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  • “Set aside the barbie dolls and the disney princesses for just a moment… [#geekgirl]

    …and let’s show our girls the REAL women they can be.”


  • The Royal Society Women in Science Edit-a-thon [#geekgirl]

    [Via HASTAC] “The Royal Society Women in Science Edit-a-thon: Friday, October 11, 2013 – 11:00am – Saturday, October 12, 2013 – 2:00am.

    • Date: Friday 11 October 2013; in two parts – editathon runs 13.15-18.00; panel 18.30-20.30.
    • Venue: The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG
    • Book: HERE - there are 15 places for the editathon, and 100 for the panel discussion
    • Cost: Free
    • Twitter hashtag: #WISWIKI
    • Resources to edit: see below
    • Participants: The editing session is for Wikipedia newcomers to learn how to edit or anyone wanting to contribute. Female editors particularly encouraged to attend. Panel open to anyone interested in Women in Science topic.

    We welcome participants to communicate with us online:

    • Twitter hashtag: #WomenSciWP
      • @wikimediauk, @royalsociety
    • IRC: #wikimedia-uk
    • We have been granted a free open online access to the Royal Society’s biographical memoirs and all of the journals for 24 hours on 11th October (midnight to midnight BST) available to anyone at all. (Terms and conditions will still apply[1], in particular section 6 on prohibited use).
    • MRC has created a guide of how to search for biographical information for this series of events see…); padding-right: 18px; background-position: 100% 50%; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;”>here.
    • Useful resources for editing articles about the Royal Society Fellows are here.
    • A general useful resource is the Archives of Women in Science and Engineering at Iowa State University.”
  • Announcing “#PRISOM”, A Synthetic Reality Surveillance Game [#geekgirl]

    #PRISOM,  A Synthetic Reality Surveillance Game

    #PRISOM, A Synthetic Reality Surveillance Game

    So we (meaning Mez Breeze Design) can finally let the (Schrödinger’s?) cat out of the very tightly zipped bag: we’re *extremely* excited to officially announce our latest co-production with Dreaming Methods: “#PRISOM“. #PRISOM is a Synthetic Reality Game where a player is set loose in a Glass City under infinite surveillance. Will you be brave enough to enter?

    The project is making its début at (and is funded by) the “MARart4 Transreal Topologies Exhibition” as part of #ISMAR2013, the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality in conjunction with SA Uni’s Wearable Computer Lab. So if you’re keen to don a HMD (Head-Mounted Display) and throw yourself into #PRISOM, head to the Adelaide City East Campus of the University of South Australia on October 1-4th.

  • Rails Girls Canberra [#geekgirl]

    Rails Girls Canberra, 9-10th August 2013

    Rails Girls has arrived in Canberra! This free two-day workshop will introduce you to the magical world of Ruby on Rails – the platform behind some of the best sites on the web. Learn to build great things quickly – no experience required.

    Apply now — Applications close July 29th [today!].


  • #Barbie Reimagined with Actual Average Female Proportions [#geekgirl]

  • How A #Barbie #Body Measures Up To Real Bodies [#geekgirl]

    Barbie Blargh

    Barbie Blargh

  • Can you help with #tooFEW? [#geekgirl]

    Feminists Engage Wikipedia

    “We’re organizing another wikipedia edit session, called Feminists Engage Wikipedia, or #tooFEW. I’ve seen a few announcements about #tooFEW on here, but wanted to put out a call/plea for help tomorrow. The event has become WAY larger than any of us anticipated, with 5 in-person sessions and a big virtual component. Almost everyone is a first-time editor, with a few experienced people guiding the way.

    We’ve developed a chatroom for asking questions, sharing resources or just meeting other folks. If you’ve participated in another edit-a-thon, or have some experience editing Wikipedia or negotiating disputes that arise, we’d love to have you in the chatroom as a resource! And if you want to take your first editing steps with us, jump in!”

    Friday, March 15th
    11am – 3pm EST

    Collaborative wiki for resources, keeping tabs of blogs on #tooFEW, etc.:

    Official Wikipedia page – please register here:

  • #femalepressure: An Urgent Call for #Female Representation [#geekgirl]


    “Let’s be frank – enough is enough. femalepressure believes there is no justification for more male-dominated music events. We need – and paying audiences deserve – invigorating and entertaining diversity!

    Festival curators, sponsors, label owners, journalists: Give more opportunities to women!
    Female festival curators, sponsors, label owners, journalists: Don’t try to be the better men by only taking ‘risks’ on established, male artists! Give more women a chance!

    We look forward to your response and positive developments in this cultural sector in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding this issue.

    Here’s to a brighter future for the arts.”

  • #Donkey Kong: Pauline Edition [#geekgirl]

    “My three year old daughter and I play a lot of old games together. Her favorite is Donkey Kong. Two days ago, she asked me if she could play as the girl and save Mario. She’s played as Princess Toadstool in Super Mario Bros. 2 and naturally just assumed she could do the same in Donkey Kong. I told her we couldn’t in that particular Mario game, she seemed really bummed out by that. So what else am I supposed to do? Now I’m up at midnight hacking the ROM, replacing Mario with Pauline. I’m using the 2010 NES Donkey Kong ROM. I’ve redrawn Mario’s frames and I swapped the palettes in the ROM. I replaced the M at the top with a P for Pauline…”

  • CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The HTMlles 10 RISKY BUSINESS #Feminist #festival of media arts and digital culture #gender #geekgirl

     The HTMlles 10
     Feminist festival of media arts + digital culture
     10-18 November 2012

     The 10th edition of the HTMlles will take up the notion of risk. To risk: to gain or to lose (it is uncertain), to expose oneself to a possibility… Risk is a potential. Whether used positively or negatively, the idea of risk implies that of evaluation, action and distribution, and thus, power. While the term “risk” evolved with the development of capitalism, the concept of “risk society” is about twenty years old and has been used by scholars to describe how modern society organizes around the idea of risk, that is, in response to a future (which society should be able to manage). By simply invoking or imagining the future, one immediately engages in risky behaviours. Anything and everything can become risky… Indeed, there exists a global economic and industrial complex organized around monitoring and moderating “risk”, from insurance companies to investment products, as well as technologies and approved, standardized methods of risk assessment and risk management. There are also whole sets of techniques of calculation, “optimization” and social control that rely on the presence of a notion of “risk,” from so-called “at-risk populations” to who are considered “vulnerable,” “suspect” or, increasingly so nowadays, “insolvable.”
    In such a critical moment, it is perhaps crucial to ask (ourselves) some questions. How does the language of risk articulate itself today? What is at risk today? How can one take risks today? What are the different levels of risk in our various (trans)actions? What is the relationship between risk, technology and power? How is risk both managed and created? How is it distributed? Since when does one  “invest” in one’s future and what does it actually mean? Do “crises” serve to pacify the communities being affected by these “crises”? Who are they? What do artists have to say about these so-called risks and crises? How is making art risky today? Who speaks? To whom and in the name of what?
    The HTMlles 10 welcomes project proposals from self-identified women, trans and gender non-conforming artists of all origins on the theme of risk, as well as proposals for risky projects…
    The HTMlles is a feminist festival of media arts and digital culture produced in Montreal by Studio XX, a bilingual feminist artist-run centre for technological exploration, creation and critique. Initiated in 1997, the HTMlles is an international platform dedicated to the presentation of women’s, trans and gender non-conforming artists’ independent media artworks from all facets of contemporary technological creation,  including but not limited to: digital storytelling, cyber art, short film and video art, audio and electronic art, radio art, installation, locative media, 3D animation, game art, augmented reality, electronic publishing, design, bio art, public interventions, community-based practices, performance and interdisciplinary practices.
    The HTMlles 10 will be a multi-sited festival, which includes Studio XX’s new gallery space, the XX Files radio show, .dpi electronic periodical and Matricules online feminist archive. RISKY BUSINESS will be co-presented with several partner artist centres (to be announced) that focus on either (or both) media arts or feminist practices, in
    Montreal. Participants receive honoraria.
    OPPORTUNITY FOR EMERGING CURATORS: The current call is also open to project submissions by self-identified emerging curators.
    To submit a proposal to the HTMlles 10, please follow the guidelines and email it to: festival (at) htmlles (dot) net
    *Deadline: Monday, 2 April 2012*
    Download submission guidelines