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Valve Sombrero Hour

Valve Sombrero Hour

I’m working on a post that I think people will find valuable. In the meantime, here’s a year-old picture of me in a sombrero, for Valve’s Sombrero Hour.

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Iron Blogger – Seattle

Iron Blogger – Seattle

On a whim, Drew and I decided to start an Iron Blogger group in Seattle. You’re invited. What does that mean? Well, the premise is pretty simple. Everyone in the group commits themselves to writing a post each week. If you don’t write your post, you owe $5 into the pot. When the pot fills up, everyone goes out and has a beer–or the non-alcoholic drink of their choice. Personally I like lemonade. And then …

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Okay, Hackers

Okay, Hackers

I apparently managed to ruffle some Twitter feathers yesterday with my post about the overloading of the word hacker. One of the most common complaints was that I didn’t address white hat hackers. It’s flattering that people took the time to read my post and then respond. But I think that they might have missed the bottom line. It’s not really a problem that the word “hacker” has multiple meanings. It’s a polyseme, and this …

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The Trouble with Hackers

You know, for a group so obsessed with namespace issues, we’ve done a pretty poor job of choosing a name for ourselves. Hackers. Hacking. Hackathons. Hack. To most technical people, the meaning of hack is clear. “To write code quickly, sometimes at the cost of quality.” But when non-technical peers ask me if I ever hack, I have to catch myself. Because I know they’re imagining this: Why have we done this to ourselves? The …

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An Update on My Life

I know I said that you’d have to go to my Intersect page to learn anything about my life, but I wanted to share two exciting pieces of news: I was awarded the National Center for Women and Information Technology’s Award for Aspirations in Computing (whew! That was a mouthful). This means that I get a little money and a laptop, as well as a trip to North Carolina to meet the other 34 people …

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Hello world!

This is my foray into the world of personal blogging.

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