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0 0 A new Simplifying Complexity articleIn case you haven't been following previous posts, I have a microsite called Simplifying Complexity where I'm exploring various approaches for making complex information more usable and consumable. This microsite contains longer, more in-depth articles following a specific theme. My latest...  

0 0 Non-Reference Content section updated in API courseI updated and reworked the topics in the Non-Reference Content section in my API doc course. This section includes the following topics: API overview, Getting started, Authentication and authorization, Status and error codes, Rate limiting and thresholds, Code samples and tutorials, SDKs and...  

0 0 Celebs are Making Grand Tours with Gucci, Mark Cross and Tod's Bags" The drive started in San Francisco and concluded in Las Vegas. Shop the Gucci Marmont Belt Bag via Gucci ($1,100) 2 / 8 Emma Stone was snapped heading to a gym class in NYC with this new Louis Vuitton bucket bag, in a decidedly more casual look than she chose for debuting it last week in...  

0 0 Aftel Archive of Curious Scents If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, I highly suggest you visit this lovely museum. If you're a perfume lover, this is definitely a must-see. Image credit: Joel Bernstein The Aftel Archive of Curious Scents is open each Saturday from 10am-6pm. Admission is $20 for a 1-hour visit....  

0 0 The Fashion Designer's Textile Directory By Gail Baugh Tags: Barron's Educational Series, books, clothing, collection, color trends, directory, education, fabrics, fashion, fashion and lifestyle, fashion books, fashion business, fashion design, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, fashion trends, Gail Baugh, runway, San Francisco...  

0 0 New article in Simplifying ComplexityI have a new article in my series on Simplifying Complexity. This article talks about why reconstructing the absent users is essential to creating good documentation. Here's a brief summary of the article: To write good documentation, you have to follow the most fundamental rule of writing:...  

0 0 The Best Swim Shorts You Can Buy For Summer 2018 San Francisco-based outfit Mollusk knows a thing or two about the surf. It's a self-professed 'surfing institution' that rides high on the waves of its sunny Californian credentials. So you'd expect nothing short of superior design and a durable wear from its retro-inspired cotton-blend...  

0 0 Shine Bright This Summer with Macy's Macy's flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year...  

0 0 First notes on understanding the absent reader I'm a technical writer based in the California San Francisco Bay area. In this blog, I write about topics related to technical communication — Swagger, agile, trends, learning, plain language, quick reference guides, tech comm careers, academics, and more. I'm interested in , API...  

0 0 The reason I always find time to write on this blogI finally realized why I write so much: because not writing tends to be deflating. For years, people have been asking me the same question: How do you find the time to write so much on your blog? I never quite know what to say. I usually reply that it's surprising more technical writers don't...  

0 0 Creating a single source of truth to drive the API lifecycleStoplight provides a platform with visual modeling tools to create an OpenAPI document for your API -- without requiring you to know the OpenAPI spec details or code the spec line by line. This API specification document can act as a single source of truth that empowers the whole API...  

0 0 My site now has Algolia search integratedYou might have noticed a new search box on my site. My new search integrates Algolia's search service, replacing the Google Custom Search Engine I previously had. While Google Custom Search Engine was good, it draws people away from my site and more into the general web. There are tradeoffs to...  

0 0 Do you have to relocate to an urban tech hub to find a technical writing job Villegas writes: Why would I want to try to get a studio apartment in San Francisco or Silicon Valley or New York City for USD$1-2 million when I can get a three-to-four bedroom house in a nice neighborhood, have some green space/a garden, a good school district for my child, for a...  

0 0 Replaced the previous weather API example in my API course to now use OpenWeatherAPII updated the sample weather API in my API course to use a more robust and stable weather API from OpenWeatherMap. Any time you incorporate free or open-source projects, you run the risk that the code won't be supported in the long-term. In my API course, I use a simple weather API to...  

0 0 Loving This Week: Cute Compression Socks + One Last Sweater One of my favorite new-ish San Francisco-based labels has created a smart update on a basic tee, which can be wrapped front or back for different looks.  

0 0 Why you shouldn't guard the worst player or focus too much on the documentation no one readsMost of my readers are technical writers, so I rarely post about basketball. But given the current NBA playoffs, I'd like to briefly explain my latest pickup basketball strategy and how it can help you win not only on the court, but on documentation projects too. First, by "pickup ball," I...  

0 0 A Review of the MadWorld ConferenceIn this guest post, Jayna Locke explains what brought her to the MadWorld Conference the first time and what keeps her returning. She describes the main reasons for attending, tips for getting the most out of the conference, best practices, and more. The MadWorld Conference takes place June...  

0 0 New Simplifying Complexity article on shaping information into familiar schemas, especially storyIn case you haven't been following previous posts, I have a microsite called Simplifying Complexity where I'm exploring various approaches for making complex information more usable and consumable. This microsite contains longer, more in-depth articles following a specific theme. My latest...  

0 0 Polyvore – An Unprofessional Take Over Sandra's Closet I had visited the team many years ago in the San Francisco area and was amazed by their innovative team spirit. Actually, POLYVORE made me start my blog. I joined the site around 11 years ago and was immediately hooked by it. You could share your fashion sense and even enter several contests....  

0 0 A Close Look at the New Goyard Minaudiere We even had trouble getting our hands on one to shoot for you, as the Minaudiere is exclusive to the following Goyard Boutiques: New York, Bal Harbour Shops, Rodeo Drive, San Francisco and Neiman Marcus Chicago Overall dimensions of the Goyard Minaudiere Bag are 6.5" L x 4.25" W x 2" D. The...  

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