It occurs to me that it might be easier to write every day if I have a series going or a daily guide for what a day might be about.
And since I want to write every single day, I humbly present.
The Daily Series
AKA The Weekly WiseCracks
AKA Holy Shit I’m Actually Going To Write Every Single Day of the Week WTF
AKA Just Read It Already
Moody Monday : Because the first workday of the week needs all the help it can get, especially when it’s just another manic Monday. Inspiration, health, and self improvement will be the name of the game. Continue reading “Let The Freaky Fridays BEGIN”
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.
three nerds and a book. unicorn programming. the bookstores wouldn’t know how to file it.
feminism and the single unicorn. unicorn brainstorming. the eye of the unicorn.
yin yoga every night and other nightmares. the cat won’t get off my yoga blanket.
problem solving in the age of the unicorn. dragon’s unicorn. the year of the dragon’s unicorn.
the unicorn’s unicorn.
the effect of the unicorn guru on the field of STEM in the age of dragons: the discovery of a field organism in biomedical engineering. SCIENCE
what happens when i fart into a jar every day for a year. EPIC SCIENCE
coming up with an epic and thoughtful conclusion in the age of hourly epic and thoughtful blog / vlog posts and podcasts and information overload and all those other things that just add more words to the title so that you’re not really writing a title anymore, but the entire book summary in one line of stupid text and now you’ve just spent 2.99 for a bunch of blank pages cause SURPRISE this is actually just a lame ass journal
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. To give 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 literally 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. Sure, I could link those articles for you, but I’d rather be snarky about it.
K Rain Leander is a systematic, slightly psychic, interdisciplinary developer evangelist with a Bachelor’s in dance and a Master’s in IT. An epic public speaker, she has disappeared within a box stuffed with swords, created life, and went skydiving with the Queen. Seriously. Rain is an active technical contributor with RDO manager, OpenStack, DjangoGirls, and Project DO. Come say hello. Bring cake.
Seriously, though, bring cake.
A friend video taped what I actually said which was not nearly as eloquent as what I recently wrote and as I listen to people vote for their favorite pitches and discuss mine, I realize that I didn’t get the point across. People are discussing it in terms of education, which is true, it’s partially about education and knowledge sharing, but it’s more about accomplishing tasks.
Related to achievement goal theory of motivation which is about how much more efficient people do in school when they have specific goals. Which may also be applied to how efficient you do IN LIFE when you have specific goals.
It seems that people only heard the first part. “Do you want to learn a new skill?” was the first line of my speech after, “Hi, my name is Rain, yes, like the weather.” And this is what people are stuck on.
So, apparently, in addition to finding a business guru and developers and designers, I need to work on my communication skills. And possibly find a sales guy. Who will, of course, actually get the point across.
Then again, if *I* can’t communicate the idea, how will anyone else?
Hello my name is Rain. Yes, like the weather.
I am building The Project.
It will be an online community backed by social psychology research helping people build, make, accomplish, and change the world.
Imagine, if you will, that you want to accomplish a task or learn a new skill or make something incredible – you want to become a programmer. Get a promotion at work. Lose fifteen pounds. Design a bookstore slash cafe slash school for ants. Experiment with the internet of things.
So you start a project. You start The Project. You commit three weeks or six months or a year to THE Project. With the help of an online community of resources, mentors, delegates, designers, makers – people who are also working on their projects – you design and move forward with your project. Along the way, you help others with their projects. And they help others with their projects. And so on.
Until we change the world.
I need devops for front- and back-end development. I need designers to help with the brand. I need investors to pay for hosting and the initial start up costs of design and dev work.
I need a partner in crime, a business partner, a very special individual or individuals to help steer and guide, motivate and fly with me as we start The Project.
After sleeping on it for one night I realize I can define myself even more simply – with only “Dancing Engineer” and “Fierce Mama” – because feminist and baker and public speaker are not as much part of my soul.
Do you hear the angelic choir? DO YOU?!?
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Stay tuned for tomorrow when there will be more cowbell.
Part 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.
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.