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PROGRAMMERS BEING DICKS PROGRAMMERS BEING DICKS This is like a safari ride through the shitty attitudes of the present tech industry and the even shittier future world it’s trying to build. Post absolutely everything to Facebook. Indulge your adolescent male power fantasies: beat the men who bullied you as a kid at their own manly games using superior technology. Seduce women by auto-stalking their Facebook profiles and mining personal information. Get instant feedback on how you’re doing through voice analysis. (Some further extrapolation here if you’re in the mood.)
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Several times in the last several weeks, I’ve found myself involved in an internet dust-up on twitter about “women in tech”. This is the politically correct term. But what it’s really about is the rampant misogyny and sexism in the tech industry. The most recent kerfuffle involved geekli.st. I won’t go over the details. What’s the big deal? « Not Rich Yet What’s the big deal? « Not Rich Yet
Dot Diva | Educators & Parents | What Works with Girls: Images Dot Diva | Educators & Parents | What Works with Girls: Images Because graphic images can work on a visceral, emotional level, they have the power to help transform girls' perceptions of computing. Here's what we’ve learned about images from our focus groups with girls. It's about People, Not Technology Images of technology alone (even of cool gadgets like smartphones or 3-D imaging) don't generate much career interest from girls.
Women in Tech If you're still working on your annual self-review, you're in good company. I'm still putting the finishing touches on mine, and I have list of requests for coworker feedback that I'm also chiseling down on. With deadline looming, I thought I would share some advice from Yahoo! leaders about the process. Last week, Women in Tech gathered a panel to talk about the process, offer tips about how to write an effective self-review, and share what the review process really accomplishes. We were grateful to host the following esteemed speakers: Women in Tech
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An Interview with Frances E. Allen | January 2011 Interview By Guy L. Steele Communications of the ACM, Vol. 54 No. 1, Pages 39-45 10.1145/1866739.1866752 Comments ACM Fellow Frances E. An Interview with Frances E. Allen | January 2011
Pseudocontext in Computer Science Can you imagine a programming assignment or example where "common sense and real-world knowledge are not needed"? Math teacher (and now PhD student in education) Dan Meyer proposed that many math problems fit into this category, exhibiting what he calls pseudocontext. Dan settles on the following definition of pseudocontext: Pseudocontext in Computer Science
Remember that video about doodling dragons and fractals and stuff? I finally finished part 2! Here is a magnet link so you can dowload it via torrent. Here it is on YouTube: http://youtu.be/dsvLLKQCxeA You can tell I worked on it for a long time over many interruptions (travelling and other stuff), because in order to keep myself from hating what was supposed to be a quick easy part 2, I had to amuse myself with snakes. Part of working on part 2 was working on part 3 and other related material, so the next one should go faster. Vi Hart: Math Doodling Vi Hart: Math Doodling
A few strands are coming together in comments. First, our linkspam linked to Richard Holmes’s The Royal Society’s lost women scientists, and Lesley Hall then commented: I’m somewhat annoyed at all the coverage A MAN talking about lost women scientists is getting, when we have several decades-worth of women historians of science who have been saying the exact same thing. From comments: women in science, their history as told by… men? From comments: women in science, their history as told by… men?
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Inspire & Encourage |  Google Logo: What’s it all about? Inspire & Encourage |  Google Logo: What’s it all about? As many of you may have seen, Google today 7th September 2010 put our a new interactive logo consisting of coloured dots relating to particles in the standard Google colours. The logo is interactive in the sense that you move the mouse towards the dots and they swish out of the way as if repelled by the mouse. Similarly you can shake the screen and mix them up and when they settle again they show the Google Logo in dots.
Too important to be left to men Women have been at the forefront of computer science and electronic engineering from the outset. Does that surprise you? It shouldn't but if it does it's probably due in great part to the power of stereotypes. At the moment too many girls have been believing the stereotypes, which just leads to a self-fulfilling prophecy. Computer Science and Electronic Engineering: The Women are here! Computer Science and Electronic Engineering: The Women are here!

Usually I avoid topics like women in technology because (1) it is a can of worms, and (2) I can really only speak for myself. For the most part, I’d rather be seen as a person in technology than a woman, but this weekend the twitterverse erupted with opinions about Google sponsoring female students to attend JSConf. As a woman who is often the only-woman-in-the-room, I want people to know it isn’t always easy. I was a bit shocked by the blatant failure to empathize. On the Big Web Show, I talked about being a women in a male dominated field (min 7:12). “I was a carpenter before I got into web stuff, so you guys can’t really compete with the carpenters, no matter how unruly you get.” Blog Archive » Woman in technology
2D Goggles Happy Ada Lovelace Day everybody! If you’re new to this blog, you will probably want to start with Lovelace: The Origin, so you know who everybody is. The last couple of Ada Lovelace Days I wrote about a few other women around our heroine, but today I want to come back to Lovelace herself. You usually hear about Lovelace the programmer but it’s Lovelace the visionary that’s been on my mind lately. Slowly taking shape like some monstrous unairworthy Zeppelin behind the scenes here is the Leviathan culmination of this comic, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, The Book and fully-functioning doorstop. Coming.. a year from now.
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Systers™ It’s important to know that you are not alone. Systers is a forum for all women involved in the technical aspects of computing. The list has over 4,000 members from at least 54 countries around the world.
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