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Monday, July 28th, 2014

The Day I Leave The Tech Industry

red curtain

I know that this will happen, that one day I will have had enough, and I will leave. It's something I think about on a regular basis, and wonder, what will I do after? Will I move to a cheaper city and make things, consult, and hope to make ends meet? Will I retreat still ...


Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

5 Guys You’ll Meet in the Tech Industry

lego men

The Faux Feminist This guy will tell you that he thinks there should be more women in tech, but balks at the idea of actually... doing anything about that, and any conversation on the topic somehow goes in the direction of what is fair for the men. He doesn't think there should be "special" scholarships for women, for ...


Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Passion and the Developer

danbo tightrope

I go to a startup event, and it's interesting to hear non-technical people talking about developers like over-priced commodities. L comes to me for advice, she's contemplating her next move and worrying about whether or not she feels passion for the project. C reads my blog, tells me that she can tell I'm passionate about writing from my writing. I say, "that doesn't ...


Monday, July 7th, 2014

I Used To Make Apps

sparkly elephant

In my copious amounts of spare time, I'm been playing with iOS lately (some actual coding posts coming soon, I hope). It's fun, how quickly I can pull together a framework for an app. The satisfaction of something appearing, that didn't used to be there. It's that feeling of making. I miss it. I miss the instant ...


Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The Care and Feeding of Interns

Mini Danbo Climbs the Hose

Internships are often billed as a "3 month job interview", but from the other side they are a 3 month stint in being a people manager, and the first opportunity people have to have a real impact on someone else's career. This can be in a good way - the internship that makes the intern feel ...


Friday, June 27th, 2014

Some Thoughts On Mentoring

quokka family

I'm lucky to have a large and broad network, internally and externally. Well, I say lucky. I work at it. I stay in touch, ping people to say hi, schedule lunches, arrange to meet up when I'm in the area, or they are in the area, ask how they are doing, take an interest in ...


Monday, June 16th, 2014

Making Someplace New, Home

tiny clay houses

I’ve had this conversation multiple times lately, so it’s time to document it. I feel like a hippocrite offering these observations, since I don’t feel at all at home in London yet, but at least I’m mindfully unhappy about it. Even somewhat 1-dimensional workaholics have multiple aspects to their lives (they normally have somewhere to sleep, ...


Friday, May 30th, 2014

On Appreciation

two ants

One of my friends laid down some wisdom recently, which they allowed me to post anonymously here with instructions that it was to be illustrated with a picture of ants. I hope it reverberates with you, as it did with me. We don't talk about the slow fade of being ignored, being unappreciated. This is a ...


Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Your Guide To Undermining Women Whilst Being “Nice”

Quicksand

With the rise of political correctness, it's become so much harder to undermine women. One can no longer tell her to get back in the kitchen, or express appreciation for her physical attributions through unsolicited touching. These things have - bizarrely - become frowned upon. Why does no-one have a sense of humour any more? This ...




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