“but I’ve noticed it now so it must be different”
And also there's this weird way in which many of the "it wasn't like this in the past" stories actually describe phenomena that are consistent with women feeling unsafe. If not many women are at an event, or women are only present in protective groupings, that is not a sign that all is well.
No, I absolutely disagree. These guys have already demonstrated that they have no respect for women and are willing to be abusive. Women are not required to subject themselves to that for some third party's approval.
an older woman victim, drunk, out-of-it young men, the women with them not intervening
I'm pretty uncomfortable with the idea that the women accompanying drunk young men are responsible for policing them.
I just got a book of EVERY POIROT SHORT STORY from the library on Saturday!
Because I was browsing a few aisles away under STR, wondering if there was any Charles Stross there that I hadn't read, and someone came into the aisle, and I looked over, and it was a coworker.
He said he was looking for Laundry novels, I said hah how about that. He pulled out The Apocalypse Codex., and it fell open at a piece of paper. A boarding pass. For Amy Gale.
While I was shamefacedly stuffing it in my bag he said have you read any Inspector Pamplemousse and I said no, so we walked over and I picked some out and oh look CHR is just near BON. I do like me some CHR.
(But I still haven't read any Inspector Pamplemousse yet. I don't even know if murders are involved.)
And I feel that the post-grad ICT schools are missing the point, when the real issue is the high barriers to entering the ICT sector for those who are working in other industries or didn’t graduate from university, such as myself.
I think there are multiple real issues, and postgrad ICT schools could potentially address one of them - the movement of top undergraduates to overseas graduate schools, quite often never to return. Though we'd still lose all the people interested in these restricted areas, it seems.
Do you think you would like testing, as they do at Aspiritech?
It has always seemed to me that if you can’t really teach it to yourself, you probably aren’t going to make a good programmer, because it means you don’t really love doing it, and don’t do it just for fun.
I don't entirely agree. Teaching yourself programming de novo requires some kind of mental infrastructure to hang the ideas on, and there is nothing intrinsically unworthy about not already having that infrastructure.
Working on an open source project, making mobile apps, or developing websites for friends, family or community groups are one way to get valid experience.
Another important one for web work is subcontracting for friends/acquaintances who have already gotten a foot in the door. Plus: paid.
DevAcademy is seemingly my last chance to debunk the notion of “if you haven’t made it by 40, then you’ll never make it.” If I can somehow find a spare $11k without having to sell cocaine or pull a bank job.
11k is a startling sum of money for a "nine week part-time remote + nine week on-campus immersive + one week optional career prep" program to become a "junior web developer".
I wonder whether we could have a separate thread for people to give advice about alternatives? Russell?
Important lesson (take note, Unitec): if you are a communications department setting an assignment to "go online and damage a brand", do be careful to specify "not our brand, though!".