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The Facts Fabric: Vintage 1940s/1950s seersucker, $25 Pattern: McCall's 6311 $.99 Year: c. 2011 Notions: zipper Time to complete: 2 hours First worn: November 2011 Wear again? Yes! Total Cost: ~$25.99 When I think about "pin-ups" I think about the iconic image of Betty Grable peeking over her shoulder. It's fairly modest and certainly not the scandalous sort of photo that I'd be too embarrassed to reproduce for The Sew Weekly. I'm a pretty modest person (being a mom does it to me, I think) so I wasn't too interested in giving the internet at large too much of ...... | Continue »
A great post from Mark Suster on the dynamics of setting up meetings. Go read the whole thing, it’s a lot of common sense advice that is so often ignored. This in particular caught my attention: My rule: if you’re asking for the meeting, you travel. If I meet somebody super senior – even if they’ve asked me for the meeting – I still travel. I want them to be the least amount inconvenienced. I want the meeting. I want it to be easy for them to have it. I’m the primary beneficiary. I’m often amazed at how simple the... | Continue »
Blog: Modern Perl
When I was introduced to Catalyst during the version 5.7 days, one of its features that really clicked with me was how it isolates your application code from the web server. I can’t be certain that Catalyst was the first major Perl framework to take this approach, but it clearly... | Continue »
Last night, Steve's parents (who are visiting from Florida) babysat Jane while we went out to a merry picnic dinner in honor of a friend's birthday, followed by an outdoor screening of Singin' in the Rain. I was even more excessively spazzy and logorrheic than usual, perhaps out of giddy confusion at Jane's absence, and everyone was very kind in response. At the end, we stumbled home, full and fat, saw Steve's parents off to their hotel, and tumbled into bed not long after. Around 3 am, the cat woke Steve, who tossed him outside as per his catty request,... | Continue »
Is It Too Late to Write This Wrong? The Story of My Struggle, Frustration, and Desire to Get Paid More Than $10/Hour to Do What I Love.
Blog: oopsie daisy
The following is an email I wrote in response to a job offer from a company that, after receiving my resume and cover letter, asked me to complete a three-hour (timed) edit test. After they received my edit test, I... | Continue »
Blog: oof! blog! argh!
That's right, people in my staff meeting, underneath this t-shirt and jeans, I AM A HERO. | Continue »
Over at xojane.com, my latest story is up -- Do This Don't: Get a Perm. It was this post by Fleur that actually gave me the motivation to go through with it. I'm quite happy I did, though it does require work to maintain. That said, it requires far less work to set my hair and get it to the way I want it! I've actually skipped ponytails for the entire week. | Continue »
Last column for the Examiner. June 29, 2011. We are tired of clichés. Every mission statement of every school I’ve worked for is full of them. They sound good, but they’re pro forma and have changed little in the past... | Continue »