One Louder

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

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    Creative insomnia solutions

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    Anyone who has been here for a while, or who reads my facebook status updates, knows I am an insomniac.It has come and gone throughout my life. My first memorable insomnia experience was in high school, when I learned that Star Search came on at 2 AM...
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    Tuned In

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    Now that my new blog header is up (can you see it now?), it's time to have some fun. The guys over at Pragmatic Marketing have published their book, Tuned In . And yeah, I am mentioned briefly (I'm on page 169-170). I've already heard good things about...
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    The search for signs of good falafel in Seattle

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    I've been a little scattered lately but I am starting to feel better. Sleep's been a little better (now I don't have my mid-sleep wake-up session until about 5 AM....almost the time when sane people awaken for the day). Currently, at work, I'm figuring...
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    My obsessive-compulsive Independence Day

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    I almost hesitate to tell you about my weekend plans, lest some American Revolution buff tells me I'm ungrateful and unpatriotic. I'm not either of those things. I vote and donate blood (hey, my veins are blue and my blood is red....how do you like that...
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    Randy Pausch Dies

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    I hate to be the one to break the news if you have not already heard. It was a little unrealistic to hope for a miracle. This makes me sad.
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    Pay me and I'll quit

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    Zappos pays new employees after 4 weeks, if they quit . Yeah, yeah, I know it sounds crazy at first. But it's actually brilliant. Tony Hsieh, head of Zappos, will offer any new employee in the Las Vegas headquarters $1500 if they leave their positions...
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    So what is my actual job, you ask?

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    This is one of the things I like about Microsoft. It pretty much changes every year. No opportunity for stagnation around here! This year, I am going to learn a ton and do a little travel. So as you may know, my role last year involved 2 things/teams...
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    What I did on my summer vacation: the abridged, obsessive DIY edition

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    Boy, I was all full of good intentions when I took a couple extra days off: burn some vacation time and actually "relax" (yes, I have have to use quotes when I say that word.....you'll understand in a second). I can relax when things I "should do"...
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    I silently pity the blog trolls

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    Not just mine, but blog trolls everywhere. First of all, I have a thick skin. But when I get a troll comment, the first thing that comes to mind is how much I pity the troll (I say in my Mr. T voice). Seriously, how miserable must someone's life be to...
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    When brainy college students around the world get green

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    Microsoft has been holding the Imagine Cup annually for six years now. Here's how the event is described: Everything that the world may become "someday" lies in the hands of young people today. As they look at the road ahead, their close relationship...
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    What happens in Cambridge (whether or not it really stays in Cambridge)

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    Here's a good explanation of the kind of work that is taking place in our Boston Concept Develop Center. It's always frustrating for a recruiter when there is an awesome pool of talent, geographically, and you don't have local opportunities for them....
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    Rogue marketing by-passing the filter of good taste?

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    OK, I wouldn't exactly call Burger King the beacon of good taste in America, but this is just mind-blowing. Follow the link to Idea Sandbox. The comments are hilarious. So I have 3 problems with this: First, I realize that different people...
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    Crafty

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    She would have learned her lesson if they would have left her in there for a while and let someone "win" her as a prize, only to hand her over to her angry parents, hiding outside. Guaranteed she would have been out of there when the claw came her way...
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    We're not cool?

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    Sez whom ? I beg to differ. Scratch that, I don't beg. I just disagree. I've just never bought into the hype around the coolness factor of some of these other companies. Cool to me is that I can work from home, no set hours. Time for the gym during...
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    OMG blackout shades

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    How did I live without them? I'm in the fetal position and and my room is pretty much pitch black and I forgot how I missed sleeping in a dark room. Is it possible they make the room quieter too? No? It just never gets all-the-way dark outside here. We...
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    Saved from blog bleh

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    Like my new header? I had secretly hoped that someone would do something like this for me, but you know, I can't really ask. HUGE thanks to Derek for making my blog considerably less bleh!
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    The paradox of internet shopping

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    I've done a lot of shopping online recently. And in my usual fashion, I have been trying to figure out what's going on; why so much spending, especially online? What I realized is that internet shopping has a draw for immediate gratification junkies....
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    Yoga update

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    OK, so my intro to yoga class last week was really good. I was surprised. I think I mentioned that when I tried it before, my mind was still bopping around all different subjects both important and trivial. And thusly, the recommendation to "breathe deeply...
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    This is that stupid thing you are going to need this year.

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    Move over chocolate fountain. There's something less practical .
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    If your grandma had a radio show...

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    ... and watched The Bachelorette . I imagine them taping over a nice pot of tea and ladyfinger cookies. And a big bowl of bitter. "She didn't know the Seattle Space Needle!" She must be destroyed. This probably won't mean anything to you if you...
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