Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

Emotional Women Have Context


Do you remember the thing at Pycon, earlier this year? I'm not going to write specifically what, because I don't want to linkbait. But if you are on Twitter and follow any technical women... I'm sure you saw it. It seemed like in the end, the consensus on the Internet (which I do not agree with), ...

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

3 Things I Learned on my Burnout Break

Piedras de primavera, spring stones

I can live with less internet. Note - this is no no internet (although I survived my 6 days in NK), but less. Most of the time when traveling I've had some connection, but there has usually been a limit. Maybe it's not on my primary (favorite) phone, or it's really slow/intermittent (Bali! Portugal), or I ...

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

The Disillusionment of the Early Career Engineer

Pumpkin carving

You're brilliant! You have so many options! You graduate, start work... and now you're at the bottom of the food chain. There's a game on, and from what you understand of it, you're not sure you want to play. Sometimes people ask me for advice. I have no idea why; I'm not sure what I'm doing ...

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

GHC: Leadership Workshop with Patty Azzarello


I was interested in this workshop, because I had read Azzarello's book, Rise: How to Be Really Successful and Like Your Life. "Your job description is not a life sentence." "You have more control than you think." These quotes set the stage for a really helpful presentation about how we see our jobs, and how we advance using ...

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Success Metrics for Being Lost

and who knows what you could become

For the last week I've been thinking that I should post some kind of "this is how my break is going!" update. OK, more than the last week, I had some thought of doing one every week but the poor internet in Bali was a handy excuse to scratch that. But I've struggled to have some ...

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

A BS Metric for “Diversity”

The lazy man

Recently, I got to use the fact that I am a huge art nerd, to help a team I was on. It was awesome, because I actually felt appreciated - and there's been something of a dearth of that lately, and because it was a showcase of the positive effects of diversity (something we had ...

Friday, October 18th, 2013

A Man’s Guide to Helping Women in Tech

The War It

What can men do? Other than not harass women? Although not harassing is a surprisingly good start.  TL;DR: Step 1 - Don't drive women away. Step 2: Don't stand by and watch other men drive women away. Step 3: Give women a reason to stick around.  Step 1: Don't Perpetuate Understand the range and extent of the problem ...

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

GHC13 – What Are You Going to Do Differently?

Credit: flickr / j.k.doyle

I have a bunch of posts to write up from GHC last week, which was as usual, awesome. But the question I was interested in people I went with answering was - what are you going to do differently when you get back? For me, it was a reminder about the takeaway I got from Whistling ...

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Thinking About Statistics

Fifty years of sports statistics. Hardly recreational reading material, Marty.

I've been thinking lately, if we really accepted the statistics about technical women as being likely to reflect our own experiences, how might that affect our behaviour? It can be hard, as technical women, as we deviate from the statistical "norm" for a long time, and it's easy to think that will keep going... but ...

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