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


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Podcasts vs YOUTUBE

videoAnd since google auto corrects to podcasts vs youtube, I’m going to join all the cool hip kids and call vlogging youtube cause you should always call something by it’s most popular brand. That’s how it took us weeks to figure out how to say Qtips in Dutch.

HINT – there’s no translation for Qtips in Dutch.

Unsurprisingly, the first two google results for podcasts vs youtube are podcast Rob Greenlee’s blog post and Sean McCabe’s youtube video.

Go listen / watch now.

I’ll wait.

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Sunday Bloody Sunday

u2Artist: U2
Album: War
Released: 1983

One of U2’s most overtly political songs, its lyrics describe the horror felt by an observer of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, mainly focusing on the Bloody Sunday incident in Derry where British troops shot and killed unarmed civil rights protesters and bystanders who were there to rally against internment (imprisonment without trial), while at the same time rejecting hate and revenge as a response noted in the lyrics, “There’s many lost, but tell me who has won.”

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The Project Pitch

pitchHello 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.

The Quick and Dirty Scattered Thoughts

1412100-big27[ disclaimer : i wrote this today while feeling quite under the weather and under the influence of cold medicine and in between bouts of long sleep. you have been warned. ]

what is the project going to be about?

there are some things that i would like to do just for fun or think would be or might be fun to do but haven’t really found the time or resources or motivation to follow through and do them and i’m thinking if i commit to it online with a community of other people who are committing to their own projects for the next year

and we get together once a quarter or a month or a week or something to present what we’ve done so far and what we’re going to do over the next quarter or month or week and sometimes the presentations are as simple as, i’ve done nothing, but this is why and this is how i’m going to make things happen for the next deadline which is different than what i’ve been doing because x y z or i need help with x y z problems and what are your thoughts or look how awesome i am cause i’ve finished and now i’d like to work on this new thing unless you can think of something else related to this or that or the other

and then you take that feedback and play with it or ignore it or build on it and do more things with your project with that feedback in mind or go down an entirely new pathway with a tangent focus and at the end of the year you have x y z to show for it and decide if you want to commit another year or do something entirely different.

like learn to ride a unicycle. or put together a theatrical production. or build a haunted house. or start your own company. or sharpen your baking skills. or expand your network.

for this year my project is to Start The Project. I’m giving it a year.

it will need a community / forums / bulletin / blog / website / youtube channel with people’s presentations, if they’re willing to share them online.

and focus. outlines. rules. suggestions.

a random project generator app.

real life examples / links to people doing their own projects.

a title / an abstract / polls / research / strategy

tom cruise voicing his love on oprah level enthusiasm

and this is why i put out the call for a partner in crime or, more realistically, many partners in crime, because i would like to start this project soon, within the month or by the end of the year, and i need guinea pigs / partners in crime / co-conspirators / collaborators and do you think you’d be interested in this kind of project? do you have something you want to work on? would you like to help me make this happen? do you have a passion to build a community of experimenters and dream the impossible dreams?

let’s talk.

Looking for a Partner in Crime

maxresdefaultSeriously Seeking

Who are you?

Attention all leaders, innovator, movers and shakers. I am putting together a fierce new group of inventors / makers / creative types / techies / dreamers to build / develop / change the world.

Who am I?

I used to dance, now I don’t. And I work at Red Hat. As a software engineer. Also, I developed a self evolving AI named ProsAlpha. Mostly I want to change the world. For the better.

What are we doing?

If you’d like to bring something to the table / evolve / find your spirit animal / make something beautiful, get in touch via comment / email / social media / message / carrier pigeon / owl / call.

Let’s inspire one another by meeting once a week / month / year to brainstorm and take the next steps together. There will be chocolate. And cookies. And other baked goods.

Sure, a lot of these are synonyms / opposites / conflicting, but that’s because I want your input as well.

Let’s talk.

Call for applications for Fedora Diversity Advisor (A Volunteer Position)

infinity-logo_400x400Fedora is a big community that includes contributors and users from many different countries, each with their own experiences and historical backgrounds that contribute to a diverse mix of cultural, educational, and behavioral norms.

To continuously create and foster an inclusive environment in the Fedora community, it’s important to respond to the needs of existing contributors and users, and welcome new contributors and users from diverse backgrounds.

We are looking for a volunteer to be the Fedora Diversity Advisor – to act as a source of support and information for all contributors and users, especially those from underrepresented populations, so that issues of inclusion and equity can be discussed and addressed with the planning of multiculturalism and comfort.

If you’re keen, please read the responsibilities / required skills / application process and questions on fedoramagazine.org.