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We Love WordPress and We Want to Learn More

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WordCamp Seattle


On Saturday, September 26, 2009 folks in the Seattle area are in for a treat. Just $35 gets you into an event that promises to be fun, informative, and a networking boon. There are a very limited number of tickets left—as I write this, only 2 tickets remain.

The WordCamp people describe the event as an “informal conference” where “beginners, hobbyists, geeks, and pros” network and learn about using WordPress for blogging and content management. While I’ve never been to this informal conference before, I’m looking forward with much enthusiasm. I’m already sold on the WordPress platform, and I’m hungry to learn how to maximize it.

Visit the WordCamp Seattle site for the lowdown. You can also follow WordCamp Seattle on Twitter and Pathable.

If you’re not in Seattle but you’d like to attend a WordCamp, check out WordCamp Central for other dates, locations, or to find out how to organize a WordCamp in your area. 


© Julie Pierce and Brittle Skillet, 2009-2011.

Written by Julie Pierce

September 4, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Pantyhose or No: Like the Plague or A Girl’s Best Friend?

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PantyhoseI came across a blog post today that had me caught in a weird facial expression: half smiley smirk, half frowny confusion. On one hand, I was interested by the fact there were other women giving the question some serious thought—relieved that I wasn’t a lonely obsessive, concerned about the hip yet appropriate way to dress one’s legs. On the other hand, how much serious consideration does this question really merit?

In her post Why I Still Wear Pantyhose (Oh, The Horror!), Kate Evans-Correia is quite sure that there’s a time and a place for the hose. Confidently, she gives a friend no-qualms advice to wear, “something that looks bare, but you still have something on your legs to get a smoother look.” Sounds reasonable and logical given the planned event under question is in Massachusetts during October.

You’ve got to read the post yourself to appreciate the humor and the actual weight of the dilemma. Although I’m not particularly pro-hose myself, I do understand where Kate is coming from.

Keep going all the way to the bottom to see the comments too. I’m still amused in a secret society kind of way by the whole thing. Perhaps I’m just strange.

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© Julie Pierce and Brittle Skillet, 2009-2011.

Written by Julie Pierce

August 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Seattle Mariners Deliver: Fun Season Had by Fan

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marinersDon’t you love baseball? I do! It defines the quintessential American summer.

Last night’s game between the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago White Sox is an example of how exciting it can be. Thirteen scoreless innings had fans on both sides anxious and longing. Each team came so close to runs home, and each time the team on base was left high and dry by the solid play of the opposing defense.

In my experience, a scoreless game can be tedious, slow, and sleep-inducing. Not this one. Each team gave their all and successfully held the blockade against the other, taking the game well past the standard. As each side took the bat, the anticipation of a score grew with the number of innings. And although the game was long in innings, time passed well in watching it.

Fourteen innings of tight, edge-of-your-seat action finally led to the demise of the Chi Sox. This was a hard fought battle on both sides—the pitching was strong with Felix Hernandez (career ERA 3.58) against Mark Buehrle (career ERA 3.79). Buehrle has five years major league experience over the young Hernandez, but the match-up was rigorous.

The clincher, of course, was Ken Griffey Jr’s only at bat for the whole game. In his inimitable way with that glimmer of magic he often carries, Griffey made the game-winning score. It truly was magic!

To avoid embarrassing myself, I’ll leave the description of the highlights and history to the pros from The Seattle Times:
Griffey’s Pinch Hit Send M’s over White Sox in 14
Mariners Victory an Instant Classic

The baseball season is fast closing and football encroaches on nightly sports presentations. For me, there’s nothing like the ballpark, the smells of the concessions, the vendors in the stands, the Moose dancing and clapping, and the satisfaction of watching a well-played game. For this fan, the Mariners sure did deliver a fun one!

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© Julie Pierce and Brittle Skillet, 2009-2011.

Written by Julie Pierce

August 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm

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