Owning our awesome

2010 May 8
by Leigh Honeywell

red, green, and blue lasers being adjustedInspired by Kate, Karen, and Denise, and as a sort of Unicorn Chaser to the last post about Facebook’s failings and flailings, let’s talk about awesome things we’ve done recently!  They don’t need to be technical or even geeky.

I’ll go first in the comments. This thread will be hosted by pretty lasers.

swirly laser patterns

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Leigh is a student, hacker, and organizer of communities both online and offline. She blogs, dents and tweets.


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13 Responses
  1. Leigh Honeywell permalink*
    May 8, 2010

    This week I: followed up with a contact from a conference on her offer of a free developer phone, and she’s sending me one! I got ops in #ubuntu-ca, put up an agenda for our first meeting in a dog’s age, hosted an Ubuntu Lucid release party at the HackLab, and generally lit a fire under folks there. And I compiled the SVN version of Blender from source. Woot!

  2. Melissa permalink
    May 8, 2010

    I was reappointed for a second term to the Asia/Oceania Ubuntu Regional Membership Board. I got to announce a new sponsor for the Ubuntu Women World Play Day competition I’ve been organising for the past few weeks, and this morning, nominated myself for the Ubuntu Women leadership committee/council/thingie. Whee!

  3. Rebecca permalink
    May 8, 2010

    I produced some optimizations for a code that made a man working on a different code in the same project finally take interest in what I was doing and ask me to help him. He previously ignored my contributions because I am a computer scientist so I couldn’t possibly have anything good to contribute to Physics. But when I make your loops an order of magnitude faster, that turns heads, I guess! Here’s to efficient cache utilization!

  4. The Bald Soprano permalink
    May 8, 2010

    I’m working (slowly, very slowly –health and thesis keep getting in the way) on the skills I need to get involved in Ubuntu development (specifically, packaging).

    I’m also exploring some art/design things thanks to the realization I had about myself trying to come up with a post on the Shapely Prose thread linked in this post. My supplies just arrived yesterday.

  5. Sophie permalink
    May 8, 2010

    I implemented a parser for a little-known adventure game language from scratch in a few days.

    (My parser isn’t online yet, but the language is Smash.)

  6. bywyd permalink
    May 9, 2010

    So, mine is non-technical but last week I chaired a meeting where everyone else was much older than me, and there has been a history of power struggles and marginalising some voices. I don’t think this body has been chaired by a woman for several years, when it was done once, and she was torn to pieces (there have been significant changes in membership since then.) It was a productive meeting and comments were later made that I had done a good job of chairing it. Not “well for a woman” or “well for someone so young.” Just well.

  7. bbinkovitz permalink
    May 9, 2010

    I learned how to use Drush ( http://drupal.org/project/drush ) and it was way simpler than I had feared. Then I started messing around with an Arduino and it’s also way simpler than I feared.

    I also started a GeekFeminism group on Vimeo and the guy who did the ode to a girl coder song has joined and added the video: http://vimeo.com/groups/geekfeminism

    And now I am trying to get a F.I.R.S.T. Robotics team started in the SE Ohio/Appalachia region.

  8. Dorothea Salo permalink
    May 9, 2010

    Awesome-by-proxy: A student of mine who did not know about “data curation” until she learned of it in my class now has a prestigious fellowship at a prestigious institution to go and do it.

    This makes me happier than I can easily express.

    • Leigh Honeywell permalink*
      May 13, 2010

      There are few things awesomer than passing the awesome along :)

  9. Rikki Kite permalink
    May 10, 2010

    1. I’ve been teaching myself how to make small business websites using WordPress as a CMS – I’m making one for a personal trainer in exchange for training.

    2. I’ve been working out with a personal trainer.

    3. I learned how to make homemade pizza crust (and discovered that I get the song ‘When the moon hits your eye with a big pizza pie’ stuck in my head every time I make them).

    4. I adopted a dog from the Humane Society this weekend and he is awesome.

    5. I was a beta tester on Ubuntu 10.04 and filed my first bug report. Ah, the awesomeness of it all.

  10. ifrik permalink
    May 11, 2010

    I gave my first presentation at tech meeting – about setting up multilingual sites with Drupal at the DrupalDevDays in Munich.

  11. 8-bit Emma permalink
    May 11, 2010

    After reading an entry from the Geek Girls Network about gender and geekiness and seeing the accompanying graphic I was inspired to spend a few minutes of my free time today making a “poster” of a few types of geeks that reflects people I have actually met and is not just a poster of white men…..

    http://chronicgeek.blogspot.com/2010/05/geek-girl-thing.html

    It’s just a quick little drawing, but it was fun.

  12. Leigh Honeywell permalink*
    May 13, 2010

    Thanks to everyone who posted awesome stuff to this thread, this is exactly what I was hoping to hear :)

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