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

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  • Blog Post: Heather Hamilton has left the building!

    Tomorrow, officially. You know I couldn't leave without saying goodbye, my wonderful, invisible interwebz friends. It's been 12 years of hard work and 7 years of blogging. Seven years! I plan to pick up the blogging again, elsewhere; at least the personal stuff. Yeah, yeah, the Microsoft stuff stays...
  • Blog Post: In the interest of your safety, please move it out of my way

    People are seriously wigging out here about some weather. Monday it snowed; a couple inches, now deemed a "storm"...I even saw "blizzard". Ach. I contend that everyone who insists on driving on a "snowy" day do ten years of snow driving before they even attempt to do it here. Freeways were beyond...
  • Blog Post: Can Google Cause a Re-count?

    This is a sucky, though interesting, problem. Google sends thousands (how many thousands? Dunno) to the wrong polling places. OK, Google is a company, not a political entity (well, not as it's sole purpose for existing). But this does raise a question: has our reliance on technology to deliver information...
  • Blog Post: And this is South Lake Union!

    Catching up on some blogging today (as if it were paperwork) (OK, I wrote part of this last week and put off finishing). My head has been full of other stuff going on (some good and some eh) and now that the din has subsided a bit, I'm purging some stuff that could be more timely but whatever. Here it...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Mobile Games Studio

    There are three things I want you to know about this: 1) I think that annoucing something like the introduction of a new studio via a job description is excellent PR, if it was intentional. See interwebz, sometimes leaks can be good. 2) There's a guy referenced in this article whose last name is...
  • Blog Post: Trapeze stunts

    Against my better judgement, I am featuring a video spotlighting my big butt, for the purpose of showing my progress on trapeze. And yes, I am heading back to the gym. First try on the catch: fail Second try: got it! Wheeeee!
  • Blog Post: Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?

    Have you heard that grunge is coming back? As someone who missed the full-on grunge experience, Seattle-style. I really hope it's coming back. If so, it has some work to do. Maybe it's about the fashion. As much as I eschew anything with a collar (check it, friends....when was the last time you saw...
  • Blog Post: Our flash mob is mobbier than your flash mob

    Sometimes I am reminded why I love Seattle (sorry to steal your line Mike P., but I am right there with you!). Specifically, our flash mobs don't look like professional dancers...none of them do. And also, in a very crowded Pike Place Market, people will make room for anything that has a beat, even if...
  • Blog Post: My love is fleeting.

    So the "hunkering down" is really starting to get to me. To the point that calling one of my ex-boyfriends sounds like a good idea. No booze required. Working from home is one thing. Not having a conversation of any length about anything than work for days on end, well that is quite another thing. Grr...
  • Blog Post: Surviving the cold, the Seattle residents edition

    I remember the cold winters in Chicago. And I also remember that they are why I had to move. Because, I mean, who voluntarily leaves Chicago? Really. If you know me even relatively well, you have heard me say this: I don't like to be cold. I usually explain this to people after the idea of skiing comes...
  • Blog Post: Whilst I listen to Snow Patrol, my street remains unplowed.

    People here have lost their damned minds. I actually heard the newscaster call people "idiots" and if he was cool like me, he would have had much better names for those people and better hair too. People complained because snow was predicted a few days ago and we didn't get it. Two sneezes and achy...
  • Blog Post: The appliest place on earth

    I never used to get the "apple" thing here. What's the big deal; they're just apples. And you have to cut them up to eat them or they just drip down your hands and make you all sticky and messy. I remember how weird I used to think a girl in my sorority was because she had her parents send her apples...
  • Blog Post: My comfort zone definitely does not include mayonnaise

    But it's good to get out of your comfort zone now and then. My friend Dave is one of the founders of J&D's Bacon Salt (which would have made it onto my good stuff list if I weren't talking about them here now), financed by America's Funniest Home Videos (at least some good has come from that show...
  • Blog Post: You can take the girl out of Chicago (and Los Angeles)

    I have to admit that I am still perplexed by the weather here. Either my memory bank resets once a year or I'm just not a quick learner. I definitely know I am not fashion challenged (OK, well maybe once in a great while when I get too experimental). You can totally not predict what the weather is going...
  • Blog Post: Whoah...Seattle Storm!

    Just saw on the news that Lisa Brummel (our VP of HR and my boss's boss's boss) is one of the new owners of the Seattle Storm. Cool! News here , here , here, here, here.
  • Blog Post: 24 Hours in Seattle

    Microsoft employee spends 24 hour hours seeing the sights in Seattle with 2 guys in spandex. Video: 24 Hours in Seattle (In case you were wondering about the "video stuff" I was working on this summer.)
  • Blog Post: Another Restaurant I Love

    I have been trying to test out more restaurants and the fact that my friend Denise just rejoined Microsoft and flies in from San Diego regularly has given me a perfectly enjoyable excuse to do that. We try to go out to someplace nice each time she is in town. Last night we tried Café Juanita . It's one...
  • Blog Post: A Lot Like You (and Me), Northwesterner

    These ads are fantastic . As someone living here, they definitely ring true. It's hard not to identify with at least one of them. I won't tell you which one that I identify with but if you've been paying attention, you may already know. I may have to submit my own (Microsoft transplant: wears make-up...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Seattle

    According to press reports today , Microsoft is expanding into office space in Seattle. In the past, Seattle city office space was limited to the space previously inhabited by companies we acquired (like Visio). Appears that there's room for several hundred employees though it's not clear who those people...
  • Blog Post: Seattle's Most Fashionable Man is, Unexpectedly, a Microsoft Employee

    Jasmine Park, a Program Manager at Microsoft, has a cool fashion blog . She's also friends with Seattle's most fashionable man ...or maybe that should be Most Fashionable Man, Gopi. I have to concur; Gopi is one stylish man. And to those of us accustomed to flip-flops and college t-shirts, it's refreshing...
  • Blog Post: We like to do things differently here in the Seattle area

    Goats for rent.
  • Blog Post: Fun team events in the Redmond/Seattle area?

    This is a question for any locals that read my blog. I know a lot of teams do fun/morale events locally but there's really no repository where someone can go to find out about them. I've come across a couple things (there's a ropes course at Red Hook....who knew?), but was wondering what some of the...
  • Blog Post: "Is it a real troll or a fake one?"

    Yesterday was my first day on a "video shoot". I feel cool saying that. Did I mention I was on a "video shoot"? With a producer? And a boom mic? I was "the Client". I'm capitalizing that because I can. It was realy fun and we were very fortunate to have some amazing weather since we basically spent the...
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