On Saturday, 05 March, I am one of the keynote speakers for Django Girls den Haag.
Hi. My name is Rain Leander. Welcome to Django Girls den Haag. Today I’m going to talk about programming – what it is, why you should do it, what you can do with it. I’m going to tell you my programming story including how I got the job I have now. And I’m going to give you a little programming advice.
First, what IS programming? Ashley Gavin gave a great TEDxNYU talk where she defines computer science as a medium for problem solving and self expression. Just like a dancer will solve a problem or express themselves with movement in space, a programmer uses technology.
But then why should you learn to program? There are so many reasons. Steve Jobs said, “Everyone in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” And code.org is putting out some great you-tube videos of “code super stars”saying that everyone should learn to program.
Paraphrased, some of the reasons include:
Continue reading “Change is Terrifying. Do it Anyway.”
I have thought about some books I’d ACTUALLY like to write, as opposed to, say, NOT.
In no particular order:
– project do: goal achievement because SCIENCE
social psychology research for goal achievement; applying it to a goal achievement method. invent or better define a method.
Continue reading “I Would Buy It”
hrm… or maybe i should just write a book on my own.
but something that i’m willing to write a whole hell of a lot about. and also speak a whole hell of a lot about. being a woman in tech. just another unicorn. a call to arms. a call to horns. the book i’m writing can just be an ebook, not published in physical form. but another part of me wants to go full on scientific study. something with lots of research and nerdism.
but about what.
about an experiment. an experiment that has to do with me.
how to be a nerd. how to be a unicorn. becoming a unicorn. how to build a unicorn. from scratch. build a unicorn from scratch. a home made unicorn. rainbows and shit.
blah blah blah i’m awesome. just ask me.
Continue reading “Thinking About Writing A Collaborative Book”
I’m back in training, yes, since the first, but I would say it was a new year’s thing as much as a refocus on health. This is something I used to do more often (constantly) when I was dancing professionally and then a bit less often after I retired.
Now that the child unit has upgraded its walking modules, it’s time to recover from the gestation period.
Translation: It’s time to get back into shape after pregnancy. It’s been a year already.
When I’m in training I set a few daily / weekly focus goals for a four week period and adjust at the end of each week, depending on results. Since the first, the goals include:
1. pre workout smoothie with almond milk and whey protein
2. something movement focused for 45 – 60 minutes
3. post workout breakfast smoothie with almond milk, berries, a banana, and whey protein
4. daily meds / vitamins
5. consistent morning and evening routines that include yin yoga
6. 10k steps per day
7. strength training 2-3x week
8. long ass walks 2-3x week
9. no junk
10. tattling on myself with fitness and food trackers
And it’s time for a weekly review. Even though it’s the tenth. SHOOSH
Continue reading “Not Exactly a New Year’s Resolution”
I am in the midst of a new position within Red Hat and part of the new responsibilities include applying to public speaking opportunities all over the world.
And since you have to include a short biography with these applications, I decided it was time for a bit of an overhaul.
For perspective, here is the old version:
K Rain Leander is an enthusiastic Software Engineer with a background in web development / graphic design / internet marketing and a Master’s in Information Technology. She is currently leveraging her procedural knowledge from over six years as an engineer with Red Hat to study Django and Python languages as well as OpenStack and RDO-manager technologies and become more active in the Fedora community.
I figuratively just fell asleep reading those sentences and if you did the same I DON’T BLAME YOU ONE BIT.
To figure out the new bio, I read a lot, diving here and there and everywhere for advice and insight and skipped over articles that similarly made me fall asleep until I put together something stronger, more interesting and, most importantly, a description of a person I WANT TO MEET.
Continue reading “Hello, My Name Is”