This video was launched today at the Grace Hopper Celebration, and tweeted and retweeted by about half the people I’m following, it seems. Enjoy!
On the geekfeminism IRC channel today we were talking about the Open Source Bridge conference in Portland this summer. This conference sounded great, but I missed it and then never went back around to see what had happened there. Maria from .51 gave her mandatory unicorn talk, Faking It Til I Make It: A Woman On The Fringe Of Open Source.
As a long-time user of open source software, I’ve often considered myself an advocate but not necessarily a participant. Over the last year and a half, my own search for technical inspiration has led me full-circle to the realization that I’m an active member of a vibrant community of technical women.
Cami Kaos from StrangeLoveLive did a short interview with Maria at OSB. They only just mention Maria’s work with embedded systems and Linux, but they joke around a lot about the unicorn law. It’s extremely charming!
On her blog, .51, Maria links out to some other interviews featuring women from Open Source Bridge, in keeping with her blog’s purpose and her primary interest: “spreading the word about the pursuits and accomplishments of geeky women everywhere.” Yay Maria! (Her own geeky pursuits include ham radio and model rocketry.)
Our talks were followed by a selection of activities. My activity was (surprise!) busting stuff open. I brought along about a dozen cell phones with the sim cards and batteries removed, told folks how they could open the cases to see the boards and components inside, then gave them the tools to do it. It was great! It was much easier to explain embedded systems to folks once they had the examples in their own hands and I could point to specific components as I explained their uses.
Now that would be a good video. I’d watch it!
I agree with Maria. We’re fringified, but we build our own centers and gravitate towards them, and that process is snowballing right now. Keep it coming. We’re unstoppable – we don’t need to be in someone else’s middle to be powerful.
On that note, if you would like to view this page with moar rainbow unicorns, the way I like to read Slashdot, install the cornify bookmark for some instant sparkle. It’s very funny, sort of like having Lisa Frank’s worst nightmares barf all over your browser.
- Don’t forget that LCA2010 (Wellington NZ, January) has attendee funding programmes, including one for women and other minorities in Open Source development, and applications close this Friday, Oct 2.
- tigtog highlights a horrendous autism â€œadvocacyâ€ video from Autism Speaks.
- Entrepreneur Penelope Trunk discusses the fallout of tweeting her miscarriage of an unwanted pregnancy (via Bitch Ph.D.)
- Moms on the ‘net: a cheesy 90s video showing how the Internet changes the lives of Moms… when they get connected!
- Sociological Images discusses the OKCupid data on which approaches do and don’t work in online dating.
- Women in Science introduces Bangladeshi women scientists.
- Joseph Reagle looks at Wikipedia’s biographical coverage of women.
- Rebecca Thomson takes apart recent claims that women are lazy and clueless about technology.
- The Female Perspective of Computer Science asks: Student Support Groups: How to Build Them and Do They Work?
- Geek Girls Guide talks about the upside of Technology-Enabled Parenting; it’s not all about mothers (of course) ignoring their children in favour of their inbox.
- Elizabeth Krumbach reports on a LUG talk she gave on F/OSS Marketing: Attracting Users AND Contributors
- tigtog reports on Equality Now calling on the Japanese government to respond to rape in video games
- Cheryl Morgan provides an introduction to the work of Susan Wood, winner of the Best Fan Writer Hugo in 1974, 1977 (tie) and 1981.
If you have links of interest, please share them in comments here, of if you’re a delicious user, tag them “geekfeminism” to bring them to our attention.
Since The Guild’s released their new music video, Do You Wanna Date My Avatar, I’ve had the song stuck in my head.
My sister and I had this amusing conversation about what, as feminists, we “should” think of this video. I mean “hotter than reality by far” is kinda depressing from a feminist perspective (will we ever live up to our computer-generated selves?).
But it’s a really catchy song. The video is fantastic, with all those costumes, and I never knew Amy Okuda could dance like that. And really, we both want to be saying “you go girl!” to everything Felicia Day does lately, as she’s been the driving force behind creating the entire series, and how many women get credit for that kind of production? Plus, hello, more geeky gamer girls in pop culture? Good for the rest of us less-famous women who love games.
So our conclusion? We don’t care what we should think about the video. We loved it.
What did you think?