Operation: Crappy Sewing Machine commences

This weekend, I went to a bra-making workshop and won a sewing machine in a raffle. It isn’t really crappy, but I spent a couple of hours un-jamming it, so I’m bitter. The interesting thing about this machine is that it has a built-in camera, so you can take photos and video of exactly whatContinue reading “Operation: Crappy Sewing Machine commences”

The Joy of Programming

Last weekend I volunteered at Black Girls Code, an organization that encourages black girls to enter STEM fields. I was a teaching assistant for the “Build a Webpage in a Day” workshop, which basically covered some HTML and a tiny bit of CSS. The problem is, HTML isn’t very interesting. After a few hours someContinue reading “The Joy of Programming”

How to Succeed in CS Without Really Trying

When I was in college, I was a pretty mediocre student. I knew that my grades weren’t going to get me a great job after graduation, but I had read that doing research with a professor was looked on favorably. I wasn’t particularly interested in research, but it was the lead I had. I wentContinue reading “How to Succeed in CS Without Really Trying”

Goodbye 10gen, Hello Google

After five wonderful years, I’ve decided to leave 10gen and join Google. I’m going to miss working with all of my coworkers and the community tons, you guys are awesome. I will hopefully continue blogging, but Snail in a Turtleneck will probably not be as MongoDB-focused anymore. If you’re looking for some good MongoDB reads,Continue reading “Goodbye 10gen, Hello Google”

Introducing Noodlin – A Brainstorming App

I’ve been working on a web app, Noodlin, for brainstorming online. Basically, Noodlin just lets you create notes and connect them. I’ve been using it for taking notes during meetings, figuring out who gets what for the holidays, and organizing The Definitive Guide. I think it might be handy for people studying for finals thisContinue reading “Introducing Noodlin – A Brainstorming App”