How not to be a Generic Politician

I just got this email from my senator. Talk about Generic-Off. How pathetic. Could the Senator’s office at least go to the effort of having *different templates on different issues*? Or even some actual information content in the email? Like “Ms. Henry, we have noted your concern on the Iraq War, and would like to … Continue reading “How not to be a Generic Politician”

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”

Geek culture changes

I have gone from working in places where I have about 4 computers on my desk plus root everywhere to working for Silicon Valley startups where people bring their own laptop to the job and no one has ever seen a terminal window before. Most of the bloggers I know (and support at work) deal … Continue reading “Geek culture changes”

Who are we women bloggers?

We know where we are. But who are we? What are we as a group? Are we a thing? Are we a group? This might sound weird from a feminist anarchist geek. But I had an epiphany at work during a marketing meeting. Gina, our head of sales, was trying to describe to the rest … Continue reading “Who are we women bloggers?”

In which I feel pissy about DRM and iTunes

It’s the same old song as everyone else has already sung, but man do I ever hate the Apple DRM junk in my trunk. I mean stabbity stab stab! I bought this damned album on vinyl once for 12.99 20 years ago, and then I bought it on CD, and the cd got stolen but … Continue reading “In which I feel pissy about DRM and iTunes”

Geek dress code, Silicon Valley version

Skud blogged a very funny comparison of geek vs. non-geek dress codes. I think the geek code allows for a more fine-grained analysis! THE GEEK DRESS CODEWith elements of clothing listed in order of ascending formality================================================================ Shirts: Tshirt your mom bought you at Kmart when you were in high school. Ill fitting; 80s colored; perhaps … Continue reading “Geek dress code, Silicon Valley version”

Pink and sparkly

Okay on the one hand, Geek Girl Bingo. Pink, sparkly, cute, colour choice, stereotype city. I am totally down with calling people on their constant application of these ideas to femininity. On the other hand, I kind of want this. On the substrate of the pink and sparkly Hello Kitty laptop, I would add a … Continue reading “Pink and sparkly”

Wiscon panels coming up, and some commentary on a game

Here’s my panels for Wiscon! I can’t wait! Last year’s flirting panel was a blast and at this year’s followup I’m hoping to make a cool handout. Debbie says if I email her the stuff she’ll make the handout, because I have too much to do! One good technique “touch/don’t touch” is actually playing out … Continue reading “Wiscon panels coming up, and some commentary on a game”

Patriarchy exists and we're kicking its ass

My blood is BOILING WITH RAGE from reading about the threats and extreme harassment that people made against Kathy Sierra. And I wish I could ride in on my warhorse and help fix it, but I can’t. I’m not even surprised at the threats and harassment. That stuff and real life acting out of it … Continue reading “Patriarchy exists and we're kicking its ass”