Posts Tagged ‘ignite’

Ignite Seattle 7 Complete with Food Enthusiasts

August 4, 2009

Note:  I’ll come back and add links to the YouTube videos of these talks as soon as they’re posted.

Of course everyone knows geeks are smart, but they are also funny, quick-witted, compassionate and often times serious foodies.  This round of Ignite speakers had all of these attributes wrapped in delicious 5-minute packages.  Of course my favorite two talks were Matthew Amster-Burton’s What is Baby Food? and Vanessa Fox’s Life’s Too Short To Eat Bad Food.

Everyone assumes since I’m a cook and new mom that I spend my days slaving over pots and strainers making home-made purees for my baby.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  When Rodger’s not having my nutritious breast milk, he eats right off my plate.  Sometimes I wonder where to draw the line though.  Spicy foods?  Sushi?  Seattle food writer Matthew Amster-Burton told us how he fed all these things to his kids and more.

If you’re looking for easy ways to entertain, check out SEO expert Vanessa Fox’s talk.  To be honest, I was a little bummed she wasn’t going to be presenting on search engine optimization, but then she gave such an informative food talk I forgave her.  : )  Here are some of her tips (I’ll add more once the videos are posted):

  • Make you guests do the work by serving pita pockets, burgers and the like
  • Bread has to be sliced, crackers don’t

Here’s a pic from my camera phone of everyone playing a massive game of rock-paper-scissors before the talks began:

Ignite Seattle 7

Here were my other favorite talks, in no particular order:

Elan Lee (elanlee) – I Wish I Was Taller

Yoram BaumanPrinciples of economics, translated

Lauren Bricker (brickware) – Geek Generation

Rob GruhlHow to Take Better Pictures

Todd Sawicki (sawickipedia) – How I learned to Appreciate Dance Being Married to a Ballerina

And finally, a note about the venue.  I’ve heard many complaits about lack of AC at King Cat.  While that’s true and it’s also true that I had to enter from a door around the back because the front was a bar and I had baby Rodger with me (thanks for protecting us from ourselves archaic WA liquor laws), I thought it was a huge improvement over CHAC.  Sorry to knock this classic Seattle joint, but I always left there with a migraine.  King Kat also had much better seating and parking was a cinch.


OT: Sanity Hacks of a Stay at Home Mom

August 4, 2009

Looking for the foodie videos from last night’s Ignite event, I ran across fellow blogger and friend Jen Zug‘s Ignite talk from April:  “Sanity Hacks of a Stay at Home Mom.”  It seemed particularly relevant as I watched it while trying to get my 9 month old to stop eating the carpet.

One of my favorite points:  “Find the right venture capitalist.”  Here’s mine: