Benedict Cumberbatch Lied To Me And Broke My Heart

Ever wondered how Frankenstein’s Creature learned to speak? He listened to an impoverished professor reading aloud and explaining one of the greatest books of the Enlightenment.

Those of you who recently saw the brilliant Frankenstein/Creature role swap done by Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller by the National Theater will remember that De Lacey used Paradise Lost to teach the Creature to read.

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Actually, in Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein, the Creature learned from a book called The Ruins, or Meditation on the Revolutions of Empires, by Constantin François de Chassebœuf, comte de Volney.

I love audiobooks, and I realized that no one has ever done an audiobook of The Ruins! This rich and magical book, a source for art we love and even our own political freedoms, is in danger of being forgotten.

So over the last several months, I have been recording the audiobook of Volney’s greatest work for the first time ever in human history!

I hope you want to learn about the rise and fall of empires the same way that Frankenstein’s Creature did. I need your support to finish the recording, redo some of the first chapters, and get a sound engineer and editor to turn this from digital recordings into an audiobook! Back my project and spread the word, and together we will bring a lost treasure of the Enlightenment to audiobook and to the world!

HELP ME TELL BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH THAT FRANKENSTEIN IS JUST FINE THE WAY IT IS. AND SO IS HE.

Share this project at http://bit.ly/volney!

How to become a web application developer: #TarahTalks in first live broadcast

I am starting a webinar series this Wednesday from 3:30PM-4:00PM Pacific on Google Hangout. The first topic is: How to transition into web application development. I’ll take questions via the Q&A application. The first 15 minutes will be a discussion of how to specialize in web applications and how to be recruited by companies looking for web app developers, with a focus on startups and open source technologies. I’ll then take questions for 15 minutes. I am really looking forward to this!

I’ll be making this an ongoing series. I’ll do one each Wednesday at 3:30PM, and you can find my Google+ page here with upcoming events. Next Wednesday, April 30th, will be How To Get A Startup CEO To Recruit YOU, and May 7th will be How To Recruit A Mentor. You can see upcoming events in the sidebar of my blog here as well. After spending a lot of time helping folks with mentorship and tech, I tend to get asked many of the same questions in different ways. Some of these questions are:

  1. How do I get a tech mentor that actually cares about my career?
  2. How do I transition from college/junior dev status into web application development/front end development/DBA/operations/DevOps?
  3. How do I have an online presence when I don’t feel safe putting my contact information online?
  4. How do I build a brand around myself?
  5. How do I move from programming and hardcore technical work into tech management and executive status?
  6. How do I handle cyberbullying, keep my temper in the face of brogrammer provocation, and stay classy? [I have an opinion on this but possibly haven’t quite managed the ‘staying classy’ bit…]
  7. How do I make recruiters come to me instead of the other way around?

I end up giving the same 15-minute speech repeatedly to the people who ask these questions, and I’m getting pretty glib at it. So, it makes some sense to start making this knowledge available to more people, since folks want to know. In addition, I’ll be able to take questions and interact with more people, and I love efficiency just as much as Seven Of Nine. My YouTube channel is here, with the older Hack The People long seminars and these new webinars.