Building a better community

Why I gave a $2048 donation to Fab Lab San Diego Watching someone bring their idea to life is an amazing reward. People from all walks of life have creative ideas. Through grassroots sharing of ideas, skills, and equipment, Fab Lab San Diego gives individuals a chance to learn, build, and share their creations. I believe Fab Lab San Diego’s outreach programs inspire students of all ages. Outreach is hard work but the community benefits are huge.…

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Security at the Seams: What’s a Software Development Manager to Do?

I recently had the pleasure of taking a new course through edX. The course, DelftX: EconSec101x Economics of Cybersecurity, adeptly illustrates the many economic issues and behaviors that impact security in practice. I highly recommend the course to those interested in economics and security. Here’s my final reflection essay from the course. Economics of Cybersecurity Reflection Essay Security at the Seams: What’s a Software Development Manager to Do? Discussions of security frequently come up in the Open Source Software development ecosystem.…

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Decorators visualized

Decorators make code more readable. When learning how decorators work, it’s easy to get confused. When teaching decorators, students often ask “but how does it work” and “why does it work”. “Magic, it just does” and “follow the pattern of the example” could be reasonable though less than satisfying responses. Online Python Tutor Learning to use decorators can be frustrating until the learner understands how decorators work. To build mastery, students want to visualize what the computer is doing when using a decorator.…

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I am not a tree. I am a person. I speak for me.

For years, I enjoyed reading Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax to my children. Today, a wise quote from the book pops into my head when I read a twitter post by or about Mr. Wadhwa. In the story, the Lorax “speaks for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” The Lorax’s logic strikes me as very reasonable. [Added 2/4/2015: Listening to Amelia Greenhall’s reading of her blog post, Quiet, Ladies.…

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Music, Data Science, and Community - Poster at PyCon 2014

I had the pleasure of sharing my love of music and programming last spring at PyCon 2014. I enjoyed presenting a poster about music21, a computer aided musicology framework. Michael Cuthbert, an MIT professor of Music, has done great work making music theory accessible to learners and researchers. I believe that music brings together community. One community that I am so pleased to be a participate in is the San Diego Python community (San Diego Python User Group and PyLadies San Diego).…

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