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Last night I attended an event to help plan the East Coast version for the b-annRachel Leigh Cook as a geekual (un)conference event known as “She’s Geeky” The concept of She’s Geeky (cue the Beastie Boys), comes from a woman whom I had the pleasure of meeting when I was attending the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco back in April. Kaylia Hamlin, otherwise known as “Identity Woman” is a very smart gal, but doesn’t consider herself a technologist.

And neither did some of the women in the room that came out to the event. It was a small gathering and its main purpose was to talk about the planning and ideas for the conference in New York to be held later this year. One of the immediate ideas was to move the conference from October to December 2008, for several reasons. The women in the room agreed that the elections are a big factor not only in technology and the DC area, but going forward as a country have many ramifications.

It seemed I was the only semi-associated Federal Government (albeit contractor) in attendance. But my cause was heard, maybe its because I am not afraid to speak up and actually would be happy to speak at any event should I be asked (this was a side [tangent] conversation of course that happened and we will continue to address).

I will probably help develop a track at the conference around Enterprise 2.0 in Government or quite possibly just speak about my experiences as a woman climbing the corporate ladder to become the Director of Technology for Navstar, Inc.

I have also agreed to help with the marketing and promotions of the event, as those of you who know me, know of my former life in the music industry. As such, this was something I was very good at and still continue to use these skills in my evangelism of social media in Government. So who knows, I might even take up the committee lead on that. We are coordinating the planning of the event through a wiki and I do believe I know my way around a garden 🙂

Most of the other women, were from non-profit organization such as DC Web Women, Women in Policy and Technology (WIPT – yes they are aware of how the acronym sounds), Care2 (OXFAM), United Way, and Women Thrive WorldWide, just to name a few. I think I made some great new friends and contacts and I am more inspired now for the cause to raise awareness for women in tech and all geekdom.

I want all my female readers to reach out to me in some shape or form if you consider yourself a geek in any way (not necessarily in tech, but maybe a scifi or D&D geeks). This blog is your sanctuary and I will help you find ways to find other women like you.

If you would like to find out more about this event, please feel free to contact me or search for yourself, by googling “She’s Geeky”. Hope to see you out in December in New York.


Before you get into this blog post and assume anything, know these facts:

  • I am not Catholic, I am a Lutheran
  • I believe and have faith
  • I have been to the Vatican and had a rosary blessed by the Pope John Paul II (Spring of 1993)
  • I am not making fun
  • I want to know more, I want to know the answers

Why did I write this blog? Well I have questions and living so close to Andrews Air Force Base, I got to see the fiasco of the crowds and the possible motorcade routes the Pope would take on his way to the Nunciature (the Vatican Embassy in DC). It was a beautiful spring day, like the angels were smiling on the area in a way to greet the holy entourage. The fanfare was wild as the community swarmed the intersections near the base along with the press and metropolitan police forces. I saw people with banners, posters, and shirts with the Pope’s likeness.

Last week when His Holiness, the Pope came to town for his birthday, the White House had a “State Dinner”, but the Pope, the guest of honor, did not attend. Why not? Because the Pope does not eat in the presence of others. Photo to the right courtesy of soldiermediacenter on flickr.comThe Pope arrives at Andrews Air Force Base

So this got me thinking. What other special rules does the Pope have set upon him? If the Pope chokes while he is eating alone and no one is around to give him the Heimlich maneuver then does he believe in divine intervention to save him? Does he have a bell to ring or a way to get anyone’s attention in the next room? Does he wear a medic alert bracelet? What happens if he falls and cannot get up?

Another stream of thoughts, I had came from when he was sitting on the most gorgeous, beautiful, not a cloud in the sky sunny day in Washington D.C on April 17th for his mass at Nationals Stadium. Does the Pope wear sunscreen? I mean those white robes and cross on his chest are a sun reflecting portable tanning booth. Are God’s rays of sunshine safe on the skin of the Holy Father?

And if all this was true, that God is protecting the Papacy, then why must there be a need for all the security and the protection riding around in a “Popemobile”?

I know he is a man of great importance, but he is the ultimate living symbol of the Christian faith of the belief in God and as that symbol, do you think that if you were pope and you believed in the Lord that you would have to live behind a glass shield or would you live life as any man, woman, or child on Earth and believe when it was your time to go, you would go?

Just something to think about. Just some things I have been thinking about. If you stumble upon this blog and you have a thought, I would love to hear it.

I am going to go, yes I know I am a geek, but I know some of my readers might be interested in going… what say you?


DC Meetup



2007-07-21 17:00 EDT

Who should come? You should. Really.
If you are interested in Wikipedia or other Wikimedia projects, regardless of your level of experience or involvement, or if you are otherwise involved in with free content you are invited and welcome.

What, Where, When, and How?

  • What? : DC Wiki(p|m)edian meetup
  • Where? : Uno Chicago Grill, Union Station, Washington DC
  • When? : Saturday, July 21. 5 PM — until it ends
  • How? : See the directions.

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