The Author

You can call me Nebula. I’m a technical communicator living in Northern California, USA. Like many Californians, I moved here from “back East” during the 1990s. I like the combination of nearby spectacular scenery, abundant local produce, and low humidity.

I recently bought my first house, the maintenance and improvement of which have inevitably become my biggest hobby. I hope to reach a point — sooner rather than later — where my other various interests hold more sway in my life.

NebulaThey include:

  • Music
  • Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Film & TV
  • Computers
  • Table tennis
  • Photography
  • Health issues
  • Current events
  • Consumer issues
  • Explaining things
  • Investigating things
  • Tinkering with things
  • Form follows function

I write like the technical writer that I am. It’s a profession with the imperative:

Be clear and concise.

This means to convey knowledge and ideas in a way that’s simultaneously as understandable, as complete, and as brief as possible. (Yeah, these are conflicting goals, and they’re equally important.) I tend to follow the principles of technical writing automatically, but I’m trying to inject a more conversational tone into this blog, dontcha know.

I know a few jokes. To save time, here are the punch lines:

• Five — one to hold the bulb, and four to turn the ladder.

• How he got into my pajamas, I’ll never know!

Because of the footprints in the butter.

Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?

Twenty bucks, same as in town!

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You can call me Nebula. I’m a technical communicator and usability advocate living in Northern California, USA.
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