Linkspam is idealized into powerlessness (29th October, 2010)

2010 October 29
  • San Francisco, USA: Women 2.0 PITCH Night, 4th November: Watch the finalists of the Startup Competition pitch live, learn firsthand from successful female startup founders how they grew their ideas into industry-changing businesses, and network with hundreds of Women 2.0 members (entrepreneurs, investors, startuppers, and technologists) at our biggest event of the year!
  • Apple’s tightly controlled App Store is selling a transphobic application, see solarbird’s initial discussion and addenda, including complaint avenues.
  • New Scientist is running a Flash fiction competition 2010: Forgotten futures. 350 words, including the title, and you grant them a non-exclusive right to republish.
  • Also on the subject of fiction, Baen has made the entire Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold , available for free in digital format.
  • hradzka discusses the Bechdel Test: mechanical approaches: On those occasions that a conversation does turn to why a work fails the Bechdel Test, there are basically two ways that conversation can go. It can turn into an activist discussion of sexism and society, or it can turn into a discussion of the mechanics of writing. There have been a lot of the former, but there haven’t been all that many of the latter.
  • There’s a UK geek calendar released as a fundraiser for The Libel Reform Campaign, largely featuring geek communicators (geeks who are writers, TV hosts, and so on). See their about page for image links: on first look it seems not to have really sexualised any of the geeks, including the women, very much. What do you think?
  • People involved in Ubuntu may know Amber Graner and her husband Pete. Unfortunately they lost their house to fire while away at the Ubuntu Developer Summit (their children and pets are all safe and well). Rikki Kite has a fundraiser.

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  1. Jessamyn permalink
    October 29, 2010

    Wow, the entire Vorkosigan saga for free? That’s an incredible boon; she is one of my favorite feminist SFF authors and I’ve spent the last few months reading the Vorkosigan saga through my library. And now I can read her new book even though the library doesn’t have it yet!

  2. Elizabeth G. permalink
    October 29, 2010

    Special Bundle Sale at Tale of Tales

    Tale of Tales is an independent game developer headed by Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn. They are having a huge sale of their games.

    Game Bundle Sale

    The games in the Bundle are The Path, Fatale and The Graveyard. The minimum price is $12 total to cover transaction fees but individually these games would be about $7-$10 each. The Path is the longest, 6-12 hours. while the others are shorter. These are really unique games and I recommend that you read some reviews before you buy because they are not “traditional” games.

  3. Elizabeth G. permalink
    October 29, 2010

    Okay so I did this one really early in the morning and let me now add why this is geek-feministy. One of the main developers is a Women, (awesome). You may have heard about the game The Path it is a metaphor for the dangers of girlhood. It has some serious feminist energy.

    It has been covered by NPR :The Path.

    It was also covered in BITCH and/or BUST but I can’t find the link.

    Also my link is not working here is is again: Bundle Sale.

  4. alice permalink
    October 29, 2010

    Thanks for the link to the Geek Calendar site. I’d be really interested to know what your readers think. We were really aware of the sextualization of geeks, especially women, from the start and wanted to avoid that. It wasn’t perfect though – the whole project was done on zero budget very quickly, so I’m sure there are things people might pick up on.

    • Dorothea Salo permalink
      October 30, 2010

      I really liked the calendar! Made me grin.

      Petra Boynton’s looks a little bit like it might have come out of an ad for a TV cop show, but in context I wasn’t really bugged by it.

  5. Leigh Honeywell permalink*
    October 31, 2010

    Looks like Apple’s taken down the transphobic app.

    I really liked that Bechdel post!

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