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Jason Preston

What do ancient curses and fairy tales have to do with everyday life? Are there actually lessons to be learned? Here’s what Abigail thinks.

“Once upon a time a girl moved to the big city because she liked the music scene that had been popular there almost 20 years before and because she figured it was as good a place as any to learn how to be a grown up. Sometimes the absurdity of ancient adventures is just the thing we all need to remind us that life does not move in straight lines.”

Abigail Anderson is a singer-songwriter. You can check out more about her at foxandphoenixrecords.com

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If you’ve ever wondered about what it’s like to run for political office, Noel Frame offers a five-minute glimpse into the life, and a few great tips on running your own campaign.

“In this talk I will break down the scary, overwhelming, black box that is running for office, by walking the audience through a handful of easy steps. 1) Pick a community, 2) Get involved, 3) Make sure “people in the know” know who you are, 4) Be ready to capture opportunity, 5) Go for it!”

Noel Frame ran for State Representative in District 36 in 2012. She is currently a Directory at Progressive Majority of Washington.

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What are the odds that Star Wars and Islam have much in common? Never quote me the odds.

“As an avid Star Wars fan for as long as I can remember and a Muslim, I’ve found some formidable similarities between the two. So much so, that I believe Islam, as it truly is– sans the media spin on it, can be perfectly explained by the Star Wars ethos.”

Husayn Raza is the Interactive Art Director at Publicis Seattle.

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When someone says “change all your passwords,” do you do it? Did you laugh after reading that sentence? Arcadiy tells us why this is sooooo hard, and what we might be able to do about it.

“When vast swaths of the internet have their security breached, like in the recent Heartbleed bug, everyone shouts: “Change all your passwords!” And then, because it’s a colossal pain in the butt, no one actually does. What if it wasn’t a pain in the butt, though?”

Arcadiy Kantor is a Progam Manager at Microsoft. He writes about identity and technology.

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Anyone who knows Shauna Causey in Seattle today would never have guessed that she faced a crippling fear of public speaking for years. One of Seattle’s iconic presences and very regular speakers, Shauna conquered her fear of public speaking by brute force: say “Yes” to speaking opportunities for one year.

Shauna’s year long experience left her with a set of lessons and stories for confronting a fear of public speaking. She shares these tips on stage, including:

  • Take honest feedback honestly
  • Acknowledge hecklers and move on
  • Practice in front of a wall full a sticky notes with eyes on them

For the full story, be sure to watch her talk:

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