Help make #moreadacamps happen!

the AdaCamp star

I’ve written before about how amazing AdaCamp is. Twice. By now, y’all know it was a huge step in my growth as an intersectional feminist and as a member of the open culture and development communities. I wish there was some way to have everyone go through the Impostor Syndrome and Ally Skills workshops—the world would be a better place! So this is going to be a short post. Throughout this week, AdaCamp alumni are planning to blog about our experiences at AdaCamp and about why it’s so vital that AdaCamps continue happening, so that more women in open culture … Continue reading

Three weeks as a developer

My work laptop is fairly opinionated, too.

Three weeks have gone by. I still don’t feel like a real developer, most of the time. But there are glimmers, moments when I do. Usually it’s right after I finish a little script of some sort, or I give a funny name to a variable (while still following PEP 8), or I use a clever shortcut, or I realize I’m writing really opinionated code. There’s that moment of “YES! I am good at this!” Continue reading

Rockstar Librarians

flaming guitar image

If you don’t want the responsibility that comes from having power, get off the effing stage. There are so many people who do want it and who will use it well. And if you choose to keep the power, without being responsible, then understand: many of us will turn our backs on you. We won’t come to your talks, follow you on social media, work for your organization, or vote for you when you want to govern our associations—whatever form of power you have been granted, it will fade if you are not responsible. I, for one, am tired of granting power to people who don’t deserve it. I won’t do it anymore, and I hope others will join me in that. Continue reading

Why I give to the Ada Initiative (and hope you will too)

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This blog post is a little late. Others have written really evocatively about this subject, already. But, late or not, it feels wrong not to say something. The Ada Initiative is my favorite non-profit (besides perhaps the one I work for? :)). They’re my smile.amazon charity, when I remember to use it. AdaCamp changed my life. And I think sometimes librarians might be inclined to look at the Ada Initiative as “a tech thing,” something not relevant to reference librarians or children’s librarians or school librarians … or really any librarian who doesn’t write code for their job. But Ada doesn’t look at it that way. Continue reading

Week one as a developer

I had hoped to document all of the stuff I was learning each day, or at least each couple of days, through my first few weeks in this job. I knew I’d have a lot to share. But I’m so tired at the end of each day that I don’t really have a blog post in me. I hear one gets used to non-stop thinking for 8+ hours per day and functions better over time. :) Continue reading

Day one as a developer

Day one of the new job: I don’t feel like a real developer yet. I didn’t write any code today. I did read through a good portion of our documentation; install the development environment on a shared machine (my laptop hasn’t come yet — and actually, getting the shared machine working is a step toward one of the things I want this organization to do, anyway, so it’s good); fill out all but one of my new employee forms; get access to the offices/parking; and add two steps that were missing from the “setup” directions to our docs. But since … Continue reading

What I’ve learned from the drive

Every time I came “back to America” from Alaska, I felt simultaneously excited, disquieted, and wistful about the proximity of other states to the state I was visiting. I would exclaim, “You can drive from here to other states! You just go that way on the interstate!” And perhaps people looked at me askance, but it honestly struck me, hard, every time.

I’m used to it now. Continue reading

A book list and a trip update

Book stuff I complained on Twitter about The Name of the Wind, which I’ve had sitting in my Audible library for a while and decided to finally listen to, now that I’m finished with Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy (which is fantastic!). TNotW is clever, funny, well-written, and well-performed by the narrator, but there aren’t female characters, except for mothers and love interests. That annoys me, especially after reading so much speculative fiction that includes women. I shared as much on Twitter, and people asked for the list of what I’ve been reading. So, pulling from GoodReads, here are my recent … Continue reading

Post all the photos!

This made me laugh. "All of Canada - that way! Just Tok Junction - that way!"

I’m arguably through the prettiest part of the drive, so here are the photos I’ve taken so far. I might go a little out of my way to see Mt. Rushmore or the Badlands or something (which I’ve already seen and photographed, and anyway I want to show them to Dale, not just see them again myself, so maybe I won’t), but I recall there’s a lot of “flat” and a little bit of “fields of sunflowers” happening for the next part of the drive, so if there are photos, there will be fewer of them per mile traveled. (A … Continue reading