8 minutes and 18 seconds. It's a small amount of time. Yet, Laila Al-Shamma uses it wisely.
I'm keeping it short this morning while I write a little software. I'm enjoying some good music, art, and community. Enjoy!
It's been a week.
Last Tuesday, I was listening to keynotes and sharing trivia at LinuxCon 2013. I also received a phone call that my mom was rushed to the ER with pneumonia. By Wednesday afternoon, the doctors were recommending that I travel to Florida as my mom's condition worsened. At 4:00am on Thursday, I packed up my LinuxCon and Linux Plumbers Conference items and took the first available flight to Florida. I spent the day with my mom listening to her breathing mixed with soothing music. At 8:38pm Thursday evening, my mom passed away peacefully while I stroked her hair and rubbed her shoulder.
Distributed Network Data by Alasdair Allan and Kipp Bradford (O’Reilly Media)
When I pick up a cookbook to try a new recipe, I want to know that the recipe has been tested and works. If the recipe doesn’t work out, the cookbook gets tossed on a bottom shelf to gather dust. I hold my technical books to a similar standard.
Note: The links to other sites and this post may have triggers to those healing.
"Lean In" is a popular saying these days. Yes, I think it is great to get more women (and underrepresented groups) into higher levels of management and more equity in tech. It's a change that I hope I see in my lifetime.
Donate to MIT OCW.
Thinking about returning to work after an extended absence?
Contemplating a career change?
Want to brush up or stay current on a technology?
I recently moved my mom into a nursing home. My dad, who has been her steady caregiver for many years, had made the decision that they needed more care and support during my mom's most severe stage of Alzheimer's.
If you haven't heard yet about the Ada Initiative, I highly recommend that you check out the good work that they are doing for women and men in open source technology
Kudos for edX opening the technical insides of its very successful platform for development of content rich learning and course delivery. XBlock, the API, is available for viewing on GitHub Git Hub repos for edX.
What a great way to wrap up a week. There has been so much going on this week about women and girls in technology. Great work and passion by so many people - female or male.
I have the pleasure of mentoring a talented group of high school students. They are the soul of Team 2102 Paradox of San Dieguito Academy. They are creative, curious, humble, dedicated, and caring. They strive to embody "Gracious Professionalism", a term used by FIRST Robotics that is a parallel to the "Golden Rule" learned in childhood.
My mom has Alzheimer's. Sometimes I wonder what she sees and thinks about her world. She only has about four phrases that she uses now. It is heartbreaking for me to no longer be seen and recognized by her. Yet, she smiles, hums to music, snuggles her blanket, and enjoys her orange chicken as if all is okay in her world.