geekgirl (r)osiex aka the metal cupcake publishing about interesting things for a really long time!
  • Where Did All the Women Coders Go? [#geekgirl]

    [From the npr podcast]

    [From the npr podcast]

    [From this npr podcast] “Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Most of the big names in technology are men.

    But a lot of computing pioneers, the ones who programmed the first digital computers, were women. And for decades, the number of women in computer science was growing.

    But in 1984, something changed. The number of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged.”

  • “Better Identification of Viking Corpses Reveals: Half of the Warriors Were Female”

    [From this article at tor.com] “By studying osteological signs of gender within the bones themselves, researchers discovered that approximately half of the remains were actually female warriors, given a proper burial with their weapons.

    It’s been so difficult for people to envision women’s historical contributions as solely getting married and dying in childbirth, but you can’t argue with numbers—and fifty/fifty is pretty damn good. The presence of female warriors also has researchers now wondering just how accurate the stereotypes of raping and pillaging actually are:

    Women may have accompanied male Vikings in those early invasions of England, in much greater numbers than scholars earlier supposed, (Researcher) McLeod concludes. Rather than the ravaging rovers of legend, the Vikings arrived as marriage-minded colonists.

    In many ways, this discovery is well-timed with the recent uproar over Thor becoming a title for both sexes instead of an exclusively male name. Fingers crossed this means that pop culture could start including more female warriors than just Sif and Lagertha (from The History Channel’s Vikings, above). Just so long as they’re not wearing boob plate armor.”

  • Waves of Grain [#geekgirl]

    Images by Keith Skretch
    Sound by Ennio Morricone, “The Big Gundown”

    “To create this strata-cut animation, I planed down a block of wood one layer at a time, photographing it at each pass. The painstaking process revealed a hidden life and motion in the seemingly static grain of the wood, even as the wood itself was reduced to a mound of sawdust.”

  • #WordStorm14 Revving Up [#geekgirl] [#liquidpage]

    “I welcome you to celebrate the 2014 WordStorm Festival, a biannual event that inspires, stimulates and engages audiences in the rich contemporary stories of our communities.

    WordStorm in 2014 welcomes over 70 distinguished writers from across Australia including 40 writers from Alice Springs, Borroloola, Darwin, Katherine and Tennant Creek regions.

    I would like to extend warm congratulations to the new team at the NT Writers’ Centre for showcasing the true strength and diversity of the NT’s literary community by presenting a program that is relevant, challenging and fun.

    Hon Matt Conlan MLA
    Minister for Arts and Museums”

    Follow the Event using #WordStorm14 on Twitter and Instagram, and follow the social media feed on Storify.

  • “I Like Being 98″ [#geekgirl] [#wonderful]

  • “#Stanford Professor Andrei Linde celebrates #physics breakthrough…” [#geekgirl]

    [I absolutely love Professor Renata Kallosh's reaction: wonderful (in the true sense of the term).]

     

  • “7 of the most amazing women you’ve never heard of… ” [#geekgirl]

    [Hedy Lamarr via Wikipedia]

    [Via salon.com] “For centuries, women all over the world have fought and ruled, written and taught. They’ve done business, explored, revolted and invented. They’ve done everything men have done — and a lot of things they haven’t.

    Some of these women we know about. But so many others we don’t. For every Joan of Arc, there’s a Mongolian wrestler princess; for every Mata Hari, there’s a Colombian revolutionary spy; for every Ada Lovelace, there’s a pin-up Austrian telecoms inventor.”

  • #RIP Marina Ginestà, “…the defiant militia girl” [#geekgirl]

    [Image Credit: El País/ Juan Guzman (EFE)

    [As reported by El País] “Some pictures are touched by fortune, ready to become icons of an era as soon as they are developed. One such image is a photograph taken at the onset of the Spanish Civil War, depicting a dishevelled, attractive young woman with a rifle slung over her shoulder who stares at the camera with a combination of joy and defiance as she stands on the rooftop of a building affording views across Barcelona. The girl, a magnificent symbol of the proletariat’s revolutionary epic and the hopes of a people who had taken up arms, was named Marina Ginestà, and she died in Paris on Sunday at the age of 94.”

  • “Grace Murray Hopper records the first computer bug in her log book…” [#geekgirl]

    [Image Via http://iae-pedia.org]

    [Image Via http://iae-pedia.org]

    [From "This Day in History"] “At 3:45 p.m., Grace Murray Hopper records the first computer bug in her log book as she worked on the Harvard Mark II. The problem was traced to a moth stuck between a relay in the machine, which Hopper duly taped into the Mark II’s log book with the explanation: First instance of actual computer bug being found.”

     

  • Decko: A “Real-World Operating System” [#geekgirl]