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Bayer Diabetes Care (BDC) is looking for an individual who is keen to pair their solid understanding of DITA content strategy, development and publishing with management of all the aspects of medical device labeling including people, regulatory and translation.
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. Bayer (more)
I came across an annoying, and puzzling, inconsistency in the way that Word 2013 handles picture sizing.
Generally, in earlier versions of Word, when I wanted to resize a picture (usually a screen capture), I would right-click on it and select Format Picture from the context menu. That opened a dialog box where I could resize the picture, either by absolute value or by scaling by percentage, and maintain the aspect ratio. In other words, I could change the width and the height would change to match.
In Word 2013, if you right-click on a picture, it opens side-bar with v (more)
Developers may need to hook their application up to an API so that the app can get data from somewhere, or share data with another app, or request a service such as displaying a message to the user. The getting-started guide is one of the most important parts of an API documentation set. Often the developer can find their way around an API with just the getting-started guide and the reference documentation.
A getting-started guide for an API (Application Programming Interface) helps a developer get their application interacting with the API.
At a minimum, a getting-started (more)
The 2015 Prix Aurura Awards for the best Canadian science fiction and fantasy of 2014 were awarded at SFContario 6 this weekend. Congratulations to all the winners. Here are the fiction awards:
Ansel Adams, the great American landscape photographer, shot a series of photographs of Japanese internment camps during World War II. None of these were in the major exhibition of his work shown at the McMichael Gallery a couple of years ago.(more)
You know that feeling when you’ve written yourself into a corner in your blog post, presentation, thesis, or another type of document? Here’s a tip that’s helped me often to get past the corner: Go for a walk!
Take an energetic stroll. In the bush, on the beach, whatever suits you. Don’t consciously think about the problem in your document. If your brain comes up with a thought, toy with that thought in a semi-interested manner. Follow where it goes. Be open to its consequences even if they involve throwing away an entire section of your presentation, redo (more)
Microsoft has commissioned a new anthology of science fiction stories inspired by its technology. Future Visions contains stories by nine SF writers, Elizabeth Bear, Greg Bear, David Brin, , Nancy Kress, Ann Leckie, Jack McDevitt, Seanan McGuire, and Robert J. Sawyer, along with a short graphic novel by Blue Delliquanti and Michele Rosenthal, plus original illustrations by Joey Camach.
The Amazon blurb (more)
If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a science fiction fan and Robert Heinlein is one of my favourite writers, at least the Robert Heinlein up to and including The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. And his novel Starship Troopers is right up there at the top of list.
The movie version, however, is another story. I hated it when it came out and it took a couple more viewings before I could appreciate how Verhoeven twisted it into a pointed anti-fascist satire. On Overthinking It, John Perich (more)
We had a lively turnout at the last STC meeting. By lively, I think we had about 30+ people in attendance, and good all-around discussion.
I had the chance to meet several new people, and one person mentioned that he reads my blog; as a bonus, he had positive things to say. We got to talking, and the conversation turned to DITA (in part because of Sarah OKeefe's recent post about the controversy in (more)
I’ve posted here before on the horrible treatment of science and scientists by our former and very unlamented Harper-led federal government. That war is now ending. Only a few days into its term, the Trudeau government has already taken significant steps to redressing the wrongs committed by Harper and his henchmen.
Under Stephen Harper, journalists who requested information or interviews from federal scientists or health policy officials could expect long delays, refusals, or replies — often after (more)
Members of MidAmeriCon II. the next World Science Fiction convention, will be able to select stories for the 1941 Retro Hugos as well as the regualar Hugo awards. An enterprising fan has assembled an anthology of stories that are eligible the award – most stories from that year are now in the public domain. You can download an EPUB version of the anthology from Google Drive. (If, like me, you have a Kindle, you can use Calibre to convert it to Kindle format).
File 770 has a (more)
For you math geeks out here, this is truly fascinating. It’s an elegant bit of higher math that shows that there’s a relationship between the value of pi and the quantum energy states of an electron.
As an aside, the high point of my university physics studies was when our physic prof showed us that you could derive Einstein’s famous e=mc^2 from Schrodinger’s wave function. It was a beautiful piece of reasoning, as elegant as a Bach étude.
Take a lo (more)