Documentation, Ethics, Technology

I never asked for a raise, but I did get sexually harassed at Microsoft.

“Knowing and having faith that the system … that might be one of the additional super powers, that quite frankly, that women who don’t ask for raises have… because that’s good karma. It will come back.”—Nadella, at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference

“I’m absolutely reeling,” said Rachel Sklar, who in 2010 founded Change the Ratio, a group focused on increasing visibility for women in tech. “He put to words the massive fear women have in asking for raises and told them to trust in a system that is proven to be broken.”

Nadella also said he would “not fall for the crutch of the supply-side excuse” of women in tech, and that Microsoft was attempting to improve, despite recently released Microsoft diversity numbers that were similarly dismal to most tech companies. He advised women to be persistent in breaking into the industry.

I wonder what the percentage was when I was at Microsoft?

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Sync Facebook Events with Google Calendar & iCal

I live and die by my calendar, so when Facebook Events weren’t showing up in my calendar I wasn’t showing up at Facebook Events… Here’s how to get Facebook Events to sync with your Google Calendar. Be sure to also check out how to sync your Google Calendar, iCal, and iPhone. Continue reading

I love my books.

I’m Pro Choice, but Please Save the Books.


“Have you gotten a Kindle yet?”

This question strikes my mind cold for two thought criss-cross my mind in a flash: first, “who would get a Kindle when there’s iPad?!” and second, “why would I want a Kindle anyway?! I love books!”

“Walls of burnt caramel with bookcases holding treasured and worn volumes of poetry, Dorothy Parker, textbooks of youth and scholar, biology and war, movies in black and white, and dust covered CD jewel cases.”—Piazza Prati Strozzi 33, Angela Baxley 2007

Today I stumbled upon a blog, Book Survival, which describes itself as “a possibly futile attempt to protect a thing with pages and a cover from electronic destruction“. My heart leaps in delight and a nearly simultaneous sadness. Here some guy named Christian writes An anecdote about a book. He gets it.

I wonder if he has a copy of my favorite, the Griffin and Sabine trilogy.

Griffin & Sabine is an experience a designer shared with me years ago. I fell in love, and the experience of sharing my love of this book has been one that’s most intimate I can think of. I won’t tell you about it, you’ll have to experience it for yourself! A Kindle, iPad or not, can’t do that for you.

That said, I am pro-choice. Just let me buy my books, and pay a little more for the digital copy! A shout out to A Book Apart for getting it right, with prices for the book: print, ebook, or bundled.

The New Yorker App

No love for subscribers.

And on the side for can’t believe they did that, The New Yorker app takes the cake. As a frequent traveler and a subscriber for years, I have longed for an iPad app for The New Yorker—to think! digit access to my beloved magazine whose paper form is crammed far away in a dark damp mailbox—how delightful! Um, yeah. Um, nope. Subscribers aren’t able to access their subscription digitally. You buy a digital issue. Really?! Condé Nast Digital should be ashamed.


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Sun & Sand in November? Yes, please!

All of y’all on the fence about whether or not you can make it to San Diego for my party, you’ve got no excuse—blame it on Porter—there’s no cheaper insta-vacation around! From San Francisco to San Diego, two days only, $34 dollars each way—thanks Porter & @virginamerica!

And if you’re still not convinced, San Diego is the hottest place to be the first week of November, and I’m not just talking about the weather…

First, there’s An Event Apart visiting for November 1st & 2nd, featureing 12 great speakers and 12 sessions for people who make websites, from the my friends

Next, there’s my geeks ♥ sand party that I organized in conjunction with SandCHI! If you haven’t already, be sure to RSVP!

Then, there’s the Stay Classy awards. Alyssa and Khloe are rallying tweeps to vote for their favorite charities, but you can get in on the fun at the actual awards ceremony! I’m hoping to meet Tony of @zappos! That’s November 7th. Vote for your favorite charity, and pick up tickets for the event now!

And if you’re still not convinced—and I mean really?!—you can still apply to attend TEDx San Diego the next day, November 8th.

Have I got ya? Good. Now books your seats on Virgin before it’s took late and you lose it. 😉


It’s about San Diego, It’s about Geeks, and You’re Invited!

I ♥ San Diego. I am geek… You too? 🙂

I’m crazy, and I’m stirring up some trouble in San Diego. You see, we’ve got all these cool kids, but it doesn’t seem like we bring all the crazies together. That’s what I’ve been dying to do.

RSVP NOW for geeks ♥ sand

November 2nd, 2010 at Taste & Thirst
715 4th Ave. @ G Street Directions
3 Hours Free Parking at Horton Plaza (with mall validation).

6pm Happy Hour! Get here early, and meet new peeps!
7pm snag a good seat for a brief presentation by SanDCHI, and by…
8pm the DJ will be rocking the crowd.

Whether you’re geeky about technology, design, art, music, beer, books, steam punk, or…

Let’s rock San Diego in a SxSW meets Burningman style. And if you don’t know what that means, well then you have no choice but to come!

It’s music, dancing, drinking & revelry with the coolest kids we can find… only we haven’t heard from you yet! Be sure to RSVP as space is limited. Your geeky cool friends are welcome.

Wear your crazy: sport a hat, be you, be different.

I’m very excited to announce that the San Diego Computer Human Interaction Group will be joining us for the event! At 7pm SanDCHI will present a select group of local startups to discuss their experience with UX challenges they’ve faced. If you’re interested in startups, or in how you might incorporate UX in your work or business, be sure to arrive early enough to have a drink and find a good spot!

SanDCHI brings together professionals from academia and industry to share ideas, research and practices related to user experience, usability, interaction design, human computer interaction and other related topics.

Want to stay connected with this event, and future trouble making? Follow @SpunkyGidget on Twitter, or you can always check back here! If you’re looking for me, I’m @ang.