Category: technology

  • The Serious Side of DEI Satire

    The Serious Side of DEI Satire

    I wrote a satirical piece on a really bad Diversity Chief hire. Let me highlight what she *should* have done. Including 10 must-haves for diverse engineering teams. 1. DEI executives don’t make sense and cannot be effective if the leadership does not consider DEI important. 2. There is a burden of representation on the one…

  • Yeah, that’s what AI brings

    Yeah, that’s what AI brings

    Me: I need to cancel my order. StitchFix Chatbot: I’m sorry I didn’t understand that. You can ask: Order problems Delivery problems …. Me: Order problems Chatbot: I’m sorry I didn’t understand that. You can ask: Order problems Delivery problems …. Kaiser Chatbot: Me: I don’t understand why I can’t pay my bill Chatbot: I’m…

  • Gendered Language as a Software Engineer

    Gendered Language as a Software Engineer

    Imagine a (highly generalized) pair programming situation where two engineers, a man and a woman, are talking about specific subjects: When pairing partner makes a mistake Men: That’s not right, I’ll show you. Women: I do it a slightly different way. (explains it) Talking about achievements Men: I wrote the best ruby router gem. Women:…

  • Choose Your Adventure: Bright & Shiny Technical Adoption Cycles

    Choose Your Adventure: Bright & Shiny Technical Adoption Cycles

    You enter into a dark cave. There are two choices: bright and shiny new tech diamond glistening in the offing promising speed of development, simplicity, and money for everyone. The other option is years of decaying code, written in Cobol, supported by the old guy in the corner. Or worse, staying the same. Turn to…

  • Are you a rock star engineer?!?

    Are you a rock star engineer?!?

    Then we want you! Do you show up at work at 3PM? That’s right, roll on into work with jeans covered in the Burt Reynolds – yes – Cool-Aid and Jaeger. YUM! Do you approach code like a rock star? Do you write your own code in your own language (you made up), writing for…

  • BroCon

    BroCon

    Hypothetical Talk at BroCon (Not actually BroCon, it was the recent Las Vegas ReactConf, and yes, I should have known 😃 Las Vegas + JavaScript. I did not give this, just an imagining) “How many of you are fathers?” I ask. Half the room raises their hands. “How many of you contribute to open source?”…

  • The Job Flux, and Helping Others

    Sadly, I was laid off last week. The job flux causes so much stress and anxiety. It’s hard getting back into job hunting- selling yourself, brushing up on skills, the sheer work of it. And, as an introvert I’m just not up to interacting all day long with people. On top of that, it’s the…

  • Inspiring Makers- and Getting Inspired, Our GHC Hardware Hackathon Workshop

    Inspiring Makers- and Getting Inspired, Our GHC Hardware Hackathon Workshop

    Stacie & I making sure we’re on the room’s agenda… and we are! At the 12,000 participant Grace Hopper Convention in Houston, TX last week, we conducted a hackathon-with-a-workshop. Stacie Hibino (@staciehibino) and I helped 250+ participants manipulate a simple LED circuit kit into a prototype or actual product. Our competition was stiff for that…

  • Apple Watch- A Mother’s Perspective

    Apple Watch- A Mother’s Perspective

    The Apple Watch has arrived. With a bit more fanfare than the Google Watch. Three identical white boxes housing the watch. Seriously, Apple?

  • Basic Android App

    Just wrote up instructions on how to make the most barebones Android app. Enjoy! Code here. Instructions here.