The software industry is such an exhausting one. If I could, I would work in another field, but I don’t have training in any other fields so I would not be able to make even half of what I make as a software development.


One of the constant frustrations is pay. It seems like when I check Glassdoor, I’m always paid less than the average software engineer, and definitely less than a senior software engineer. At this point, I probably should be hired as a senior but I never am.

Everyone puts the onus on the individual; You should have asked for that title or You should have asked for more money. I try, but it feels like I’m driving blind. Nobody is out there to support you or help you make that decision.

Nobody ever taught me negotiation skills. I’ve never negotiated a salary, even though this past year I’ve become aware that perhaps everybody else does, every time. But what are the rules? What are the methods? I don’t know. And with a recruiter in the mix, it seems even more difficult to negotiate a salary. Sometimes it seems like they might even be pitching me low to make me more desirable. But I can’t say for sure.

When you’re a minority in the field, you’re constantly hearing about how other women are usually paid less than men (and I have it the best-of-the-worst, as a white woman, many women of color get paid a huge amount less than the average white man in a given field). It’s such an unfriendly place to be. Everybody is so secretive about their salary, companies don’t want you to discuss it, it feels like the cards are stacked against you. How are you supposed to get ahead when you don’t have the resources you need to work towards it?

I like the Clef Handbook – which they have made Open Source. I sincerely hope that one day, Moosader becomes self sufficient and I can hire other people. I would like to make salaries transparent – it might not appeal to everybody, but I’m certain that there are people out there like me who are tired of feeling kept in the dark and taken advantage of.

I have such a different mindset for how a company ought to operate than the standard business.  I really hope my company can make a difference. It’s clear to me that no company is going to give me the kind of work environment I need in order to be happy, and I have to make it myself. Flexibility, freedom, fairness. I’m so tired of the 8-to-5, open plan layout, no-telecommuting style of job. I’m ready to work for myself – but I need to have an income. So I need to keep working.

I like Martin Fowler

I often want to reference these articles but forget the name (and sometimes Martin Fowler’s name, so then I have to go do a search for that one book I have that he wrote). This post is mostly for my own reference, but if you are interested, here are some really good posts on diversity in tech.

Mandarin Chinese Class Review #2

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I didn’t have a lot of time last week to study, so now it is time to review!

 Tonal Sandhi

  1. Cannot have two third-tones next to each other: The first one becomes second tone.
  2. With certain words, like bù and yì, before another fourth tone these change to second tone.



Class was pretty fun tonight – we brought photos of our families to class and introduced them.

  • Mom: māma, Mother: mǔqīn
  • Dad: bàba, Father: fùqīn
  • Child/children: háizi
  • Son(s): érzi
  • Daughter(s): nǚér
  • Husband (formal): zhàng fū, Husband (informal): lǎogōng
  • Wife (formal): qī zǐ, Wife (informal): lǎopó
  • Older sister: jiějie
  • Younger sister: mèimei
  • Older brother: gēge
  • Younger brother: dìdi
  • Paternal Grandpa (formal): zǔfù, Paternal Grandpa (informal): yéye
  • Paternal Grandma (formal): zǔmǔ, Paternal Grandma (informal): nǎinai
  • Maternal Grandpa (formal): màizǔfù, Maternal Grandpa (informal): wàigōng
  • Maternal Grandma (formal): wài zǔmǔ, Maternal Grandma (informal): wàipó
  • Aunt (mother’s sister): āyí
  • Aunt (father’s sister): gūgu
  • Uncle (father’s younger brother): shūshu
  • Uncle (father’s older brother): bófù
  • Uncle (mother’s brother): jiùjiu

Numbers and Counting

  • 0: líng
  • 1: (yì when before a measure word)
  • 2: èr (with measure word: Liǎng)
  • 3: sān
  • 4:
  • 5:
  • 6: liù
  • 7:
  • 8:
  • 9: jiǔ
  • 10: shí

How many apples?
Jǐ gè píngguǒ?

One apple.
Yī gè píngguǒ. (Yī pronounced like yí here.)

I have one little sister.
Wǒ yǒu yī gè mèimei. (Yī pronounced like yí here.)


  • Engineer: gōngchéngshī
  • Professor: jiàoshòu
  • Business person: shāngrén
  • Salesperson: tuīxiāoyuán
  • Doctor: yīshēng
  • Waiter, clerk, service person: fúwùyuán
  • Technician: jìshùyuán
  • Lawyer: lǜshī
  • Programmer: chéngxùyuán

Adjectives and Adverbs

  • Handsome: shuài
  • Ugly: chǒu
  • Cool:
  • Smart, intelligent: cōngmíng
  • Pretty, attractive: piàoliang
  • Good-looking: hǎokàn
  • Fat, stout: pàng
  • Thin: shòu
  • Nice, kind: shànliáng
  • Naughty, rambunctious: tiáopí
  • Tall: gāo
  • Short: ǎi
  • Small: xiǎo
  • Big:
  • Cute: kěài

Before an adjective, an adverb needs to be used:

  • Very: hěn
  • Extremely: fēicháng
  • Not too, not very: bútài

For example:

Is your cat cool?
Nǐ de māo kù ma?

My cat is cool.
Wǒ de māo hěn kù.

For small animals, the measure word is zhī.

I have one cat.
Wǒ yǒu yī zhī māo. (Pronounced like: Wó yǒu yì zhī māo.)

Do you have a pet?
Nǐ yǒu chǒngwù? (Pronounced like: Ní yóu chǒngwù? or Nǐ yóu chǒngwù?)