An Australian critter and its humans

When I visited Australia for work, I asked some colleagues to recommend Australian books and authors for toddlers. Diary of a Wombat (or Mmmbat as my kid calls it) came highly recommended. It’s beautifully illustrated and tells the rather amusing story of a wombat who comes into contact with a family of humans and decides…

Software Engineer’s Time Management Matrix

A takeoff on Steven Covey’s time management matrix, for software engineers. This week was a mix of a production fire, project planning, and fighting my development environment. Note to self: the next time XDebug stops working, try to fix it for half an hour. Then rebuild your environment from scratch. How did you spend your…

Strawberries and Coffee Cake

Yesterday we took the Baby Bird strawberry picking down near Año Nuevo at the Swanton Berry Farm U-Pick.  I was the chief picker, and picked over 5 pounds of berries! I was planning to make a strawberry rhubarb cobbler, but there was no rhubarb at the store.  I settled on a strawberry coffee cake with…

Thoughts of a former(?) scientist

My name is Meg, and I used to be a scientist, a chemist to be specific. Today, I got an email from ResearchGate (think Facebook or LinkedIn for researchers) telling me that 20 people have said they read the paper my Ph.D. thesis was based on.  It’s been about 6 years since that paper was…

On Unit Testing

Until I started at Thismoment, I had never written unit tests.  Then I wrote a few that used a database.  The poor cleanup functions would litter our test sites with junk. Until I started at Bigcommerce, I had never written unit tests with mocks.  They hurt my brain for a while, until I figured out…

TechWomen Tunisia Delegation Trip

In mid-March, I was a member of the TechWomen delegation* to Tunisia.  Tunisia is a beautiful country on the Mediterranean nestled between Algeria and Libya; a small piece of the Sahara Desert is in the South and the Northern part is greener than I expected with a temperate climate and lovely beaches.  Nearly everyone I met speaks at…

Quick update

Last night was the graduation dinner for the AUW graduates. It was very enjoyable, and fun to sit with a group of Cambodian students, along with a current professor, a Bangladeshi student, and a Nepalese student. So much fun to talk with them and catch up. Today was commencement, and it was so very nice…

Dhaka->Chittagong

Tonight, I will attempt to travel from Dhaka to Chittagong by train.  This seems to be the safest route, given that there will be transport on the other end.  It will be interesting, I’m sure. just a quick update….

Two days in Bangkok

Hello from the Suvarnabhumi Airport (the big international one) in Bangkok… a very long post. On Monday, I woke up early (thanks jet lag!), had some coffee in my room and ventured out.  It was a Thai holiday, so there were a fair number of people in the streets, but very few street vendors.  (They…

Travel update: Cyclone Mahasen

Today, I am scheduled to head from Bangkok to Dhaka, and from there on to Chittagong. Alas, there is a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal.  The estimates for when it will make landfall near Chittagong are somewhere between Thursday mid-day and Friday mid-day. I will head to the airport in Bangkok soon.  From there…