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Cartography conference talk

By kate on November 19th, 2017

Last month, I gave a presentation at the annual NACIS (North American Cartographic Information Society) conference in Montreal. The Journey from Raster to Vector Basemaps with ArcGIS Esri customers are watching companies like Mapbox dazzle the cartographic world with vector tile mapping and wondering when the benefits of vector tiles will be within reach. Now […]

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Winning GIS Presentation

By kate on May 7th, 2015

This week, I attended the GIS in Action conference and competed in the Dick Thomas Memorial Student Presentation Competition. I’m excited to say that my project won first place! We presented the work we did for the Washington Poison Center: analyzing their call data, then creating static, animated, and interactive maps they can use for […]

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Urbanspoon (and I) oppose SOPA

By kate on January 18th, 2012

[I’m honored to be the one asked to write my company’s blog post for today’s SOPA/PIPA blackout. I’m re-printing it here.] Why Can’t I See Reviews on Urbanspoon? Today on Urbanspoon, you’ll notice that some content in the United States has been blacked out. We’re making this dramatic gesture to illustrate what might happen to […]

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Where should we eat tonight?

By kate on May 12th, 2009

As a Blackberry user, I’ve long been jealous of Urbanspoon‘s excellent iPhone application, which includes a slot-machine randomizer to help you decide upon a restaurant. While it’s still not available on the Blackberry (despite my pleas), anyone with a Flash-enabled browser can now use the slot machine! The Urbanspoon restaurant picker requires the Adobe Flash […]

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Dream job: Alpha Tester

By kate on February 8th, 2008

My network of ex-Jobster colleagues contains an unusually large number of small startups. I can count about 14 startups that have been founded or co-founded by ex-Jobsters, and many others who employ ex-Jobsters. Because of my connections at these new ventures, I’ve had the opportunity lately to do some alpha and beta testing, and have […]

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Is your company hiring?

By kate on January 5th, 2007

As you have probably heard, my company laid off 60 people this week. I escaped the ax, but many of my very talented colleagues did not.   As even our CEO says, the layoffs were not because of poor performance, but a restructuring of the company’s strategy. There are now 60 great people out there, […]

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No more pencils, no more books, no more boss’s dirty looks!

By kate on March 1st, 2006

My last day of work was yesterday, and it really feels like summer vacation. I should have at least a few days to relax and enjoy the time off. This weekend, there’ll be some hard work as we will finally be able to move some furniture and things into the basement (it will be mostly […]

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More open jobs at Jobster

By kate on August 3rd, 2005

If you or anyone you know know might be good at these jobs (both technical and non-technical), check it out. Don’t miss the chance to work at such a great company!   Jobster is hiring: Software Developer, Web UIPerl Software Developer, Search Recruiter Support SpecialistAccount ManagerStrategic Account Manager   We’re also looking for a Help […]

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Living a secret double life

By kate on August 2nd, 2005

Even though Steve and I have become pretty open about the pregnancy with our friends, I’m still keeping it a secret at work. I’m not sure why, exactly; it seems like that’s what you’re supposed to do.   Unlike some people, I’m not really worried about how they’ll react. I’m fairly sure that I’m an […]

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Looking for Linux gurus!

By kate on July 26th, 2005

My team at Jobster needs a Linux expert. Know anyone good?   Jobster is looking for a Linux System Engineer View job

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By kate on July 7th, 2005

This morning, I was grabbed immediately to work on a tech issue that lasted all morning (and still isn’t completely fixed). As a result, I got grumpy and felt overwhelmed. Is this pregnancy-enhanced moodiness? Or is it normal, given the circumstances? I can’t really tell. After taking a lunch break to surf blogs, I felt […]

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Jobster opening

By kate on May 27th, 2005

My company, Jobster, just released a minor update to our service which allows people to post a link to job openings on blogs and websites. Very cool!   We have a current opening for a web producer:   Jobster is hiring! View job

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Name dropping… er, “sharing”

By kate on May 4th, 2005

Thanks to my job at a software startup in the “folksonomy” and social networking arena, I’ve been paying more attention to the interesting new websites out there. Suddenly, I find myself mentioning my new finds to people on a pretty much daily basis. I thought it might be worthwhile to make a list of all […]

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Moving boxes?

By kate on February 10th, 2005

Does anyone need moving boxes? My company just ordered a ton of new computer equipment, which came in various sizes of sturdy cardboard boxes. They’re all going to be recycled soon (probably tonight), so let me know if you want any.

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By kate on January 28th, 2005

If you haven’t heard from me recently, it’s because my new job is keeping me super busy. It’s a really great job and I like it, so no worries. I apologize if you’ve been waiting for me to get back to you about something. Feel free to ping me again (I won’t take offense). Also, […]

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