I’m speaking at #BullCon17!

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve been accepted as a speaker at BullCon17, a conference for ambitious, feminist women.

The conference takes place November 2-5 in Washington, DC. I’ll be speaking on Tools, Systems, and Processes—basically a loving ode to TextExpander an scheduling recurring events on your calendar so you can devote your brain space to Polyvore collections and/or SQL.

Check out more info here, and buy tickets here.

A personal endorsement: I attended the first two BullCons, and I can absolutely say that the professional and personal connections I made with the women there have been the most beneficial connections I’ve acquired since I left school. It is incredibly worth the money and I am very excited to attend in addition to speaking.

6 Rules To Live By When You Work In An Office But Have Remote Team Members

“NYC isn’t for everybody, and the amount that someone wants to deal with street garbage in the summer has no bearing on their ability to be an excellent contributor to the product.”

I was quoted talking about street garbage in this article on the Trello blog. Click through to learn more, non-garbage-related tips for managing remote culture.

Coffee Talks: How To Brew Knowledge Share Culture In Your Company

It’s Friday afternoon: Do you know where your coworkers are?

If they’re Trello employees, since August 2016 the answer has likely been: at Coffee Talks. Coffee Talks (name inspired by MailChimp) are a Friday afternoon event where Trellists share their specialist knowledge about Trello the app or Trello the company with each other in the form of thirty minute to one hour presentations.

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Lana Ipsum

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This past weekend, I spun up Lana Ipsum, a lorem ipsum generator using Lana Del Rey-inspired lyrics. It talks about late capitalism and vodka a lot. A sample sentence:

Late capitalism cigarettes rock and roll lashes milkshake dreams ocean ocean.

It’s the first public-facing project I’ve done using JavaScript, and it came out of a long-ago, goofy Slack conversation with some friends coupled with the realization that somehow, no one owned lanaipsum.com.

Lana Ipsum is hosted on GitHub pages at the suggestion of Barry Clark, Trello’s VP of Engineering. If you want to know how it works, or are tempted to modify it for your own ends, the code is available here.

The code that makes the site do its thing owes a significant debt to Daniel LeCheminant, who was very patient in showing me how to make a lorem ipsum generator in JS and at who at no point asked why the thing says “late capitalism” so much.

I made it look pretty with Bootstrap and Google Fonts, re-stealing some of my own work from my Sinatra capstone project for the Ruby on Rails course from Skillcrush. In the future, I’d like to add the option to tweet out your favorite sentences it produces, and possibly add the option to copy the text it generates to the clipboard.

Case Study Video for Sprout Social

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I was recently filmed and interviewed for a case study on how Trello uses Sprout Social. Video is now available! Enjoy the video and case study at read the rest at Sprout’s site.

Additionally, check out the video and insights from a social support round table Sprout put on last month. It was super fun participating.

Explaining Webhooks Using Popcorn

Recently, I wound up in a discussion with a coworker about webhooks. (Specifically, my hope that Okta offers them. I’ve spent several hours reading this documentation and I still can’t tell.) She wasn’t familiar with them, and neither was the customer who we were looping in as part of the larger discussion. So, I wound up explaining webhooks as follows:

Think of our two services as two people: you, in the back of the office, and your coworker George who sits near the kitchen and can see the microwave. You want to know if the popcorn you just put in the microwave is done, but can’t wait around in the kitchen. (Your office is very strict about loitering.)

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