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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.

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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Change and Stability

Well, it looks like I’ll be an employee of Hewlett Packard soon. HP bought the company I work for, Eucalyptus. We’ll be joining the cloud org. I find change a bit more difficult as I age. However, I still have … Continue reading

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On Jazz Snobbery: Letting Go of Rock Star Status

“You rock.” “She’s a rock star in our industry.” Rock schmock. I have an appreciation for rock music. I grew up with it. I bought my first Beatles LP when I was five. Went to see Jethro Tull at the … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Toolkit: Word Up!

I have a new book to store in my Powers That Be reference shelf. This shelf holds what I consider to be the pantheon of grammar and stylistic reference material. This collection includes Garner’s Modern American Usage and Grammar Girl’s … Continue reading

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Kindle Unlimited and my dysfunctional wishlists

I am trying out the most expensive library card ever. Kindle Unlimited seems like a nifty idea. $9.99 a month for unlimited reading. As long as the offered books are ones you want to read. That should be the tagline. … Continue reading

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What a great theme song

Yes, the television show is dated. Yes, the show was sexist (hey: it was the 1970’s, even the non-sexist stuff was sexist). Still, what a theme song. RIP, Mr. Garner.

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Saturday Haiku

Early morning: dark, silent, quiet, filled with books, coffee and poems.

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