Translation: Feminismo, by Alfredo Arteaga

This poem is by the Argentinian writer Alfredo Arteaga and was published in 1917 in Antolog√≠a Contempor√°nea de poetas argentinos. It is guaranteed to annoy. I stuck it in my anthology of women poets, in Appendix B. This is what our poetisas had to deal with — damning praise, the gist of which is, “Shut … Continue reading “Translation: Feminismo, by Alfredo Arteaga”

When disaster relief becomes a police state dragnet

I don’t have time to be a serious investigative journalist, so here’s a little rant. I noticed in Katrina relief work that Homeland Security was swooping down on even small shelters and on people aggregating peoplefinding data. They took the data and warned people to silence. They started doing criminal checks, looking for people on … Continue reading “When disaster relief becomes a police state dragnet”

Excite@Home bankruptcy trainwreck continues in slow motion

I cannot believe that I’m still getting legal notices about the Excite@Home bankruptcy and the pay they still owe me from October 2001. For real? Seven years of an utter waste of time and resources. How many lawyers are frittering away their lives and raking in the dough on this bullshit? They gave me most … Continue reading “Excite@Home bankruptcy trainwreck continues in slow motion”

Ubuntu "Girlfriend Experiment" PHAIL

Ugh… I really get pissed at the basic idea of “we can see how usable Ubuntu is by testing it on our girlfriends.” Assumption: “We” are male; “our” girlfriends are ignorant of technical matters. And are stupid. Femininity here is equated with non-technical status. This is not only untrue, it is a really poisonous idea … Continue reading “Ubuntu "Girlfriend Experiment" PHAIL”

Caltrans evades legal responsibility for sidewalk ramps

soon it will be sloping and bumpy Originally uploaded by Liz Henry Ah, California. Sometimes you come through with your sidewalk accessibility, your ramps and ADA compliance, and sometimes you just don’t. I opened up my issue of New Mobility magazine this morning over coffee to find a brief and horrifying news snippet. Caltrans is … Continue reading “Caltrans evades legal responsibility for sidewalk ramps”

Annoyingly sexist framing of Google VP Marissa Mayer

PhotoOriginally uploaded by thisgirlangie As an inoculation to what I am about to expose you to, here is an awesome photo of some ubergeeks from the Google-sponsored Geek Girl Dinner organized by Angie Chang from Woman 2.0. From left: Sumaya Kazi (Sun Microsystems & The Cultural Connect), Katherine Barr (Mohr Davidow Ventures), Irene Au (Google), … Continue reading “Annoyingly sexist framing of Google VP Marissa Mayer”

Apple store sued over ADA issues

Wow, I wonder why sue Apple in particular? Because most of these same things have happened to me in … well… pretty much every single store or public place I’ve been in. ON the other hand I was unusually ticked off at the Apple Store in Palo Alto a few weeks ago. A “genius” was … Continue reading “Apple store sued over ADA issues”

"Community" needs women, badly!

Sometimes you just have to laugh. Apparently this conference, “Community Next“, has been missing all the years of discussion in blogging and tech communities about gender diversity. Maybe it’s too technical of a conference and women tend to go for the more “soft” skills like communities and social engineering and marketing? Oh wait, that’s what … Continue reading “"Community" needs women, badly!”

Pissed off cyborg in your face

New! Originally uploaded by cdent If this round of wheelchair use keeps for for much longer, then finally everyone in the known universe will have gone through their awkward reactions and I can stop having the most annoying boring conversation ever. Here is something I wrote for WisCon. If only I could have forced all … Continue reading “Pissed off cyborg in your face”

(Not so) fascinating, Captain

Wifi was spotty at the Web 2.0 conference, but I enjoyed meeting people and listening to talks in the Web2open part of town. My coworkers Luke and Kirsten and I gave an off the cuff demo and talk about wikis, blikis, and various ways of looking at wiki content. I came away thinking further about … Continue reading “(Not so) fascinating, Captain”