I’m 38% tech geek.
Which means I don’t possess enough tech skills to be useful to others BUT do have enough passion to want to consume it for myself (as long as it doesn’t hurt my head).
So being 38% tech geek means I love Click, the BBC’s, “comprehensive guide to all the latest gadgets, websites, games and computer industry news”.
Someone who presents my favourite part of that show is a geek Godess, Kate Russell.
Here are 8 things that provide Kate with some happiness…
What’s the last thing that made you smile?
My cat Captain Jack coming in from the rain and demanding to be towel-dried, then purring so loud it made him cough
What’s your favourite book?
It’s an epic fantasy with amazing characters, I didn’t want it to end
What are you grateful for today?
The Internet – I have loads of work to do!
What’s you favourite little pleasure?
Running a little faster than I did last time
Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?
I interviewed Doug Clark, IBM Cloud Computing Leader last year for my book and he said “If someone tells you ‘no, this cannot be done’, you should always query that and see it as an opportunity to make a success out of something that no-one else is doing.”
Which person inspires you or which person do you think is inspiring?
Ada Lovelace – the first computer programmer and an awesome woman!
What one event has been memorable in your life.
The day I got crowd funded to write a sci-fi novel.
It’s very humbling to think so many strangers would put their hard earned money behind a belief I can deliver something enjoyable.
Is there something that’s happened to you, which at the time was seemingly negative but eventually turned out to be positive?
This happens all the time – in fact if I trace the lineage of events leading to all of the best stuff in my life back, they all have a rubbish life-event somewhere along the line that was essential to them happening.
For example, if I had not got divorced, I would not have been looking for a change of direction and found my way into games journalism, which in turn lead to a career on TV and finally achieving my life goal of publishing a book.
We are all a product of our experience and I am sure anyone who does that exercise of tracing the best events back through their life will find the same… the trick is remembering that fact when you are in the middle of a life crisis and letting it lift your spirits and give you hope.
Kate Russell has been writing about technology, gaming and the Internet since 1995 and now appears weekly on BBC2 and BBC World News, reporting for technology programme Click.
Her first book ‘Working the Cloud’ and companion blog workingthecloud.biz is the ultimate collection of online tips, tricks and resources for small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs who want to get ahead online.
In addition to her prolific writing and TV career Kate speaks regularly at technology events and conferences and in schools and Universities inspiring the next generation of female technologists.
She also gets involved in UK and global policy meetings to help shape the way the Internet is governed.
At the end of 2012 she was crowd funded more than 400% of her target to write a science fiction novel.
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