Jack of All Trades Master of None

1743566_10101043400404271_1932748396_nPart of the relaunch of this site is in an attempt to brand myself. Not so much in the cattle branding way, but ala Red Hat’s fedora or Twitter’s bird. And, sure, it’s not common for individuals to have a brand. Or maybe it is. But I haven’t done it.

Until now.

Queue dramatic music.

Part of moving around your whole life (as I have) means you adjust to your surroundings like a chameleon. And aren’t really sure who you are. Or what you want to be when you grow up.

Which, I realize, is a bit odd to say at age thirty-nine.

But part of branding is figure out who you are and who you want to be and I’m starting here with that phrase up top, “Dancing Engineer. Feminist Baker. Fierce Mama. Public Speaker.”

Over the next few days, besides sharing the slides / recording from my recent Python 2015 talk, “Leveraging Procedural Knowledge”, I will write about how these four aspects relate to who I am.

And hopefully become less of a JILL of all trades, master of none.

And more of a well defined brand.

A Few Proposed Team Building Activities

A little roleplay.

A little something to eat. Mebbe gluten-free. Mebbe sugar-free.

A little something more to eat. With water. (Go, Joey!)

Escape to the great wide open.

And return to work with a bit more pep in your step.

Kermis the Frog

295698_356601701117370_1666523173_nI really must learn to make these myself and I’m sure it’s something quite simple like:

1. melt chocolate
2. dip cold fruit in chocolate
3. resist eating fruit until chocolate can harden
4. eat chocolate covered fruit

As it is, I met a friend at the carnival to ride OUR ride – a spinny rollercoaster thing – and then, of course, we MUST have chocolate covered fruit because chocolate covered fruit.

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But the American in me giggles everytime I talk about about the carnival. Kermis in Dutch. Which triggers kermis the frog. Which triggers It’s not easy being green. Which is very odd to think about while screaming as the coaster drops and spins and rushes about.

I am speaking at PyGrunn 22 May 2015 – COME LISTEN

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If you’re in and want to leverage procedural knowledge to learn your next language – come check me out on May 22nd!

“What is procedural knowledge and why would I want to leverage it?”

I’M GLAD YOU ASKED

Procedural knowledge, as opposed to declarative knowledge, is knowing HOW to do something versus WHAT something is – knowing how to ride a bike versus what is the capital of the Netherlands.

I attended a Django Girls workshop here in Groningen and applied procedural knowledge to prepare for the workshop, to use the limited time I had within the workshop as efficiently as possible, and to move forward with django and python afterwards.

On May 22nd, I’ll share the specific steps as well as lessons learned in this process at PyGrunn 2015 – hope to see you there!