Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I Love Love Love Being a Girl


I've been in a couple of situations recently where I felt I had to apologize for, or justify my emotions. I contend that's unfair - I don't make decisions as a result of my emotions, but I do react emotionally to events. I cry - at the news, at movies, books, at TV shows. I get ...

Friday, April 16th, 2010

TV via iTunes

Ugly Betty / Justin

I've never bought any music on iTunes. I've long resented the fact that it's nearly as expensive as buying a CD, and I don't have the physical CD to put in my car or just to have in case of a computer crash. But not that long ago, I started renting, and then buying movies ...

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Google vs. Censored Internet


Of course, I've been following the debate about Google leaving China and the fallout. There's a good summary in the NYT, as well as a piece on Sergey Brin and his childhood in the Soviet Union. I really love the evil meter. I was in China in 2007 for about 3 months. I'd braced myself for ...

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 ...

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