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June 2017 Events To Attend

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

Date: Jun. 1, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC East Bay

Topic: Summit Recap

Speaking: Jane Wilson, Robert Landry, Joe Humbert, Lori Meyer, Claire Lundby, Liz Fraley

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

Date: Jun. 3, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: Field Trip to the Bay Model

Speaking: Pat Lufkin

Venue: Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965

Date: Jun. 3, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Canada West Coast

Topic: Preparing Content for Mobile Delivery

Speaking: Robert Desprez

Venue: Willms Salon, VSO School of Music, 843 Seymour Street, Second floor, Vancouver BC, V6B 5J3

Date: Jun 13, 2017 6:00PM

Org: Write The Docs PDX

Topic: Internet Archive: Universal Access, Open APIs

Speaking: VM Brasseur

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

Date: Jun. 14, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Berkeley

Topic: Old Dogs and New Tricks: Staying Current in Tech

Speaking: Mysti Berry

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

Date: Jun. 14, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Diego

Topic: Pub Social Night at Longship Brewery

Speaking: Chapter members

Venue: Longship Brewery, conveniently located at 10320 Camino Santa Fe C, San Diego, CA 92121

Date: Jun. 16, 2017 9:00AM

Org: Writers UA

Topic: Certificate in Professional Technical Writing – Online Info meeting

Speaking: Joe Welinske

Venue: Online

Date: Jun. 20, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC Orange County

Topic: 5 Secrets to Great Screencasting Voiceovers

Speaking: Matt Sullivan

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

Date: Jun. 21, 2017 6:00PM

Org: STC San Francisco

Topic: Case Studies of Successful User-Focused Design

Speaking: Linda Angela Hoecker

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

Jun.  25-26, 2017 9:00AM 

Org: CIDM

Topic: CIDM IDEAS Summer Online Conference—Seek and Find

Speaking: Various

Venue: Online

Jun.  26, 2017 6:00PM 

Org: STC Silicon Valley Chapter

Topic: Open Source as a Source for a Professional Advantage and Education

Speaking: Mary Anthony

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

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May 15, 2017 The New Yorker

On May 15, 2017 The New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolkatkar wrote “Stickler Status” about the thankless job of compliance officers in financial institutions. It is a bad career choice. Even if they do everything right they could still wind up in jail.

Nicola Twilley wrote “Sight Unseen” about sensory substitution technology that allows people to see with their tongue.

Nathan Heller wrote “The Gig Is Up” about the sharing economy and companies like Uber. One worker named Seth said “These are jobs that don’t lead to anything.” Safety nets are needed to protect workers between gigs.

Adam Gopnik wrote “We Could Have All Been Canadians” about what the world would have been like without the American Revolution.

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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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