Me: "Will you please bake me some ANZAC bickies?" Best idea ever. #nomnomnom #nofilter
Hail is LOUD!@ Chippendale
Woman's brain tumor turns out to be 'evil twin' complete with bone, hair and teeth - The Washington Post - Although I did have to laugh a bit at this part:
In 2009, a British man named Gavin Hyatt “gave birth” to an “undeveloped identical twin” when a small lump pushed its way out of his abdomen. Hyatt named the tiny creature “little Gav.”
Well, this is suboptimal.
Things I learned today:
- There is an official Moomin Twitter account.
- The Moomins also have a blog.
- There are a number of apps and games involving the Moomins, including an upcoming Japanese-made role-playing Moomin game where, if you register early, you get a digital hattifattener boat. DIGITAL HATTIFATTENER BOAT, PEOPLE.
- There's a new animated film out called Moomins on the Riviera, which I somehow managed to miss entirely last year.
- I need every damn thing in the Moomin online shop, but also especially Snorkmaiden and Hattifatteners beach towels, plush Groke, this stunning duvet set, and WHOA, laptop stickers!
- That image, by the way, is from the live action 1969 TV series that featured human actors in giant Moomin suits, sometimes appearing without their heads! "Taking of the heads caused a Moomin fear among children in Sweden and Moomins were considered as a scary characters. Nowadays it is not allowed Moomins to show up without the head." I BET.
My friend Jody is an Agile Coach at Vodafone, and recently she asked if I'd come over and give my "Presenting Your Hack: Channeling Your Inner Peggy Olson" talk for the tech team there. I originally wrote it for a Girl Geek Dinner last year (ahead of the first ever SheHacks), and then I presented it at Mi9 before our last internal hackathon. Vodafone are about to have their own internal Hack Day, so Jody thought it would be of benefit for the team there.
It was an interesting challenge to revisit a talk I've given twice before. I made a few revisions to make it specific to their hackathon, and I added in some additional slides around the SHARP principles (stories, humour, analogies, references, and pictures). I also added in some useful links for those who get inspired to learn more about presenting. I think there were maybe 20-25 people in attendance, and I probably talked for about 25 minutes. It was really fun! And it sure seemed like some of them were inspired about the event afterwards. Thanks Jody for the invitation - I really enjoyed it.
If you're interested in the reference links, here they are along with some others I've bookmarked lately:
- speaking.io - absolutely brilliant reference for anyone considering submitting a proposal for a conference talk
- Toastmasters - international organisation for improving your public speaking. There are chapters all over Sydney, including one hosted by ACS.
- Technically Speaking - newsletter for women (or men) who are interested in giving technical talks. It has links to articles, blog posts, conferences with Calls for Proposal, etc. Highly recommended.
- What Your Conference Proposal is Missing - I leaned on this pretty heavily when sending out my first round of proposals last month.
- Guy Kawasaki's Blog - he's got some great blog posts about presenting, including The Art of the Keynote, 10 Easy Ways to Make Your Pitch Rock!, and How to be a Demo God. The guy worked with Steve Jobs so he's learned his presenting skills from one of the masters!
Some great news! I just found out that my second ever conference proposal has been accepted. If all goes well, I'll be delivering a talk at YOW! West in Perth next month. I've never been to Perth. That'll be fun! Just need to clear it at work...
So for more than a year now, I've been talking about doing a basket weaving class at Sew Make Create. (Hey, when the Zombie Apocalypse comes, my useful basket weaving skills will ensure I am a valued member of society, right?) I even registered to attend at one point, but the class got cancelled due to lack of interest. Obviously I was just ahead of the trend though, because this year it's been selling out! Today was the day I finally got to go, joined by my lovely friend Jane. The teacher Cecilia showed us a bunch of sample baskets and photos to start, and I had a sudden flash of inspiration. I would make my basket look like the Eye of Jupiter from Battlestar Galactica. I AM NOT EVEN KIDDING, PEOPLE.
I was the last one done, and all up it took me just over four hours. It was super fun and relaxing though, and I can definitely see some more of this in my future. You could make some nifty placemats pretty easily, or even do a giant one as a floor rug. Plus it's a great way to use up all bits of leftover wool you have from projects.
Fun class! Definitely recommended. Cecilia was a great teacher and everyone left with at least one finished basket.
- FlipPrior: I really have had the most marvellous day. Love, kindness, intelligence, in abundance. These are the things that matter!
Lime Marmalade and Shortbread Tart, homemade by The Snook himself. #spoiled
Basket weaver selfie!!@ Sew Make Create