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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: Nurturing a workplace for creatives...

    This article (or wait, is it a blog post...I'm going with article) kind of trails off into how to manage grown-ups, but the initial premise is something I agree with. If you hire creative people, you need to have a corporate culture that doesn't squeeze every bit of creativity out of them. Now, I consider...
  • Blog Post: Designing product for women

    (FastCompany: Women Are 85% Of The Consumer Market. But How Do You Reach Them?) The article is interesting, but a little condescending. I am sure it's unintentional and I should point out that the fact that it's written by a woman is beside the point. I am not a bra-burning activist, but I know when...
  • Blog Post: The moment between photo and video...

    ...the animated .gif. ( Read about it at FastCompany ) There's something beautiful about this; more refined than video, in kind of an emotional way. I think it's that the isolation of the movement is compelling; kind of tells a story. I rarely want to crawl inside a video. This photo makes me...
  • Blog Post: Resume funkaliciousness...I like pink.

    OK, it's not for everybody. Or even mostlybody. However, this is fun. Bam! (More info on FastCompany here) I love novelty, when it doesn't interfere with practicality. What can I say...I am a practical gal. I think novelty and practicality can exist in harmony though. So here's what you need...
  • Blog Post: If I could do it all again, I'd do something different. But it still wouldn't be that.

    Sometimes I think about what would have happened if I majored in something else besides business in college. I mean, that business degree comes in handy-ish. An actual requirement to do my job? Not so much. I was in a training last week where we were calculating the net present value of a project. And...
  • Blog Post: Yer hired!

    The best cover letter of all time ? Perhaps...if it works. The best manicure of all time? Nyet. (PS: the cover letter is a fake , but still adequately funny. And perhaps some good employment branding. If only the company wasn't named "Aviary"...kakaw!)
  • Blog Post: Now hiring, until you decide to get the band back together

    Once upon a time, I hired consultants and was working a job fair (hey, I said once upon a time and that time was the 90s). And our booth listed the areas for which we were hiring (yay, grammar!) and one of them was "client/server" and someone walked up and said they wanted to be a "client/server" or...
  • Blog Post: Lurker wrongness

    There is something a little ego-boosting (for me, at least) about acknolwedging the fact that the types of things that other people do; the ones that used to make my blood boil, are triggers for sympathy. You know, if you think of all of us as a collection of biology and experience. And if you can also...
  • Blog Post: Beep...beep...beep

    Collision: (New content idea + system for organizing + newly identified motivation to keep this going) x I miss you guys Ugh, did I just write that like a teenage girl? 'Scuse me while I go ponder whether anyone actually kep me in their blog aggregator.
  • Blog Post: Intense wisdom from my first week of blogging

    I am looking back at what I thought was blog-worthy in March of 2004. Yeah, I am up in the middle of the night with my sick dog, checking mail and facebook and now this. Hey, my cable is out (OK ,on now), and I'm trying to decide when today becomes tomorrow and I can break out the coffee. And I am a...
  • Blog Post: Metrics bite, content rules

    In a Fast Company article about Boing Boing (I haven't read the whole article yet but this jumped out at me and I really need to write about this): "It isn't that Pescovitz doesn't understand what the blog business has become; he just figures that however it works now is anathema to what's made Boing...
  • Blog Post: Marketing awesomesauce

    Hova and Bing.
  • 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: Now this is where you have to get out of the binary thinking in your head

    Computer Engineer Barbie is making me 1) love the intention and 2) hate the medium. But I 1) love that the kids are excited and am 2) throwing up a little bit. And also 1) this is not the 1950s and 2) can we stop idealizing what it means to be a woman (clearly from the perspective of someone who finds...
  • Blog Post: Oh how I wish...

    when picking a college major, I had indulged my right brain more than my father. Because I could totally be working here: This jealousy brought to you by FastCompany. Yeahawesomethanks. Oh, and speaking of design, someone at FC again (again!) needs to work on their web page design. Those green...
  • Blog Post: This survey brought to you by Twitter

    Sometimes I think the Interwebz are dumb. Or suveys are total BS. Someone is jumping to a causality conclusion when perhaps a little commons sense could be employed. Like maybe comparing the Twitter usage to other media, online and otherwise, than just some random message board. Giving student free...
  • Blog Post: LG Quantum

    Ordered mine yesterday . The only things that are keeping me from being like a little girl on Christmas eve are about thirty five years and 5 more weeks.
  • Blog Post: Speaking of "do I fit into your target market?": Facebook Deals

    I'm a Groupon user and a FourSquare critic. I like deals, and as long as I can convince myself NOT to buy things I won't use on Groupon, it's something that I will continue to be interested in. FourSquare is less interesting to me. And by less interesting, I mean that I find it annoying that people broadcast...
  • Blog Post: This is the part where I decide if I can be a "casual gamer"

    Kinect launched today, well this morning, at midnight . Hmm, I am a little confused if midnight is technically today or yesterday. Can it be both? I have never really seen myself as a "gamer". My exposure to video games, at least in the last decade, has mostly been limited to scrabulous/scrabola/whatever...
  • 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: Marie Antoinette?

    Oh, no, Eric Schmidt. Here we go again. First you are supposed to change your name to cover your social media tracks. Then, if you don't like being photographed in an unflattering sweater, you should just move. Stop saying dumb stuff. I think we are in an uncertain time where people understand...
  • 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: Tell me if this is ironic, unfortunate or if I am totally nuts

    Evidence: this FastCompany story on darlings of social media . Give it a gander. The effect is better if you read it; in which case you will notice what I do. This story has not been formatted for viewing on the web. Commentary on one of the superstars appears under a picture and heading of another;...
  • Blog Post: Product subcategory differentiation and whether it really matters: the case of the roll-less TP

    I'm going to talk about toilet paper. Yep. I know that my more faithful readers have been waiting for this. I've written about dog waste , expired cheese , search engine poetry , softball team names , feng shui underpants . These aren't my greatest hits, just a random collection of topics that I found...
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