It's Ada Lovelace Day! It's the day where you should high-five your local lady coder and blog about why we always need more women in the workplace. And, yes, this blog is stuffed to the brim with commentaries on the sociology of tech, so it's really Ada-appreciation day every day for me.
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There's so many things I love about this video. Letterman's stereotypical "When I'm done [on the show], I have nothing to say" cop-out -- a partisan throwback to relate to his viewers, perhaps? Someone's tweets can be "sexy" or "awesome"!? I could feel better when my Followers support me after a regrettable, heat-of-the-moment tweet?! Even celebrities can't monetize the experience that it gives them, but that's okay?!
It's not every day that beautiful actresses talk about technology. Young women better up their girl-crushes on Mindy Kaling -- I know I did!
Who doesn't love the impressive social conclusions made every day by the ingenius data minings of Hunch? Every quantitative-data-loving individual should, and I'm pointing my finger at you, weirdo blog reader checking this post out for the graphs. (We have the same disease, don't worry.)
And what better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than to expose our societal approaches to love!
And the full evaluation of the 2300 users who responded to this question is AWESOME! If you ever really thought that v-day is a little female-biased, surprise! More women Love It and more men are Bitter About It. More people in relationships Love It, more people without children are Bitter About It.
I hope this well-known stereotype is a result of a small sampling size:
The popular vote went to Computer Engineer Barbie, who will be launched
in the fall of 2010 looking "geek chic" in a binary code-patterned
T-shirt, pink-framed glasses, a pink laptop and a Bluetooth earpiece.
Today is the second time that I've ever warmed up to Barbie. The day that I put this on my Christmas list (and did not receive it) was the first.
It would be an understatement to say that America is starting to
pick up on the decadent portrayal of 1960's big-city realism in Mad
Men. Not only are they drooling over the characters and their fab
threads, people are actually understanding the deeper plot elements,
notably the darker feminist undertones that leaves a few of my friends
"depressed" after watching the relentless struggles of the second
Of course, ladies, we know it gets better. But like the chauvinist
advertising industry of the 60's, I can think of one huge American
corporation who has regarded men as loose cannons around smart, capable
women for far too long: the US Military.
This was a gift from my mother. in case you can't read the caption, it says: "keep the bugs from my system, keep viruses away, protect me from crashes both night and day". I like this mug because it's targeted towards women, just like my mom, who use technology but feel that they're somehow cursed and feel the need to pray to technology deities as a failsafe against bugs, viruses, or crashes. On one hand, it depresses me that it's acceptable to target older women with a pink mug and an angel carrying a computer to heaven because the stereotype that older women aren't good with technology sometimes holds true. But it also makes me have hope, since it proves that those women are at least using computers and know the difference between a bug, a virus, and a crash.