Archive for September 2017

Tragedy comes in all sizes

There has been a lot of tragedy in the news lately: Hurricane Harvey, the earthquake in Mexico, and Hurricane Maria to name a few. But tragedy isn’t always big and newsworthy. Sometimes it doesn’t flood a city, destroy buildings, or devastate an island. Sometimes tragedy is closer to home. Sometimes it only impacts a close circle of... Read more »

You are invited to an online Halloween Party!

You are invited to an online Halloween Party!
It’s almost that time again! It’s almost October, which means it’s time for pumpkins, costumes, trick-or-treat candy, spooky stories, and Listing Toward Halloween! Yes, for the fifth year I will be transforming this blog into a virtual Halloween party. A bunch of friends have provided spooky and Halloween-themed personal stories, costume ideas, short fiction, and poems.... Read more »

Hooray for the bitches who mother those oft-cited SOBs

Recently the President of the United States used his usual level of tasteful eloquence to call NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem sons of bitches. Teresa Kaepernick, mother of Colin Kaepernick who famously began taking the knee during the National Anthem to protest racist police violence, had the perfect comeback: “Guess that makes me... Read more »
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The unfair vilification of the Equifax CSO's music degrees

The unfair vilification of the Equifax CSO's music degrees
Since news broke of an Equifax data breach impacting around half of the adults in the United States people have been trying to sort out how this happened. Someone eventually covered a detail that was clearly considered damning evidence. Equifax’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) at the time of the breach was *gasp!* a music major. Since... Read more »

The training all women in tech really need

The training all women in tech really need
I’ve been invited to yet another “women in tech” event where the keynote is not a woman in tech but a generic self-help/motivational speaker. These types of speakers tell their largely female audiences how to “Boost your confidence!” “Take risks!” “Speak up!” One I saw at a similar event even encouraged us to “Learn about sports,... Read more »

The art of technology on display in the Jepson Center TechSpace

The art of technology on display in the Jepson Center TechSpace
Many people still seem to assume that people who work with computers are not creative. In my experience the best technologists are always creative, although often that creativity manifests itself in ways that are not always visible to those outside their industries. But sometimes the person working with the computer is a visual artist, and... Read more »
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Is the word "ladies" gender neutral?

Is “guys” gender neutral? Some say yes and use guys to refer to groups of men and women. Others say guys is sexist, which is why I made a list of 40 gender neutral alternatives to saying “you guys.” One word I did not consider when making that list was “ladies,” but why shouldn’t I? If “guys”... Read more »

Favorite places to eat and drink in Savannah, Georgia

If you’ve never been to Savannah, Georgia (or even if you have), go ahead and do the tourist stuff: Eat at Mrs. Wilkes’ Boarding Room, grab a drink (and a praline sample) on River Street, do a ghost tour. Those are all great, but there are a lot of less cliche places to enjoy in Savannah... Read more »