Oh hey, Happy
Thanksgiving December! My last post was a cliffhanger that wound up more suspenseful than intended. And then December exploded and I’ve been busy with no time to blog. But I started down this path, so let’s dive back in. 🙂
Andy Spearing, Crater Lake
Ok, so I was talking about my assumptions going into this year, and I left off at number 4:
- I can learn to code in a year — TRUE
- I will be job-seeking in a year — TRUE-ish
- I can tailor a program of free resources and paid classes for less money and time than the cost of graduate school — TRUE w/caveats
- As long as I can build software, the amount of math I’ll need to know is minimal
- An all-women learning environment is preferable to co-ed (but not a deal-breaker).
- MOOCs will be a great tech resource for learning computer science
- Meet-ups will be a great way to network, make connections, and find job leads
Tonight I attended my first py-ladies meetup (long loooonng overdue). I’ve been lurking this group for awhile and less so in recent months as I identified less as a py-lady and more as a rubyist, but they got me out with the lure of… can you guess? TWITTERBOTS. Oh yes. I will shower and take the #7 bus and show up for some juicy bot talk.
And so I arrived, freakishly on-time for cocktail hour (I meant to sort of slither in just in time for the talk because despite years of getting paid to successfully network I am painfully introverted and bad at intro-chat). And despite any awkwardness I met many lovely ladies and enjoyed a great talk by Elizabeth Uselton, a first cohort Ada Academy graduate. I’ll post a link to her presentation if it’s shared with me. My favorite was her description of a bot she created, “Cathy,” to gently troll her classmates through the persona of “your mom’s friend on facebook who likes the Seahawks, yoga, and everything you post, but not creepy-like.”
Some links (not-bot):