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 here. And hopefully this blog will remain…


The threat of the false positive by way of stupid pet tricks

I’m always interested in other companies’ interview processes. It helps me realize that some of the stuff we do really does feel like innovation to other companies even though it’s just part of our regular process. I also realize that some of the things that work at a small company aren’t going to hold water…


Holey Resume!

I love disagreeing. It’s like a hobby. When I was a kid, I thought I would be a lawyer when I grew up. As much as I joke about it, the driver for me isn’t the need to be right. I just love dialectic; the challenge and discovery. You know, when I am not getting…


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!)


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…


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…


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 access for someone…


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…


Many Annoyed by Bad Cell Phone Etiquette

As opposed to that good cell phone etiquette that delights. Oh jeez. OK, it’s really just the title that is bad (just sayin since I have been a little critical in this category lately), because this study looked at what behavior people actually participate in themselves (people actually admitted this stuff). Speaking of which, people…


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 reign to utilize any method they…