but they were still just people. They made decisions in their social context with the information available at the time. Progress happens faster now.  We have a lot more information than they did.  We need to rethink the past and the future. Maybe we need new heroes. Maybe you. There are a lot of good people out there. Be one of them.

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Aug. 25, 2017 Dick Gregory Dead

On August 19, 2017 Dick Gregory died at the age of 84. He was best known as a comedian and civil rights activist. This led to his surveillance by the authorities. He knew this because he had not paid his telephone bill in months and still had phone service. “You cannot wiretap a disconnected phone.” He advised people demonstrating to dress in suits and ties, because they would be arrested and they could use their mugshots as free publicity photos. I highly recommend his autobiography.

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Aug. 24, 2017 Jerry Lewis Dead

On Aug. 20, 2017, Jerry Lewis died at the age of 91. He is best known for his over the top comedic performances in movies like The Nutty Professor. He also raised money to fight muscular dystrophy. What most people do not know is that he owned or controlled much of what he produced. He innovated film production by simply putting a video monitor next to a film camera. One detail everybody keeps missing can be seen in the 1963 film titled Who Is Minding The Store? In one scene, actress Agnes Moorehead is seen driving her car across a bridge while talking on a phone. I think it is the first time anyone is shown doing what millions of people now do everyday. In closing, one last “Laaaaaaaydeeeeee!”

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Aug. 23, 2017 Ellen Pao Reset

Ellen Pao,writing in her book Reset, an investigator asked “Well, if they look down on women so much, if they block you from opportunities, they don’t include you at their events, why do they even keep you around in the first place?”

“I hadn’t thought about it before. I replied slowly as the answer crystallized in my mind: If you had the opportunity to have workers who were overeducated, underpaid, and highly experienced, whom you could dump all the menial tasks you didn’t want to do on, whom you could get to clean up all the problems, and whom you could create a second class out of, wouldn’t you want them to stay?”

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Aug. 16, 2017 Being Right

I am always astounded at people who want to be wrong. They work really hard at being wrong. They create all sorts of reasons to be wrong. In the end they are still wrong. There are distinct advantages to being right. You make better decisions. More people come around to your way of thinking. It is more fun.

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