Archive for September, 2010

I received a phone call from my Portland, Oregon-based friend, George, with a spontaneous invitation to attend the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games in Canada. How could I turn that down? A couple of days later, we were on the road to Canada. (more…)


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Also in January, my sly boyfriend surprised me with a trip to Friday Harbor via sea plane. Friday Harbor is located on San Juan Island, one of a series of islands in the collective “San Juan Islands,” located off the coast of Washington state. As the islands progress north, into Canada, they become the “Gulf Islands.” (more…)

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In January/February, we also did a tour to visit some of our game partners in New York and California. It was, again, a whirlwind of travel. I ended up with strep throat and my partner, Sarita, caught pneumonia. We’re a great duo!

It’s always nice to see the offices where our partners work, since we e-mail almost daily with one another. This was my first time to the new iWin office in San Francisco, to the Reflexive (Amazon) office in Lake Forest, and to Oberon in Manhattan.

Attached is a photo of the amazing view of the Statue of Liberty from the Oberon office. A beautiful view and excellent weather for February in New York City!

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After a quick holiday season in Seattle, it was time for the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January. CES is an absolutely enormous show that highlights all of the hottest tech gadgets and trends, and is known for having a huge party scene (as one might imagine happens when large corporations like Microsoft host parties in Vegas). (more…)

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The day I got back from Kyiv, I was off to Brazil – this trip was for vacation. The trip to Porto Alegre, Brazil took about 30 hours from Seattle. You can imagine the confusion my body felt with all the time zone changes. Zzz! But, December in the US is springtime in Brazil – definitely something to look forward to after snowy Kyiv.

Brazil is one of the most rapidly evolving technology hubs. As Bloomberg News reported this week: “Brazil, Russia, India, China and Indonesia will double their Internet users to 1.2 billion by 2015, fueling growth at media companies and phone carriers, according to Boston Consulting Group Inc.” (more…)

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Guess where I was on December 3-7, 2009? I was back in Kyiv, Ukraine by way of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport! I traveled alone this time, to attend the Flash games conference, Flash GAMM Kyiv. Having been to Kyiv before, it was nice to know what to expect at the airport/customs.

Flash GAMM focuses on web games and, again, takes advantage of the numerous game developers in Eastern Europe. Many game developers are looking at the online games space as a new venue for business and as an opportunity to diversify from simply offering download games. We offer Flash games on the GameHouse Online Games section of our site. These games are traditionally free to the player, but supported by in-game advertising. (more…)

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On November 29, 2009, I ran my third half-marathon, the Seattle Marathon half (2:02:42). My first was the Kirkland Half Marathon (2:04:05) in May 2009, followed by the Rock n Roll Seattle half in June 2009. All of my runs have been done wearing my favorite Brooks Adrenaline running shoes. Brooks Adrenaline are the Best running shoe I have ever tried: they aren’t too narrow, they have nice support (and room for orthodics) and they are SO light weight!

It was difficult to train for the run due to our international business travel, and my coursework for the Master of Communication in Digital Media program at the University of Washington.

Fortunately, I had fun coworkers, Tiffany and Oona, to run with, despite the cold November weather. It is a notoriously hilly course, but we lucked out with mostly-dry weather. In previous years, there has been snow during this run!

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