No Social Network Day 18: The Phone, The Disposal, No Plans
I got a funny postcard from my brother-in-law who is not on Facebook. It’s all the living (at the time of photo) First Ladies, and I have to name them in order. I recognized maybe 3, and made some poor guesses on the other 3. And then he made me list the ones that were […]
No Social Network Day 15: Urban Cycling & Google Reader
I cleaned out my old Google Reader, abandoned when I started using FriendFeed, and now it’s full of fun stuff, such as the video above (via SFist. I’m not sure which urban cyclist I am, maybe a mix between the commuter-hipster (work in the Mission). Google reader is amazing. Why did I ever leave it […]
On Dressing Girly At Work
Hanging out after a conference with another female programmer, or, “bragrammer,” I will admit that the first thing we talked about was our clothes. I had admired her dress during her talk, and I was wearing a kind of new sleeveless bike/street jacket vest with scarf, going for a monochrome grey-blue look. Later on in […]
My Talk at Women Who Code: Winning!
Last Tuesday I spoke on “Winning! At Hackfests” for Women Who Code. 12-15 lightening rounds of women talking about coding. It was really awesome! Favorites: using genetic algorithms to solve computing problems, and digital visualization. Back to me. Ever since seeing myself on cable access, singing and dancing in a musical at the age of […]
No Social Netowrk Day 12: The Unobserved Life
I’m on a no-Facebook-and-Twitter diet for Lent Yesterday, it was gorgeous in San Francisco. Sunny and windless like a summer’s day, well, a summer not in San Francisco. I walked up to the roof with NYTimes and settled into a reclining deck chair. Life doesn’t get much better, but wait! It does, my neighbor and […]
No Social Network Day 11: No-Social-Media, and one Lapsing German Catholic
I’m giving up Facebook and Twitter for Lent. Day 11! Image from an article on how this tradition is actually American- traditional Lent observation is giving up meat, abstinence, and actually, “adding one thing,” et al. Image is a search he did on “giving up one thing.” My co-worker was using #lent as a reason […]
No Social Network Day 8: “Reading Emails”
Wow, one of the biggest impacts of not reading social networks is that I’m getting much better at reading emails. If anyone has been in an online email thread with me, or on chat, they know I’m “concise to the point of being totally misunderstood,” or something along those lines, my sister Sally told me […]
Women Who Code Lightening Talk Tonight!
Giving a 5- minute talk on “Winning at Hackfests,” a quick look at successes and failures and an introduction to the practice of competitive innovation. Should be fun! PDF here.
No Social Network Day 5: Part 2, Friend Anxiety
So my last post I talked about a theory I have regarding our obsession with Facebook, namely, we suffer from “friend anxiety.” Historically we used to have vary rich social relationships, now we’re in the nuclear family age with more isolation. Technology has allowed us to reach out quickly and cheaply, creating an artificial fabric […]
Day 3: No Social Media – Why Are We Obsessed With Facebook?
I really almost buckled last night. Was definitely super tempted to log on and check out what everyone is doing. I’ve had to log in once or twice with work, because, well I write Facebook apps. I have a few very limited test accounts that I use for work, so those have allowed me to […]