Three Things I Love About You: Get Geeky, Find a Room of Your Own (Part Eight)

These days, everything is customizable - whether you're buying a new computer, ordering a meal or getting clothes tailored - nearly everything custom-fits us and our lifestyles. And BlogHer '09 is no different. How? Well, besides offering 24 pre-programmed sessions on our agenda, we're holding two full tracks (that's 12 sessions!) of Room of Your Own panels. PLUS we're offering two full days of non-stop geeking and technology help in our Geek Lab. What's more, we're asking YOU to help us customize the agenda by voting on your favorite session proposals.   ...more

Hi Myrna, 

Here is a link to the blog badge - is that what you meant? If not, email me ...more

Is higher ed accessible?

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, and I had the privilege of accompanying an academic mentor and friend of mine, Catherine Kudlick, a professor who is partially sighted and who is a superstar in the academic world of disability studies--you can read her insightful essay on blind boot camp to get a sense of her thoughtfulness about blindness and gender. ...more

This area is one of my great interests, and some of the people I've known and admired for years ...more

Earth Hour, Conficker Worm, Follow Pothos the Plant on Twitter

The third Earth Hour event is here. It is set for today (Saturday, March 28, 2009). You can find out more at Earth Hour. Although I've seen claims on the eco-blogs that burning three candles during the hour when your lights are off would create as much CO2 as using electric energy saving lights, the point is not about creating less CO2 for that hour, but about indicating support for the effort to halt climate change. It's a massive show of support for change and it's earthwide. ...more

I agree. It is action for change like Earth hour that bring things to a tipping point. While ...more

Three Things I Love About You: Get Geeky, Find a Room of Your Own (Part Seven)

There's just over a month remaining before polling shuts down in the Geek Lab and Room of Your Own sessions. Have you participated yet? Whether you're keen on sharing your passions with others, or love using your voice to help plan conference sessions, we need your help! There's still time to propose ideas and vote on panels, so follow the links in this post and visit the polls today! ...more

Ada Lovelace Day: Stephanie Troeth

Stephanie Troeth is my pick for the woman in technology to honor on Ada Lovelace Day. I first became aware of her through her work with the Web Standards Project. Ada Lovelace Day is a concept that began as a pledge to blog about a woman in techology whom you admire on March 24. The catch was that it would only happen if at least 1000 other people took the pledge to blog about a woman they admire on that day, too. The goal of 1000 pledges was reached and surpassed quickly. The last total I saw was 1,527. ...more

I was hoping people would chime in with the names of the women they honored.

The technorati ...more

Technology News for Short Attention Spans

A few news flashes about the week in technology for those who only need the high points. There was a gathering of about 10,000 close friends who wanted to discuss technology in Austin last weekend. You may have noticed a few BlogHers writing about SXSW. If you missed the whole thing, you can find Podcasts and Videos of the talks at the SXSW site. BlogHer posts about SXSW include - Not Eating Out in New York ...more

when you realize that Sarah is the master of technology and seeing her doing something analog is ...more

No dogs, no guns…no Internet

A few years ago, when my daughter was in her first month in Kindergarten, I got a call from another mom asking about a play date. Not knowing the family very well, I hesitated. Sensing some doubt, she proceeded to announce: “Oh don’t worry, there are no dogs and no guns in my house!” Not at all what I was thinking but I felt relief nonetheless. ...more

Three Things I Love About You: Get Geeky, Find a Room of Your Own (Part Six)

So this summer you're going to BlogHer with a thousand of your closest friends (okay, fine - maybe they're not all your closest friends yet, but just wait until the end of the conference, when you're giving last hugs goodbye and hoping you run into more BlogHers and BlogHims while at the airport). We undestand that while you're at the conference, you want to make sure you get the most bang for your BlogHer buck. And that's why we create so many different types of sessions each year, so we can make sure there's something for everyone. Between the Geek Lab, which is perfect for both advanced bloggers with technical interests and new bloggers with tons of questions, and the Room of Your Own track, where attendees speak out about what they're most passionate about, BlogHer '09 is serving up LOTS of bang. And just to whet your appetite, I've outlined a few of the Geek Lab and Room of Your Own sessions below. ...more

jes, thanks for highlighting my session proposal.

As bloggers we're all pitched to and ...more

Don’t Play Catch Up

Not a day goes by when I don’t get a call from a friend, relative or neighbor with a question about kids and technology. Tech can truly be a 10-headed monster for some parents, who have either experienced an unpleasant episode with one of their kids or have heard of someone else who did. ...more

This post should be required reading for every parent. You've approached a very touchy subject ...more

Three Things I Love About You: Get Geeky, Find a Room of Your Own (Part Five)

I'm going to let you in on a little known fact, and I hope you'll tell all your friends. You may not know this, but often some of the Room of Your Own sessions are BlogHer's best kept conference secrets. It's where MommyBlogging got its start at our first conference in 2005, and where, in 2008, high-ranking advisors from both the McCain and Obama campaigns discussed which candidate is better for women like us. Combine a host of offerings from the Geek Lab track with a handful of Room of Your Own sessions and you'll find that BlogHer '09 has just about every type of session or meetup you could want. In true secret-sharing style, I'm here to give you the dirt on a few of these sessions that are up for grabs. ...more

Oooh, great suggestion. I'm off to check out what's new in the Geek Lab and Room of Your Own ...more