Consulting, Publishing, Engineering

Speaking with the STC-Phoenix chapter meeting

Last night I drove up to Tempe to give my presentation “Contract or Captive: Which is right for you?” to the STC-Phoenix chapter meeting. This time around, I updated the slides based on what I learned in Carmen Simon’s workshop called “Using Neuroscience to Create Memorable Presentations”.  *I* think they looked great, and the audience… Continue Reading

SXSW AND Vegas in one yummy package

So here’s a kind of crazy thing that happened.  Some of you may know that I’m a huge fan of the SXSW series of festivals in Austin, TX, particularly the Interactive festival.  Last year, they started a new festival called V2V.  I really like this name, because it can really mean a number of different… Continue Reading

IEEE International Microwave Symposium 2014

…in beautiful Tampa, Florida!  I attended the IMS this year with big news – well, big news to the microwave engineering community.  Our site,, has entered into a partnership with the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society.  What does this mean to the average viewer?  Well, for one thing, our broken message board will… Continue Reading

Tucson Artists Open Studio Tour 2014

Once again, I participated in the Tucson Artists Open Studio Tour. As you may remember from last year’s studio tour, this is an event where I open my house and show off art.  Also like last year, astrophotographer BG Boyd joined my for the duration of the tour, and , new this year, we also… Continue Reading

Interchange – the STC New England conference

I was delighted to go to the Society for Technical Communication New England chapter conference “Interchange” last month.   This time areound it was in downtown Lowell, Massachusetss, which turned out to be a beautiful venue.  Here’s the view from the Interchange conference hotel. Lowell made its name as a factory town. The keynote speaker was… Continue Reading

SXSW 2014

South by Southwest Interactive Festival is always a blast! This year, they also had lots of space sessions (yay!).  I really liked listening Doug Ellison talking about climate data visualizations, John Yembrick talking about NASA’s social media strategies, and the entire NASAJPL panel talking about the EarthNow app.  But by far the coolest thing was… Continue Reading