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When I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in May of 2015, I had no real career prospects. Truth be told, I struggled for the first half of college deciding what major to pursue and eventually settled on biology. I knew the only way I’d make a living in that field…


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If you’re interested in advancing within the engineering field and earning higher pay, you’ll need to increase two major factors of your work:

  1. your scope of influence
  2. the complexity of the tasks you take on

This is best achieved by influencing technical direction via your ability to express ideas so…


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I am not your typical tech worker. I am a queer woman, and tech is my second career. Anyone who can relate and has sat in enough male-dominated meetings knows that two things become obvious after working in the field for awhile. First, networking is invaluable. …


In Fall of 2020, I received job offers from Facebook and Microsoft (both entry level positions) and made it to the final round with Amazon (a mid level position). Shockingly, I don’t have a degree in computer science (C.S.), as I’ve previously written. While it’s widely known that a C.S…


My favorite advice from teachers of stand-up comedy and storytelling on YouTube

  1. Write about what you know
  2. Serious, serious, silly
  3. Address your appearance early on
  4. Likability = confidence + humility
  5. Try to make the ordinary extraordinary
  6. Play with timelines
  7. Take two dissimilar ideas and saying they’re similar; use analogies
  8. Know…


A visual guide to the Pacific Northwest (PNW) native plants from Swanson’s Rain Garden Plant Selection guide.

Zone 1

DAGGER-LEAF RUSH; Juncus ensifolius


What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

— Kurt Vonnegut, 1974

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Hi, it’s Kairsten. After recently watching Netflix’s show The Midnight Gospel, I decided to…

Kairsten Fay

Storyteller, self-taught software engineer, and experimental hobbyist. Working @ Facebook Open Source, Seattle. she/her 🏳️‍🌈

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