The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date, by Samuel Arbesman
According to the book itself, “This book is a guide to the startling notion that our knowledge—even what each of us has in our head—changes in understandable and systematic ways.” Written by Samuel Arbesman, The Half-Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date is about enabling the reader with an understanding of how facts change, because if we have an understanding of how they change, we can better cope with the world around us. Continue reading “Book Review”
Spring is finally here, and so is a wide array of professional conferences to attend. You may remember my recap of the STC Summit last year and my belief in the value of attending professional conferences. With the long, dreary winter days behind us, spring is the perfect time to reenergize, set new goals, expand your network, learn something new, and reawaken that drive to advance your career, or even consider a career change. Continue reading “Spring Conferences Are in the Air”
Please join us Tuesday, April 25, at 5:30 p.m., for extended networking with our colleagues in the user experience and tech comm communities and an informal discussion of free online collaboration tools. This event coincides with the closing reception of the Internet User Experience Conference. Continue reading “Collaborate!”
Please join us at Sweetwaters Café, 3393 Plymouth Road, in Ann Arbor on Thursday, April 20 from 7–8:30 a.m. We never quite know what the topic of the day will be, but it is always interesting. Continue reading “AM Networking on the Northside of Ann Arbor”
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, by Mary Norris
I will admit that I began reading Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen expecting a sort of grammar textbook, but that’s not the case at all. Although I would highly suggest having an interest in grammar before reading this book, it would be worth reading just because it is refreshing. It was wonderful to be able to experience grammar in such an entertaining way. Mary Norris adopted a writing style that is witty and mischievous. Her sense of humor was displayed immediately, just from the table of contents: Continue reading “Book Review”
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, we convened at Washtenaw Community College for an excellent presentation on creating video with Camtasia, a video editor and screen recorder that produces cross-platform files. TechSmith’s Andrea Perry spoke briefly about the increasing role of video in instructional design, then showed and reverse-engineered the process of creating a short video, Camtasia Behaviors.
Continue reading “Camtasia: a Recap”
We received a very nice note from the Community Achievement Award Evaluation Committee congratulating all members of STC-SM for earning a silver CAA award:
For continuing to provide quality programs to your members by offering a full schedule of face-to-face programs and by participating in and hosting an STC multi-chapter virtual/live TechComm Showcase.
Continue reading “STC-SM Earns Silver CAA Award”
IUE2017 will be at the Morris Lawrence Conference Center, on the east side of Washtenaw Community College’s campus on the eastern edge of Ann Arbor. The conference runs from 1 pm on Monday, April 24, through 5 pm on Tuesday, April 25. Peter Morville will give the opening keynote presentation, and Stephanie Rosenbaum will give the keynote presentation on Tuesday. Continue reading “IUE Conference is Back in Ann Arbor”
Christopher Juillet, STC Fellow and STC-SM chapter member, will be presenting a talk for Northeast Ohio STC on Thursday, March 9, about legal issues that could affect technical communicators who develop content for or do business on the internet.
If you are planning to be in or near Cleveland on March 9— Beechwood is a suburb east of Cleveland — the presentation will be at Homewood Suites by Hilton, Cleveland-Beachwood. Preregistration is required.
The 2017 election slate is now available. Members have to have paid their dues by February 1 to vote. An email from STC Election,at intelliscaninc.net, should have arrived in your Inbox on February 27. There is a link, your member number, and a password for you to use. For your vote to count, you must click Submit Vote after reviewing it.
Voting closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 10.
If you have not received an email, but you paid your dues before February 1, stc(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)stc.org.