Field Notes: Junior Innovation Camp News

Automatticians, the people who build, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer.

Today I’d like to share some experiences we had during the Junior Innovator Camp that was part of the Wonder Women Tech conference earlier this summer. I was joined by my colleagues Marjorie Asturias (who also spoke), Sarah Blackstock, Erica Varlese, and Anne McCarthy.

Wonder Women Tech, where Automattic was a sponsor, is a conference that highlights women in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), and provides a forum for discussing important topics around diversity. The two-day event drew over 150 speakers, all of whom were successful entrepreneurs or business leaders, who shared their triumphs, failings, and learned lessons. The conference offered educational opportunities to a number of area students who were attending on scholarships.


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The Transmission Chain

The Inspiration Shots

iPhoneOgraphy – 10 Sep 2016 (Day 254/366)

Chain drive is a way of transmitting mechanical power from one place to another. It is often used to convey power to the wheels of a vehicle, particularly bicycles and motorcycles. It is also used in a wide variety of machines besides vehicles.

Most often, the power is conveyed by a roller chain, known as the drive chain or transmission chain, passing over a sprocket gear, with the teeth of the gear meshing with the holes in the links of the chain. The gear is turned, and this pulls the chain putting mechanical force into the system. Another type of drive chain is the Morse chain, invented by the Morse Chain Company of Ithaca, New York, United States. This has inverted teeth.

Sometimes the power is output by simply rotating the chain, which can be used to lift or drag objects. In other…

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#WQWWC – Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge – “Autumn”

Haddon Musings

“Autumn slips in like a fairy queen, spreads her cloak and everything changes.”

Bernadette Laganella


Hustle and Bustle have returned again

and have banished the ice cream man.

They have replaced his merry ring

with the school bell’s ding.

Hustle and Bustle shake the acorns free

and the squirrels become busy bees.

Those ladies mop up summer’s wet air

returning the sun’s bright glare.

They hang a lantern of orange in the sky

and invite the night creatures to fly.

Hustle and her sister Bustle prepare the way

for the autumn fairy princess to come and play.

This post is written in response to the Writer’s Quote Wednesday sponsored by'S QUOTE

Photo complements of Silver Threading.

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When doctors make assumptions

Dearest Someone,

I had an interestingly annoying appointment yesterday that seemingly took the wind out of my sails. I’ve been feeling pretty good over the past week or so – for the first time in a long while I’ve felt as though I’ve been moving forward and finally letting go of a lot of stressful things – and overall my wellbeing has been pretty ace. Last Tuesday I was discharged from the Home Treatment Team, and I felt incredibly positive about that. I’ve not been having any intense thoughts, feelings and my self-esteem has certainly boosted quite a lot, which is genuine and feels fantastic. So I was definitely very apprehensive for an appointment with Occupational Health.

I’m not a fan of opening up to new people, but yesterday I felt obliged too – which I guess was the first hurdle. But the big hurdle, which was a good hurdle, and one…

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