Make it a Pear!Apr 05, 2023
Peak SF: Fat in San Francisco
Big trigger warning: I'll talking about weight, body image, eating, and all of that.
This episode was inspired by Jennette McCurdy -- "I'm Glad My Mom Died"
No Tears for the Tech Bro Bank
Let's rant about the VC finance machine in general and the Silicon Valley Bank in particular.
Don't Be That Guy
Twitter is back in the headlines as the shiny object of Elon Musk must have in his possession.
It is also one of anchors if not “the” anchor of the San Francisco tech scene in the 2010’s.
This week, I'll explain why I think Elon Musk has a 50/50 chance of being Twitter's "great savior," and why his purchase of Twitter is really about an "edit" button.
You have arrived.
Have you ever struggled to feel like you belong? Most everyone does, but it's worth examining the moments we get, and most of us do have these moments when you feel like you've arrived. If we think back, they might be small, they might not be noticeable to anyone but you, but they do happen. And this type of moment doesn't just happen for us. When does a city arrive? When does a decade arrive?
Escaping the Overwork Trap
Tech is known to have many different types of overwork traps. This week I talk about some of them, and how I avoid them.
Hear what it’s like to fly to San Francisco for an interview at a cool tech company.
Want to hear what I was listening to at the time? Here's a Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4LqPo085gOln18qG3m6M0S?si=951bdddd5a03424f
The Why of Wavelength Part 3 -- The hardest thing to share
The Why of Wavelength Part 2 -- Can you have an online conference without a screen?
Click here to find out more about the Wavelength Zine Exchange & Tech Conference.
Zines that are not just for kids:
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The Why of Wavelength: Part 1
This is the first of a three part series that goes behind the scenes of the Wavelength Zine Exchange & Conference.
What happens when you realize the the roadmap you have no longer shows the road in front of you?
Click here to find out more about the Wavelength Zine Exchange & Conference.
How to start making your zine
This week, it's all about how to get started making a zine.
If you'd like to join a free, online workshop to get started, I'm running 3 of them in the month of July.
Click here to get more info and sign up.
It's not you, it's them!!!!
You really *are* enough, you know.
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Eclipse in the desert
What is Wavelength?
Practice is the journey
It's time to get your creative process together. In this episode we talk about the three basic pieces of creative practice according to Beth Pickens, author of "Your Art Will Save Your Live" and, more recently, "Make Your Art No Matter What."
Even though the context for these is artists making art, we explain the solid connection with building for tech and what that means for you.
The Writing Salon -- Where I worked on a novel that will never see the light of day, lol.
Exercism.io -- Level up your coding skills through mentoring, feedback and revisions.
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Photo credit. Amjith S.
All of Tech's a Stage!
So what happens after everything burns?
Hear the backstory of the talk I did at Agile Deliver and why it's blowing up on twitter.
Are you a new follower? This episode is a great introduction to what I'm about.
This month, Let's Sketch Tech! is taking a deep-dive into the world of color and what that means for tech. Today, we hear about two color origin stories that couldn't be more different. We begin at the Imperial Palace in Beijing and then traipse over to the West Coast and learn about the origin stories of color in CSS.
Explore "Let's Sketch Tech!".
A lecture by Jung Chang about "Empress Dowager Cixi."
The date of expiration in tech
Content warning: workplace abuse
Chani Nicholas/Astrology app (not paid, I just like it) -- https://chaninicholas.com/chani-app/
btw, as of this post, they are looking for mobile developers.
Join our meetup tomorrow (Tuesday, April 6) -- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/145167719557
What's all this about? -- https://appearworks.com/link-tree/
Fun is not optional, joy is not a luxury.
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Beth Pickens: https://www.bethpickens.com/
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A simple technique for a self-care breakthrough
How to do the 3 day challenge:
1. Spend 3 minutes massaging, moisturizing and caring for your hands.
2. Give them some gentle stretching.
3. Use your hands to write your name, and slow it way down.
What the C?
Here's all you need to know... https://appearworks.com/link-tree/
The 3 question survey I talk about is here: https://forms.gle/eR3n2PGpcRGvW3qj7
My depression story and how zines helped me out of it
Content warning. In this episode I share some parts of my journey with depression/anxiety. Also, I'm not a doctor or therapist. I'm speaking about my own personal journey, and if you know someone who needs to hear this, I hope you'll share it.
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Or to find out about our lettering meetup next month (April 6)
Telling your story with Zines
In this episode, we talk about why it's so important to find your story and how the free-form format of zines can help.
Explore the world of zines and make a small business-owner's day by purchasing some zines to check them out. Not sure what you want? Call up and ask for a $20 random assortment. Here are links to some of our favorite zine stores. These aren't affiliate links, we just think they're great.
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Drawing Cute Robots and Computers
A little bit of news and lots of fun.
Learn how to sketch cute computers and robots the easy way!
What is "Let's Sketch Tech!" doing this year?
Plans are happening for 2021. Find out what's in store and how we're tailoring it just for you!
Fresh air for the new year!
In this episode we go through an exercise of talking about what we wish we knew last year, and what we'd like to know about the coming year.
Can we talk about January
We're 3 days into February. How can we even process January?
I talk about this and what a vision board of January could look like.