Warning: this post contains detail of what happens when you take a cat to the vet for the last time – please do not read if this might upset you.
I never had a pet growing up. With both my parents working, and a combination of allergies and phobias through the family, it just wasn’t a priority. I remember asking for a puppy once and, realising that it was never going to happen, accepted the “no” at the first attempt. When my husband and I first moved in together he made a case for us getting a cat – the perfect low-maintenance pet: give them love and remember to feed them, no walking or grooming, no cleaning cages or tanks, and perfectly happy being left while you’re at work. I remember not being bothered either way, I’d never had a connection with a pet, but he wanted one so we got a kitten. Continue reading Goodbye Greebo
I try to avoid anything that isn’t STEM related on this blog but I feel I do need to speak out on the EU referendum on 23rd June. I fundamentally believe in democracy, and love the fact that in the UK we have multiple parties so we do really have a choice, even if many people do not exercise it. However, we now have a black or white, in or out decision to make with regard to the European Union. I have seen so many people saying that the way they will vote is not because of the issue but because of personality or logical fallacy. So I implore you, spend the next 24 hours doing some real research or please don’t vote.
I’ve never been big on feminism, and I think this is partly because I’ve never felt treated poorly – I’ve had equality throughout my life and have never felt the pull to be an activist. This evening I watched a conversation unfold on twitter that annoyed me, so I’m going to put aside the tech and maths for a moment and look at what the problem is and what it isn’t.
Dr Sue Black had been giving a talk at an event in London about her TechMums program, which aims to teach women how to code to better understand technology, not necessarily to get jobs as programmers. This is a fantastic initiative and one of many that opens up understanding to people who may otherwise be ignorant on a subject that they may never have covered at school. I’ll come on to why this is important later. However, the inflammatory tweet was: