Author: banane

  • The Weeds of Bay View

    I’ve been working in the northeaster corner of the San Francisco neighborhood, the Bay View for a few months now. It’s an geurilla gardener’s delight. There is so much land- unloved, untilled, un-staked out by seemingly anyone. So, if, for example, you are interested in gardening but the closest community garden has a 5-year waiting […]

  • Startups Silicon Valley Reviews In No Particular Order: Women in Silicon Valley

    Ed: Second in the series, see Dwight for earlier one. My reviews of Bravo’s Startup Silicon Valley What I learned from Bravo’s Startup Silicon Valley about Women in the Valley I could write a detailed diatribe/analysis of the reality series in contrast to my life as a woman engineer in the city I’ve lived in […]

  • Start-Ups Silicon Valley Reviews in No Particular Order: Dwight

    Dwight is the engineer formerly from Google who is the archetype: young, white, male, nice, and smart. His Achilles’ heel and dramatic tension would either be his inability to admit his undying love for his friend Kim OR his intermittent abusive social drinking that leaves him blacked out and wondering what the f**k he did the night before

  • Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

    I’m sitting here at work kinda slammed and sick, but hey, it’s ALD, and that’s kinda cool. At work, we were talking about Ada Lovelace – interesting because we are in fashion, and her first application was making jacquard. I love that fact. In thinking about Ada with this coworker, I realized that she is […]

  • Why non-native mobile frameworks suck

    Hm. Opinionated a little? A couple of times, folks ask me: do you know X? And I say, why, no I don’t. I do know the language that X avoids. X is: Objective-C, Java, etc. the list goes on. Tonight at a study group, a friend who had just learned Objective-C agreed with me (I […]

  • Demo Gods Were Not With Us… #iosDevCamp

    My hackfest-programming-partner Stacie Hibino and I submitted ChickenDance to the 2012 iOSDevCamp Hackfest. We were in the first batch called up to demo, and had various network issues that resulted in the much competed for prize: “Best App with Demo Fail.” I had been holding out for a “Had Most Fun Making App” award, but […]

  • Mayer & the Glass Cliff

    The New York Times just announced: Marissa Mayer took the position as Yahoo’s CEO a few minutes ago. She has broken through the glass ceiling at Google only to encounter the “glass cliff”: via Wikipedia/Univ. of Exeter: A glass cliff is a term coined by Prof Michelle Ryan and Prof Alex Haslam of University of […]

  • Important Failures

    I really like attending conference talks on how people screwed up. Not just to laugh at their mistakes, but to learn from them. It’s important to fail, and so many people are afraid of admitting it, for various reasons. Thing is, if they failed at something awesome– a new gaming console, a cure for cancer, […]

  • Testing? For iPhone? Mooooo….*

    I wrote a blog post about Cedar way back in the day. Now, Xcode ships with OCUnit. I’ll go through a basic way of adding tests to an existing project, as that’s a very common task, and not very well documented thus far. Props to the following blog posts- I’m consolidating their advice basically in […]

  • The Imposter Syndrome and Knowing What You Don’t Know

    I really have never thought I had Imposter Syndrome. I’m not a shrinking violet, I tend to talk pretty authoritatively, I’m confident, like to speak in public, etc. Yet, I joined a mailing list for women-techs and during discussions this term came up. I looked it up, and started locating this behavior in a few […]