Most of my career so far has been spent working in tech so believe me, I appreciate developers and understand the value of computer science and programming. So when I see stories like the one out of the UK about boosting computer science education, I think it’s great. It’s an important skill for the modern world. For all the great apps yet to be written and all the technology breakthroughs that will be possible due to a sound computer science education, however, I worry about the kids growing up today. Actually, I worry about many of the adults…
How many people do you know that can confidently change a flat tire, cook dinner from scratch, sew a shirt, fix a leaky faucet and figure out why the lawnmower isn’t starting? I bet you that if someone actually does come to mind, he or she is over 40. And that’s scary.
While I have nothing against computer science (in fact, I support teaching it wholeheartedly!), what we should also be teaching in schools is home economics.
Continue reading Coding is great, but home ec is what we should really teach in schools
Low self esteem. Lack of self worth. Poor self image. It’s like a disease. More often than not, women feel fat, even when they’re not.
I’m on a health kick. I’m down 8 lbs out of the 24 I want to lose and today I weighed in at the gym. A personal trainer lurked behind me and instead of feeling good that I dropped 8 lbs in the past three weeks, I felt like shit. According to the trainer – and the frustrating body fat machine – I’m still in the “obese” range for body fat. Now, if you’ve ever seen me you know I’m not obese. I’m not skinny and I never will be, but the junk in my trunk is not exactly excessive to the point where I can be grouped obese. Anyways, that’s not the point. The point is, that even though I know I’m not obese, I feel fat. All the time.
Continue reading Why do women feel fat even when they’re not?
A few nights ago I found a wallet and promptly returned it to the address on the driver’s license inside. The person was so shocked at the good deed that she refused to open the front door at first – she thought it was a trick. Sadly, that’s the society we live in – being nice and polite and doing good things are so rare that we don’t trust in them when they happen. That worries me and it should worry you too.
Continue reading Forget chivalry – it’s basic politeness that’s dead
I’ve been lucky to have worked with some cool startups and met some pretty awesome founders in the process. Unfortunately, I’ve also heard a lot of stories of the not so awesome founders who think they’re the bee’s knees and therefore entitled to be assholes. If you’ve had any dealings in the startup community, I bet you’ve also met your fair share of founders who left you thinking “WTF?”
Continue reading Founders – It’s OK to Not Like Things, but Don’t Be a Dick About It
When my cousin asked me to be a bridesmaid, my first thought was “Yay! Pretty dresses!” My next thought was “Damn, this is going to be a pain in the butt and I’ll actually probably end up in something hideous.” After all, I can’t remember anyone telling me about their awesome experience of being a bridesmaid or how much they wanted to wear their bridesmaid dress again and again. Yeah, this wasn’t going to be fun…
Continue reading My Sucky Experience Shopping for a Bridesmaid Dress