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About scotmarvin

Scot is an editor and writer involved in content design, content architecture, big data, cloud computing, and other buzzwords related to technical stuff. He loves his family, history books, jazz guitar, and the Minnesota Vikings. Scot is a proud father, so don't make the mistake of asking about his family unless you have four hours to listen to him ramble on about his kids.


Good gravy, I’ve been away from posting for a while. I decided–crazy or not–that in 2017  I would try to read 200 books. As the year nears its end, I finally figured out that this goal was not so worthy. … Continue reading

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Encouraging geekiness and combatting sexism

My two-year-old loves superheroes. He has books about and toys of Spiderman, Ironman, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, and many others. He doesn’t understand gender yet. So when we play, he assigns mommy’s role as both Storm and Hulk. On any given day, … Continue reading

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Security Layers for Lunch Retainment

A colleague of mine recently reported that her lunch salad had been stolen from the refrigerator at work. In the grand scheme of things, this is probably no biggie, and my colleague was able to laugh about it. But seriously: who … Continue reading

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Whining: the other side of advocacy

One of the arts of any craft is learning how to deal with colleagues. And part of this is learning the give-and-take nature of relationships. I love the passion that comes from advocating a position strongly held. It’s good not … Continue reading

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Using Coltrane changes in documentation

In jazz, there’s a common method to get from one place in a progression to another. It’s called the two-five device (really it’s ii-V, but I want to convey that that it’s pronounced “two-five”). In music theory, the five chord wants … Continue reading

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Ba-dee-ya, publishing tomorrow

In the spirit of wabi-sabi, I’m thinking about using “ba-dee-ya” as a placeholder for my unfinished content. I have some deadlines that I won’t make and, rather than commenting out entire sections of text, I think I’ll include what I … Continue reading

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Context and confusion and twins

I’m a big fan of Every Page is Page One design. One of the tenets of an EPPO topic is that it sets the context for the content within that topic. This way readers don’t have to rely on our … Continue reading

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Going beyond a shared understanding…sort of

As a writer working in the software field, I often hear a lot of ideas that aren’t expressed very well. Well, they’re expressed in specifications or in code. They’re just not expressed in actual communication that someone who doesn’t read … Continue reading

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My sensei, my son

I’ve been looking for a Zen master who would take me on as a student. I’ve been looking for this type of a teacher for a long time. The only trouble? I didn’t know that I was looking. My pilgrimage as … Continue reading

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The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Pomodoros

I only watched the Netflix series, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, once. It wasn’t bad. It just wasn’t great enough for me to commit my time to. There was a quote, however, that resonated with me. Kimmy said, “You can stand anything … Continue reading

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