I'm always pushing myself to learn new technologies, like any good developer should. Below you'll find links to recent intellectual curiosities.
Myself and six other female technologists hosted a UX workshop at GeekGirlCon. I co-lead a hands-on persona session, and my colleagues covered wireframes and card sorting. Because of the assumed novice skillset, it was a fun challenge to come up with the appropriate vocabulary and examples to communicate our lessons.
Seven Languages in Seven Weeks by Bruce Tate. While I'm loving Ruby so hard, I'm eager to explore Python. My goal is to be fluent in a few languages, so this seems like a good starting point.
Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby by Sandi Metz. This book is great because it's in that sweet spot between intermediate and advanced, and offers nice exercises to grow your Ruby muscle. Plus, Sandi Metz is an amazing mentor to many female programmers.
Don't Get Too Comfortable by David Rakoff. The recent loss of David Rakoff was felt by any "This American Life" fan. He was a stunning orator and a devestatingly witty essayist. You should read this.