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Clinton Dreisbach

Cool dad, feminist, programmer. @cndreisbach

How to be a better feminist ally

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 . . .

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January 18, 2015

Deathly sore

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.

Pit of doom

This is something I'm going to . . .

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December 15, 2014

Demo Day December 2014

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 . . .

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December 14, 2014

My programming story, part 4

Fortran (1993)

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 . . .

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December 12, 2014

My programming story, part 3

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 . . .

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December 11, 2014

My programming story, part 2

Logo (1986)

Around 1986, I discovered Logo. It came on a cartridge for my PCjr, and I was very excited to find out there was more than one programming language in the world. (I know, how did I not know this? We lived in a pre-Internet world, though, and I lived in super-rural Alabama, so you found out a very selective group of facts at a time. One of my . . .

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December 10, 2014

My programming story, part 1

The BASICs (1984)

I wrote my first program on an IBM PC XT my parents had bought to run the books for their farm. It was in the BASIC programming language.

That computer came with a collection of ring binders, one of which contained a reference for BASIC.

Binder cover

I don't remember what the first thing I wrote was, but it probably looked like this:

10 PRINT "CLINT . . .

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December 09, 2014

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