Great conference, amazing people
PyCon 2015 was an incredible experience. This was my first PyCon, and I was amazed at the welcoming community and the level of quality. At most conferences, the talks are hit-and-miss: for every great talk you see, there's one you don't get a lot out of. At PyCon, I enjoyed every talk I went to, including -- especially -- the . . .
I started reading Laurie Penny's Unspeakable Things over lunch today and found the best sentence:
Public 'career feminists' have been more concerned with getting more women into 'boardrooms', when the problem is that there are altogether too many boardrooms and none of them are on fire.
I have a feeling I am really going to . . .
Fighting for your values vs. fighting for your life
This last few days online have been awful for anyone with a heart in the tech world, from Linus Torvalds continuing to be a bully and pshaw the need for diversity to outpourings of rage over this to the backlash against that rage, including doxxing people, to finally, the revelation that Shanley Kane, the CEO of Model View Culture and a vocal . . .
Having a three year old will be the end of me
I took my son Dashiell to something called Defy Gravity today. It's a giant room filled with trampolines, plus something called a "ninja course."
Did you know jumping on trampolines is hard work? When I was a kid, I thought it was the easiest thing in the world. I barely survived this morning.
This is something I'm going to . . .
At the end of each semester at The Iron Yard, our students present their final projects to the local development community and potential employers at our Demo Day. We had our most recent one this Friday, and it was fantastic. It was particularly special to me, as I've been out with the King Under the Mountain and so haven't been as . . .
The summer between my junior and senior year of high school, I lived with my grandma in Auburn, AL, and attended Auburn University for a semester, taking Chemistry 101, Calculus 101, and a computer science course that used Fortran.
My grandma was amazing. I know everyone thinks their grandma is sweet and I'm not going to convince anyone . . .
Visual Basic (1991)
Windows and Visual Basic happened for me at the same time. My parents got a new computer with this Windows operating system on it. I'd never seen a graphical user interface before, so it blew my mind, but I couldn't figure out how to make it do anything, so a week later I bought Visual Basic 1.0 at Babbage's in the Columbus mall . . .