Among the proposed sessions can be found many interesting ideas: from technical skills, to management and transfer of knowledge, networking and philosophy around women and technology, children and computers, and the future.
Here are my favourites mixes:
Linux, command-line, GIMP, programming, public speaking
Ruby programming, Rails, ways to get more women into programming, teaching programming to kids
So, there we go. The 11 of January was the birth of my thesis - completed and submitted. Almost 150 pages of work on the topic "Women's Contribution to Free and Open Source Software Development". In French*. Will upload the PDF soon online. For the English speaking readers, will probably have to wait for the articles I will be writing within the year. My idea for publishing a book (in English) will need a more structured research and connections. If anyone has ideas, please let me know :)
There is a significant difference when you stand up in front of two hundred people to give a single presentation or a lecture, and when you stand up in front of ten trainees, for giving a three months course. Especially an ICT course, where much of the time you have to be clicking on the right place and not making mistakes, because people use to panic, when noticing red alert messages. This latter, compared to the first, feels more like a relationship - long lasting, well planned, with predicted results. And actually, a long lasting knowledge that has to come out of all that.
I must admit it's time to give up. The snow that fell in just a night time did not incite me a lot to use my bike on the next day. I think I will sponsor the public transport this winter, by profiting to read my Drupal books and taking it "easy".
I wonder if many people feel like this. You just get up, all filled with enthusiasm, coffee helps making you in form of action. You get in front of your screen, and here it is: distraction, world problems, friends' problems, more things to read... And then you open your chapter and... oufff.. not this again!
Falling in love is an out of control feeling. Sometimes, you fall in love with an incompatible one. With the one you cannot be if you reasonably think of. Sometimes this one can be defective by design. But love is blind.
I can't help it. I like this one too much. I keep looking at it and laughing, and thinking, and wondering. This is too simple to bring so much sense to me. Like everything else that is simple. So, here it is And so on, created by Jessica Hagy.
I am changing these days. My mind is changing, and my thoughts - with it. I think it is my MA thesis which is changing me. Each day I discover new things around women's contribution to FOSS development, which is sometimes difficult to explain, but is tempting to make it heard by more people. This is why preparing a speech is a birth of a new challenge. It cannot be done months before it is given. And instead of doing my slides in the plane, I kept working on my research. Because the more I advance into the issue, the more what I will talk about will be new.
Just a week after re-electing you, you had to show your real nature. So, why now the Canal Lachine, the natural historic site of Canada is closed for the winter? Life does not end in winter. Neither do walks, winter sports and biking. There is not even snow yet, it's only November.
I got a number of friends who live in Facebook, and I have always refused to join, because of waste of time, of conflict with privacy and with personal discomfort to be part of it. This time, a friend of mine, who is not on any other networks or communication channels, but actively updating on FB... might have to convince me. Here is this comics from this morning, which is not really helping the cause:
Here is my freaky statistics. I just counted that for the 4 trips I did this year, I have jumped on and off 17 planes! Having in mind I am in my low travelling mode, with a still young kid and with thesis to take care of. What about past years, when I would travel almost each month?
In the past 6 nights, I have done no more than 17 hours of sleep, including the power naps in some of the planes. This makes less than 3hrs per night. So what did this produce as negative effects? Well, bad concentration and paleness. Bad quality presentations. Forgetting personal belongings. Eating once a day. Drinking too much coffee. Moments of falling asleep while people demand my attention, and sleepless hours in bed, when emptiness is stronger than anything else and not allowing me to close my eyes.