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Winning at the Starting Line

Countless articles and books have been written about the gender balance problems that continue to plague the tech industry. I’ve been passionate about outreach at the K-12 level for years, but what of those of us already in the workplace? A recent article that got me thinking about the topic once again in great detail was circulated a few weeks ago – Josh Bersin’s “The Important Topic of Women in Business: What Men Can Do”. But even this article focuses on mind shifts at home and in life, without a great deal of actionable advice. So you’re a leader in…

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Memories of Game Dev: Playtest Notes #1

Every once in a while, I come across a notebook with a series of scribbles from my past in game development. Playtesting one’s own game and taking notes was a daily occurrence, but the notes provide a little burst of humor when taken out of context. I’ve decided that I’ll share these out-of-context gems here when I come across them. First up: A page of notes from a playthrough of an early build of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” for the GBA – my first game project for Griptonite Games. This was a relatively…

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The Power of 10

Ten years ago today, I arrived in Redmond as a new resident, about to start a new job and a new life. I had never heard of a “floating bridge”, never seen a bald eagle, never done anything remotely outdoorsy, didn’t understand why the highway had those raised “turtles” in the lane markings, and had only just discovered I might not hate microbrews. My departure from the Bay Area was the social equivalent of a nuclear bomb. My reasons for leaving were half professional – it was the year of the EA_Spouse controversy and a terrible time to be working for…

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Design for DigiGirlz

On Wednesday, I had the unique experience of teaching 110 high school girls an intro to interaction design workshop. Officially entitled “Making the World Easier With Interaction Design”, this was a course I built from scratch after offering to teach the subject at Microsoft’s annual Digigirlz Tech Camp. It’s a free weeklong program open to high school girls. They spend the week at Microsoft, hearing speakers, seeing demos, taking tours, and doing hands-on workshops like mine. Back when I debuted my Computer Engineer Barbie talk at Interaction ’11, I mentioned that my eventual goal was to craft a curriculum for…

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The Friends You’ve Only Sort of Met

I’m squarely in the middle of the pack of the Internet. I’m not famous and never will be, but I’ve been around a fair bit and have worked in a number of places, so there are many social networking connections to manage. After conventions and performances, I sometimes see a spike in friend requests or connection requests from strangers with no context. And this makes me sad, because I’m not going to accept a request without context, but I know on the other end there MIGHT be someone who is looking for a mentor or a partnership. So if you…

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