Coming Back From Burnout

Posted by: barbara | Date: Sep 03, 2015 | Category: DjangoCon

Coming Back From Burnout

I have some bad news for you. I don't have a magic bullet - everything you're going to hear from me today is plain common sense, nothing profound, no arcane solutions. You probably already know what you need to do if you're feeling burned out. ...

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Public Speaking for Nerds

Posted by: barbara | Date: Jul 21, 2015 | Category: DjangoCon Personal PyCon

I was not born with an abundance of natural self-confidence.

I barely spoke to anyone at the first few conferences I attended. Hallway track? Nah.

Naturally, I was an avowed non-presenter for years. I swore that I was too nervous, too shy. I could never do it. I'd leave it ...

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A computer science classroom project without a name

Posted by: barbara | Date: Sep 17, 2013 | Category: CS Education

A little over a month ago now, just as the new school year was about to begin, I had the privilege of attending a meeting of the local chapter of Computer Science Teachers Association here in Austin. I didn't really have any plans - my goal was just ...

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An open letter to tech conference organizers

Posted by: barbara | Date: May 31, 2013 | Category: Personal

Make that "conference organizers who are interested in increasing diversity among your attendees, or in your community, or (hopefully), both".

Take what I'm about to suggest with a grain of salt. I'm a programmer and a woman who's been going to conferences for several years now. I have a ton ...

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My weird health issues

Posted by: barbara | Date: May 16, 2013 | Category: Personal

If we're connected on Facebook, you've probably already seen bits and pieces of this story. Is it weird to be talking about my health problems on what is ostensibly a tech blog? Maybe. But there are enough people who have been curious that I thought I'd better explain what's going ...

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