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About scotmarvin

Scot is a content strategist for Oracle. He's a slacker and smartass 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.

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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Communication Hubris

From the Googles: hu·bris /ˈ(h)yo͞obrəs/ noun excessive pride or self-confidence. synonyms: arrogance, conceit, haughtiness, hauteur, pride, self-importance, egotism, pomposity, superciliousness, superiority; More antonyms: humility (in Greek tragedy) excessive pride toward or defiance of the gods, leading to nemesis. Just when … Continue reading

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A Luddite’s Take on Cloud Implementation

In 1987, farmer, essayist, and poet Wendell Berry offered up his standards for technological innovation: The new tool should be cheaper than the one it replaces. It should be at least as small in scale as the one it replaces. … Continue reading

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Goodbye cloud. Hello big data. Oh yeah: nice to see you again, cloud

This week I started my new gig at Cloudera. I’m quite excited about the opportunity. Although, I already miss my colleagues and friends at Eucalyptus. It’s a big change for me. For the first time in seven years, I won’t … Continue reading

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Thanks for Nothing: Help that Sucks

I love Amazon. I used to work there for years. Most of their documentation is really good. However, I found the following help for downloading Kindle for Mac to be . . . well . . . please refer to … Continue reading

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