No business like linkspam business (21st October, 2009)

2009 October 20
  • This week’s very special gift to the computing community, by which I mean, this week’s example of complete fail, was the Yahoo! Taiwan Open Hack Day, featuring lap dancers. Here’s the links people are passing around: This shouldn’t be the image of Hack Day, Yahoo! and the Objectification of Women, Yahoo apologizes for lap dancers at Taiwan Hack Day.
  • The discussion about ableism on Feministing continues, with The Chat with Feministing.
  • Free Trader Beowulf shares some observations about responses to sexism in FLOSS after apologising for a joke he (gender assumed) made: I stumbled upon Sexism this week.
  • Adam Lawrence lists his Top 10 Reasons why Powerpoint is like a bra and Linda Wu counters with 32 Reasons a PowerPoint Slide Deck is Nothing Like a Bra.
  • Shakesville highlights a 22 year old woman who has received one of the Barclays Woman of the Year awards after inventing a sustainable fridge: You Go, Grrl: Emily Cummins.
  • Veronica Arreola has her own massive link roundup with women in science news: Science Grrl: It’s been a busy month for science grrls!
  • Education Technology Debate has a review of Girls ICT Skills Gap: What Can Be Done?
  • Cengage Learning invites people to a marketing lunch with the slogan “Come see what Mom’s cooked up at Gale’s What’s New Luncheon”, and a graphic of a woman (of colour) working in a kitchen: see Seriously, Gale? on Flickr.
  • Lots of Ubuntu talk as the Ubuntu Code of Conduct is revisited:
    • Rhonda refused to sign the Code of Conduct which stated that Mark Shuttleworth (“SABDFL”) is expected to be perfect. Daniel Kahn Gillmor revoked his signature of the Code for the same reason, especially given the LinuxCon keynote incident.
    • Meanwhile, the Ubuntu Code of Conduct has been updated after a drafting process that began in June or so, and the statement about Mark Shuttleworth removed among other changes. Benjamin Mako Hill links to Rhonda’s entry as part of his discussion of Updating the Ubuntu Code of Conduct.
    • Melissa Draper has commentary on improving the response to Code of Conduct complaints: “If you witness someone stepping on someone else’s toes; do not harangue the person with the bruised toes for being hurt, simply because you did not feel the crush.”

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6 Responses
  1. Suneetha permalink
    October 20, 2009


    I am NOT a techie but a journo who writes for the techie world on non-technical issues of a techie…( I guess that’s a lot of techie :) )

    I have dropped a mail to your id on the wiki, but if you havent seen it, would you drop a mail to my id here? I was looking for an interview on email for the techie site I report for.


  2. Elizabeth Yalkut permalink
    October 20, 2009

    Hey, if I can do a signal boost in your direction — my alma mater, Emma Willard School, is looking for a Chair for Academic Technology and Classroom Innovation. EWS is a fantastic place to work, the oldest all-girl’s school in the US that was begun with the goal of giving girls the same education as their brothers; the campus is gorgeous, the faculty and administration are almost uniformly wonderful people, the students are smart, engaged, and passionate (she says, having graduated herself), and I’m happy to talk about the campus culture anytime. As for details about the position and why I though GF readers might be interested — well, look:

    The Lubin-Schupf Chair for Academic Technology and Classroom Innovation will inspire, play, teach, and model the habits of an intellectual life. The chair will put Emma Willard on the map in terms of technology and girls. The chair will have the unique opportunity to work with girls who know that something big is in store for them, a faculty that is deeply committed to girls, and a community that is passionate about almost everything.

    Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be an optimist who delights in learning, teaching, and technology, is an inspirational presence, and enjoys the adventure and challenge of being on the cutting edge. A high degree of proficiency and curiosity about technology are desired as are strong communication skills, a conviction that girls must and can be leaders in the area of technology, a level of skill that will inspire confidence, and, of course, a sense of humor.

    Sounds right up y’all’s alley!

  3. October 20, 2009

    I wonder who thought the lap dancers would be a good idea in this case. I understand vendors at trade conventions who don’t have anything interesting to sell resort to booth babes to attract attention, but it seems to be pointless at a hackathon where the whole idea is to produce a useful end product. My guess is that a marketing guy hired the dancers. If a coder was in charge of entertainment, they would have bought Nerf guns or some Nintendo Wiis instead.

  4. Kaz permalink
    October 21, 2009

    This post has been included in a linkspam round up.

  5. Emily permalink
    October 21, 2009

    A filmmaker seeking to make a movie about Ada Lovelace is asking for letters of support from Americans associated with institutions. Gosh that sounds broad, doesn’t it? There’s a lot more about it here: which is also the home of the truly spectacular Difference Engine comic. It seems like both the comic and the film would be firmly in the purview of geek feminists!

    - Emily

    • Mary permalink
      October 21, 2009

      Thanks for the link: we linked to the Finding Ada entry in an earlier roundup.

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