Madam Geek…

Finding the geek in every woman

Angel on MXit supports over 23,000 (via RLabs) June 17, 2010

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Guest post by RLabs.

Another exciting project that RLabs have been involved in has been the Angel on MXit project where we offer people support and advice in the areas of substance abuse, abuse, depression, debt counselling,stress and coping via their mobile phones. This partnership with MXit Lifestyle will allow us to scale our services and also provide much needed access to all MXit users. The Angel project allows MXit users to “find their Angel” where they can get help for the social issue they are dealing with.

Over the next few weeks we will increase the capacity of our mobile counselling support centre and grow it to support thousands of MXit users across South Africa. Since starting our new campaign yesterday we’ve already attracted more than 23,000 users to the service.


Is it too cold to blog?

Filed under: Madam Geek,She's the Geek — madamgeek @ 6:58 pm
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Is it really too cold to blog? I haven’t blogged in just about a week.

I spent the last part of my day chatting to my friend Monique or as the world knows her She’s the Geek. We had an interesting chat and as always I left with my head full of stuff. She mentioned that I haven’t been that active on Social Networks and I mentioned that she has been quiet. Even Marlon kept asking me when last I blogged? So my answer to both of them was that I haven’t felt inspired.

I only write and share my thoughts when I feel I have something to write about and have sonething worth sharing.

When I asked Monique why she’s been quiet she said: “it’s too cold to blog”.

On my way home I kept thinking about this. What makes us stop doing what we normally love doing for a while? Is it too ‘cold’ to blog, get on a social network (like twitter, facebook, gtalk, skype), be sociable, put yourself out there? Well ‘cold’ could mean different things to different people or in different situations. And yes sometimes it is too ‘cold’. Sometimes it’s ok to shut down and just be! Nothing lasts, it has to get warmer sooner or later.

So as I’m heating up (literally as I’m sitting next to the fire) and felt inspired to blog tonight after a whole week of not even visiting my blog, I would like to thank my friend for listening to me whine about where I am at and what’s frustrating me right now.

I do feel so much better and feeling inspired right now. So to everyone out there feeling ‘cold’, don’t worry you will heat up and find your groove again!

So to answer the question: Is it too cold to blog? Yes, sometimes it is!


Fire, #WC2010, friends, cake and tea June 10, 2010

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What happens when you have in the same room: fire, friends, world cup fever on the TV, cakes and tea and coffee?

An enjoyable warm, cosy and relaxing evening.

It’s Winter in Cape Town and everyone is excited all over South Africa for the start of the World Cup tomorrow.

We have a couple of friends over tonight. A long overdue visit. Marlon made a fire and served us some tea with the cakes. And now we watching the World Cup Kick Off Concert on TV.

Interesting music and artists. Happy World Cup Fever!

Here are some pics of our evening.


RLabs Director Doing Twitter June 9, 2010

Guest Post by: Kingross

This past weekend in the RLabs space we had social media training for our moms called Mom3.0. This session was facilitated by RLabs director Rene Parker (Madam Geek)and Monique Theron (She’s the Geek). The session was a follow up on twitter and telling the ladies about the twitter applications that is available (hootsuite, tweetdeck).

She's the Geek and MadamGeek

We also had a special guest with us the Veera Uusoksa the CEO of  The Penguin Trail project. The Penguin Trail is an initiative taken up by two ladies journeying from Cape – Cairo. While on this journey they are empowering communities using open source software. The Penguin Trail Cape To Cairo will start 2011.


I am Woman, Watch me Tweet! June 4, 2010

Filed under: Madam Geek,RLabs,She's the Geek — madamgeek @ 2:08 pm
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Madam Geek and She’s the Geek is sitting around and geeking off. After much deliberation and discussion over whether a blog post of less than 140 characters is a blog post or a tweet? As Twitter is a micro blogging tool can you micro blog on a blog? Ok, we have decided to leave the answers to these questions to our readers.

On 26th May 2010 She’s the Geek published an article titled: Tweets by Gender. So the finding is that women tweet more than men.

At the same time RLabs had a Mom3.0 Cafe Session and interveiwed some of the women about the session as they were just introduced to Twitter for the very first time. Below is video of the one of the moms that is part of the Mom3.0 Cafe Sessions that is hosted by RLabs.

Here we are talking about Twitter and women and at the same time we have a woman who was just introduced to Twitter for the first time and suggests that: “each and every woman on this planet should use Twitter!”

I am Woman, Watch me Tweet!


Random Blogging

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Decided to follow iGeek’s tips from Saturday’s session at RLabs and explore some links he left with us. So while signing up for Pay per post apparently one of the steps is to insert a piece of text into your blog for them to verify that you own the blog.

So my piece of text reads: Trim it down to size with a high priority device

Let’s see if this works!


Can anything good come from the Cape Flats? (via From the balcony…) June 3, 2010

So now I’m playing around with some more reblogging and came across this post.
Happy reading.
Yours truly,
Madam Geek

Can anything good come from the Cape Flats? Wikipedia descibes The Cape Flats as: "The Cape Flats (Afrikaans: Die Kaapse Vlakte) is an expansive, low-lying, flat area situated to the southeast of the central business district of Cape Town. To most people in Cape Town, the area is known simply as 'The Flats'. Described by some as 'apartheid's dumping ground', from the 1950's the area became home to people the apartheid government designated as non-White. Race-based legislation such as the G … Read More

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