I Am Erin Michael.

Published at Nov 18, 2015

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PRESENTATION OUTLINE

I WAS BORN IN 1984

IN HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

I GREW UP IN ORANGE COUNTY

WITH THREE YOUNGER SIBLINGS
Santa Ana, to be precise.
Photo by Rene Mensen

I WAS HOME-SCHOOLED

WHICH IS PROBABLY WHY MY EARLY 20'S WERE SO TERRIBLY AWKWARD
That was oh, about half of the kids I went to prom with. I'm the one in the back left, putting my hands in the air like I just don't care. Annnnnnd, that's my sister standing in front of me.

I WENT TO COLLEGE

TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE VIDEO GAMES
But the University of Redlands didn't have the most robust computer science department.
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I GRADUATED WITH HONORS

...IN PHOTOGRAPHY, AND A FEW FLASH GAMES UNDER MY BELT.
They're funny here, but those koi were actually a bit terrifying in their frantic attempts to get the little food bits tourists were buying at the Dole Plantation on Oahu.

OVER 25,000

PHOTOS I'VE TAKEN AND STORED ON MY COMPUTER:
Most of them, really, should be thrown out.
Photo by Matti Mattila

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And this is why.

I SPENT 3 YEARS ON THE EAST COAST

LEARNING WHAT SEASONS AND PIEROGIES ARE
If you've never had REAL pierogies (not the kind in the freezer section at the grocery store), you haven't lived.

THEN I MOVED TO SEATTLE

AND HAVE SPENT THE LAST 3 YEARS IN THE RAIN.
Photo by KellBailey

AND THE SNOW!

AND THE SUN.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, OUR SUMMERS ARE GORGEOUS.

HAIKU DECK

NOW, I WORK WITH THESE CRAZY PEOPLE AT

HAVING FUN

AND MAKING PRESENTATIONS FUN AT THE SAME TIME.
This is from when we won App of the Year at the 2013 Geekwire Awards!

A FEW MORE RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ME:

(Other than the obvious fact that I have a tattoo on my shoulder.)

I AM INSULIN RESISTANT

EVEN THOUGH I'D LOVE TO BE THE OPPOSITE
Does it stop me from eating sugar? No. Does it make me regret eating sugar? Oh, yes.

I HAVE A CLEFT CHIN

GO AHEAD. MAKE FUN OF IT. SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
I'll give you a hint at what happens: it makes you look desperate for a clever insult.

HALLOWEEN

IS MY FAVORITE DAY OF THE YEAR!!!

DAVID BOWIE IN LABYRINTH

I CAN JUGGLE CRYSTAL BALLS ALL FANCILY, LIKE
Oh, the things you learn when you're an outgoing but awkward 15 year old working at a Renaissance Faire...
Photo by eschipul

I SPEAK A FEW LANGUAGES

ENGLISH, SPANISH, ARABIC, GERMAN, LEARNING JAPANESE
This photo is from my rural homestay in Jordan, 2006.

THINGS I DO:

  • Sing
  • Draw
  • Write
  • Play the piano
  • Play video games

THINGS I DON'T DO:

  • Living far from the ocean
  • Musicals, generally
  • Country music, sorry
  • All the sports, pretty much
  • Penicillin, since I'd die

I HAVE SERIOUSLY CRAZY DREAMS

BOTH WHEN I'M ASLEEP, AND IN REAL LIFE

WE'LL SEE HOW MANY COME TRUE.

I HOPE ONE DAY I FIGURE OUT HOW TO FLY, THOUGH.
I do have a recurring dream where Danny DeVito teaches me how to fly, and scolds me for having forgotten upon waking the last 20 times he's taught me.
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