Podcast #031: Hot Mess

Anything goes when Nora McInerny walks into a room.  The same can be said for this podcast.  We originally planned on talking about manners and etiquette regarding Facebook friendship with family.  But, Nora’s a bit of a wild card, and so are we. Come along as we go from point A to point B while taking brief pitstops at high school proms and family get-togethers.  We might even sneak a quick nap in during a story about children.

About our guest: Nora McInerny is Meghan’s younger, blonder, and taller sister. She is a writer and humorist whose words appear in various locations on the internet.


Podcast #30: MIMA Recap

In our 30th podcast, we discuss the process behind our presentations, focusing on our recent speaking gig at MIMA where we spoke on the subject of Cultivating a User-Centered Culture.   If you attended the event, you may have been asking yourself, “Why has the projector been displaying nothing but the color blue for the past 15 minutes?” or “Why are Meghan’s shoes filled with snow?” Well, look no further.  For the love of Bieber, we will answer those questions, plus many more right here and right now.

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Update: After recording this we discovered that it was Kristina Halvorson‘s dongle that saved the day. Thanks, Kristina! (And thanks to Andrew at ech03, too!)

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Podcast #29: Geek of the Week – Jodi Chromey

This week’s Geek of the Week, supergenius Jodi Chromey, stops by the studio for a choreographed ‘Pinky Tuscadero hand jive’ with Nancy and to chat about her career as a writer. Jodi initially claimed to be more “nerd” than “geek”, but after talking about her former life as a tech writer and then admitting to her love of Fonzie, her past blogs about Dawson’s Creek and cataloging her Sweet Valley High books as a child, it became obvious that we had chosen a true geek.

Jodi began writing her blog, I Will Dare, in 2000. Aside from her own blog, I Will Dare, Jodi is the editor for Minnesota Reads and is the mastermind behind paulwesterberg.net.

In this podcast, Jodi offers up advice on becoming a writer while giving us a brief glimpse into what inspires her (peanut butter and gin!), which begs the question, how did it take us this long to invite Jodi to be our Geek of the Week?

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Creepy Hand Model

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Podcast #28: Facebook Mail & Personal Branding

So, Facebook Messages. Everyone’s talking about it, but what is it?

  • What are the basic features? 
  • What does this mean for Facebook users?
  • Does this mean more social media overload, or better filters?

We also discuss personal branding and ways to create a central landing page that you can drive people to, so they are aware of all the places they can connect with you. There are some great new services out there to help you put together a homepage for yourself that centralizes your social accounts, or you can get all fancy and build a site yourself.

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Here are some other related blog posts we’ve written in the past about ways to DIY a web site:

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Podcast #27: Keynote News With A Side Of Security

We’re excited to announce that we’re one of the keynote sessions for MinneWebCon 2011! Along with that good news, we’d also like to encourage other female speakers (and really anyone with solid, innovative content) to submit their proposals for this year’s event. If you’ve got something good to say, make sure you share it!

In Podcast 26, we mentioned a Firefox plugin called Firesheep. While we didn’t go into much detail, we did promise a deeper conversation about it in the next podcast. This is that podcast! Listen further to find out more about how the plugin works, and what it means for your information. While we’re on the subject of sharing information that you may or may not know you’re sharing, we also touched on the new Facebook Friendship pages. Do you know what Facebook is saying about you and your friends?

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Podcast #26: Social Engineering (or whatever)

In this podcast we touch on some recent reader questions around Facebook privacy and the importance of being smart with your profiles, pages, and other accounts online.

We discuss the difference between phishing and social engineering scams, and the ever-present annoyance of spammers and and weirdos.

Tune in next time when the ladies dive in for a closer look at Firesheep and some of the surrounding controversy.

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Podcast #25: Facebook’s New Button

In this week’s podcast, we discuss a new button. No, really. A button.

Facebook switched its Friend Request options from “Accept and Ignore” to “Accept and Not Now.” On Wednesday morning, the Marketplace Tech Report had an interesting take on it (which you can listen to here) that got us thinking: what does this mean? How does Facebook change our social behavior and how does it affect social norms? There’s a lot more going on than just buttons.

Here’s TechCrunch’s take on it.

What do you think?

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Geek of the Week: Rachel Baker

This week’s Geek of the Week is Rachel Baker, a freelance IT consultant in Chicago. A few months ago, Rachel sent us an email about how much she enjoyed our site and podcasts. When we discovered that she’s quite a geek girl in her own right, we promptly crowned her Geek of the Week. It was a pleasure to talk to her, and we really only scratched the surface of her geekdom. We hope you enjoy our conversation with Rachel as much as we did!

Rachel credits her parents for putting her on the path to nerdery by buying her first computer in 1983, and insisting that she look things up in the Encyclopedia when she asked them a question. She’s worked professionally in technology for over 12 years, and now works on her own doing IT consulting and WordPress web development as Plugged In Consulting.

In February 2009, Rachel and a few friends founded the Chicago Nerd Social Club where they host and throw events for nerds. Yeah, we’re already trying to figure out how to get to Chicago for their next event.

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Podcast #23: Entertainment Solutions

In our 23rd podcast we talk about the upcoming Minnesota Blogger Conference, as well as some DIY entertainment solutions for kicking cable to the curb and still getting to see your favorite shows.

Minnesota Blogger Conference

When: Saturday, September 11, 2010

Where: CoCo – coworking & collaborative

213 4th St E., 4th Floor

St Paul, MN 55101

(612) 735-7425

Schedule

Resources: Entertainment Solutions

Keep an eye out in the next couple weeks for the videos and descriptions of our systems as well as some more information on gaming.

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Podcast #22: The Pain of Self Promotion

In podcast #22, we discuss walking the fine line between self promotion and being an annoying blowhard, and how to get over the resistance to self promote.

Podcast Summary

Originally, we sat down to discuss the ins and outs of Interactive Project Management. But, instead, we decided to talk about self promotion. Mainly because we are dealing with our own feelings of uneasiness about promoting a SXSW panel submission.

We discuss questions like:

  • Is this a “girl thing?”
  • How can you promote yourself without being annoying?
  • Do the people you’re connected with online mind if you talk about yourself?
  • Is there a difference between promoting your business and promoting yourself?
  • How do you get a sense of what your “personal brand” is online? Does it match with who you really are?

Things We Referenced

  • Meatspace:an idiom for the “real world”

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