P is super sick today, I’m working from downstairs AGAIN because connectivity is absolute ASS at our new house, and I’m officially off of sick leave / maternity ramp up.
No big deal.
Okay, but seriously, can we take a second to celebrate that?
OMG I’M FINALLY ONE HUNDRED PERCENT AT WORK AGAIN
IT’S BEEN LITERALLY YEARS
KERMIT FLAIL!! !
Continue reading “Making It Up As I Go Along”
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.
Continue reading “What Scares You?”
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.”