Hai. I’m Kari.
I started this blog in 2014 to share my adventures as attempted to teach myself programming in my spare time and become the first internal transfer onto my company’s engineering team.
I think I’ve always had some natural engineering tendencies. I almost got fired from my first job at Amazon after spending a week neglecting emails to write a macro that would automate myself out of a few hours of work. After watching “Clueless”, I taught myself HTML, determined to write a program to help me pick out clothes in the morning. And despite getting a degree in Finance, I moved into increasingly more technical roles, often making up the job description myself.
A few years ago, I was tasked with creating some reporting that was fairly impossible using the things I knew at the time (excel, SQL, VBA). I didn’t know it then, but I would look back on the stress and frustration and 15 hour days as a pivotal time in my career. It was a sunny Wednesday morning when I used a linux command (`sed`) to format a csv file with millions of lines in a matter of seconds. I immediately signed up for a linux class and developed a love for the command line so deep that it inspired me to give programming a real try. A few months later, I met a woman who had quit her job in Marketing, finished a coding bootcamp class and is now working as an engineer at Twitter. As unlikely as it might have been to do what she did, it was all I needed to hear to go for it.
I started this blog for a few reasons. Because computers are hard and I needed a place to vent. Because engineers are bad at explaining things and I wanted to capture what it was like to be a beginner. Because people have a tendency to share their success stories, skipping over their (numerous) failures and I wanted to share mine. And because I know how little it took me, one woman’s off-handed comment, to go for something I wanted. And if sharing mine helped anyone, I owed it to the universe.
Today I’m a software engineer at Airbnb working in the complex and fascinating world of payments. I still feel like I found the worlds most creative hiring loophole, and suffer from imposter syndrome daily, but it continues to make for great blog entries, so I welcome the pain 🙂
Hopefully you enjoy the self-deprecating humor and please drop me a comment if you wanna talk shop.