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ellen wondra

software engineer. pet herder. crafty.

My Values at Work: No Tech for ICE


What are my values at work?

Well, it's 2020, and I'm looking for work.

I'm a software engineer, in the field working since 2014, so theoretically the options are pretty endless. This, plus our political climate, mean that I have been thinking extensively about what I want in my next position. What are my values? Where do they begin and end? What are my values at work, and where do I embody them to exclusion--meaning, I do not want to entertain people or companies who do not share these values--vs. where do I embody them to action, places where I can do the work of helping make the world a better place by speaking truth to power, having difficult conversations, building tools to help people help themselves?

The truth is, I am...

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Strange Loop 2019: Complexities of Color in Computing


Many, many months ago, I was lucky enough to give a talk at Strange Loop!

I truly didn't understand how great the opportunity was until I was there, talking with the other speakers about what they had gone through to get there. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share my perspective on the world for a little while. Since then, I've learned even more. I hope to have more opportunities to speak and share, to open minds and influence the tech community.

Please take a look at my talk below: Complexities of Color in Computing

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QR Cross-Stitch, Part 2: NOW WE'RE COOKING WITH GAS!!




Just wanted to update you all, since the last QR post has so many hits and I am having such a ding-dang good time creating more QR code art! 

After the last post, I did a little more research into QR codes. I learned a few things. First, the margin of error in a QR code is about 10%. This is how some artists will put pictures and things in their QR codes--you should see the beautiful works out there! This also means that most stitched QR codes are fine with a normal cross-stitch; you get a reliable scan without having to outline all of the boxes.

Secondly, I researched the border that is recommended for QR code scanning. The actual border they recommend is a quarter of an inch. I've...

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QR Cross-Stitch


Hey all! Last week, I sat down on my couch with my laptop (well, technically, a friend's laptop--THANK YOU, KERRI!!!) and made a lovely little QR code cross-stitch project! When you scan this QR code within the reach of my wifi network, you are logged on to my WiFi network! This is my write-up of that experience.

What is a QR code? 

QR code is an abbreviation of Quick Response code. It's an incredibly efficient way to store information, similar to a UPC barcode, but it scans more quickly and it can hold a lot more information. The information is stored as an image, typically a series of black squares on a white square background, though artists have been creating multicolored QR codes for years.

Squares on a white background...

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