Monthly Archives: March 2012

A Simple Commitment

What’s missing from the conversation about sexism in tech-related fields? Many articles have appeared recently describing examples of sexism in programming and other tech-related fields. We have read explanations of why it exists, and suggestions for what individuals can do … Continue reading

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The tech world needs a “white ribbon” project

Support for women in tech-related fields needs to be made visible I am not a big fan of ribbon campaigns, but they do get one thing right. They make it clear, before any words are spoken, that someone is supportive … Continue reading

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Just hosed my $PATH variable

I was trying to use ruby gems for the first time, so I had to add the gems to my $PATH variable.  I accidentally set the PATH variable to the new value, rather than appending the new value. DO THIS: … Continue reading

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Whales on the way home

Daylight savings is lifting everyone’s spirits around here. With the longer days, Ever and I can go for a walk after work and not have to rush too much to be back before dark. We still have to be back … Continue reading

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User-Testing the Django Tutorial

Building on PyCon I attended Karen Rustad’s inspiring talk at PyCon 2012 about improving the Django tutorial. In her talk Karen did an excellent job of identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the existing tutorial. But she also went beyond … Continue reading

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PyCon 2012: An Educator’s Perspective, part 3

(part 1, part 2) A “Closing” Reflection It’s always hard to leave a good conference, and PyCon 2012 was an amazing conference in so many ways. I am sad to see my first PyCon come to an end, but I … Continue reading

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PyCon 2012: Saying “Thank you” to Guido

I was sitting outside the main conference hall yesterday morning, waiting for the doors to open so I could get a good seat for the keynote speakers. I was watching a couple people speak casually but excitedly about using Python … Continue reading

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