Iron and cheese: how I used lactoferrin to treat iron overload

This is a three-part series about how getting mysterious black spots on my teeth helped me find out I had an iron disorder, and how I found and tested a novel treatment for it. Parts 2 and 3 will be published shortly. Disclaimer: This is not medical advice. Talk to your doctor before making medicalContinue reading “Iron and cheese: how I used lactoferrin to treat iron overload”

Choosing which consulting services to offer

Many consultants (including me) make a similar mistake: we offer too many services, in too many areas, with too many options. After running one mediocre consulting business, and one successful consulting business, I’ve learned to focus on services that: Require hard-to-find expertise Deliver far more value to the client than they cost me to provideContinue reading “Choosing which consulting services to offer”

Repost: How calls for “civility” are harming tech companies

This article originally appeared on Project Include’s blog on July 9, 2018 and is republished here by permission. As a 20-year veteran of the tech industry, I’m familiar with calls for “civility” in discourse — and the harm they often do to diversity and inclusion. Just last week, game developer Jessica Price, prompted by a man explainingContinue reading “Repost: How calls for “civility” are harming tech companies”

Clarification of Double Union post

Last week, several people interpreted my blog post explaining why I left Double Union as supporting some specific transphobic ideas. I strongly oppose those transphobic ideas, and I am particularly sorry for the pain that people who are trans and/or non-binary experienced as a result. In this blog post, I will restate my relevant beliefsContinue reading “Clarification of Double Union post”

What I learned writing my first non-fiction book

I am so excited to announce that I just released my first book, “How to Respond to Code of Conduct Reports.” You can download it for free from my business website. The book is based on a short guide by Mary Gardiner, and edited by Annalee Flower Horne. Responding to code of conduct reports isContinue reading “What I learned writing my first non-fiction book”

Finding food allergies and sensitivities

A little over five years ago, I stopped eating one food. About a month later, I suddenly realized that, for the first time in nearly seven years, I did not want to die. My history of untreatable suicidal depression, insomnia, and anxiety became just that: history. At the same time, a bunch of other littleContinue reading “Finding food allergies and sensitivities”

Double Union is dead, long live Double Union!

Updated on April 17, 2019. After several helpful conversations, I have decided to that I am no longer willing to host the original content of this post (but you can still read an archive of it here). I am deleting it because I was intending to support and center people who are the target of misogyny,Continue reading “Double Union is dead, long live Double Union!”

Hiring a facilitator for the Ally Skills Workshop

Frame Shift Consulting is getting so much business that I need another facilitator to help me teach Ally Skills Workshops! Short version: We are searching for a second part-time facilitator to help teach the popular Ally Skills Workshop at tech companies, primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as around the world andContinue reading “Hiring a facilitator for the Ally Skills Workshop”

Something is rotten in the Linux Foundation

When I agreed to talk about the management problems at the Linux Foundation to Noam Cohen, the reporter who wrote this story on Linux for the New Yorker, I expected to wait at least a year to see any significant change in the Linux community. Instead, before the story was even published, the Linux projectContinue reading “Something is rotten in the Linux Foundation”