Category Archives: Dee’s Blog

I stare at computers all day. Here’s how I protect my eyes.

Story time, gang!

I’m a millennial whose been using laptops consistently since age 14. My screen time has only increased since, thanks to modern employment and the death of flip phones. Now that I’m in a tech role, things are only going downhill for me.

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My team doesn’t know what I do.

I sort of got in trouble at work recently.

Don’t worry – nothing actually offensive took place on my part. My job isn’t in jeopardy, I’m not on probation, or anything like that! But I had an exchange with one of my directors, and as far as I’m concerned, I’ve definitely made a mistake in my role. Let’s dive in.

Anyone who manages a database knows that the job has it’s less-than-glamorous moments. Not that anyone would call this work glamorous…which is precisely why I love it.

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The Self-Care Diaries: My Visit to Eastern State Penitentiary

Note: Eastern State Penitentiary has no clue I’m writing this review about my experience. Just in case you were wondering!

Sooo I’m veering away from my typical advice-y posts, to tell you about this awesome thing you must do on your next trip to Philly.

And if you had zero plans to visit Philadelphia, welp, I’m about to change your mind.

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We all need to do better in our team meetings.

Okay, let’s get into this. Confession time.

When I first started working, I LOVED meetings. They were my chance to hear from folks higher up the chain about what the heck was going on at my org! Plus, I wasn’t that busy…back then.

4 years later & everything’s changed. I’m a seasoned grump that has way too much on her plate, which means I’m dodging calendar invites like Leon from the Matrix. If that’s even his name. Is that his name?

Anyways.

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The Unconference Model is Problematic. Here’s Why & What to Do About It

Gang, let’s talk about unconferences. Because I’ve got a lot of mixed feelings.

First, if you’ve never heard of an unconference, let’s start there. An unconference is a “participant-led” learning experience. It rebels against the typical conference structure, in that there’s no preset agenda.

Yep, you read me correctly.

There is no agenda for this conference, until you show up to make it. The idea is that the audience –the people who this whole thing is designed to benefit–  put forth the topics they want to discuss. Hence, the ‘un’.

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