Girls Who Code has also provided a way to explore the applications of computer science via curriculum and speakers. Before I entered the program, I was interested in coding but I didn’t see the practical applications of it. The exposure to many speakers, workshops and field trips have made it easier to imagine one’s self in a tech workplace.
I’ve spoken to four Girls Who Code classes this summer, and they’ve been some of the most energetic, pumped-up, smart, passionate teenagers I’ve ever experienced.
Even in 2014, the stereotype persists that “a computer programmer” is a scruffy white/asian male who sits in a cubicle all day with a computer never interacting with other humans. Showing these girls that it’s a real option for them is key to encouraging them and girls like them to pursue software engineering as the awesome career that it is.
There’s lots to fix about our industry for the women who are already here, but Girls Who Code are helping excite the next generation.
“Soccer is about to explode in America, and the U.S. soccer team is an indie band right before they break out. It’s hipster patriotism.”—Will Leitch, on the state of soccer in the U.S. during this World Cup. (via parislemon)
The crisis we’re seeing is the result of decades of choices, and while the tech industry is a sexy, attention-grabbing target, it cannot shoulder blame for this alone.
Unless a new direction emerges, this will keep getting worse until the next economic crash, and then it will re-surface again eight years later. Or it will keep spilling over into Oakland, which is a whole other Pandora’s box of gentrification issues.
The high housing costs aren’t healthy for the city, nor are they healthy for the industry. Both thrive on a constant flow of ideas and people.
Wonderful article by Kim-Mai Cutler giving a deep history of how we ended up with the SF housing issues we have. Tying in the threads between Google buses, direct democracy, corporate tax breaks and the shooting of George Moscone & Harvey Milk.
This is not “reverse discrimination” or “bullying”
There has been a lot of pushback of this kind on twitter, with a lot of ridiculous hypotheticals. I don’t know how many times we have to say this, and in how many ways, but here are some: calling you a jerk for your belief that I am sub-human is not the same as you believing I am sub-human in the first place. Your freedom of speech does not mean freedom of consequences of that speech. There is no right to not be offended by things. Your religious expression is not more important than my equal rights, and in any case my having equal rights does not affect your ability to express those beliefs. Taking away your privilege is not equivalent to oppressing you. It’s not bullying. An adult punching a three year old is bullying; it’s not bullying if the three year old punches back. Power matters, and until very recently you had all of it, and you still have more than your share.
“This internship is unpaid, but interns will receive school credit and unlimited Pepsi products during their internship. Interns will also have the opportunity to take three (3) selfies with Beyoncé over the course of the internship.”—Apply Now To Intern For Beyoncé This Summer!
On Saturday, Nov. 30, the hackers had set their traps and had just one thing to do before starting the attack: plan the data’s escape route. As they uploaded exfiltration malware to move stolen credit card numbers—first to staging points spread around the U.S. to cover their tracks, then into their computers in Russia—FireEye spotted them. Bangalore got an alert and flagged the security team in Minneapolis. And then …
It lives on not just because it made history as the first obstruction call ever to end a postseason baseball game. (And there have been 1,406 of them.)
It lives on not just because the winning run — the run that caused the scoreboard to read: “Cardinals 5, Red Sox 4” — was scored by a man (Craig) who never touched home plate.
It lives on not just because it might have been the most confusing finish to any World Series game in history.
No, it lives on because this, ladies and gentlemen, was the end of an era.
What this really was, when you think it through, was the Last Great Umpiring Call (or Calls) of the Pre-Instant Replay Era, the technology which — beginning in 2014 — will permeate the lives of every umpire who ever sets foot on a major league field from now on.
“I think a lot of the people who are in tech right now are feeling very conflicted. They want to be here and enjoy San Francisco for all it has to offer, and they don’t want to be part of the problem. But many have no idea what it even means to be part of S.F. They aren’t connected to the city and its residents. They’re getting around town in private cars and working inside buildings with cafes, preventing them from interacting with anyone outside their community”—Wendy MacNaughton, Perfect Timing: A New Illustrated Guide to the Real San Francisco
“From the probiotics aisle to the vaguely ridiculous Organic Integrity outreach effort, Whole Foods has all the ingredients necessary to give Richard Dawkins nightmares. And if you want a sense of how weird, and how fraught, the relationship between science, politics, and commerce is in our modern world, then there’s really no better place to go. Because anti-science isn’t just a religious, conservative phenomenon—and the way in which it crosses cultural lines can tell us a lot about why places like the Creation Museum inspire so much rage, while places like Whole Foods don’t.”—Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience
“C’mon, none of the women leading the firms I mentioned above would survive having an inappropriate relationship with a vendor, hide it by lying on expense reports, subject the enterprise to an harassment suit, be allowed to resign with a multi-million-dollar package, negotiate a settlement with the plaintiff without notifying the BOD, be defended by pundits and other CEO’s and then land a new C-level job in less than 60 days at a competitor. No, it takes balls to have a run like that and still have anyone of merit defend you.”—CEO Archetypes: #7 Joan of Arc, by Nancy Householder Hauge | Model View Culture
““Most startup mixers are like, “Let’s go to a bar and get f—ed up.” Here, there’s a mechanical bull. There’s an arcade. This is actually how people make deeper connections. After this, they’ll be like, ‘Yeah, man I fell off the mechanical bull before you did,” Saari said.”—
It’s Thursday, which means that you can turn to network television tonight to see the most sympathetic, realistic portrayal of grown-up nerds currently airing. Or you could watch The Big Bang Theory instead.
For quite some time now, Parks And Recreation has quietly been proving itself to be the best show about nerds (and the nerds who love them) on television. There are no cheap shots, no assumptions that all nerds share identical interests, no condescension in the guise of celebration.
“Uniforms and surviving Chi-beria notwithstanding, fashion is faddish. And our wearing areas are pretty full already. The FitBit Flex and such were lucky to find radiocarpal room freed up when Livestrong fell out of favor. Whoever thinks “Always-on wristbands that know who you’re with — and their preferences — could become vehicles for location-based restaurant advertising” is unclear about what makes a nice bracelet.”—Ready to Wear — Medium
Time travel has captured the public imagination for much of the past century, but little has been done to actually search for time travelers. Here, three implementations of Internet searches for time travelers are described, all seeking a prescient mention of information not previously available. […] No time travelers were discovered. Although these negative results do not disprove time travel, given the great reach of the Internet, this search is perhaps the most comprehensive to date.
I rewatched this over the weekend after it was named on a list as the Best Stand-Up Special of 2013, and it’s true. It is probably the finest stand-up set I’ve watched all year. It’s one of those amazing shows that transcends stand-up into proper one-man storytelling theatre.
Fire up your Netflix account and watch. If nothing else, you’ll hear the words “homemade carnival salsa”, and for that you can thank me later.