You don’t think you can have blue hair and work at Microsoft? Wrong. You don’t think you can have blue hair, be a writer not a hard core geek, and be successful working at Microsoft? Wrong again. Meet Ariel Meadow Stallings, the brains behind Microspotting, the blog that humanly tells human stories about all of us who work to make up the soft and the micro. We may be an empire, of sorts, but we’re not evil, and Ariel is here to prove it. And guess what? Everybody’s got a story. Whether you’re an Olympic hopeful, a Bollywood dancer, a Peruvian rock star, a Goth, the son of a former Nigerian president, or completely shrouded in mystery and anonymity (yes, Mini-Microsoft), Ariel spins the yarns of these diverse people who have lives beyond the hallowed halls of Microsoft, and those lives help make them better Microsoft employees. And does Ariel walk the talk herself? Damn right she does. Watch the interview to hear how she happily enjoys a job-share, runs the very successful Salon of Shame in town, and is author of the book and blog, Offbeat Bride. Ariel is the empire!