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Friday, July 12th, 2013

Pycon AU: Solving problems by sharing them… with Python!

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Tennessee Leeuwenburg's keynote on Sunday morning was about sharing and collaborating, communicating and working with non-developers, but also about getting the best out of the people you work with in general. Themes: bringing things together without needing to overlap. Charts are a universal way to communicate. My notes: Global cost of debugging is $312 billion annually - ...


Monday, July 8th, 2013

Pycon AU: Exploring Science on Twitter with IPython Notebook and Python Pandas

Brenda gave a great talk at Pycon-AU about using IPython and Pandas for her research. Slightly rough notes below. She has a dataset of 12 million tweets containing the word "science" - about a years worth of data, after filtering fout non-English tweets and spam. Using UTC for fewer timezone problems. Although still some - mostly things expecting ...


Monday, June 10th, 2013

On Building The Things You Want

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I think my best reason of why we need more women working in technology can be explained with two websites. OKCupid is a dating site, it's very successful, and they have a great blog. Part of the premise is that users answer all these questions - it's very data-driven. The other one is a Spanish dating website ...


Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Book: Unlocking the Clubhouse

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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

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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) ...


Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Building Things for Humans

robot

I had a bit of a career crisis earlier this year. I asked myself, when did I become an iOS developer? I did not mean for that to happen. And so I made a plan, where I would diversify, and expand my skills, and explore. There's are many good reasons not to tie your career to ...


Friday, March 30th, 2012

Trust and Team Dysfunction

Trust No Faces

I'm taking a leadership course at work at the moment, and this week we spent time discussing The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Amazon). I'd recently read Overcoming the Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Amazon) so it was interesting to hear what other people thought of the concepts. There's a pyramid of things - Inattention to Results, Avoidance ...


Friday, December 23rd, 2011

From Hard Focus, to Flow, to Stop

Crocodile Rock - Millport

Interesting project the past few weeks. Basically I was swapping out a large and central component to what my team is building. It was really tough, to do that and keep everything functional. Normally I ask - what is the least amount I can do to make an improvement? This time, I had to ask, ...


Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Friends Don’t Let Friends… Become PMs

Careful

Recently, I heard about a school that has a mandatory "technology" class that students have to take in order to take CS classes in later years. It features: wood-working, circuit building, and Excel. This is horrifying. I want to go there with picket signs and stage a protest. Dress up as robots and chant things. If ...




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