geekgirl (r)osiex aka the metal cupcake publishing about interesting things for a really long time!
  • #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.

  • When These Digital Writers’ Festival Panelists… [#geekgirl] [*sigh*]

    …were asked to make a comment regarding the concept of the post-digital, this is how they responded…

     

  • Announcing “Wish4[0]” [#geekgirl] [#elit]

    Wish4[0]

    Wish4[0]

    ‘This project is based on a poetic interpretation of the maxim ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’. The title of the work, Wish4[0]is a truncation – and linguistic reworking – of the idea of wish fulfilment in the digital age, one where willing users and audience members are subjected to an “always-on” news cycle, where social media and content streaming are the preferred method of information sourcing and privacy is an elastic concept.

    The inspiration for Wish4[0] came from an article describing how the use of mobile devices right before bed makes the production of melatonin – a substance human bodies produce naturally in order to induce sleep – less likely. This disruption of our normal sleep cycle via our voluntary use of tech designed for ease-of-use led me to ponder the subject of the allure of the digital news cycle – how many of us feel compelled to be perpetually connected, 24/7, to shareable “news”? Wish4[0] explores the perpetual pull of a user’s desire to be continually digitally connected.

    This project takes as its inspiration this perpetual tugging at a user’s consciousness by the digital: each day, for 40 days, I’ll create and post a creative response that will take as its immediate inspiration a headline – or item – drawn from the electronic news cycle of that specific day.

    |||This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.|||

  • “…think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource.” [#geekgirl]

    [Via Explore]
    “You showed that it is not necessary to be unhappy, even while one is clear-eyed and undeluded about how terrible everything is. Somewhere you said that a writer — delicately you added: all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. (You were speaking of your blindness.)”
    - Susan Sontag‘s unspeakably beautiful letter to Borges
  • W00T! [#geekgirl]

  • “My big worry is not to be ignored, but to be accepted…” [#geekgirl]

    “Stalin poster to troll liberals, clothes in the drawers of the kitchen, only Zizek.”

     

  • Sexist “WTF-ness” Brought to You By Wikipedia [#geekgirl]

    Sexist "WTF-ness" Brought to You By Wikipedia

    Sexist “WTF-ness” Brought to You By Wikipedia

     ”Many female novelists, like Harper Lee, Anne Rice, Amy Tan, Donna Tartt and some 300 others, had been relegated to the ranks of “American Women Novelists” only, and no longer appeared in the category “American Novelists.”

    Male novelists on Wikipedia, however — no matter how obscure — all got to be in the category “American Novelists.” In an Op-Ed article I wrote, published on The New York Times’s Web site on Wednesday, I suggested it was too bad that there wasn’t a subcategory for “American Men Novelists.” And what do you know; shortly after, a new subcategory called exactly that appeared.

    But there was more. Much more. As soon as the Op-Ed article appeared, unhappy Wikipedia editors pounced on my Wikipedia page and started making alterations to it, erasing as much as they possibly could without (I assume) technically breaking the rules. They removed the links to outside sources, like interviews of me and reviews of my novels. Not surprisingly, they also removed the link to the Op-Ed article. At the same time, they put up a banner at the top of my page saying the page needed “additional citations for verifications.” Too bad they’d just taken out the useful sources.

    In 24 hours, there were 22 changes to my page. Before that, there had been 22 changes in four years. Thursday night, a kind soul went in there and put back the deleted sources. The Wiki editors instantly took them out again.

    I knew my page might take a beating. But at least I’m back in the “American Novelists” category, along with many other women.

    For the moment anyway.”

    - “Wikipedia’s Sexism” By Amanda Filipacchi

     

  • Patti Smith Advises the #Young [#geekgirl]

    Patti Smith: Advice to the young from Louisiana Channel on Vimeo.

    “Build a good name”, rock poet Patti Smith advises the young. “Life is like a roller coaster, it is going to have beautiful moments but it is going to be real fucked up, too”, she says.

    The American singer, poet and photographer Patti Smith (b. 1946) is a living punk rock legend. In this video she gives advice to the young:

    “Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money or being successful. Be concerned about doing good work. Protect your work and if you build a good name, eventually that name will be its own currency. Life is like a roller coaster ride, it is never going to be perfect. It is going to have perfect moments and rough spots, but it’s all worth it”, Patti Smith says.

    Interview by Christian Lund, the Louisiana Literature festival August 24, 2012, at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

    Produced by Honey Biba Beckerlee and Kamilla Bruus.

    Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

    Meet more artists at channel.louisiana.dk

    Louisiana Channel is a non-profit video channel for the Internet launched by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in November 2012. Each week Louisiana Channel will publish videos about and with artists in visual art, literature, architecture, design etc.

    Read more: channel.louisiana.dk/about

    Supported by Nordea-fonden.

  • #Words to Use More Often [#geekgirl]

    Words to Use More Often

    [Via fug4cious] 

  • Prepare Yourselves… #GuestEditorInDaHouse #GeekGirl #YesIAmTotallyUnshiny

    Prepare Yourself For The Content Curation OnslaughtSo here we are, again: you, me and a flippant-memegenerator.net-produced image that references a slightly outdated [but still highly heh-worthy] meme.  And for those of you asking “Um, what? Who the feck are you and how come you’re net-jacking our beloved geekgirl stream?!” then settle down, take a chill-pill [you should be thankful that I didn't actually type "chillax" instead] + let the lovely staccato tones of my soothing net presence guide you down a slightly stained and always left-of-centre comprehension path.

    Back in 2009 our illustrious Editor-in-Chief [Mz @rosiex herself] allowed me to splather your feeds with all things quirky, glitchy and weirdo-beardo-y *ahem*. And now she’s decided to let me at it [ie you] again, only this time I’m coming out from behind my Wizard-of-Oz-ish admin invisibility cloak and have decided to inject several of my net-personas into the mix.

    Most of the time I’ll stay outta the way of the wondrous posted content that will shine brighter than any JJ Abrams lens-flare, but sometimes you’ll find “Mez Breeze” raising her artistically-inclined head [watch for the e-lit stuff and more serious social commentary blurbs].  Other times you’ll be graced with Netwurker’s “And not a single f*ck was given that day” presence [with lots of square-brackets, "+"s, warped punctuation and other creatively twisted greeble].

    So let’s get down to tin-tacks and do this sheete, shall we?