One Louder

Exploring the fine line between clever and stupid. Heather Hamilton is a Staffing Manager and Microsoft Employee Evangelist.
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May, 2008

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    Birds and stones

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    I was going to start this blog post telling you that I am not normally the ind of dork that would buy a scooter. Problem is, I am exactly the kind of dork that would buy a scooter. When I was in college, I rode one to work one summer (no car, and it was...
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    Whilst the TV is off, I can get stuff done

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    I've kind of lost interest in TV lately. It's the whole "is it making my life better?" thing that I have been going through. It's amazing the other places that your mind can go to when it's not overstimulated by commercials for Proactive and reruns of...
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    Memorial Day

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    Never really thought about it much before but appreciated the day off. That's really too bad but I guess unless you have lost someone in war (or lived in a war zone), it's not as real to you. Anyway, both of my grandfathers were in the military and both...
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    Heather: 27% happier

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    Every year at this time, yard work totally weighs on me. It's not a feeling that I can honestly call guilt, but it pushes on my cranium in the same way. Maybe obligation? Whatever it is, I don't like it. Too much chatter in the brain; sentencers that...
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    Telecommuting losing it's appeal?

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    This article in eWeek is timely; this is exactly what is going on with me. While I love having the flexibility to work from home, it can be isolating. Sometimes you need to be around people. So I am more frequently dropping into the office for just that...
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    Geeks making pizza

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    Here's a cool Microsoft morale event . OK, serious geek points to the guy who likened pizza-making to dog-fooding. Yeah, we love our geeks around here; how can you not? Also, I want that pizza oven in my backyard but they cost about $2K. And...
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    Nifty (link dump)

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    I keep saving things in my bloglines account that are cool, but not enough for a full blog post. Now I understand why people do a weekly link dump. I can't do it weekly. I spend much less time in bloglines now than I used to. Anyway, some cool stuff I...
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    I'm getting a Dell

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    OK, don't laugh at me and just appreciate that fact that the word "dude" did not appear in the title of this blog post. I have something to tell you that may scare you: I have never bought my own computer. I know! I've gotten 2 old ones from my...
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    And the purge continues...

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    I'm not sure what has gotten into me other than the fact that I am happier than I have been for a VERY long time. It's funny how sometimes things can just fall into place. The changes that I wanted to have happen at work happened without me doing much...
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    Sucker

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    I'm a sucker for focus groups. I remember once when I was in college, they did a market research group on campus for California Slim (remember that? It's a diet drink). I think I got $75 dollars for that one which was the same amount I had each month...
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    Helping me resist the urge...

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    to even do the sudoku in the inflight magazine . Am I surprised that flyers are lazy, gross and/or passive aggressive? Not really (have you ever been to Disneyland? How about the parking lot at a pro football game?) And like I said, I pretty much want...
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    From Harvey Danger to Program Manager

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    Short but good interview on Microspotting with Jeff Lin, formerly of band Harvey Danger, now a PM in Virtual Earth 3D. You won't be able to get the song out of your head after you read the interview. That, of course, could just be paranoia, paranoia....
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    Yay! Retailers catering to freaks like me!

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    Woohoo! I am not the only nut case out there that will not touch stuff in public bathrooms . Airport bathrooms are the worst. In any situation where a potentially snot (or worse) covered fixture needs to be touched, I assess the situation thusly: 1...
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    Scroll bar...the opposite amount of fun as a sports bar

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    I know I shouldn't be working this weekend but I did cut out way early on Friday for some beauty rituals and some vino. I don't feel guilty. I'm gonna stop "shoulding" on myself. But I'm doing some work because I was online looking up b-day gifts (why...
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    Learning from Fashion

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    What can we learn from todays ensemble? a) when you use a French press to make coffee, you are going to be highly caffeinated b) summer in Seattle doesn't really start until after the 4th of July c) I refuse to act or dress my age d) when...
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    Understanding platitudes

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    OK, first of all, I'm having a kick ass weekend. Limited major commitments, the weather rocks and I slept through the night for the first time in months. Anyway, I've discovered the validity of a few platitudes this weekend. This is the kind of inane...
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    What about that bookshelf

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    I noticed today that I had a blog category called "What's on my Bookshelf". I don't remember what I was thinking when I created that category, but figured it would sure be nice to prove that I can read. Things have been so crazy, that it has been hard...
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    You know you have been working from home too long when...

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    ...this sounds reasonable. Seriously, what kind of donuts? Tip: Seth (who is still wrong about resumes. I'll get over it)
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    OK, so he's a little felon

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    But as he says, "it's fun to do bad things." Truer words were never spoken. But someone should still hide the keys.
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    Warning: Single Gal in the Neighborhood

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    I'm not sure if I told you this story but I was reminded of it this weekend as I was working with a neighbor to tear down our mailbox structure (which happens to be partly on my property). We got the nifty new mailboxes with locks. So now the mail thieves...
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    We are getting greener

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    This makes me happy. We are finally doing away with all those petrochemical-based kitchen things: the iconic orange cups (that I try not to use) and the plastic flatware. I can feel good about working from home most of the time because I avoid that stuff...
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    Where kitsch meets gawd awful...

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    ... meets gotta have it ?
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    Don't do this!

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    You definitely shouldn't, but I am glad that someone did.
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    Juicing cows

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    Yum! I have to admit that I have become a little addicted to the Power-C Vitamin water. As much as I eschew (hee...vocab. Check it) sugar as a general rule, I fear it less than I used to. In fact, right now I am drinking Gatorade Grape FIERCE...
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