So, Philly CC went great. I started to make a video about it here: however, You Tube ate my video three times. You can
watch part of it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ej8L1RxDJU
That was a greeeeat minute.
I will get back to the video later this week and make it for reals now? I just wanted to touch base and say two things. Firstly, http://bundl.it is going great. We now
have a blog at http://bundlitblog.wordpress.com/2009/10/03/well-hello-there/ run by my trusty sidekick Lloyd.
I also was awarded an MVP award by Microsoft. I am greatful for the honor and can't wait for the summit.
Everything else will have to wait until later in the week when I have time to redo this video. Tomorrow we will be celebrating the release of Bundl.it at the New Work
City anniversary party. Should be a blast.
So, Philly .NET Code Camp is where I made my speaking debut (amid much stuttering and shaking). I may be biased when I say this is the best .NET Code Camp in the US. They have it twice a year at the Devry Campus in Fort Washington PA. It goes from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm with Breakfast, Lunch and Prizes. It's all completely free and the presenters are a Who's Who in .NET. I'm really excited to see a lot of people speak, and to meet some people that I haven't before. If you live in the area it would be awesome to see you, please come say hi.
In other news I am working on a website snapshot generator for the thumbnails on http://bundl.it. I'm really unhappy with the service I am using and its reliability. I am also learning some Silverlight stuff thanks to the help of Chris Bennage of Devlicio.us fame. This is a lot of fun as I never expected to learn something so closely linked in design work. The most I've done on a related level is make a picture fade in and out in flash. It is a slow learning process.
Thanks to all that came out for the NY Nerd Dinner at Stout tonight. We were a mellow group, but I really enjoyed our conversation and meeting some of you for the first time.
So, I do a lot of nerd events as you probably notice. This weekend was the MVC Firestarter done by Microsoft. Stephen Bohlen did an awesome write up here), and I did something a little different than I normally do: I dressed like a girl. Usually I like to up my nerd credibility by wearing a tee shirt and sneakers. However, if you catch me on an average day you'll see me in a stylish (well, at least what I consider stylish) out fit and pumps. Not at all casual.
I usually figure that if I wear something more low key it will make me more approachable, however what I really think is that if I dress down it will make the gender gap not so gaping. I also think it makes me a little more approachable and likely to make friends at these things.
What changed this weekend? I don't know. The night before I was thinking of what to wear. I have this default pair of cargo khakis that are great for nerd events. I have a small handful of nerdy tees, and I was thinking about which one to put on and lamenting about the fact that I didn't have anything new and I feel like I have outworn a lot of tees. At that moment I decided that was the end of it, I was going to dress normal for once. I didn't wear anything crazy, just khaki boot cut fitted pants, a red and white striped sweater, and white flats.
So, was I treated differently? Well, to be honest I feel like less people came to talk to me. However, that wasn't exactly a scientific study, and I think I will do this a few more times before coming to a conclusion.
Ladies, do you find yourself doing the same thing? Gents, how do you feel about my attitude towards this? Any stock in being afraid to be different. Please feel free to be candid.
Non-sequitors: I'm speaking at the awesome Philly .NET code camp in two weeks, I got a ASP.NET MVP award this week, and my new site http://bundl.it launched!!! What a crazy week, will do a write up about its creation soon.
Hi, I'm Sara, and I've been a keyboard cowgirl since 1993.
My role as CTO of Levo League has given me the privilege of working with an amazing group of coders to build something we all believe in.
In 2010 my friend Vanessa and I started Girl Develop It because we think that the development community could use a few more ladies.
In 2011 I worked with Melanie Moore to found Elizabeth and Clarke, a subscription service to relieve the headache of the rote shopping experience
I think braces and semicolons are romantic, and being alive during the adolescence of the internet is a magical thing.