Living with curiosity

This, to me, is what living with curiosity is about. It’s having viewpoints and the humility to evolve them. It’s recognizing that differences aren’t scary things to shy away from or isolate behind a wall made of stone or silence: they are often opportunities to learn and stretch and experience the world more fully.

Categorize with intention

Construct with meaning As a data analyst, I am often in the position of taking a big group and dis-aggregating that group into a small number of categories. It may sound simple enough, but over time I’ve learned that the art of categorization is mired with missteps indeed. For instance, race and gender are constructs:Continue reading “Categorize with intention”

Does not compute

Humans > Computers An index is an outsourced list of information pointing to what you actually want to know. For instance, the index of a book. Compression of data is when you have such a high volume of information to remember that you resort to outsourcing… such as to an index. Processing power is theContinue reading “Does not compute”

Admitting colleges

Admitting colleges are a crapshoot When I applied to college as a 17-year-old high school senior, I was freaked out. I had just witnessed my incredible, wise-beyond-her-years sister be rejected by all of her dream schools: Harvard, Yale, Princeton… even the University of Michigan, our local public school. It shook me to my core. HowContinue reading “Admitting colleges”

In search of dignity at work

I am not your Yoko Ono I never understood all these pop culture references growing up. “Privileged to”. “Serving at the pleasure of.” “Captain, my captain.” “One ring to rule them all.” They required context, specifically White context, and I wasn’t that. Also: I didn’t have the time. I spent my school vacations working theContinue reading “In search of dignity at work”

I’m getting some feedback

Stop the beta spray In the rock climbing community, there’s a turn of phrase: “beta spray”. It’s what people call it when a climber throws out all this knowledge about how to climb a particular route — called colloquially, a “problem”. Guess who tends to beta spray? Men. White men, in particular. I’ve done it.Continue reading “I’m getting some feedback”

Selecting Metrics

The metric people fixate on tells you a lot about their frame of reference That is, after all, the whole point of selecting metrics. Remember, data never got it’s driver’s license. For instance, recently someone I loved showed hesitancy to get the COVID-19 vaccine. I was so surprised. They were an engineer by training. WhatContinue reading “Selecting Metrics”

Recipe for apology

A recipe for an apology, in poem form Dear ____________ I come as a friend To say there is someone in your life who in particular is hurting And I think would appreciate you showing some personal introspection and public self-accountability in order to heal Some clues: ________________ ________________ you, incidentally, were actually the personContinue reading “Recipe for apology”