incendiary wit from a perpetually curious techfemme... and the crap I find on the interwebs.

This coolant looks like the blood of an alien race.
@nickabusey is torturing me with Surfin' Bird. Apparently the bird is the word, if you haven't heard.
ping.fm: enabling obsessive ubiquity in three easy steps! (it's pretty cool, really).
As I grow older, I feel less and less like I owe an explanation to anyone for who I choose to be. This feels a lot like freedom.

Pretty much, yeah.


A wet recording sound? Pandora, you cad.

I've got this super cute coworker...

Yes, We Have.


samantha, via iPhone

I <3 lens flare

samantha, via iPhone

Talia climbs the screen

My car speaks in memes

samantha, via iPhone

Speak no lolspeak

samantha, via iPhone

So dramatic!

samantha, via iPhone

I can has ridiculousness

samantha, via iPhone

I feel so much better

samantha, via iPhone

Crazyface is 1 year old today!

samantha, via iPhone


samantha, via iPhone

Home ya'll.

samantha, via iPhone


samantha, via iPhone

Sailboats and swimmers

samantha, via iPhone

Gorgeous, simply

Amazing birthday today!!


Sitting behind the press box while Tim O'Reilly speaks, flashes going
crazy. Surreal! Love being in the middle of it all...

Cioppino to die for...

Badger badger badger!

samantha, via iPhone

Todd from Adaptive Path





It's my birthday this week.

Emo jellyfish ftw

Trouble times two...

...magnifying the cute exponentially.


Too much awsum to handle this weekend...
must. sleep. offfff...

Second story

First in show!

Guess I don't always hate shoe shopping

50% discount on my usual amount of annoyance
with this supposedly gender-specific obsession
besides, how cute are they lolomgright?!

fully saturated

Anticipatory cat


@2:57: Ready your Change of Pants

Avon by Queens of the Stone Age.
Dave Grohl drum solo at 2:57 will melt your soul into a heap of jealousy and awe. Try to look away and it will not be congruent with your deepest desires. Oh yeah, that's right.

Good thing I have time off...

Because these books aren't going to read themselves!

Spring, Colorado Style

Snow shovels and stargazer lilies
totally normal, I assure you.

7,523 texts (tweets?)

Good thing my data plan is unlimited...

Rarely do I 'shop.

But I'm allowed.

Being cute is hard work.

Talia contemplates
a long night of being devastatingly

Another day...

Now after hours
A white board hangs wiped, all clean
Until tomorrow

abstract (in)stall(ation)

@The Denver Museum of Art,
even the bathrooms
are aesthetically notable.

I love Twitter... But where are my friends?

First, what the heck am I talking about?
WTF is Twitter?
Twitter is a social site in a micro-blog format.
You post updates that are limited to 140 characters.
They're are called tweets (cute, right?);
people follow you and track your updates in real-time.
It can be strangers, friends, whomever.
You can block people from following you if you're not comfortable with strangers,
overall Twitter has loose security settings, but perhaps that will change.
You can also reply to one another's tweets using the @ symbol.
Again, this is all in real time.

What's interesting that only five of my friends under 25 Twitter,
they're only some of the other iggli bloggers, and I had to basically force them,
and only two really update regularly.
(Some Twitterers I know are under 25, but they don't count
because they are in the Web 2.0 biz, and are automatically obsessed
with most mediums.  I consider them outside of the realm of, like myself,
"people that make sense" and "people that normal".  Moving on).

When I ask those who are my age about Twitter,
(Gen-Y, or the Millenials)
there is much face-scrunching
and nose up-turning
and cries of "it seems stupid"
and "I just don't *get* it."
Hmm... maybe I don't get it either.
I can't describe exactly why I love it,
but I can't get enough of this medium.

What's the appeal?
Well, first, a disclaimer:
I would guess it's only fun if you have unlimited data/texting.
I blew through 3,600 text messages this month!
Luckily, it didn't mean a thing.

So, what makes Twitter so great for me?
How can I get you to, perhaps, *get* it?
Perhaps, it's several things:

a) Twitter is *alive*.
It's as real-time as you get.
You are privy to taking part in people's lives in 140 character increments.
It's shocking to read the amount of wit and wisdom your fellow humans can pack into tiny sentences.  It makes me love people more, and this is a good thing.
b) Twitter gives me access to people I wouldn't generally get to correspond with otherwise.
Everyone understands that this is as public as it gets.  There is definitely a degree of consent, so I don't feel so bad following people I don't know, people that I wouldn't get contact with otherwise. 
c) Twitter lets other people have access to me!
I enjoy being a public person, and generally people care about you more than you think.  For example, try to not think it's nice when people know you had a headache the night before and they are nice enough to ask you the next day if you feel better.  Try to hate that and pretend that doesn't make your life better.  Yep, I see impending failure.
d) You are what you say.
You don't get much space to have stupid profile information.  You get space for a few sentences, max.  Say stuff, and that makes you.  Also, there is room for one photo of you.  It's not as much of a gratuitous skin fest, like myspace or facebook.  Yeah, you can link to those, but generally I would think people read about you first.
e) I love the challenge of a new medium.
People have accused microblogging as being an inadequate way of expressing themselves, somehow cheapening their expressions.  I've got a one word rebuttal for that and it's *haiku*.

If you'd like to give this a try,
and start with a lively, funny person, go to twitter.com/hotdogsladies.
You won't be disappointed.
Next, come follow me: twitter.com/highfiredanger.
I'm funny, also.
And follow iggli at twitter.com/iggli.

Yes, EXACTLY RIGHT (@ SXSW tweets)

Thank you, twitter.com/hotdogsladies!

This is my brain on Web 2.0

Multitasking is my drug, one of my strenghtiest strengths.
If I couldn't do it and didn't like it,
I wouldn't be able to work at web-related start-ups (for very long).
I love doing 600+ things at the same time.
It's exhilarating.

Pros & implications:
+ I love doing 600 things at the same time. It's exhilarating.
+ When someone asks me to do something,
I don't huff at them, it becomes 601, I reprioritize accordingly, put it in my Things and complete the task.
+ Sleep well at night. Used my entire brain allllll day.
+ Learn fast.
+ Bosses & coworkers like all of this.
+ Return emails.
+ My cats are *really* excited to see me when I come home.
+ Okay, done with the self-indulgence.

Cons & implications:
+ Overstimulation is probably my addiction. Meh. Could have a counterproductive addiction, right?
+ Sometimes it's uncomfortable for me to do one thing.
+ I drink lots of caffeine. Don't really feel like I need it to function, but mmmm.
+ I give Starbucks business. *Cringe*
+ Spend too much time sitting, not enough time exercising. Fixing that lately!
+ Ditch my friends because I'm usually damn tired. Sometimes they don't get this. It's understandable, really. Also suck at returning their calls. (Sorry, guys, <3 you).
+ What social life...?

+ Cons don't outweigh the pros.
+ They are changeable.
+ I won't always suck at being a friend.
+ Will learn fast and eventually be able to calm down a little and have more of a life.

Be back soon with another installment in highfireDANGER 2.0!


I promise I was watching the road.

Thinking and driving

Friends don't let friends...

Confusingly cute...


Interesting way to pitch fat free.
Absolution of guilt included
in our every day low price of $2.28.
Or do I just steal it?

If this is supposed to be a reflection of my life...

... does that fact that I haven't posted mean that my life is empty?
Goodness freaking gracious, no.

Job is getting more hectic, but I am making strides to make it.

Concentrating mainly on process to learn the role of product manager (ProdM):
Who to deliver to at what time, what to deliver, dependencies, risks
Project Management tools like Omni Plan are going to be very useful.
I am not yet a ProdM myself.
I *want* to be more than anything.
I have it in me to be a Project Manager as well.
My brain flips out if that stuff isn't in place, so I will make Omni Plan my best friend.

Tomorrow my current ProdM (fave mentor) & I are going to do a process flow of the tasks that I take over briefly, in this transitory phase,
which is disgustingly anal but ridiculously useful
and it will really help me concentrate,
and enable me to be creative and to take liberties in the right places,
to know when I can take some time to rest,
and to know when I'm in big trouble, or that it's someone else's fault!

Maybe an MBA would be useful about now, but I don't have one do I?
Can't get bogged down in the things you don't have.

This is going to be amazing... :)
Now, I'm tired from doing hours and hours of QA testing tonight, I should sleep.
I really need the weekend, holy crap...

A Post from a 2.0 Master: David Henderson says: "Web 2.0 has 2 very different audiences, only 1 is scalable"

(Via David Henderson's Blog.)

Web 2.0 has 2 very different audiences, only 1 is scalable: "

Here’s what I’ve learned over the past 60 days living on the F8 wave. There are 2 distinctive 2.0 audiences - Gen Y social networkers and the older mostly male geeky TechCrunch reading 2.0 audience. One is scalable and foreshadows future behavior while the other will try anything 2.0 for 2 weeks and maxes out at somewhere around 300K users. The Facebook crowd is the former.

They don’t read techcrunch

They don’t blog

They don’t use most of the 2.0 apps out there

They’re mostly female

They’re mostly 18 - 24 and 25 - 34

They live on Facebook, MySpace, Hi5, etc…

They don’t hang out on Linkedin



Here’s the mistake most media veterans make when looking at the F8 social media phenomena. They overlay their media values over the new social medium. The truth is Facebook usage has nothing to do with their media values. It’s ALL about the very social Gen Y-ers, who spend huge chunks of their time engaged in this new medium.

50 years ago, baby boomers spent huge chunks of their time watching shows like ‘All in the Family’ for entertainment. You could argue a huge waste of time. Today the Facebookers spend their entertainment time throwing food at their friends on Food Fight or sending virtual drinks on Happy Hour or drawing pretty pictures in Graffiti or playing poker in Texas Hold ‘Em.

Facebook is the new TV! Only this medium is social and engaging not passive and linear. Time with media has already dramatically shifted for this generation which foreshadows what is coming - a massive behavioral shift. It happened 12 years ago. It’s happening again!

Time With Media-2

Source: Datapoints

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(Via David Henderson's Blog.)