Women Shift Digital – A Conference to celebrate Women in Digital Careers [#geekgirl]
[Disclaimer: I'm honoured to have "cross.ova.ing ][4rm.blog.2.log][" shown and discussed by Dr Maria Mencia at this fabbo event]…“A collective reflection on the positive impacts women are making in digital-led careers. Represented in this conference today are creatives, managers and executives, working with the digital in education, creative industries, business, design, STEM, skills development and the arts. Here we have upfront inputs on the present scenario from experienced leaders and professionals working across the technology sector, with a debate on how to increase the essential involvement of women in the digital future world of work.
Start following the debate now #womenshiftdigital
A conference to:
- Celebrate women in digital careers for the 21st century
- Promote and share good practices
- Network the networks
- Influence the influencers
- Recognise the positive benefits of equal yet diverse teams at all levels of creation and production.”
Intelligence Squared Debates: Copyright is Dead, Long Live the Pirates [#geekgirl]
The bottom is dropping out of the Hollywood box office, while television stations are being hammered by free-falling ratings for blockbuster shows (think: Homeland). We’re watching in droves, but many of us are not paying for what we watch, and we’re too impatient to wait for traditional delivery systems.
Meanwhile, in book publishing, the e-revolution is seeing the boom of digital publishing – and pirated books. Will it go the way of the music industry?
With such open access to information these days, how do we know where one person’s work ends and another begins? Is the very idea of intellectual property becoming a nonsense – or is it too important to give up on, for the continuing functioning of the arts and the sciences? And – the million-dollar question – how can we ensure creativity continues to pay?
In this debate, chaired by Wheeler Centre director Michael Williams, our speakers will consider the obstacles and opportunities ahead.”
Coat Made Entirely of Male Chest Hair [#eww] [#geekgirl]
“We doubt if a phone call to PETA would result in a protest response to a new “fur” coat made entirely from millions of male chest hairs (yes, it’s true and no, men were not injured in the making of this product). UK dairy company Arla commissioned the coat for a series of parody advertisements in support of a new chocolate milk drink aimed at men for the brand Wing-Co. The “Man-fur Coat” is said to be “a wake-up call for the nation’s gents. A way to encourage them to readopt the values of assured ‘men’s men’ from yesteryear who would laugh nonchalantly in the face of adversity and be proud of their abundant manliness”.” [Via ecouterre]
#Antimedia by Florian Cramer [#geekgirl]
“The Cover of Florian Cramer’s new book is, in short, beautiful (and us posting this here has *absolutely nothing* to do with the fact he devotes an entire section of the book to discussing a work by our Creative Director…*cough*…).”
Hunger in Los Angeles – Immersive Journalism [#geekgirl]
“Hunger In Los Angeles is a recreation of an actual event at a food bank line. The audio is real. You experience what happened wearing virtual reality goggles that track where you look and how you move.”
Ancient Plant Popsicles Sprout Anew [#geekgirl]
“Plants that were frozen during the “Little Ice Age” centuries ago have been observed sprouting new growth, scientists say.
Samples of 400-year-old plants known as bryophytes have flourished under laboratory conditions.
Researchers say this back-from-the-dead trick has implications for how ecosystems recover from the planet’s cyclic long periods of ice coverage.”
#ShockHorror! Women Scientists Who Have Been Screwed by The #Phallocentric System [#geekgirl]
“In April, National Geographic News published a story about the letter in which scientist Francis Crick described DNA to his 12-year-old son. In 1962, Crick was awarded a Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA, along with fellow scientists James Watson and Maurice Wilkins.
Several people posted comments about our story that noted one name was missing from the Nobel roster: Rosalind Franklin, a British biophysicist who also studied DNA. Her data were critical to Crick and Watson’s work, but as several commenters noted, Franklin was robbed of recognition. (See her section below for details.)
She was not the first woman to have endured indignities in the male-dominated world of science, but Franklin’s case is especially egregious, said Ruth Lewin Sime, a retired chemistry professor at Sacramento City College who has written on women in science.” – From 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism
“#Skype with care – #Microsoft is reading everything you write” [#geekgirl]
The H Security reports that:
“A spokesman for the company confirmed that it scans messages to filter out spam and phishing websites. This explanation does not appear to fit the facts, however. Spam and phishing sites are not usually found on HTTPS pages. By contrast, Skype leaves the more commonly affected HTTP URLs, containing no information on ownership, untouched. Skype also sends head requests which merely fetches administrative information relating to the server. To check a site for spam or phishing, Skype would need to examine its content.
Back in January, civil rights groups sent an open letter to Microsoft questioning the security of Skype communication since the takeover. The groups behind the letter, which included the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Reporters without Borders expressed concern that the restructuring resulting from the takeover meant that Skype would have to comply with US laws on eavesdropping and would therefore have to permit government agencies and secret services to access Skype communications.
In summary, The H and heise Security believe that, having consented to Microsoft using all data transmitted over the service pretty much however it likes, all Skype users should assume that this will actually happen and that the company is not going to reveal what exactly it gets up to with this data.”
If A “Watch Dogs” Player Wearing an Oculus Rift Headset… [#geekgirl]
…walked into a bar and proceeded to play the game using a Mad Genius Motion Controller like the one featured below, I’d buy the guy/gal a drink, or two, or a gazillion:
ANAT Makerblog now online #fabrication #3D #opensource #geekgirl
The rapidly evolving fields of personal fabrication, digital manufacturing and 3D printing are changing manufacturing and design - taking it from the factory floor to your work place or home. Desktop 3D printers, open source software and print-on-demand companies are offering artists and creative practitioners opportunities to not only prototype their creations but also to manufacture and sell their work on a scale to suit demand. As part of its ongoing research and development program, ANAT has acquired and assembled a flat-pack desktop 3D printer ” the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic “. ANAT’s Makerblog will document experiments with the Thing-O-Matic, provide information and links about 3D printing and other personal manufacturing techniques and discuss how these technologies are being harnessed by creative practitioners.