So Then What’s Next?

Okay, so I’m back at work one hundred percent which means a couple of next steps are happening within the next six to twelve months.

Career-wise.

It’s time to apply to CFPs again.

A few in particular are kickass / relevant / on my radar / wouldn’t it be super keen to do / omgomgomg.

But, here’s my question.

Do you want to see the process?

How to choose a conference? How to write up an abstract? How to ask for feedback?

My super sekret method for WAITING FOR A RESPONSE?!?

My lucky tat?

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Put On Your Shoes

So there’s this song, see.

For toddlers.

About getting ready and going outside.

And PROS.alpha likes it.

A lot.

I’ll let you go ahead and imagine how many times we’ve seen it, but first, of course, because I love, I’m gonna go ahead and share it with you.

CAUSE I LOVE

Guess how many times I’ve heard this song.

GUESS

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What We’ve Learned So Far

As I’ve been rebuilding this site. In case you hadn’t noticed. I have.

Cause of the hack.

And this is what I’ve learned so far…

Backups Aren’t Necessary UNTIL THEY ARE

If I had been maintaining regular backups (which the hosting company is totally happy to do for just a few euros more per month), it would’ve taken a few short hours (minutes? let’s hope I never find out.) to rebuild. Instead it’s been days. And it’s going to take at least another week to smooth out all the wrinkles.

So now I use Vaultpress, a WordPress plugin that interfaces with Jetpack, for daily backups.

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Change is Terrifying. Do it Anyway.

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:

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