Open Thread: Happy Sweet Sweet Brains Day

Emma Jane Hogbin found Brain Cupcakes under “holidays” on Martha Stewart’s site and wondered “What kind of holiday warrants Brain Cupcakes?” And Halloween just doesn’t seem worthy, does it? Should we have a holiday specifically for consuming brain food?

Brain jelly anyone?

Green Brain Jello by technochick on Flickr (Creative Commons BY-SA)

Green Brain Jello by technochick (used under Creative Commons BY-SA)

This is an open thread, please feel free to discuss anything you like, including older posts that are now closed for comment. What have you been cooking, reading, listening to, building, contemplating or destroying lately? Do you have any geek festive rituals to share?

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Mary is a women in tech activist, a programmer, a writer, and a sometime computational linguist. She writes at Her previous projects include co-founding the Ada Initiative and major contributions to the Geek Feminism blog. She's @me_gardiner on Twitter.

6 thoughts on “Open Thread: Happy Sweet Sweet Brains Day

  1. mary st george

    It is great to know that there are geeky women out there. Oh to imagine what I could have accomplished in all of these years, if I could have found an acceptable group to hang out with. Now I feel that I am so far behind the clouds, I could never catch up.

  2. Laughingrat

    Mary, it is never too late to hang with geek women! :-D

    I’m less on the tech and more on the fandom side of geekery, but I’m coming to think of beta-reading as a kind of ritual. It surely does not work that way with all authors, but the authors I know are a lot of fun to work with.

  3. altamira16

    I think that this article about science writing by women should be picked up in the next link-fest if it has not already been covered here.

  4. Faintdreams

    Thought you might be interested in and want to further publicise this tool: Passed onto me via the womenintechnology e-newsletter:

    Project / Tool details
    “Be Counted” is a web tool to keep track of gender diversity at tech events and it consists of a database with a web interface where people who attend technology-centric events like conferences, lectures, workshops, etc. can record the gender ratio at these events. The URL of the project is The project was created using Django on Google App Engine and therefore uses the Google ID system for authentication.

    The long-term aim of the project is to not just collect data but also to provide more tools for sharing and visualising the collected data, in order to encourage collective analysis of the patterns behind the numbers. But for now, the project needs data. So please feed the Be Counted database if you do attend or run a tech event! If you have any questions, or concerns, or would like to help with the project, the source code of the project can be located here:

    1. Mary Post author

      Thanks, we’ve linked this in a linkspam already, but there seems to be a lot of interest, so I will try and track them down for a guest post or similar.

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