Author: banane

  • No Social Network Day 28: Social Calculator

    Picture: 1944: IBM co-develops its first computer, the Automated Sequence Controlled Calculator aka Mark I, with Harvard University. It was used by the Navy to calculate gun trajectories. IBM’s illustrated history In this social experiment of going off social networks, I’ve come to realize a certain calculation, or equation, in my head. I will automate…

  • No Social Network Day 22: Longer Attention Span

    I write in my head a lot. When I wrote novels more, I wrote whole chapters in my head. And when I took pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, rather, I’d change it all significantly. This blog post was actually something I wrote in an earlier post and took out. I had a few…

  • 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.