Kids these days spend so much time linkspamming they don’t know what real friendship is (14th January, 2010)

  • tigtog has some tips for bloggers at How I minimise the online abuse I receive: So here is an assortment of technical tips & tricks whereby bloggers can cut down the volume and the repetition coming from this cyberbullying cadre of keyboard jockeys, making the harassment little more than a tiny hiss of background noise instead of an overwhelming flood of spite.
  • “Amazingly, less than 1 per cent of Silicon Valley investment money goes to women-founded technology companies. Less than 3 per cent of the money goes to companies with women as CEO.” From Melissa Clark-Reynolds’ Diary of an Entrepreneur
  • Eleni Stroulia writes about Women, Computing and Other Minorities “It seems to me that the fundamental reason why there are few women in CS is because our society still (and always) has a gender-specific value system”
  • Shameful Gender Discrimination at UC Davis Veterinary School: I thought at first that someone might be messing with me. It was unbelievable to me that someone would treat a pregnant student this way, leaving her [grades] to the [vote] of her classmates.
  • Syne Mitchell’s History in Code: After this initial taste of programming success, I decided I wanted to learn computer programming “for reals.” I knew that computers thought in binary, but I wasn’t able to find a binary programming book. So I settled for something called Assembly language. Unfortunately, I had no 8080-assembly compiler handy, so it quickly became an exercise of writing PEEK and POKE code calls on paper to store and recall variable amounts and then checking my work manually. Even a truly geeky thirteen-year-old girl will find this dull after a while.

You can suggest links for future linkspams in comments here, or by using the geekfeminism tag on delicious or the #geekfeminism tag on Twitter. Please note that we tend to stick to publishing recent links (from the last month or so).

Thanks to everyone who suggested links.

2 thoughts on “Kids these days spend so much time linkspamming they don’t know what real friendship is (14th January, 2010)

  1. Holly Kent

    Hello. I’m posting as I’m currently beginning a project on feminist pop culture blogging, and as I’ve long been a fan of your blog and your work, I thought this site’s authors (and readers) would be great people to be in touch with. I’m currently circulating a questionnaire to those involved in feminist cultural critiques and blogging, and would be very glad to have your thoughts… you can see more about my project here:

    http://backoncarriesstoop.blogspot.com/2011/01/call-to-feminist-bloggers.html

    And access my questionnaire about blogging here:

    https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFhZdlc1c2FjNnJ0MlR6dWpyZXI0OWc6MQ

    If you might be interested in filling out the questionnaire, and/or have any other thoughts about the subject, I’d be very glad and grateful to hear them.

    Please be in touch with me with any questions… thank you!

    Holly

  2. jon

    Don’t understand what the product is? Ask a Woman, on physorg, describes an interesting study by researchers at the University of Western Ontario:

    The researchers examined consumer reactions to innovative products, like a car without visible wheels or a soft drink packaged in a strange way. In their experiments, some participants viewed advertisements for normal-looking products, whereas others saw extremely unusual products. Sometimes the ads for the unusual items were alongside similar products and other times they were alongside completely unrelated products.

    “Our results show that women are better than men at figuring out an extremely unusual product, as long as the product is promoted among competing products,” the authors write. For example, female participants understood that a car without visible wheels was a car if the ad appeared in a magazine with other car ads, while men had trouble.

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