On one hand, data skills are impossible to learn (and we blame the individual). On the other hand, companies tell us that advanced coding skills are easy to develop, 1, 2, 3! How can these be true at the same time? Who benefits from these messages? It's classic capitalism doublespeak: make non-data people feel insignificant and intimidated, then sell us a solution to our problem. I call BULLSHIT on these dynamics and offer 8 tips for wrangling a sloppy spreadsheet that you can use right away!
There's certainly plenty of resources about how to be a mentor, how to pick a mentor, or why to seek out mentorship in the first place, but what about tips about how to be a good mentee? Here's a spreadsheet I use to keep track of mentorship commitments and make sure I show up as a good mentee!
We are in a period of reflection and atonement in the Jewish ritual calendar, so here is an Al Chet (collective confession) for the sins we, as database administrators, have committed. Add your own in the comments!
Reflecting on what database managing and farming have to do with each other. Come for the puns, stay for the data tips!
On a pragmatic level, I offer 6.5 concrete ideas for interfaith solidarity in databases. On a conceptual level, I explore how databases built to promote religious tolerance can lead to behavioral change. What else is possible if we build systems that accommodate and celebrate the fabulous diversity of our communities? Thanks to colleague and mentor Andy Kirshner from IFYC for exploring these ideas with me over dumplings and bubble tea (the way to my heart!)
Life update! I moved in with my partner! Introducing... some spreadsheets I'm using to set up our kitchen, including The Spreadsheet Whisperer's kitchen supply reccos and Weekly Meal Planning. Read on for all that, and more....
Technical.ly is featuring technologists of color this month (don't forget to nominate people!) I used this as an opportunity to do some research on gender and racial equity in the tech industry (spoiler alert - there's not much reputable data out there, sadface). Plus, some resources to help you learn about historic and contemporary AWESOME, accomplished Technologists of Color!
5 concrete ways to unravel Impostor Syndrome (praise the planning crew for the Salesforce.Org Open Source Community Sprints!), plus some cute cartoons.
My job is to be a database administrator... and so much more! When users get frustrated and angry with me, I rely on lessons I've learned from my activism. Read on for stories, suggestions, questions, answers, and more questions!
*cue soundtrack from a pharmaceutical commercial* Has this ever happened to you? Devices blinking and buzzing. Email inundation. Hard drive sounding alarm bells. *Groan* *Sigh* It doesn't have to be this way! Try our silver pill. Side effects will be extreme, but at least you will achieve digital serenity. Call today! This post features tried and true tips to help you move from information overload to digital serenity. Plus, original art by @shebanimal!