Category: about me

Jan 25 2009

25 things you might not know about me

I was tagged to do this on facebook, but since I have a blog, and my blog entries end up on facebook anyway….I’ll write it up here, and tag everyone there.

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with
25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose
25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I
tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these
instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag
25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

1. One of my favorite things to do is sleep all day, but I can rarely sleep past 9am anymore.

2. I am terrified of lightning.

3. I was a New York State certified EMT-D and rode on an ambulance corps for 5 years. I don’t remember much anymore, beyond ALS-CPR (which I will never forget) and basic first aid stuff.

4. My brother was born on Memorial Day. I was positive the parade for Memorial Day was actually a parade celebrating his birth.

5. I used to call the hospital every birthday to ask if I was old enough to be a candy striper yet. I was SO excited when they said yes, and was one until I left for college.

6. I am a published author in an MIT book on Women and Games. Looking back at it now, I like the content of my article, but think it was very poorly written.

7. I am a bread geek, and can go on and on and on about uses of different flours, sourdough, and fillers in bread, and what they do to the end result.

8. Kurt Cobain spit on me one week before he died. I still don’t really know why – he walked out of his hotel angry and spitting. I threw out the sweater as fast as I could take it off. Dave Grohl was very nice, though.

9. I am very hyperactive, and was tied to my chair by my second grade teacher for not sitting still. I was embarrassed by it, and my parents only found out when my best friend told my mom.

10. I can “speak” American Sign Language, but I forget more and more every day.

11. I love all things Broadway, and was part of Putnam County Spelling Bee when I got to be one of the people in the spelling bee. I was out in the first round, but at least I can say I’ve been on Broadway.

12. I have a lot of grey hair. It’s covered well.

13. When I was 4, I walked into my neighbor’s house and sat down at her piano to play. I didn’t know her, but she was a piano teacher and started teaching me. I stopped playing in high school, and just started playing again four years ago. It drives me nuts that I can’t do what I could do then, my head knows what to do, but my fingers can’t do it.

14. I built my first website ’96 at It was all about the X-Files, and “worked best in Netscape.”

15. I used to spend all day every Sunday at the library playing with their computers when I was in elementary school.

16. I become obsessed with things very easily.

17. I once got an A+ in a statistics class at NYU that I only went to twice. Once for midterm review, and once for the final review.

18. I love to write fiction. I think I’m damn good at it, and my secret fantasy is to publish someday.

19. I cannot handle silence. There always needs to be some background noise, doesn’t matter what it is, there just has to be something.

20. I am my own worst critic.

21. I worked in a cancer research lab in high school doing necropsies on rats and mice. I lost the job when New York passed a law saying that “children under 18 could not work in hazardous conditions.” I worked with formalin, so….I was crushed when I couldn’t work there anymore, I loved it.

22. I hate beer.

23. I have a huge collection of stuffed animals, and as much as I know I should get rid of some of them, I can’t decide which to give away. Every stuffed animal contains a memory.

24. I cannot live without a watch, which I wear on my right hand, even though I’m right handed.

25. My hands shake. My right hand shakes more than my left. It’s called “minor tremor,” according to doctors it is ‘harmless,’ and the only thing that stops it is alcohol.

Nov 26 2007

Me, Around the Web

People laugh at me when I tell them that I’m on every social network on earth, and that if I’m not on one, I sure should get on it soon. Not only do I actually enjoy seeing what’s out there – after all, I was a geek online like everyone else years before I started working online, albeit on BBS’ and Usenet instead of on the actual web – but it is part of my job to know what’s happening in the industry. What the hot new sites are, what isn’t hot. What features do people like where, what don’t they like. What are they saying…and so on. It’s all another way of trying to figure out what people want. And making things people want IS my job.

At some point I should make a list of all of my profiles everywhere, just for fun. But for now, here are links to sites I actually do use. :)


And a few links to very recently created spots that I’m still playing with:

Extravigator (I can’t find a profile URL for the life of me, but one guess what my name is)
Yahoo! Mash
MTV Think

Oh, and apologies in advance if all of the entries I did this past weekend via email republish in everyone’s RSS feeds now, but I noticed none of them have subject lines. I gotta fix it or else it’ll annoy me forever. :)

Nov 08 2007

I a Proud Fangirl

And I’ve been known to say as much when talking to companies. My coworkers my tease me, but when I’m a fan, I don’t deny it.

After all, when it comes to the Internet, before I am anything else, be that a blogger, an employee, a gamer, whatever�I am first and foremost a user.

That means that there are a number of websites that have become an important part of my daily routine, and it�s just weird to think about what life would be like if I somehow didn�t have them anymore.

The sites I use every day: (duh)

MyYahoo! (and the Yahoo! Widget that displays MyYahoo news on my desktop)

Gmail (although I�m starting to use the site less now that there�s imap)



Pownce (if the AIR app worked on my PC I wouldn�t use the site at all)


The sites I use �a lot,� meaning multiple times a week, but I won�t go into convulsions if I can�t see them for a day:

Demonoid (ahem)

IWantSandy ( ) This is quickly becoming a new favorite of mine. It�s silly, but it�s just handy to have �someone� remind you of random things daily.



What sites can�t you live without? Just sites, not blogs�I�ll do another entry listing out my favorite blogs.

Aug 06 2007

A Disclaimer

I always felt that this all kind of went unsaid, but I guess the distinction was easier when I had one work blog and one personal one. Now, this is all I have, and I have no intentions to start blogging for MySpace at the moment (who knows what may happen in the future). Anyway, here goes:

Content in this blog should in no way be taken to represent the opinion or policy of MySpace, Fox Interactive Media, or NewsCorp.

I write here for my own enjoyment, which is why the issues vary from social networking behavior to my hatred of LA, to pictures of my new cat. All personal ramblings. I may mention work on occasion, but believe me, I do so very carefully.

I also want to add (since the tone of this could be questionable), nobody asked me to do this. I’m writing this because I have been contacted multiple times now through here about MySpace, and want to ensure that anyone reading this understands that while I am a MySpace employee (and don’t really mind the work emails, I like that I get to meet new people), this is my personal blog and nothing I say here is to be viewed as coming from MySpace.

For your regularly scheduled blabber, quick bullet update:

  • I think I’m�getting used to LA – some guy�started yelling at me when I was getting gas yesterday and my reaction was just to laugh at him. I’m not sure why he started yelling, I think he was trying to cut through the gas station and I blocked him by (*horror*) GETTING GAS. I believe I’ve discovered that the only sane reaction to the insanity of LA is to laugh.
  • I have the cutest cat on earth and will post more pics as soon as I find my camera cord.
  • I got a sunburn on my arms doing errands on Saturday. I drove about 5 miles in total, and spent over an hour in the car. Looove traffic.
  • Had an LC sighting when I was getting my hair done last weekend. No cameras, nobody else, just LC.
  • Movies – disappointed by the Simpsons and Die Hard, loved Harry Potter (of course).
  • TV – addicted to Big Brother, love the 4400, love Eureka. I seem to be watching nearly all sci-fi at the moment.

And that’s all for now!

Jul 11 2007

And this is why I am afraid of lightning.

Burned jogger shows lightning, headphones don’t mix.

Apr 13 2007

Way overdue update.


Henry passed away on Wednesday morning. She lived with renal failure for four years – much longer than she ever was supposed to – so I did know this was going to happen at some point “soon.”

Tuesday night she stopped moving, and I just knew it was almost over. I had the entire night to say goodbye, and by morning, was ready to put her down if I had to. But I really, really didn’t want to, and it was like she knew that.

Wednesday morning, we went to the vet. We spent about 1/2 hr waiting to go into the exam room, during which every single person who worked there came over to pet Henry. She’s pretty memorable, the tiny black cat with the one kidney, and they all knew her well. Finally, I got into the exam room, took her out of her carrier, and sat down to wait for the doctor, just holding her. When the doctor walked in five minutes later, she was gone. I will miss her terribly, and am still coming to grips with this, but overall, I’m doing ok. Everything went about as perfectly as it could have, and I love Henry for that…she made things a lot easier on me. I got time to say goodbye, and didn’t have to put her down. Perfect.

I will update her website and catster profile at some point – right now it’s hard enough to put this in print here.

The other big news in my life is that I’m leaving AOL. Once again, I had one of those ‘offer I can’t refuse’ moments where I had a huge decision to make – move across the country (AGAIN!), take a new job with another company, or stay here where I’m comfortable. And once again, I couldn’t say no. It’s a great opportunity, and as much as I’m going to miss everyone here, I really do have to do this. If I didn’t, I’d spend my whole life wondering what could have happened, and I so can’t deal with that.

Since I’ve made the decision to take the other position and move to LA, things have fallen into place really well. It’s almost like this is fate, everything that ties me to this area has slowly gone away. For example:

– My boyfriend annoyed me enough that I didn’t want him to ever touch me again. After I jumped a foot in the air when he tried to hold my hand, we broke up.

– I bought a condo back in September that was going to be ready this September. One of my major stress points had been ‘how do I get out of the condo contract and get my money back.’ Well, the builder decided that it wasn’t economically viable to build an apartment complex at this time, and canceled the project. I will get every penny back, plus interest.

– My job. I personally hate when people quit and leave a mess behind them. But, I’m at a point where I think that I can leave all of my teams in pretty good shape, with work to do for the next month or two (at least). Enough to keep them going until I’m replaced. I really will miss everyone terribly, and don’t want to leave anything hanging.

– Cash flow (breaking a lease means potential for double rent, plus housing prices in LA are astronomical, I’m gonna need deposit money, and a move is expensive, even with the company moving me and everything). For the first time in my life I was able to deduct medical expenses (call it the “upside” of getting extremely sick in a year…I may have spent a small fortune on doctors and physical therapy, but it does come back to me) so I’m getting a nice refund.

– As sad as it is…Henry. I was really, really worried about how I was going to manage taking her to California. We’ve been through this twice already, but in the state she was in, trying to go 10 hours without water could have been fatal. That’s assuming the vet would have even signed off on it to begin with – you need a vet’s note clearing your pet before you can take them on a plane.

It is pretty remarkable to me how easily everything just solved itself. My only major thing I have yet to do is find an apartment. So, I’m going to LA in two weeks (I’m looking in the Santa Monica/West Hollywood/Marina del Ray area – any apt recommendations are totally appreciated), and I’m sure I’ll feel much better once I find a place.

I am very stressed, although I’m getting better, Henry was a huge part of that stress. I’d been waiting for this to happen for weeks now (I had a very strong feeling that Henry wouldn’t be making the LA trip with me), and being on deathwatch is just awful. Nobody should spend every night waking up every hour to make sure their pet is still alive. I slept REALLY well Wednesday night, then not at all last night, but I think I’m getting better, or at least, I may be at the point where sleeping pills will work again.

And that’s about it. I hate I hate I hate moving, but I’m trying to look at it as an opportunity to (once again) clean out my apartment, throw out old furniture, blah blah. I’m also finally moving somewhere where I actually know people, so that’s a nice change.

Now that I’m not scared to write in here, I’m sure I’ll be updating more. I just didn’t want to write anything for a while there…I was afraid I would either going to jinx the job thing, or didn’t want to put what was going on with Henry in print. Much better now.

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