And Since It’s My Birthday Month, I Totally Bought A JewelBot

I was writing up my report for Red Hat Summit, looking through twitter at #RHSummit and #RedHatSummit and #RedHatSummit2018 feeds and came across the eleven year old super wonder who totally presented during a keynote ON HER BIRTHDAY.

Her name is Ellie G and she totally has a YouTube channel where she gives mini workshops on how to code a JewelBot.

At first I was all, “Awww, how cute.”

And then I saw that the bracelets are interactive with other bracelets and you can send messages and shit – wait, WHAT?!?

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And Then I Realized I Hadn’t Posted Yet

I completely forgot to write until eleven o’clock at night and now it’s past time for bed and I haven’t written.

This is how you get crap.

Or is this Not Crap ™?

I have to share this bit that happened earlier tonight. I was remotely managing the RDO portion of the RDO / ManageIQ / Ceph booth at Red Hat Summit – we were working on the hardware demo. At some point yesterday it borked out and needed to be reinstalled to work.

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My Miles Are About to Skyrocket

I reached out to my colleague that used to do This Job and asked him, “What events do you typically travel to outside of the OpenStack Summits [0] / PTGs [1]?”

And he replied something witty and important and vital and I completely didn’t have logging enabled nor did I write it down because I’m made of awesome.

But I did write down what OpenStack Days [2] are the biggest ones that I should try to attend, if not this year, in the upcoming years.

OpenStack Days Israel [3]
OpenStack Days Benelux [4]
OpenStack Days Nordic [5]
OpenStack Days NYC [6]
OpenStack Days UK [7]

And then there’s and FOSDEM [8] and DevConf.CZ [9] and two Centos Dojos [10] that I’m helping plan.

Oh, RIGHT! Plus RDO Test Days [11] in Brno!

This week, in particular, I have severe FOMO because it’s Red Hat Summit. And then 21-24 May is OpenStack Summit Vancouver. I’m remotely managing both. I’ve done everything I can possibly do to prepare for both, now I can only sit from afar and wait.

And put out fires, as needed.

Which means I could really use some distractions, People. Therefore, I thought it’d be nice to look at all the places IT

This means, over the next year, POSSIBLY, I’ll be travelling to…..

#drumrollPLEASE

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Rocky Road Ice Cream, People. The Best Ice Cream, Obviously.

Grab your spoons, people, the first milestone of OpenStack Rocky has come and gone which can mean only one thing!

RDO Test Days!

Wait, were you expecting ACTUAL ice cream?

The ice cream is a lie.

But RDO Test Days are HERE!

RDO is a community of people using and deploying OpenStack on CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. At each OpenStack development cycle milestone, the RDO community holds test days to invite people to install, deploy and configure a cloud using RDO and report feedback. This helps us find issues in packaging, documentation, installation and more but also, where appropriate, to collaborate with the upstream OpenStack projects to file and resolve bugs found throughout the event.

In order to participate, though, people needed to:

* Have hardware available to install and deploy on
* Be reasonably knowledgeable / familiar with OpenStack
* Have the time to go through an end-to-end installation, test it and provide feedback

SAY NO MORE!
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Women Tech Leaders on the Gender Gap and How to Fix It

As I watched this video, I was inspired. There are so many statements that resonate with my own thinking / situation / environment as well as past experiences.

“I never noticed it…”

“For a long time I really did not want to participate in the women in technology conversation.”

“Oh, word, I should be scared?”

Videos like this inspire me to keep fighting, to keep pushing, to keep calling myself feminist.

#YESSS #MeToo #TimesUp

But.

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Highly Improbable != Impossible

First, it’s important to have context.

Did you read this article about how I have craptastic eggs?

Let me sum up:

When my partner and I decided to have children, we decided to have two children. One at a time. We removed the birth control and were instantly pregnant. We have since found out that the chances of this happening are as low as five percent.

The original plan was have a child, when the child is eighteen months old, make another one.

It hasn’t worked out that way.

Now I know what you’re thinking and the answer is …

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OpenStack Days Poland 2017

I am super excited to introduce guest blogger, Ana Krivokapić, who ran over to OpenStack Days Poland to represent Red Hat as the TripleO RDO OpenStack guru in residence. Thanks so much to Ana for attending, answering any technical TripleO RDO OpenStack questions sent her way, and reporting back on her experience.

A few weeks ago I had a privilege of attending the OpenStack Days Poland in lovely Warsaw, Poland. It was the first official OpenStack Days event in Poland, and only the fifth OpenStack event ever organized in Poland.

The sessions were a healthy mix of high level overview-type talks and talks that went deeper into technical or business details of a particular aspect / project / component of OpenStack. The attendees were a solid mix of OpenStack developers, experienced users / operators of OpenStack, and potential users who came satisfy their curiosity about OpenStack and learn more.

The event was sponsored by a number of companies that had booths where attendees could talk to the company representatives / recruiters, get some swag, or even play video games. For the stats / fun facts enthusiasts out there: OpenStack Days Poland had 268 attendees, 24 talks were given by 34 speakers, and together we drank 86 liters of coffee over the course of the day.

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