Monthly Archives: August 2011

Code Monkey Very Diligent

So my coworker sent around a YouTube video that is a rap song done by some Stanford guys. It is related to computing, uses phrases only a computer person would understand, etc. It’s pretty neat, but primarily it reminded of the Jonathon Coulton Code Monkey song that a friend introduced me to a few years ago when he got us to go to a Jonathon Coulton concert.

I really like the tune he sings it to, but it perpetuates so many stereotypes! Like, the fact that the code monkey is some awkward guy with a crush on the receptionist. Or, that a job in software cannot be fulfilling (it’s true that it can be un-fulfilling, but that’s not a requirement). I find it amusing because of the stereotypes, but in the back of my mind I wonder if it is just one more of those things that perpetuates stereotypes in a way that harms the field? But of course if you already listen to Jonathon Coulton you may fall into the stereotype of who might consider a computing field anyway. So this may be a null problem.

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Posted by on August 12, 2011 in Fun, Women in Science


Getting the Ball Rollin’

First week as a faculty member is going smoothly. I met with my co-teacher this afternoon to start putting together our syllabus and figure out how to meld our two styles. I’ve been given access to another professor’s materials for the second class I’m teaching, “Web Programming.” Now, I just need to look over everything that has been done before for both courses and figure out what changes I want!

I really love that I’m working with a senior-level faculty member for teaching one of my courses. I’m sure I will learn a lot from her, and it will be great to have someone to bounce ideas off of and to help with decisions. Since I’m teaching this course again in the spring and possibly again later on, I hope that this semester will give me a great foundation to continue building on over time.

There is a lot to figure out and set up so that I’ll be ready for the beginning of the semester, but so far progress has been great. I already have a computer in my office, not to mention that I HAVE an office. Since we have some summer construction occurring I am lucky to already be able to “move in!” Unfortunately I am window-less, but in a few years I am promised that there will be enough desk reshuffling from retirements that I will see the sun again! Or clouds. I certainly don’t know what’s out there!

For now I am just going to relish the extraordinary amount of shelving space I have in my office, and wonder how I will ever fill it. I thought I had a lot of books, but compared to this space, I have nothing!

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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Uncategorized