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Sunday 13 September 2015

After a tough month for all kinds of sad and difficult reasons, the obvious thing to do is to do something physically and psychologically challenging, something at which I progress slowly, fail regularly, and against which my comparison point is Andrew, who is both absolutely more skilled and progresses faster. So I was thrilled to open September with our intended-to-be-annual snow sports trip.

Yeah, that was sarcasm.

It went surprisingly OK, after it started exactly that promisingly. After a super difficult day at home, we got up to pack for a week in an hour with both children awake and grumpy. Everything bar the DVDs (so, beginners mistake) made it into the car and we had a good run down to Thredbo, taking about eight hours for the five hour drive, going out of our way through Goulburn, driving past my old infants school and the motel we lived at while my parents managed it, and hugely confusing and upsetting V who seemed to believe I was trying to tell him we were about to move there.

The first day, Sunday 30th, Andrew had a day looking after A while V did ski school and I skiied by myself to see if I could recover my skills. I felt fairly confident after the first day. My instructor on Monday was less impressed, and I was worried that this would be my second year entirely on Friday Flat, Thredbo’s bunny slope. So after some online encouragement I went up to Merrits with Andrew and spent Monday afternoon and part of Tuesday feeling challenged, ie, unhappy. Wednesday was my day off with the kids and the challenge paid off on Thursday when my instructor cleaned up my technique on Merrits and pronounced me “Level 4, if you ever need to tell anyone”, ie, about the same level of skill I reached as a snowboarder except in less time and with less dinner plate sized bruises. And I can get off chairlifts as a skiier. Presumably next year I will start skiing easier intermediate runs. I did a run with Andrew in which he was so thrilled I was doing well that he slid down to tell me about it and accidentally knocked me down.

On Friday though I was just about cooked. Which is OK. In an ideal world I’d do two or more long weekends of skiing a year rather than one entire week of it, but we live six hours drive from the ski fields and it is what it is.

V also had a fun week, in his case an indefatigable one. (Instructors: “he doesn’t really… get tired does he?”) With the bonus of a day off that featured the local water slide, and the anti-bonus of getting a nasty face scrape from falling off a trampoline, of all things. Someone suggested to him that he should tell people he hit a tree, but he doesn’t really understand that hitting trees is a skiing possibility. I think he imagined walking up to a tree and head-butting it.

When we came to Sydney, spring had come. The European invader trees apparently follow the European invader calendar; they reliably leaf in the first week of September. Everything is a slightly noxious looking light green while the new leaves mature.

Otherwise, my time is taken up by winding up my job and by job-hunting, as you can imagine. This included a day in Melbourne this past week, where I wandered around wondering why everyone wasn’t driving on the right, and realised that I need to travel domestically perhaps a touch more often. Drive on the left. Use multicoloured money.

Syndicated 2015-09-12 22:43:39 from puzzling.org

Wednesday 26 August 2015

I went to San Franciso a month ago this Friday, for the final stages of planning the Ada Initiative’s shutdown. The first morning I woke up there to the news of Nóirín’s death. I wrote “Nóirín was also one of the strongest and bravest people [I] will ever have the privilege of knowing” that same morning and that’s everything I want to say.

So, the only thing about that trip that makes sense to tell is some images.

Staying in the Mission and being in the sun in the streets full of trees and brightly painted houses finally made San Francisco make sense to me. As was probably inevitable, coming from another beautiful city full of gentrifiers.

Long weekday evenings in the dusk at Dolores Park, watching the fog from a distance. Seeing a rainbow.

Mad Max: Fury Road which I had never expected to see, much less like, even though I had heard about it from feminists more than action fans. (Or maybe they were both!)

But instead of rushing into Furiosa’s cab like everyone else I know, I developed an obsession with Pitch Perfect instead and walked up and down Valencia for hours in the middle of the night listening to its soundtrack.

Eating berries. And paté on apple slices.

My family sending me so much Lindt chocolate in San Francisco that I still have about ⅓ of it now. But I ate all the peanut butter balls before I left.

Broken choppy video chat images of V and A smiling at me.

Cutting down my SIM card from my broken phone with scissors rather than waiting another day to call home.

Walking on a hillside in the hot sun near Muir Woods, in a country where pines are supposed to be and eucalypts are pests.

The purple windows of the 787 that brought me home.

Syndicated 2015-08-25 22:26:38 from puzzling.org

The Ada Initiative’s sunset

This morning, the Ada Initiative, which I co-founded in 2011 and have been employed by between 2011 and now, announced our shutdown.

Sunset over San Francisco, original by  Nan Palmero
Sunset over San Francisco, original by
Nan Palmero

I’m proud of all the work we talked about in the announcement, but a few things of mine over the years in particular that I enjoyed doing a lot and that I hope will have a continuing impact:

AdaCamp. AdaCamp Melbourne was my idea, and was, for me, something of a followup to the LinuxChix/Haecksen miniconfs I founded in 2007, but, as we had done with the Ada Initiative, decoupled from the Linux community specifically, and explicitly feminist and incorporating what I’d learned from organizing earlier women’s events and meetups. It grew into much more over time, incorporating ideas from other events like quiet rooms and inclusive catering, and solving problems that plagued the events that all of the Ada Initiative staff and AdaCamp staff had been to over the years.

The guide to responding to harassment reports as an event organizer. This was based on a email I wrote to a conference organizer who was wondering what one actually does when a harassment report comes in, which, as I tend to do with my best emails, I later edited to put on the web. The wiki text has been somewhat edited and expanded of course, but is substantially similar to my initial version. It formed the basis of the enforcement manual that PyCon developed.

The AdaCamp Toolkit. I wrote more than half of this in the month between closing the AdaCamp program and launching the Toolkit, and edited the remainder from material developed internally. Not since the Geek Feminism wiki have I had so much (rather intense) fun emptying the contents of my head onto a website.

The Impostor Syndrome Training and our Impostor Syndrome Proofing article. AdaCampers had been discussing Impostor Syndrome since the event in Melbourne. I developed the version given at AdaCamps from Portland onwards, and which I will teach in Sydney shortly, built up around an exercise developed by Leigh Honeywell for AdaCamp SF, and we’re releasing it publicly after the Sydney workshop.

I also did a great deal of the behind the scenes project management and technical work (web work, systems administration, payments processing setup) throughout the life of the organization, and internally my documents are the core of our institutional knowledge. (I am hoping to edit a few of the fundraising documents for publication this month.) Valerie’s life will never be the same again now that everything goes in a spreadsheet. I am hoping I can offer my project management skills to another organization soon.

There’s a lot of smaller things that I would never have without the Ada Initiative, like quite good double-entry bookkeeping skills, passable knowledge of Javascript, and too much knowledge of US non-profit tax law.

Thank you to Valerie Aurora, my friend and co-founder, without whom the Ada Initiative could never have existed in the first place, would never have had the vision or the conviction to do 95% of what it did, and who made a very unlikely and very lucky gamble on me as a co-founder four and a half years ago. I’m in San Francisco right now, my last trip for the Ada Initiative, so that we could do this last thing together and go out leaving as much for the community to use as possible.

Thank you to the many many people who worked and volunteered for us over the last four and a half years, who came to our events, who donated, and who advocated for, amplified, and improved our work.

As for what’s up next, I’ll be at the Ada Initiative for another couple of months. During that time, if this sentence of our shutdown notice was of interest, let’s talk:

Mary will be looking for a new position based in Sydney, Australia, working in a leadership role with the right organization.

Sunrise in Sydney, original by Tom French
Sunrise in Sydney, original by Tom French

Image credits:

Nan Palmero, You Heading to Oakland or Space?, CC BY, cropped and colour adjusted by the author of this post.
Tom French, Harbour Sunrise, CC BY, cropped and colour adjusted by the author of this post.

Syndicated 2015-08-04 22:54:30 from puzzling.org

Return to sender stickers: the littlest life hack

I’ve lived in Sydney for sixteen years and I am living in the tenth residence I’ve had in Sydney. So I have a lot of experience of moving houses, and a lot of experience of drowning under a deluge of mail directed to the previous residents of my current home, sometimes several “generations” of them.

You’re not supposed to open or throw out other people’s mail, you’re supposed to mark it “return to sender, no longer at this address” and put it back in a post box. And doing this does — eventually — help as slowly the banks, governments, ex-lovers and debt collectors sending mail to the previous residents get the picture.

But it’s also a total pain in the neck. At the best of times, writing “return to sender, no longer at this address” exceeds my weekly pen output quota, and that’s before you get to trying to write on shrink-wrapped mail and other such things.

Which is why you can go ahead and order sheets of my “return to sender, no longer at this address” Vistaprint design and stick it to incoming mail deluges rather than need to involve a pen at all. I’ve been doing it for about five years and my wrists thank me.

Conflicts of interest: none, as far as I am aware only Vistaprint gets any monetary benefit if you order that sticker from them.

Syndicated 2015-07-23 02:13:26 from puzzling.org

Tuesday 14 July 2015

We survived our second school holidays; suddenly V is halfway through his first year of school. And by “survived” I mean “he spent 5 days a week at vacation care rather than 5 days a week at school”. The big impact on my life was needing to walk into the school grounds in order to sign him in in the mornings, required by vacation care and not by school proper. The vacation care centre is even on the school grounds so really the change was minimal, other than that he got to go on excursions most days. The school ought to have a word with them, because they can’t compete with Luna Park.

We spent the middle weekend with my parents, which was fairly par for the course. Take a toddler away for the weekend; they will defy all your ecstatic descriptions of their lovely personality and spend a substantial amount of every day being a grump.

We made it there for a snowfall last year, but missed it by a week this year, with it falling this most recent weekend instead. I’m not sorry, considering that the roads were closed for much of a day. Apparently Sydney has had its coldest day in five years or something of the kind, after an extremely mild start to winter, but we haven’t noticed because we no longer live in Sydney’s coldest and darkest house. It’s quite delightful to be inside the house and yet sometimes have sun on us. What is this revolution in construction?

We’re still reconciling ourselves to our new suburb. Honestly, this will probably be the work of a year or so. So far my list of ways that it clearly wins is quite short, but growing. Our house is (a lot) nicer. The public transport is better, even if it is buses (buses that shoot straight over the Anzac Bridge like lightning aren’t really what normally bothers me in buses). And a touch of the truly sublime: watching two winter sunsets and counting from the Iron Cove bridge. Even V throwing an epic tantrum about not wanting to walk fails to spoil the memory of the first one. At this time of year the sun sets over the ridge in Drummoyne; I’m looking forward to it coming a bit further south over the water.

Both kids are doing swimming lessons for six weeks, which means that we can swim on Saturdays. Again, that ended up being surprisingly nice, because it’s an outdoor pool so we can swim in the sun, and then there’s a west-facing glassed-in cafe to warm up in afterwards. Andrew’s picking up an after-work yoga class, perhaps I’ll pick something local too. I should be ecstatic about the cycle paths around here, first I need to overcome a whole lot of inertia to do with wrestling my bike out from under a pile of bikes and so on. I like cycling routes I already know, I think, which obviously fails after a move. But being able to cycle over the bridges will be great once I work up the nerve.

Meanwhile, Andrew and I went back in time on Friday night. We had dinner with friends at Harajuku Gyoza. That wasn’t the step back in time; precisely, although it’s been a long time since I’ve eaten in Kings Cross. We’ve never been to Harajuku Gyoza, and I don’t think I’d go to a place where the big appeal is that they yell at you when pouring sake. Probably more fun with more sake, admittedly. No, our step back in time was deciding to walk home. It was just over seven kilometres and took around an hour and a half. To complete the return to our twenty year old selves, we did it without referring to a phone or a map. Not exactly a challenge in a city we’ve lived in for half our lives, but definitely a flashback. I don’t even go outdoors much after dark now, since the kids go to bed soon after sunset, so I was even able to discover the basic joys of it simply being dark out there. I’ve never lived east of the city, but I think that’s really where the heart of it is. I’ve never lived east of the city, but I think that’s really where the heart of it is.We walked out of our way up through Woolloomooloo and through the Domain and admired the sudden onset of skyscrapers looming over the park and cut through the hospital with its odd fluorescent fountain and puzzled at the small pine grove off the Anzac Bridge.

Syndicated 2015-07-14 11:22:39 from puzzling.org

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