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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.

The Writing Life: Ernest Hemingway

“Since I had started to break down all my writing and get rid of all facility and try to make instead of describe, writing had been wonderful to do. But it was very difficult, and I did not know how … Continue reading

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Semi-colon-oscopy

Stop using semi-colons in your technical documentation. You can stop reading now if you pledge to delete your semi-colons. If you don’t make such a pledge, read the rest of this riveting blog entry. I used to use semi-colons in … Continue reading

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The Writing Life: Gertrude Stein

You will write if you will write without thinking of the result in terms of a result, but think of the writing in terms of discovery, which is to say that creation must take place between the pen and the … Continue reading

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Reflections on Write the Docs Conference, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised by the Write the Docs conference. It cost about 10% of other documentation conferences and had nearly the same amount of great ideas. That’s a tremendous deal. Plus it was in Portland. In a McMenamins. With … Continue reading

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The Te of Piglet: The Writer in Agile

Traditionally, Agile development has used the terms chicken and pigs to delineate two types of people involved in the development process. The cliched Agile fable goes: A pig and a chicken are talking to each other. The chicken says, “Hey … Continue reading

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No Joke: Eucalyptus 3.2.2 Released on April 1st

We just released the latest version of our private and hybrid cloud software. This is a maintenance release, so there are no new features. But we fixed some storage issues, did security updates, and got various other things working more … Continue reading

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The Writing Life: A Poem from Billy Collins

Advice to Writers Even if it keeps you up all night, wash down the walls and scrub the floor of your study before composing a syllable. Clean the place as if the Pope were on his way. Spotlessness is the … Continue reading

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