Ted Talk Thursday | Teach girls bravery, not perfection

Teach Girls Bravery Not Perfection

This Ted Talk resonates a lot with me, especially when Reshma starts talking about how girls react to learning code. I frequently even now, 2 years into my career in code, will just delete lines and lines of code that sort of work, but am too embarrassed to show. Coding is a massive love/hate relationship, it’s all trial and error. When trying to change something as simple as a value on a certain screen, you can spend hours debugging the response from the server and in the end only have the tiniest change in code to show.

It’s refreshing and scary to hear that in Silicon Valley most people have 2 failed startups. I cannot imagine the bravery and guts required to keep coming after each failure. I still struggle to see past my failed Masters at time. I can definitely relate to the girls chasing perfection, constantly.

Hopefully with more and more girls picking up code at a young age, the gender stereotypes of technology will disappear as will the need for girls to be perfect.

Thai Carrot Coleslaw

Thai Carrot Coleslaw

Thai Carrot Coleslaw

Salads for lunch and dinner can get boring pretty quick. I am always on the hunt for new salads, this Thai Carrot Coleslaw from Three Sisters Bake is another gem. Quick, refreshing and can be a great side with meat, more vegetables, fish etc. The dressing can be made ahead and poured over the carrots when serving, to avoid the carrots getting too soggy! I altered the recipe by blending the coconut milk, some tamarind paste, red and green chilli, ginger, lime and coriander.

Thai Carrot Coleslaw

Thai Carrot Coleslaw

I had the coleslaw with some sweet potato fries, salmon which was grilled in the oven with thai paste on the top, and some avocado.

Thai Carrot Coleslaw

Thai Carrot Coleslaw

Currently Reading | High-Rise

High-Rise

Creepy and disturbing is the best way to describe high-rise. A classic JG Ballard novel that could have been written last week, as opposed to it’s actual publication date in 1975. What makes the book so creepy is how well adapted to high-rise buildings we are, as the book suggested we might become. Swimming pools, gyms, supermarkets, restaurants, flats, penthouses are all part and parcel of so many developments the world over.

I don’t know my neighbours at all, which is quite common in flat blocks now. It does leave you with a sinister thought of what if.

Has anyone watched the film adaptation?

Mental Health Awareness Week

IMG_0309I found this photo last night on my way home and I found it so accurate. My anxiety can appear out of no where – ballooning up in side of me, which causes the smallest things to become a big deal when in point of fact there not. Days later I’ll try and work out what I was feeling anxious about and I just can’t place it. Putting a more “honest” post on social media can help – and acts as a good reminder that it’s okay to not be okay. This week is mental health awareness week so it seemed a good time to post a few things which have been helping me in the last few weeks. All of the tips revolve around creating me time and distracting myself from my thoughts and just doing something else.

Throwing on my trainers and some leggings and just going for a walk, not running, no end goal, just a walk to clear my head. I too often put pressure on myself to go that extra mile or sprint that extra bit and if I don’t I can spend hours beating myself up about. Going out with the sole intention of just walking – a breathe of fresh air.

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Put a candle on, close the curtains and watch a TV series in bed. I did this for the first time in months on Tuesday night and it felt amazing.

IMG_0286 Eat breakfast outside, even for 10 minutes it was like sitting in a cafe, apart form the fact it was a mid week morning and freezing.  Pretty sure a strong cup of coffee and some cold wind can solve a lot.

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One thing I’m terrible for not doing enough is just putting my phone away. I check my phone way too much and scroll aimlessly, which doesn’t achieve anything and can lead to negative thoughts about feeling left out, or not living my 20s the fullest. I want to start putting my phone in another room for an hour, and build it up to decrease my dependency on it. Enjoy reading my book and drinking my coffee with no distractions.

Ted Talk Thursday | The magic ingredient that brings Pixar movies to life.

The magic ingredient that brings Pixar movies to life

Maths, science and code create Pixar films, no really. To this day my dream job is to be a Disney Imagineer, my go to cheer up films are either Toy Story or Frozen. To the point where if I call my Mum, the ringtone plays is You’ve got a friend in me. I’ve also unashamedly dressed up as Buzz Lightyear.

The talk is by Danielle Feinberg and is so eye opening. She steps through how lighting changes the mood in various iconic Pixar scenes and how they use physics to make things seem more realistic. Even the flying pig aka Dr Porkchops Spaceship in Toy Story 3. For Finding Nemo they did in depth analysis on how life is underwater, from how the currents work, to the light, all to make you believe the impossible.

Personally I would love to see some of the equations and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics), that happens to create the scenes. Anyone got any contacts at Pixar?

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