Well and truly exhausted, actually.
I got enough sleep last night. And managed to work a bit this morning, although nothing to brag about. And then I gave an Elevator Pitch workshop via Toastmasters Groningen and Connect International.
That sounds WAY more impressive than it feels upon reflection.
Have I mentioned how tired I am?
I might not make any sense right now.
I do humbly reserve the right to delete the fuck out of this post in the morning after I’ve gotten six meager hours of sleep because #TWINS like to get up at six.
Continue reading “Maybe I’m Not Listening To My Introvert Self Enough”
Five weeks ago I did a talk for a research group at the local hospital and had an absolute blast.
I’m starting to think I might be good at this speaking thing.
And this training thing.
And other things.
Continue reading “Ready to Talk?!? The Science of Presenting Your Research”
Tonight at Toastmasters Groningen I talked about how a fear of heights led me to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.
And one of the points of my kickass speech evaluator was that I needed to incorporate more facts. Which is true. I am *really* good at telling a story. At leveraging emotions. At entertaining.
And I am a total chicken shit when it comes to facts and statistics and dates.
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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.”
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”