Pat Drummond :: life & technology

November 19, 2015

Agism - the Final Prejudice

I have to say it's hard for me to understand why after 49 years using and programming computers, people think I'm a dinosaur just because I'm old. And female. (Some prejudices never seem to die.)

My "friends" ask complete idiots for help or information just because they're young and male. Then complain about the problems that result - to me. Sheesh! </grumpy>

November 02, 2015

Inspiration for Modern Girls

This tickles me somehow. Generally regarded as the first programmer, Ada Lovelace was born 200 years ago.

Maya Penn
Follow that up with today's modern woman (almost) Maya Penn, who not only taught herself to program (HTML, javascript, python), she’s an animator, started her own business "Maya's Ideas" (at 8), teaches kids to become entrepreneurs, and operates a nonprofit called "Maya’s Ideas 4 The Planet".  She gave a TED talk at 13.  

Her business plan involves environmental awareness and giving back to make the world better. Did I mention she's still only 15!