Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Happy Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace

I really want to blog about a woman in tech today. I think Ada Lovelace day is awesome, and was charmed when someone wished me a happy Ada Lovelace day this morning. However, I have a dearth of role models. Does passively stalking someone on Twitter count as knowing someone? Even with the odd, brief, interaction? ...

Friday, March 19th, 2010

Being Nice

kicking in the head

I've been thinking about being likable lately, because things seem to keep coming back to kick me in the head. Am I doing it wrong? Trying too hard? Not trying the right things? Not trying the right people? Over thinking all this? And then, well, I just offered to do a favor for a friend, E. ...

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Role Models

Several months ago, I met someone who had been reading my blog. We had a chat, but from some things that she said I got the impression that my blog made me seem a bit too much like super-woman. I'm not, as you may have noticed, because since then I've tried to temper my writing ...

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Can You Flow Your Way to Great?

ski jump

If you know me at all (or have just been reading my blog for a while) you'll know I'm really interested in how to be more productive, more effective, and generally achieving more. And of course I read Zen Habits and all these other blogs that talk about flow. Flow is about being completely absorbed in ...

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Not a Scientist, Nor an Engineer

Mandelbrot fractal

When I was doing my undergrad, I knew a lot of geography students. One of them told me that geographers spent a lot of time debating what geography was. I found this completely ridiculous, of course, imagining the only thing to be more pointless than studying geography was angsting about nature of geography. (Of course, I ...

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

It’s Not a Competition


I read lately that "busy is the new fine", I bet you've seen it too - you ask someone how they are and they say "I'm busy", or "keeping busy". I do it too. I hate it, but it takes a long time to change your reaction. I'm trying. However more than this, and worse, is ...

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Down Time

I think how you choose to spend your free time says a lot about you. Some people train for a triathlon, some people play video games, some people watch excessive amounts of TV. I knew a guy who seemed to think he could live life vicariously through the characters of TV shows. That made me ...

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Saying No


I'm terrible at this. It's my biggest weakness, but also - the source of so many experiences and opportunities. So I can't embrace saying no fully for fear of missing out. But certain things lately have made me think that I need to say no more. Like, crossing campus on a hectic day when I have ...

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

The Roles We Play

spread of postits

There's an exercise in 7 Habits where you have to list your different "roles" and  things you need to do for each of them. Here are mine (in no particular order): Grad student Teaching Assistant Ski instructor President of WISE Job seeker Girlfriend Daughter Friend Skier Kickboxer Workshop creator Programmer Nice (i.e. helping other people) Blogger Information diffuser Member of tech community And I look at this list, and think, no wonder ...

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