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Geeking Out and Getting Happy

You might have noticed that last weekend, I overhauled the design on my blog. I felt that it was time for a change, and it’s one that is related to a change in attitude that I’ve had of late. One of the things I’ve changed is my tag-line. It’s now: Cate extends Human implements Programmer […]

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Priorities and Next Steps

The other day I was having lunch with some other interns, and they were discussing their GPA. It made me question what I was doing, surrounded by 20-22 year-olds who think that a GPA is a measure of achievement and/or a defining characteristic. I mean, to participate in the conversation should I calculate my GPA? […]

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Inside and Outside My Comfort Zone

The other day, I had a phone interview for quite possibly my dream job. With the encouragement of my mentors and friends I was feeling good about it, and going for it, until a few hours before when I was practically vibrating with fear. I don’t know how it went. I definitely didn’t connect with […]

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CCWESTT Conference

Among the (many) reasons I haven’t been blogging lately, is the conference I attended at the weekend – CCWESTT, which stands for Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology. It was great – amazing speakers, enlightening talks, and the chance to spend time with some of the other execs from WISE. I […]

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I Love Love Love Being a Girl

I’ve been in a couple of situations recently where I felt I had to apologize for, or justify my emotions. I contend that’s unfair – I don’t make decisions as a result of my emotions, but I do react emotionally to events. I cry – at the news, at movies, books, at TV shows. I […]

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Inspiring Educators

I’ve had a post in mind for a while now, about how I accidentally mis-branded myself as an educator, why that was a problem, and how I managed to turn it into a selling point. And then I watched the video embedded below. And it made me re-evaluate the value that I place on being […]

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Happy Ada Lovelace Day

I really want to blog about a woman in tech today. I think Ada Lovelace day is awesome, and was charmed when someone wished me a happy Ada Lovelace day this morning. However, I have a dearth of role models. Does passively stalking someone on Twitter count as knowing someone? Even with the odd, brief, […]

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Can You Flow Your Way to Great?

If you know me at all (or have just been reading my blog for a while) you’ll know I’m really interested in how to be more productive, more effective, and generally achieving more. And of course I read Zen Habits and all these other blogs that talk about flow. Flow is about being completely absorbed […]

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Down Time

I think how you choose to spend your free time says a lot about you. Some people train for a triathlon, some people play video games, some people watch excessive amounts of TV. I knew a guy who seemed to think he could live life vicariously through the characters of TV shows. That made me […]


Inspiring Words from Gabrielle Bouliane

Why are you not being everything you can be right now? I have no answer to that. It’s time to stop making excuses. From 23 Moments.