This Is How You Do Friendsgiving!


So… I was originally going to write a blog post about how startup types, etc. can get in touch with the tech companies at RocketSpace since we’ve been getting tons of random walk-ins recently, but my new buddy Kien made this AMAAAAAZING (not enough A’s on this keyboard!) video documentary/lip-synch musical/interpretive dance scrapbook of the shenanigans and festivities that went down at Becky’s Friendsgiving up in Geyserville last weekend… and this just seemed so much more awesome than anything I could possibly write that I had to share it!

So crack a beer, sit on down on your couch, and get ready to dance along!

Friendsgiving 2014 // I Want You Back // Geyserville from Kien Lam on Vimeo.

#Speechless ๐Ÿ™‚

And if you want to find out more about the amazing Mr. Kien Lam, check out his Facebook page Kien Lam Photography and give it a like ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The SF International Tea Festival


The great thing about San Francisco… is that there are always fun festivals to attend on the weekend! Maker’s Fair last week, tea expo this week, and next week, a Friendsgiving up in Tahoe! It’s good to be young in SF ๐Ÿ™‚

The Ferry Building

The Ferry Building

Twin Soles was soooo amazing! Highly recommend them if you enjoy soft, soulful tunes ๐Ÿ™‚

This guy was so awesome! He knew anything and everything about tea :)

This guy was so awesome! He knew anything and everything about tea ๐Ÿ™‚

There were loads of adorable tea sets

There were loads of adorable tea sets

Do YOU know what biodynamic tea is? Think "organic 2.0"

Do YOU know what biodynamic tea is? Think “organic 2.0”

I loooove Bruce's ginger ale! They have it at the Imperial Tea Court, which was, coincidentally, at the stand right next door.

I loooove Bruce’s ginger ale! They have it at the Imperial Tea Court, which was, coincidentally, at the stand right next door.

Kitty tea steepers!

Kitty tea steepers!

Amazing Chinese tea set, right?

Amazing Chinese tea set, right?

Free tea cups!

Free tea cups!

There was a geisha making sencha from scratch!

There was a geisha making sencha from scratch!

The discipline of sadou :)

The discipline of sadou ๐Ÿ™‚

Because everyone needs chocolate to go with their tea ;)

Because everyone needs chocolate to go with their tea ๐Ÿ˜‰

We went on a little tour of the Ferry Building afterwards and stumbled upon this charming shop with cheddar biscuits. Yup! You read that correctly.

We went on a little tour of the Ferry Building afterwards and stumbled upon this charming shop with cheddar biscuits. Yup! You read that correctly.

And that’s it, folks!

A Little Anniversary Celebration


November 11, 2014 was officially my one year anniversary at RocketSpace, so I thought I would celebrate by looking up all the random photos I’ve been tweeted in. Sadly, I couldn’t find the older ones where visitors snapped shots of me at the front desk, but I still managed to find some fun ones ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s been a great year at RocketSpace! I recently managed to volunteer my way into a promotion (yay!), so feel free to send referrals my way. I’ll get to officially move into my new role once we bring someone new on board and get him or her all trained up ๐Ÿ˜‰ Friends can check out the job description here:ย Front of House Job Description – RocketSpace

And now, for the photos…

A little Team Tee Tuesday love ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the CyberZ USA gals!

On a side note, my good friend Anders is co-founder of the delectable Spicy Vines mulled wine company. Highly recommend you check them out and buy their wine! It’s delish ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time!

OK… so I kind of had to add this one retroactively O:)

Found another one!

KitTea, Where Cat and Tea Lovers Meet


Phelps discovering the wonders of tea.

Phelps discovering the wonders of tea.

First of all, thank you very much to the many friends who heard about KitTea, immediately thought of me, and sent me links to articles.

So what’s all this hullabaloo about KitTea KitTeaanywho? Sometime in summer of 2014, San Francisco will follow the example of cat lovers and tea afficionados in Japan and finally get its very own cat cafe.

A huge shout out to Courtney Hatt and David Braginsky, the founders, for working with local animals shelters to help cafe patrons adopt felines they develop a special bond with.

I’ll definitely be getting in line to sip some tea, nibble on sandwiches, and make some new purry friends once this place opens up!

KitTea has gotten a very nice amount of press already – check out these articles and their website to find out more:
Cat cafe, KitTea, sets sights on San Francisco [San Francisco Chronicle]
KitTea cat cafe welcomes feline friends [CNET]
Here Comes KitTea, San Francisco’s First Cat Cafeย [Eater SF]

Recruiting Lols, Episode 1: I want to code dinosaurs


I wanted to share the small little recruiting-oriented things that just brighten my day and figured the rest of you would get a kick out of it too.

To developers (especially the ones at Google, Zynga, AirBnb et co.) recruiters and sourcers must really seem like fruit flies. They come as soon as you find a nice, juicy piece of fruit and just won’t buzz off.

One more email and I WILL claw you!

I’ve seen some super nice, some passive aggressive, and some outright pissed off messages and attempts at letting us know they’d just like to be left alone and, even though the nice ones are nice, the funny ones are just glorious.

Thought it would only be appropriate to share one of those funny “buzz off” warnings as the first installment of my “Recruiting Lols” series. This was found on a LinkedIn profile.

Enjoy ;D

“In terms of job solicitations, I am only interested in positions that involve leveraging massive computational systems for the sole purpose of genetically engineering a dinosaur. I don’t have a specific preference for which species, or if it’s carnivorous or herbivorous.”ย 

~Anonymous Big Tech Company Engineer

Sad Day for Women in Tech: Adria Richards is Fired for Standing Up To Sexism at PyCon


Many great articles have been written about this sad (and what should be shocking, but, even more sadly, just isn’t anymore!) story, and I don’t believe I could write something even better, so I simply want to bring this to your attention if you haven’t read about it yet.

Here’s the short of it: Adria Richards, a formed developer evangelist at SendGrid, was fired for standing up to several rude men who were making sexist comments at PyCon. She took a picture of the men and tweeted it to PyCon, asking them to enforce their code of conduct (sexual harassment, duh), an internet meltdown endued and she ended up getting fired.

For more details, check out this article on Jezebel:

http://jezebel.com/5991792/woman-in-tech-tweets-about-sexist-dudes-in-tech-dude-get-fired-internet-meltdown-ensues

Sadly, it has been brought to my attention that I did not do my research! So much for reading with an appraising eye….

Thank you for pointing this out to me guys!

Facebook friends set me straights

Facebook friends set me straight