Thanks and inspiration

Mandy Moore, also known around the Internets as @therubyrep, is a podcast production expert, mother of orange tabbies, sucker for bad reality television, and boxed wine connoisseur. She adores her 7-year-old daughter, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and sitting around fire pits while listening to country music. She is a huge advocate for STEM education and women in technology.


First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me, checked in on me, and has offered their condolences since my beloved mother’s passing on January 20th. I appreciate the donations to help keep my sister fed this semester until she moves in with me for the summer and gets a job. She’s taking 18 credits right now and losing a mother at 20 years old is weighing heavily on her ability to concentrate in school. It also doesn’t help that I’m 2 hours away from her during the week. I’m dedicated to getting her though it though, and your help is extremely appreciated. We had been wanting to get matching sister tattoos for awhile, but wanted to be original and didn’t know what to get. Since my mother’s passing, we find comfort in a phrase that she often said to us and wrote in every card she ever gave us: “No matter what, no matter when, no matter where, I will always, always love you.” As a result last weekend, I treated us to making that statement permanent parts of our bodies as a reminder that she’s still always with us, and to be honest, I think it’s helping me find the strength to write this right now. Here they are:


In other news:

The Greater Than Code podcast has been on fire with some recent episodes with guests including Julia Evans, André Arko and Carina C. Zona of Ruby Together, and RubyConf speaker, Cheryl Schaeffer who talked about building teams and mentorship!

Also, if you haven’t checked out The Frontside Podcast yet, I highly recommend you do so. There’s been some great shows with topics such as Learning to Program with Kyle Simpson and Emberitas with Lydia Guarino and Shannon Byrne. Check it out!


Tech Diversity: 12 Things An Ally Can Do

As an ally, this was a super helpful read because I’ll be honest: sometimes I just don’t know what to do. Research and learning are good places to start. Google is your BFF. Also, be aware of yourself and how you already do things and start making changes there first. Then you can advocate for changes within your company or organization. Finally, lending an ear of support is always appreciated. Just being there can make all the difference in someone’s life.

#917: “How to set boundaries with people who think boundaries and hurt are manipulative? AKA Help implementing boundary advice?”

A great post on setting boundaries with people who don’t believe in boundaries! Bottom line: let it get awkward.

git init derby

Brittany Martin reflects on how learning roller derby is similar to learning how to code, but that with time, perseverance, and the right attitude, they’re both completely achievable goals!

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! **

“Dismantling the Binary, one Microaggression at a Time” by Jameson Hampton from AlterConf 2016

A mind-blowing talk about microaggressions: the constant need for trans people having to educate others and the stereotypes that they face is one. Trans people are not encyclopedias and it is not their job to inform you. Asking questions that may be well-intended are often intrusive and not to mention exhausting. It is also not okay for people to try to box people into a male/female category, which is another form of microaggression. Many websites and contact forms only display or allow users to choose from those two options and that’s not cool because gender goes beyond male and female. Safe spaces need to be created for people to choose their pronouns. Never assume whether someone is male or female based on how you perceive their appearance and if someone wants you to use the ‘they/them’ pronoun those wishes should be respected. Grammar is not more important than people.

** I attended AlterConf and you can read more about it here!

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