— François Truffaut
— Hayao Miyazaki
— Neil deGrasse Tyson on Carl Sagan at yesterday’s Library of Congress event celebrating Sagan
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- Oh sure. Absolutely. I have a dream too. And it turns out that a lot of the responsibilities involve not letting it become corrupted or compromised."
Next week is my last week on the floor as an instructor at Dev Bootcamp for the rest of this year. After that, I get my regular three-week teaching break and then will be working on internal projects/enjoying holiday break by turns until late January of next year. It seems like a good time to take stock of where I am and where I’m going.
- I’ve lived in Chicago since June. I like it lots.
- I’ve spent the past few months adjusting to life as a full-time instructor, which has been by turns interesting, frustrating, overwhelming and rewarding. I’ve learned quite a bit. Which was always the point.
- I organized my first batch of Girl Develop It Chicago classes and events, including the first GDI HTML/CSS class I taught here. Every one so far has sold out. The Chicago tech community has been incredibly supportive of our work and, as always, seeing people discover potential to do something they thought they couldn’t do is the best thing ever.
- I’ve given a few fun talks: creativity lessons from animated cartoons at Refresh Chicago, women in technology at the North Michigan Avenue Apple Store, HTML/CSS prototyping at Prototype Camp and Groupon’s Geekfest, and my first keynote about diversity and beginner education in tech at Strange Loop.
- Over the next couple of months, I’ll be speaking in the Passion Projects talk series at GitHub in San Francisco, at the Oredev conference in Sweden, and the New Developer Conference in London. I’ve never been to either Sweden or London before, so that’s pretty cool.
My goals for next year are enticingly blank at this point. I will be spending the summer in one of two different, exciting cities, although I don’t know which yet. As of now, I have no speaking dates scheduled, but I’m looking forward to the right opportunities to develop new messages and connect with new audiences. I’m seeking coaching to improve my speaking skills and I’m continuing to build up my programming chops. I’m going to be traveling and exploring as much as I can.
I also might dye my hair a new color. The possibilities are endless.
— Alan Moore
— A call to arms for women in comics (or anything, really) from the wonderful Kelly Sue DeConnick.