World Series Parking

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Tomorrow at 5 pm, the San Francisco Giants baseball team will play the first home game of the 2014 World Series a block from where I work at Everwise. Parking will be scarce and expensive. Normally costing between $10 to $15 per day, parking rates near the stadium will jump to between $90 to $200. I plan to take the train from San Jose tomorrow.

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Images Copyright 2014 by Katy Dickinson

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New Tablecloths from Africa

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I just picked up my two new tablecloths and sets of napkins from Alterations by Ioana (in Willow Glen, San Jose, California). I challenged Ioana to take the two lovely bolts of polished cotton I bought in Rwanda with the TechWomen delegation in February 2014, and turn them into something that would fit my formal dining table. By adding panels to the sides and using the pattered selvage as the border, Ioana did a great job!

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Shipping to Notable Women in Computing

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My big job today is to ship Notable Women in Computing playing card sets to the (living) honorees who did not pick up their cards at the Hopper Conference (GHC14). Professor Susan Rodger (Duke University) and I have been collecting addresses – mostly directly from the honorees. We still do not have them all but I plan to ship about thirty out today. Since Jessica had to do such a quick first and second printing to support demand at GHC14, we have to add stickers by hand to the boxes – thanking the sponsors Duke University Computer Science and Everwise. I picked up the stickers yesterday.  My next step this morning is to buy shipping materials…

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Civic Ironwork Playing Cards

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I am blessed with a smart, creative, and loving daughter! Jessica and I have been working for months with Dr. Susan Rodger of Duke University on our Notable Women in Computing poster and card decks for the Hopper Conference (GHC14). Our success there lead to the equally-successful Notable Women in Computing Card Deck Kickstarter project – already funded at over 200%, with three weeks to go! In between all of this work, Jessica quietly created and shipped me my own deck of cards as a birthday present. She took photos from my Civic Ironwork – Manhole Covers collection and made a lovely set with this text on the back:

  • I am interested in the design and age of signs and marks under foot in a city.
  • I have recently collected images of manhole covers from Marrakech, Morocco to Portland, Oregon.
  • I am delighted by the variety and personality expressed in this most-humble of civic street elements.

What a wonderful gift! What an amazing daughter!  Thank you thank you thank you!

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Kickstarter Open: “Notable Women in Computing Card Deck”

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Our Kickstarter crowd funding request to support the second edition of the “Notable Women in Computing Card Deck” is now open!

Women have been leaders in computing from the start, but not enough of our contributions are remembered.

Keep our history.

Help fund a “Notable Women in Computing Card Deck” featuring 54 remarkable women in computer science. Give a deck to a cousin who’s not sure if girls can be engineers. Bring it to your poker night to make a point. Learn more about the history and future of women in computer science. By becoming a Backer, you help us bring the cost of producing these decks from $18/deck to $10/deck and ship decks to educators who can’t afford them.

This Kickstarter is to fund a printing of the second edition. We’re distributing the first edition at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) right now and want to incorporate our lessons-learned in the second edition.

Professor Susan Rodger, my daughter Jessica Dickinson Goodman, and I welcome your support.

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If you are at GHC14 – check out our poster:

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“Notable Women in Computing” Kickstarter – Coming Soon!

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Today, we submitted the “Notable Women in Computing Card Deck” to Kickstarter for review.  Professor Susan Rodger, my daughter Jessica Dickinson Goodman, and I hope that we get a quick Kickstarter approval and can announce the campaign for the second “Notable Women in Computing” card edition at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) this week.  Here is a video of my charming daughter telling all about the crowd sourcing project: Notable Women in Computing Card Deck – Kickstarter.  The image above is how the hard-working Jessica re-formatted the GHC14 poster for more-general Kickstarter distribution.

This project and card set is associated with the long-term “CRA-W and Anita Borg Institute Wikipedia Project – Writing Wikipedia Pages for Notable Women in Computing” project.  We encourage you to use this information to write or improve Wikipedia pages – especially creating new pages about remarkable women who have none! The detailed card listing is in my 1 October 2014 blog entry.  Duke University and Everwise are sponsors.

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Two TechWomen at Everwise!

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Today Everwise is pleased and honored to host an additional TechWomen Emerging Leader! Mai Temraz (of Palestine) has joined Seham Jaafreh (of Jordan) working at Everwise in San Francisco this month. CEO and Founder Mike Bergelson heard about Mai’s original mentor becoming very ill and immediately offered to host a second TechWomen mentoring program participant.  The women of Everwise have welcomed our two new ladies. Everwise is a small company with a big heart! Seham and Mai are getting settled and starting on their professional projects today.

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