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About scotmarvin

Scot is a writer for Oracle. He's a slacker and smartass involved in content strategy, 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.

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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