Mrs. Flinger: A work in progress

Fixing Mrs. Flinger Feb 20, 2015

I'm currently working on this website. I want to add back the links to blogs I love, some ways to find content easier, and put in archive, at last, some of the ancient articles. Come back to see updates.

“IT” Oct 08, 2009

#Family Life

I sat on the plane next to a young gal, mid-twenties she would tell me later, who reminded me a lot of myself at her age. Realizing “her age” wasn’t so far gone, but knowing it was still long enough away to form distant memories and wistful longings in my mind. “You’re married? With two kids? When did you get married?” she asks with wide brown eyes and a smile that reaches her ears. “When I was 26. But I knew him for years and years. He was my best friend.” I reply trying to condense our 13 year pre-story in to a sentence. “How did you know he was the ONE?” she asks. “I knew.” I hated that answer when I was her age. But the truth is, my husband is the single person in the world I don’t get sick of the more... Read more

Nobody tells you when you grow up, you’ll want to be just like your kids Oct 05, 2009

#Family Life

My daughter is so dynamic. So joyful. So lovely. She feels so intensely. She cares so deeply. She loves fully. I watch her play and I wonder when I grew up. When did I stop running in the leaves or spinning in circles to feel the wind on my face? When did I decide socks had to match and outfits had accessories? People sometimes ask my children what they want to be when they grow up. They have answers, “A mommy! A train! A tree!” They’ll make those decisions later. Much later. And then, one day, even as they hold a job they adore and work with people they like, they’ll watch their own children and finally realize: When I grow up, I want to be just like you. Read more

Women in Tech, a living example in PHP Oct 05, 2009

#She's Gone Geek Again

<?php class nerds { public static $boy = 'stands to pee'; public $girl = 'sits to pee'; public static function getBoy() { echo self::$boy; } public static function setBoy() { self::$boy = 'Tech Boy'; } public function getGirl() { echo $this->girl; }        } $ob = new nerds(); nerds::getBoy();    // output: stands to pee   $ob->getBoy();  // output: stands to pee $ob->getGirl();  // output: sits to pee           // girls are never static thus you can use the $this->girl class techgirl extends nerds { public function lesson() { $this->x = 'women are not objects'; } } $techgirl = new Techgirl echo $techgirl->lesson();  //outputs women are not... Read more

The downfall of being a woman in tech Oct 02, 2009

I’m here at the EE Roadshow here in Seattle. I’m thrilled to be with so many fabulous developers in one location. It’s a freakin’ GEEK FESTIVAL! I’m glad to see women being represented here. There must be at least twelve of us in a full room of 200? :: fist pump :: GIrl power. This, being the first and possibly one time ever, the women’s restroom wouldn’t have a line longer than security at Sea-Tac airport, they only have non-gender specific “washrooms”. This means the boys now stand in line and the women STILL stand in line. Which, ok. But this sharing a bathroom with men is something I can hardly do at home, let alone with 180 strangers. Strangers who happen to own the pipe version. Who do not aim. At all. So men, yo, do a... Read more