Tag Archives: Linkspam

1. Linkspam 2. Linkspam 3. ??? 4. Profit (12 November 2013)

  • 13-year-old Amy Mather on how she started coding with the Raspberry Pi | Wired Technology: [Video] “Watch Clive Beale and 13-year-old Amy Mather discuss how they took an established concept and edited it to reflect their own original ideas. Mather is a computer programmer who has become famous in the Raspberry Pi community for being a passionate advocate for coding using the tiny computer.”
  • The Ethics of Mob Justice | In These Times: [Warning for discussion of harassment] “Thanks to the Internet, and its capabilities for raining Hell down on strangers, every one of us is being forced to decide how our morals about refraining from offensive behavior and causing harm extend to cover people who are offensive and even harmful.”
  • From the Linux Australia Debate: The Experience of Women in Information Technology | Lev Lafayette: “In an environment where women, from a young age, face constant denigration for even having the temerity to engage in the profession of information technology, where their presence is mocked, their opinions devalued, etc., it is not surprising that one result among the bold and the few that survive this screening process, that they want to create groups, internships, and so forth to help provide a supportive environment against very difficult odds. Some may complain against such exclusiveness on principle; and it is quickly acknowledged to be a fine principle. If this is the case, then perhaps review such groups having a required experience for application. That is, a certain internship it is not reserved for a woman because they are a woman, but because they have experience as a woman in this social environment.”
  • Why Pinterest Is Seriously Valuable (and What It’s Teaching Men in Power) | Medium: “Pinterest isn’t for everyone. But I think it bears noting that it’s overwhelmingly men who make this comment about Pinterest: “I don’t get the appeal.” Sure, I’ve made that comment about a hundred apps that have gone on to acquire absolutely huge user bases — mostly men in roughly the same demographics as the apps’ creators. But what I don’t do is dismiss the app’s ability to find a market. I simply acknowledge that I’m not their target market.”
  • Introduction: Science Fiction and the Feminist Present | ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology: “Feminist science fiction, in the collective analysis of the writers gathered here, proves to be a diverse and amorphous category in which real and imagined science and technology bleed into one another. The essays call attention to the ways in which fictions and realities of scientific speculation shape how we experience the nexus of gender, new media, and technology––from the gendered history of physics to the migration of brain-scanning technology out of laboratories and into the world, from imagined visions of reproductive technologies to sentient robots to the social consequences of cataclysmic change in urban landscapes.”
  • Testy | Alison Bechdel: ” [...] at one school I visited recently, someone pointed out that the Test is really just a boiled down version of Chapter 5 of A Room of One’s Own, the “Chloe liked Olivia” chapter. I was so relieved to have someone make that connection. I am pretty certain that my friend Liz Wallace, from whom I stole the idea in 1985, stole it herself from Virginia Woolf. Who wrote about it in 1926.”

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Doctor Linkspam, I presume? (8 November 2013)

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Bugrit! Millennium hand and Linkspam (5 November 2013)

  • It’s a Man’s Phone: “As a woman, I’ve slowly been written out of the phone world and the phone market. That extra “.2″ inches of screen size on each upgrade simply means that I can no longer do what I enviously observe men do every day.”
  • We Need More Women in Tech: The Data Prove It: “Average girls in high school will seriously consider a career in technology because it’s exciting, lucrative, and intellectually stimulating. Half of our society cannot be held back from this inevitable progression. The status quo is simply unsustainable.”
  • [Trigger warning for threats, violence, sexual assault] Women and the Internet: Part One: “Trying to make technology do the job of people always ends in tears. The misogyny doesn’t come from the internet, it comes from contemporary culture. It won’t be fixed by the internet, and it won’t be fixed by women. It has to be fixed by men.”
  • Practices need to adapt to a changing world: “If the current generation of architectural directors can’t make that happen, the next will. I’m part of a growing group of architects (mostly female, but not all) who aren’t content to see our careers die because we’ve had kids and want to spend time with them. If existing practices can’t accommodate those ambitions we will find a way to fulfil them ourselves.”
  • To Flatten A Heroine: Sick of the single mold of Disney heroines, an artist takes real-life female role models and filters them through the “Disney princess assembly line” as satire.
  • Signal Gathering: An evening of talks with Ashe Dryden and Friends: A gathering of geek women.
  • When It Comes to “Having It All,” Men Want More: Significantly more men than women participating in a recent survey see “a loving marriage” as part of “having it all”. But this may be less a gender reversal than simply a reflection of men expecting to be able to have it all.
  • I Am Woman, Watch Me Hack: “This so-called “CSI” effect has been credited for helping turn forensic science from a primarily male occupation into a primarily female one. There is, of course, no pop-culture corollary for computer science.”

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A young man in possession of a fortune must be in want of a linkspam (1 November 2013)

    • How The Grunch Stole C.S. | Ian Gent’s Blog: “Maybe there’s somebody like me age 17 going to see that video and get the grunch. Get the hit in solar plexus that says Computer Science is not for people like them. If they don’t do Computer Science at Birmingham, that’s not my loss. But if they don’t do Computer Science at all, that’s a loss for me. There’s somebody been marginalised out of the discipline I love, which is horrible, and somebody who might have been brilliant (or at least like me good enough to be a Professor) doesn’t make the contributions to C.S. that they could have made.”
    • Hacker News is a social echo chamber | Matthew Garrett: “Flamewars don’t solve problems, but without them we’d be entirely unaware of how much of a victim blaming mentality exists amongst our peers.”
    • Learn to Search: “In 2012, only 7% of men organizing tech conferences had the search skills to book male and female speakers in equal number.”
    • Women Techies Build a Room of Their Own | Mission Local: “By the end of the year, creative women will have a place in the Mission District where they can comfortably code, collaborate, do carpentry – or anything else they’re passionate about – without scrutiny.”
    • Women, Work and the ‘Girl Scout Tax’ | At Work – WSJ: “The bottom line: We do our daughters (and sons) no favors when we support the belief that “women are happy to help.””
    • Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In | The Feminist Wire: “Below, bell hooks reminds readers why we should be skeptical of this sort of faux feminism— one that does little to re-imagine the world or to build collective movements, but instead works to recreate the same old white heteropatriarchy that defines American Empire. Rather than leaning in, we need to step out. We must critically question, talk across spaces of perceived difference, and build alternatives.”
    • Meritocracy is Almost as Real as this Unicorn | Tara Hunt: “In three separate and controlled studies with 445 participants (pre-screened to have deep managerial experience), they found that time and time again, the participants rewarded male employees significantly higher than their female colleagues (in the same job, with the same supervisor, with the same performance evaluations). “
    • An interview with a conference organiser | techiturn: How it goes.

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Stranger in a strange linkspam (29 October 2013)

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Happy linkspams are all alike: every unhappy linkspam is unhappy in its own way (25 October 2013)

  • Assessing my Personal Gender Bias on Twitter – Terence Eden’s Blog: ” “The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media have released a series of study about gender biases. One of the more interesting findings was that when the male:female ratio in a group is 70:30 – both genders think the group is at parity. This is due, in part, to popular entertainment sticking almost rigidly to these gender ratios.  I honestly believe that I follow a roughly equal number of men and women on Twitter. I certainly see a lot of women in my feed. But that’s just a feeling – what do the data say?”
  • Does Our Industry Have a Drinking Problem? – A List Apart: “Meeting up in pubs and attending conference parties will always be part of our industry, and an enjoyable part for many of us at one time or another. If the conference you attend is your only one that year, then having the chance to let your hair down with peers you rarely meet in person is not a bad thing at all. However, I’d like for drinking not to be what defines these events and those of us who attend them. We become more inclusive the less we look like only a certain type of person is part of ‘us.’”
  • Ada Lovelace Costume – Sewing to Distraction: A beautiful, hand-crafted Ada Lovelace costume!
  • Which Siobhan is it Anyway? – Siobhan McKeown: “Feel free to go back and read that again if you need to. In case you’re missing the problem – someone was looking for me, and the means for identifying me was not any of the things that I do, but my looks. And not just my looks (i.e. the red-headed one or the blonde one) but based on someone else’s opinion of whether they think I’m attractive or not.”
  • How Female Representation in Games Affects Women: “Women who play as over-sexualized female characters in games are more likely to objectify themselves and participate in rape myth acceptance, according to a recent Stanford study published Oct. 11 in Computers and Behavior.”
  • Laurie Penny vs. Cybersexism: “I did not expect my interview with Laurie Penny to make me to yell at my computer screen — just once — with this half-gasp of anger, relief and determination. I did not expect her new book — “Cybersexism: Sex, Gender and Power on the Internet” — to hit so close. But it’s the story of many and possibly most of us who live in public and exist openly online.
  • “Yes, I Know What a Gigabyte Is” – Let’s Talk About Sexism in the Tech Industry – Autostraddle: “I asked my manager later why she had done that. She replied that the gentleman needed a lesson not to walk into an establishment and say such dumb stuff about women in technology to women working in technology. I couldn’t argue with that, but I am still not convinced that it made any difference. Nor am I convinced that it’s every woman’s job in the tech industry to prove that she has the right to be there. What that little stunt unequivocally did was waste my time.”
  • 9 Women Who Shaped Science Fiction – Buzzfeed

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CTRL ALT Linkspam (22 October 2013)

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The linkspam is a lie (18 October 2013)

  • California’s New Law Shows It’s Not Easy To Regulate Revenge Porn – Forbes
  • Were the First Artists Mostly Women?: “There has been a male bias in the literature for a long time,” said Snow, whose research was supported by the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration. “People have made a lot of unwarranted assumptions about who made these things, and why.
  • The Neurobiology of Thought: The Groundbreaking Discoveries of Patricia Goldman-Rakic 1937-2003: “Ten years following her death, we look back to see how she inspired an entire field, fundamentally changing our view of cognition and cognitive disorders.”
  • Amorphia Apparel’s Badass Women of Science t-shirts!: So, the shirt designs are great. The absence of women-cut shirts? Not so great. Many styles are on offer, including tank tops, hooded sweatshirts and women’s cut Ts. Some also have mugs.
  • But Men! | Robot Hugs: But men!
  • Rosalind Franklin vs. Watson & Crick: Science History Rap Battle: Witness an epic rap battle between Watson & Crick and the woman that probably should have gotten most of the credit for their work, as performed by 7th-graders from Oakland.
  • Science Blogging Scandal: Bora Zivkovic and Sexual Harassment: [TW: Harassment] “Before this week, the word I often heard people use to describe Zivkovic was mentor. And the mentor-mentee relationship is one of the most fraught of adulthood. We glibly advise people starting out in business to find a mentor, to identify a successful, established, generous person in your field and somehow get her to help you become her. This is terrible advice. It perpetuates old-boy networks, wastes time that early career people could spend actually doing their work, and tells them they are only as good as their contacts and charm. Young people, don’t look for a mentor. Listen to and learn from people who have more experience, but don’t hitch your wagon to their star. Just do your job well.”
  • Another Sexual Harassment Case in Science: The Deafening Silence That Surrounds It Condones It – Huffington Post: [TW: Harassment] “And this is what is so horrifying about the events of the past couple of days. They perfectly encapsulate why victims of sexual harassment – in any field – stay silent. Because even when they speak up, which takes enormous courage, and even when the man admits what he has done, his friends and colleagues either stay silent or defend him. Hell, even other women around him defend him.”
  • We’re All Equally Drenched – Lara Swanson: “Yes, I do love to talk about [diversity in technology] and how important it is that we solve it. But Justin perfectly summed up for me why I was so struck by it happening in this way. It’s not just battling weird comments like the one I deleted; it’s dealing with the other really messy parts of this issue that are harder to talk about or wrap our heads around.”
  • Susan Wojcicki: Getting Girls Into Science – BBC World Service Newshour: A panel on tech diversity that also includes Shanley Kane, Dr. Telle Whitney of the Anita Borg Institute, and Kristen Pownell.

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Bonus Catch-up Linkspam (16 October 2013)

We were experiencing some technical difficulties here at Linkspam headquarters and a number of fantastic links have fallen through the cracks. Here are a few of them, but you may also want to peruse the comments of past linkspams as well as the geekfemism tag on pinboard.

  • Why we need a feminist hackerspace | yarnivore: “So this happened: We had an open house for our feminist hackerspace, and this dude showed up (along with a woman who’d been to AdaCamp) and told a story about a guy jerking off and eating his jizz and wondering whether that made him gay.”
  • Her gender is not divisive; transmisogyny is. | Her name is Chelsea: “The fact that Chelsea Manning is trans matters, and it matters for one simple reason. She’s not just a symbol; she is a person. It matters when she is subjected to humiliation and torture based on her trans identity. It matters when supporters treat being gay and being trans as interchangeable. It matters when the press spends enough time talking about “gender identity disorder” to distract from the substance of Chelsea’s action, and when the organizations that claim to support her allow that to happen. It matters when lawyers decide to use trans identity as a defense, despite how it may destroy the credibility of other trans individuals in various walks of life. And finally, it matters because when all of these issues are swept under the rug, it reveals the prevalence of the unchecked cissexism that is so deeply intertwined with everything that has happened.”
  • Queered science: open thread on gender bias | Autostraddle: “What strategies do you or people you know (or could you, or could others) employ to combat gender bias or any other kind of latent discrimination?”
  • Queered science: eradicating misogyny in the scientific community | Autostraddle: “Queered Science is a series of profiles meant to highlight queer scientists and tell you all about them, for your intellectual edification and so you don’t feel excluded from a predominantly heterosexist subset of academia and industry.”
  • [CW: IRC harassment] Humanity or GTFO | Lindsey Kuper: “But here’s the thing: every time I point out something like this in a community I’m part of, whether it’s the Rust community or any other, there’s a part of me that insists on first checking to see how much social capital I have to spend there. How high up am I on the contributors list? Have I contributed to the next release yet? All right, I guess it’s okay for me to say something — as though it hurts the project to speak up about a community problem!”
  • The devil’s advocate | Shakesville: “Doctor Tinycat requested a piece on why it’s harmful to play Devil’s Advocate during social justice discussions, so here we go.”
  • This Is Why Trans People Rarely Speak Up When We’re Misgendered | Huffington Post: “I’m transgender, and on Sunday, Sept. 29, I found my name spreading across the gaming community for identifying the man who’d misgendered me.”

  • Marvel and Natalie Portman Announce Mentoring Program for Girls Interested in STEM Fields | The Mary Sue: “Marvel has announced the Ultimate Mentor Adventure, part mentor program, part contest, that gives American girls in grades 9-12 the resources to find and interview professional women in science, technology, engineering, and math, and then rewards them for doing it.”
  • Chix List: Important Social, Political and Autobiographical Comic Makin’ Ladies | Comix Chix: “This issue of Chix List focuses on five important graphic storytellers who have used their art and writing to tell social stories bigger than themselves and to tell very personal, intimate stories of their own personal struggles.”

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Linkspam all the way down (15 October 2013)

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