I struggled with who to write about ever since I signed up for this pledge. Knowing how noteworthy and valuable this series would be, I had to get it right. Thanks to my addiction to political news and Rachel Maddow, I found Adria Richards. She is now known for exposing lax or non-existent security on Norm Coleman’s website (R: Minnesota senate candidate) leaving over 50,000 donor credit cards vulnerable to fraud and theft. Ms. Richards is an independent woman in technology, young, with vision and a political bent…for this post, she is perfect! Check out more about Adria on her site: But You’re a Girl.Com (I love that site name.)
Quoting directly from her About Me page: “Women often get the short end of the stick when it comes to technology. People’s perceptions of what she’s capable of and interested in affect her opportunities and earnings. I know I’m not the only female in technology who is sick of pink laptops and rhinestone cell phones. I’m going to blog about things I enjoy in the technology world and gripe about the frustrating things in a constructive way.”
I could not be more proud to be a working woman in this time and place right now. People like Adria Richards with her focus, determination, courage and brilliance inspire me to do more, be more, reach for more. I love that she has a running list of goals on her web site. And she’s crossing them off one by one. Her sharp and gentle savvy are a breath of fresh air. It is my honor to share with you this Woman in Technology: Ms. Adria Richards.
Photo & Video courtesy of Ms. Adria Richards website.
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I am bouyed; even cautiously optimistic. There are a couple of reasons: 1 Today, I pre-qualified for a home loan…possibly no big deal under normal circumstances, but in the current economic context, I’m thrilled. 2. Obama has pulled ahead in most polls that count, at least in the press. And 3. The Great Schlep, and everything it represents. Allow me to explain.
In addition to the humor of Sarah Silverman, indeed a bizarre ice breaker, the way The Great Schlep (TGS) invites people to come together for something they believe in is an inspiration. Think about this for a moment: TGS empowers Jewish grandchildren to fly to Florida to visit their grandparents and discuss voting for Barak Obama. Ok, forget that I also support Mr. Obama, the idea is still an inspiration bringing multi-generational families together, across states, for meaningful conversation about changing their country and their lives for the better. Despite what you think about either side politically, you have to admit that the more people come together to talk about politics, issues, our country, the more people at the table discussing the future and solutions, the better chance we have to actually find workable solutions for all of us.
Regardless of who wins this election, we will still (thankfully) live in the US together and work together and have to share in the problem solving, together. It is fascinating to me how what looks like a simple plan, have grandkids talk to their grandparents in a critical voting state, really has a thoughtful elegance, depth, value and meaningful level of uplift to it.
So I am buoyed. The Great Schlep is exemplary in its strength, grace & brilliance.
What are your thoughts?
Embedded video from CNN Video
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A Kiss on 12seconds.tv
I’ll “study” this deal more closely over the next week or so and report back to you…but 12Seconds is a share site where you can post 12 sec. video pieces to share…duh. But it is so supremely easy, fast and may I say a FABULOUS addition to Social Media. More Soon!
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I’m getting round (John Lennon-like) glasses. I’m actually due for the check up & need to replace my current glasses…I’m blogging about glasses because the shape of glasses, particularly, rectangular glasses are currently all the rage. The network & cable news stations are talking about them. Tina Fey & Lisa Loeb is wear them…and the manufacturers in Japan are slammed with orders (according to a story by ABC) for the style of glasses now made famous by Sarah Palin. Did I mention they were made in Japan? At $375 a pair.
I’m getting round glasses. My glasses will also be made in America. You probably don’t care about the shape of my glasses…but the point is actually about a statement. Our fashion, the food we eat, the wine we drink, the car we drive, the politics we support… all billboards for who we are. So now, my glasses will be too. Not just representative of “smart” or “librarian”, or, god-help me, MILF. The traditional (& some non-traditional) stereotypes. But I like circles. Round is the perfect shape. Spherical, like our planet. Reminiscent of one of the planet’s most monumental musicians of the 20th century, (John Lennon). Our irises & pupils are round. And frankly, and most importantly, they aren’t rectangular.
When you see me walking down the street, if you notice my glasses, you might remark, “those are round…not at all rectangular. I thought rectangles were IN!?” That’s because I am at the opposite end of the spectrum politically from Sarah Palin, and I’d like to look that way. Fashionable, put together & sophisticated…with some independent thinking while I’m at it… Ms. Palin is bad for women, bad for government, & bad for our country.
I’m getting round glasses this week. And while I’m at it, I think those glasses will be pink.
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