Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi Boxed

I lucked out in being in town when the Women Powering Technology Raspberry Pi event was on, and also in hearing about it - and being allowed in at the last minute! Of course I had heard about the Raspberry Pi, and loved the idea, but I'm pretty intimidated by hardware and cables, so it had ...

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Book: The Education of Millionaires

the education of millionaires

My overall impression of The Education of Millionaires (Amazon) was a bit meh. It conflates getting an arts degree with a university education in general, and many of the examples come from direct marketing, which seems irrelevant to me. I think the calculations on cost/benefit of degrees could have been vastly improved by discounting science ...

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 ...

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Three Phases of Technical Women


Amongst other technical women, I've observed three broad phases when it comes to their feelings and attitudes with respect to the issues of women in tech. These are my unscientific and generalised observations. Ignorance is Bliss This phase is where women deny that there are any issues facing women in the industry, and sometimes even point to ...

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Pycon AU: Planting Open Source Seeds

Plant Growth Stages

I found this talk by Kenneth Reitz one of the most interesting at Pycon. There was a comprehensive breakdown of the different strategies people take to create and nurture (or not) open source projects, and tales from maintaining them. You're probably better to just read Kenneth's notes, but for what it is worth - here are ...

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Pycon AU: Making Python More Fun for Everyone

Screen shot from Spy Who Coded game

Interesting talk from the creators of SingPath - games to help people learn to code. Left me wanting to try the game! Some insights about women and what they find off-putting - nothing unexpected. Notes below: Intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation: autonomy, mastery, purpose (Dan Pink's book - Amazon). Want to extrinsically motivate people without killing intrinsic motivation. ...

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Book: Unlocking the Clubhouse

unlocking the cloubhouse

I'd heard about this book (Amazon) for a long time, but especially since I arrived here - the other women in the office are huge fans, and talked about it a lot. And I kept thinking I would get around to reading it, but no hurry, I've read a lot of the research, I think ...

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Fighting Monsters

cate with captive

A long time ago, when I was training in China, I was struggling to learn a form correctly and my master threatened me with no food until I got it right. This seemed like a terrible idea, I mean, it was hard enough to focus and be physical on the small amount of food (mostly chicken) ...

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