Monday, December 7th, 2009

Scheduling at 80% of Capacity

Credit: flikr / kevindooley

Lately, things have been somewhat chaotic. I don't like it. It makes me stressed, overwhelmed, and unproductive. On Saturday, Treena and I headed out of town for breakfast and a chat. We caught up, and I was talking about how I had just hit this point where I was so overwhelmed I was having a hard ...

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Duck Typing Applied to People

Credit: flikr / Kevin Steele

The other day, my boyfriend and I have a conversation along the lines of the following: Boyf: Why does X keep talking about how she's a cricketer*? Me: I know, she's never even thrown a cricket ball. Boyf: Seriously? Then she's not a cricketer. Me: She self-identifies as a cricketer, I guess she is. Boyf: I self-identify as a lolcat, ...

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Productivity for Minions

by drewdomkus / flikr

Google this, there's nothing useful. Someone needs to write a book on this! I'd buy it, would you? If not, hopefully it's because you're not a minion. Grad students are basically minions. I am the minion of my supervisor (luckily he's nice), the minion of any prof whose course I take (to a lesser extent) and the ...

Friday, November 27th, 2009

How to be Crazy-Busy Without Losing Your Mind

Fluid Painting Explosion

This post is for my friend Rachelle, who emailed me earlier this week saying, How do you stay sane with all that you do? Is the trick to carve out mini-relaxations/blow off steam whenever you can? Maybe I just haven't given myself permission to do that enough and created a bigger problem now. First off, I'm not ...

Thursday, November 19th, 2009



There are many things that make it difficult to move to another country. Finding somewhere to live and dealing with not having a credit rating any more are two that spring to mind. Ikea is another. Then there are smaller, but still annoying things - like the fact that your DVDs won't play on your ...

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Women in Engineering Task Force Report

Women can be construction workers, too

This was discussed at the WECS meeting this week, there's a new attention to it as the number of women enrolled in undergraduate programs from a high of 20% to 17%. See the full report here. Recommendations are as follows: Raise the profile and improve the image of the profession. Explore how engineering curriculum and its delivery ...

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Different Points of View on the Gender Gap

I don't know what to think anymore. Too much information from all sides, some positive, some not so much. Today in the space of 10 minutes I came across these two things, one positive for equality - the other, not so much (although the video is charming). Positive - Marcus Buckingham writing in the HuffPost - ...

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

It’s Hard to Sell a Newspaper

Pickle, My Cat

There are two things that are almost guaranteed to bring out the giant ***** in me. One is people who accost me in the street trying to convert me to one religion or another (it's amazing none of them have punched me for suggesting they're mentally ill). The other thing is sales calls. I think this ...

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The Difference Between People-Speak and Programmer-Speak

A New CAPTCHA Approach

After I gave my presentation the other week, someone asked a question. It was: So, basically what you're doing is data-mining? And I said, no, well yes, but that's not how I think about it. I see it as creating something that will help people understand their use of Twitter. The fact that I achieve this by ...

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