Taking a break…in Ireland!

I'm looking forward to exploring Galway on my own. Looks like my kind of town!

I’m looking forward to exploring Galway on my own. Looks like my kind of town!

Hello readers,

As of the date this post is published, I will be taking a bit of a break here for a while. As I write this, I’m about to leave today for a 10 day trip to Ireland. I’ll be in Dublin for half the week, and then in Galway and the Aran Islands for the other half of the week. I’m very excited, and even a little nervous. I haven’t been out of the US since September 2000, and Ireland is a new country for me to visit. I’m sure I’ll get over the culture shock quickly, and I usually understand the accent as I have my GPS set to an Irish male voice speaking. ;-)

Understandably, this is the first real vacation I’ve taken where there’s no husband or son, and no tech comm conference involved in many years! The history geek in me is going to be let loose to enjoy and soak up the culture! While there, I will still have my handy-dandy iPad, and if inspiration hits to write a blog post or curate a cool article, I will. But it’s not a high priority. I’ll also have my handy iPhone, and I’m planning on taking plenty of photos and video, and most likely much of it will end up on social media.

I’m still waiting for my final grade for my Rutgers course. I still haven’t heard back, and I think much of it has to do with Rutgers’ servers going down for long stretches this past week due to cyber-attacks. (That’s very reassuring, isn’t it?)

I also have a lot of exciting things going  on once I return from my trip coming up, which I’ll discuss more when I get back. Some of the news isn’t official yet, so I have to wait to say anything, but I’m anxious to share with you!

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Salthill beach, here I come!

So, enjoy your first half of May 2015. I’ll be missing the warm weather of New Jersey and the late arrival of Spring while it’s expected to be cooler and rainy in Ireland. I guess the tradeoff is that even in the cooler weather, Galway City is just a 20 minute walk to the beach, so I can literally saying that I plan to have some beach time! :-D It’s time for some rest and relaxation–the rest of 2015 is going to be busy, so I need to re-charge and clear my brain for a bit!

Talk to you soon!

 

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You can now embed and play MS-DOS games directly in a tweet

The Internet Archive’s treasure trove of MS-DOS computer games can be embedded and played in tweets, in addition to your browser.

Source: venturebeat.com

Here’s some geeky goodness. Why am I posting this here? Because I can. 

 

Enjoy. 

–techcommgeekmom

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Why Microsoft HoloLens could succeed where Glass failed

The device gives apps a lot more control.

Source: www.businessinsider.com

Thanks to Adam Helweh for finding this article. My first impression, when I initially heard about HoloLens, was that it was definitely different from Google Glass. It seemed like this would be a game-changer as compared to Glass, and it seemed to have more realistic expectations on how it would be used. 

 

In reading this article, it sounds like my hunches are turning out to be correct. It’s good to hear that developers are seeing good things and are more excited and anxious to work on HoloLens. 

 

Read the article, and tell me what you think in the comments below. Will HoloLens be a game changer?

–techcommgeekmom

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The Content Strategy of Marvel

David Dylan Thomas has done it again! And I think he’s trying to appeal to my geeky side. (Although truth be told, while I definitely enjoy Marvel Comics, I tend to be more of a DC Comics kind of gal…) I’m thinking, after watching this, that my beloved DC Comics is trying to take a page out of Marvel’s playbook content strategy with some of the things they are planning in the movies and in television.

Watch David in this video–geeky genius!

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Content Content Podcast – Fire fingers featuring Danielle Villegas – episode 3

fast-typing-fingersEd Marsh of ContentContent has a new podcast out, and it features me! Who would’ve guessed? Ed and I recorded this on April 11, 2015, and had a great time recording our conversation. We could’ve gone on for hours! (Or at least I could’ve gone on for hours, LOL.)

Check out the podcast, and be sure to check out more of what Ed has on ContentContent. He’s got good stuff there! Enjoy!

Content Content Podcast – Fire fingers featuring Danielle Villegas – episode 3

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Why do ambitious women have flat heads?

Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women …

Source: www.ted.com

Thanks to Yvonne Wade Sanchez for posting this on the Women in TechComm group on Facebook. 

 

Dame "Steve" is my new heroine. From one autism mom to another, thank you for doing all that you do to break down walls as an advocate for women in IT as well as an advocate for autism needs. You show us how it really should’ve been done all along, and you did it well before anyone else. 

 

Take the 13:39 minutes to watch this. Fantastic story and person. 

–techcommgeekmom

 

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The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts

How does the U.S. compare to the world in terms of language diversity?

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

This is a really excellent article about world languages. When thinking about your global strategy, this could be a big help with understanding where to translate, or rather, what languages you’d be best to translate to in order to reach the widest audience. I knew English was not the most spoken, but it’s interesting to see it’s the most studied as a second language. 

 

The images in this helped this point hit home for me. Let me know what you think. 

–techcommgeekmom

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