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Monday, January 5th, 2015

Working for Free

Tax Time

My strategy for painlessly saving a year of living costs: Have a well-paying corporate job. Live in a series of socialist countries. Neglect to file tax returns. File them all in a rush in the couple of months as you finalise your plans for leaving aforementioned corporate job. Cash the cheques as they arrive from various governments. OK, this strategy won't work for ...


Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

It’s Not an Asshole Problem—It’s a Bystander Problem

Arriving to My New Home by aksarnerk

A man left an obnoxious comment in a professional document. A more senior man noticed the comment and replied, “<sigh>”, signifying—I think—that he had seen it, and that he didn’t think it was funny. But he didn’t actually address the comment being there, and so it remained there for me to discover several months later. I ...


Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Corporate Feminism and Thankless Emotional Labour

Credit: Open Clip Art / CyberScooty

I have been using the phrase "Corporate Feminism" to mean Company-Focused Diversity work, typically pipeline based. There have been other uses of this, much of it critique of Sheryl Sandberg including this analysis from a racial perspective.  I don't think we have an "official" definition and so hope that explains how I am using it here. If you ...


Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Three Tactics that Block Women from Getting Ahead

Three Little Boys, Ashdale Gill

1. Undermine and Critique Step 1: Make it really hard for her to achieve something. Step 2: Make completely reasonable comments about her progress. E.g. Nitpick every detail, force her to prove that your suggestions can't be done. Then complain she is not faster. E.g. Avoid telling her key information up front. When it is discovered later, say it ...


Monday, October 13th, 2014

Tweeting Shit That Men Say

Put that in your pipe and set yourself on fire (OK), put that in your pipe and I will set you on fire (no)

Background: Last week was GHC, it included a Male Allies panel (live streamed) and a male keynote event (available to watch online). I tweeted a lot (with others) and wrote a couple of things. The Male Allies panel was followed by a reverse "you talk we listen" event. There was also a Male Allies Focus group ...


Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Male Allies and GHC

strings of a broken heart

This year will be my 5th year at GHC (Grace Hopper Celebration, the annual conference for technical women from the Anita Borg Institute), my first speaking, and my first in my new post-corporate-job life. It's been blocked on my calendar since last year, and there has been a long lead time, which means I made the ...


Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Learning What Not To Do Doesn’t Teach You All That Much

quiet empty space

Early on in my career, I worked on something that shipped without tests. And I learned something important: That's a bad idea. To frame it positively, I learned that any tests were better than no tests. And so I went away and read things, talked to people, and experimented. And over time I've learned a lot and mastered ...


Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Things To Write When I’ve Nothing To Say

chaos tree

I've had horrible writers block lately. The list of things I can't write yet (or maybe ever) drowns out the things I would like to. And so a Deadline Looms because according to the schedule I'm due to write something and I sit with my laptop open, a blank screen in front of me, and try ...


Friday, September 19th, 2014

Book: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

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I really, really enjoyed The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers (Amazon). So much so that I read the whole thing in a day (something I regularly do with novels, but not so regularly with non-fiction). It's compelling because it's about difficult answers to shitty situations. Because it's so ...




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