Many moons ago, I was a Girl Scout, collecting badges for my sash in Brownies and then for my vest in Juniors. But once the troop dissolved, I stopped earning badges.

Here I am decades later, now collecting badges on my blog’s sidebar. So what’s the deal with the badges? Here we go:

Sarah's Test Tag

This isn’t a badge, although it appears with my badges. This is one of the Microsoft Tags that I’ve created, and I will unpassword it when the timing is right. For a very informative post on Microsoft Tag and some of its capabilities, check out Jeff Blankenburg’s post on Microsoft Tag.

Ignite Cleveland

On Saturday, February 28th, I will be speaking at the first Ignite Cleveland. With an Ignite event, you have 20 slides, 15 seconds each, for a total of 5 minutes. The title of my talk is “Marketing Your Event Online”. In my 5 minutes, I will be showing some of the tools to market events online – including Eventful, CrowdVine, Meetup, and Twitter. While showing off the tools, I will be mentioning effective ways of using them and some of the local companies that are using these tools. I’ve been mentioning this event on Cleveland Tech Events and as clevtechevents on Twitter.

PyCon 2009

On Sunday, March 29th, I will be in Chicago, speaking about IronPython at PyCon. I’m looking forward to hearing some of the Python and IronPython talks, and I look forward to meeting more people there.

Central Ohio Day of .NET

On Saturday, April 18th, I will be in Wilmington, Ohio for Central Ohio Day of .NET. I’ve submitted talks on Iron Python, SQL 2008 data types, and XAML, but their call for speakers is open a bit longer, so I won’t know if any of the talks will be accepted for awhile yet. I know of another IronPython talk being submitted by Darrell Hawley, and if both of our talks get accepted, I’d recommend checking them both out – I’m hoping to do a “look at the cool things you can do with IronPython” kind of talk, whereas he’s hoping to showing off some of the tools to use with it and how to get into debugging and stuff.

Even if my talks don’t get accepted, I plan on being at Central Ohio Day of .NET and hope to see you there!


If you want to hear me talk on anything, check out my list of presentation abstracts. IronPython, databases in general, and social networking are the main things that I like talking about, but I’m always looking into new technology and may add more to my list of interests. Drop me an email at sarah at codinggeekette dot com if you want to hear me speak!