Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day at Oracle

Lovely infographic including Ada Lovelace Day tweets from many Oracle team members - Enjoy!

Monday, October 14, 2013

GHC13: A Man's Perspective - An Interesting View

I've seen men at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing before, but I've never seen anything written by them after attendance.  This week I came across two outstanding blogs written by men about being a man at a female dominated event.

From Jamie Talbot, Is This What It's Like For Women At Every Conference?

From Owyn Richen, Grace Hopper 2013 - A Guy's Perspective:
"I was a little intimidated thinking about being among the minority at the conference, gender-wise, and it made me better understand how a woman might feel in our male-dominated industry. Once I got there, all I really felt was excitement about having the opportunity to learn from leaders in both the academic and industry sectors, who happen to be women."
Update: a third blog was sent my way by Matt Wallaert, Observations from the Land of Amazons:
"And honestly, having dramatically more women than men around actually made me relax too. There was no implicit competition, no being bothered by obnoxious crowds of guys crowded around the sexually attractive women and ignoring the less attractive ones."

These two [update: three] blogs from men that attended this year's GHC really put in perspective what it's like for nearly every woman at a male dominated conference, minus the fear of assault or having their opinions dismissed due to their gender.

These are really thought provoking and worth reading. Also, from these blogs, you get a real sense that this isn't just a "feel good networking event for women" (as I've heard it called by many who have a drastically incorrect impression of the event), but rather an outstanding technical conference that also helps you to grow your soft skills, inspires and raises your confidence as a person in tech.

GHC is one of the most inclusive conferences I've ever been to. You do not have to be a woman to attend, you don't even have to have a strong gender identity at all. The conference also provides FREE child care which really makes it possible for parent's to travel to such an event and not have to struggle to find child care in a strange city.

I missed this year's GHC (first time since 2007), because I was presenting at another conference the week before (ICMC) - but following the twitter feeds and blogs really helped me feel like I was attending virtually. Thank you, Online Communities Committee, for capturing your memories for me.

With Ada Lovelace Day this week, I have to say I continue to be inspired by the work that Anita Borg did to plant the seed to create this amazing community of women that is Systers, Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology LinkedIn group (nearly 10K strong), Grace Hopper Celebration, Women of Vision Awards... her influence goes on and on and she inspires me nearly every day.

Any other blogs that I've missed? What are you thoughts?

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Auditions: Join Me in the Lyric Victorian Carolers!

Who doesn't like Christmas Carols? If you do enjoy carols and would like to be a part of a very exciting Lyric opportunity to sing these lovely carols, we would love to have you join us. We are the Lyric Victorian Carolers and are looking for ensemble and quartet members to join this extremely successful caroling group for Lyric Theatre.

We will be singing from the 45+ carols in our repertoire from the tradition to some more contemporary holiday favorites. The events will be throughout the holiday season and range from private parties to various mall and large-scale events. There is no minimum number of engagements required and we will try to accommodate scheduling as best we  can. We realize the holiday time is a busy time for all but bringing the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas to our audience is really an extra special gift.

All auditions by appointment. Audition times: (Durations are 10 minutes)

Tuesday  October 8   6:30pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday  October 9  6:30pm - 8:30pm

We need all voice parts. We provide MP3s to help you learn your music.

This is a non-paid opportunity, as with all other Lyric productions. Auditions and rehearsals will be held at the Lyric Theatre Rehearsal Facility, 430 Martin Ave., Santa Clara. Further information about Lyric Theatre and directions to our facility are available on our website: www.lyrictheatre.org.

Please visit the sign up page or call 408-986-9090 and leave a message to schedule an audition appointment. Please allow 48 hours for a response.

Please prepare your favorite Christmas carol and come to the audition with your music, if needed. Please refrain from O Holy Night and Ave Maria for the auditions. We are an a cappella group so minimal accompaniment will be provided. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday October 15 and run on Tuesday and Thursday nights. Conflict information will be solicited later.

If you aren't the performing type, but would like to see singers at  your church, community gathering, holiday party, wine tasting event, corporate party, etc, please contact us through our website: http://lyrictheatre.org/jl/outreach/caroling.html

Hope to see some of you there!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

ICMC: Software in Silicon: Crypto Capable Processors: Slides

Our presentation went really well at the inaugural International Cryptographic Module Conference in Gaithersberg, Maryland last week. I co-presented with Dave Weaver (SPARC Architect) and Wajdi Feghali (Intel Architect).

As per popular demand, please find the slides online: