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Never Graduate Week 2018! — May 16, 2018

Never Graduate Week 2018!

It’s been close to a whole year since I’ve written, and we’re in the middle of Never Graduate Week (which I’ll now call NGW), here at Recurse Center. I’m surrounded by so many wonderful, and inspiringly awesome people this week – so I decided it was time to start blogging again!

I’m in the middle of lots of transition and balancing right now in my life, and it’s been a super busy week (on top of all the really awesome talks, workshops, and events going on during NGW). As dev stuff goes, my laptop died 2 weeks ago (which turned out to be a blessing in disguise) – so I went from a 4 or 5 year old Acer V3-551G-X419 15-inch running Windows 8, to an XPS 12 (which simultaneously doubles as a tablet and a laptop)!! It’s turned out to be a blessing in disguise, and I’ve discovered (much to my surprise) that I really love Windows 10, and that I’m really loving having a 12-inch laptop[1] – words I never thought I’d say about either one of those!

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Contributing To Open Source Software — October 29, 2015

Contributing To Open Source Software

One of the challenges as a Newish Developer is building Skills & gaining Experience.  One of the most common ways to do this, and one of my favorite parts of the Programming Community is Open Source Software (OSS)!

I’ve been slowly trying to dip my feet into contributing to OSS (while juggling the rest of life’s tasks).  There can be a huge Barrier to Entry for newer programmers with contributing to OSS.  Code Bases are often pretty large & confusing.  They take a while to get used to, and there’s often no explicit clear path to contributing. Continue reading

The Recurse Center vs. Hacker School – A Name Change — August 3, 2015

The Recurse Center vs. Hacker School – A Name Change

When I initially heard about The Recurse Center, I had originally heard about it as Hacker School.  It was this cool intensive Programmer’s Retreat that had grants for women (which included trans women!!) & other minorities (ethnic & gender).  At the time, I had started to get pretty seriously into Python, and it seemed like the perfect next step in my coding progression.

In my younger days, I’d always been inspired by Hacker Culture.  In High School, back when I was trying to teach myself C++, I found the Hacker’s Manifesto (and here’s a pretty Graphic Version of it).  I connected with the Rebelliousness of it, the passive-aggressive disenfranchisement, the auto-didacticness, the intelligent underachiever, the acknowledgement that a lot of our government and education system is deeply flawed.  I connected with the Socially-Conscious & sometimes Activistic nature of Hacker Culture.  I connected with the part that just breaks things & figures them out, and figures out how to transcend them, or use them in all sorts of ways that go beyond their original intention.  And while I’ve matured in my views and attitudes on a lot of that, I still feel very inspired and connected to the word Hacker. Continue reading

Kate Heddleston – “Human Computer Interaction” Talk Notes — July 30, 2015

Kate Heddleston – “Human Computer Interaction” Talk Notes

Here are my Notes from Kate Heddleston’s talk on Human Computer Interaction.  In many ways, it’s my favorite talk given through the Recurse Center so far.  It was great to listen to something that was centered around humanity & tailoring Computers/Tech to Humans rather than to Computers.

Kate also has a very lovely Website & Blog

Ben Orenstein – Simple Advice For Better Object-Oriented Code — July 21, 2015
Notes From Yaron Minsky Talk: A Whirlwind Tour of Consistency — July 14, 2015

Notes From Yaron Minsky Talk: A Whirlwind Tour of Consistency

Here are my notes I took during Yaron Minsky’s talk about Distributed Systems.  They largely mirror his slides.  As usual, if WordPress has screwed up the formatting, visit:

Yaron Minsky – A Whirlwind Tour of Consistency:

Distributed Systems are really important when building large systems
They can be really confusing – complicated ideas – not well separated out
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What I’m working on & Summer Plans — June 29, 2015

What I’m working on & Summer Plans

It’s the beginning of the last week of my batch at The Recurse Center.  It’s incredible and I can’t believe that it’s almost over.  When I got here, I entered with a pretty narrow scope: I was interested in Game Development & working in Python & wanted to go deeper into the internals/mechanics of that while solidifying my knowledge of it.  I’ve done all of those things to varying degrees, but my time at The Recurse Center has made it clear that the programming world is so much more vast than I ever imagined (which considering my imagination, is actually pretty impressive).  I’ve often found myself thinking of The Lion King’s “Circle of Life” – I’m really at the beginning of this journey, and I know enough to know a little, but “There is more to see than can ever be seen.  More to do than can ever be done!!”.  So as much as I’m going to intensely miss Recurse Center (I’ll still be back for alumni times), I’m really looking forward to a new beginning.  I’ve kind of gotten a head start on that actually.

For the summer, I’m working on the following:

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