Ada Lovelace Day Linkfest – March 24, 2010

Items of interest found recently in my RSS feed. What did I miss? Please share what you've been reading (and writing!) in the comments.

Disclaimer/SotBO: a link here is not necessarily an endorsement of all opinions of the post author(s) either in the particular post or of their writing in general.

And from our archive of Friday Hoyden STEM honoraries we have:
Friday Hoyden: Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Laureate

Friday Hoyden: Ada Lovelace

Friday Hoydens: Peggy A. Whitson and Pamela A. Melroy

Friday Hoyden: Dagmar Berne

Friday Hoyden: Rear Admiral “amazing” Grace Hopper

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  1. Woo!! o /o/ o/
    I didn’t know about this day, but I’m gunna celebrate it, as an sometime female techie (have been waylaid by CFS and a hatred of offices). It could be pretty tough doing an IT degree as a woman. So many women dropped out after the first year, even though they got better marks on average than the men. There was quite a bit of sexism floating around, but there a specific program set up to combat it, thank goodness. But oh, that head of the department (UGHHH), M*ff*t I h@te you.
    I’m pretty sure I’ve met Kirrily (Skud), I seem to remember a women in IT dinner she was at, which had a lot of women I suspected were queer talking about playing soccer together and urging me to join them. I was cripplingly shy and depressed and self-closeted, and having energy and knee/back problems already, so I couldn’t follow these intimidatingly awesome women out onto the field. In the early days of the net, Skud was the only visible queer woman (I could find) writing about S/M online (back when I just couldn’t find any other resources to reassure me, save Califia’s books – tho those seemed a billion miles away from anything I could find in Melbourne). And my god, Skud was a Perl guru too! (<3) and kept going on from strength to strength, and maybe in another, more confident youth I would have sought to make contact with her. Sooooooo glad she and other amazing women are out there, and being vocal, and challenging, and intelligent. Perhaps when/if I get more energy, I will try to find community to get back into the icy-pure joy of coding. -_-

  2. Zoe Brain weighed in on the 26th,

    I don’t think she’d mind me being late – I’ve been busy doing work on Genetic Algorithms for my PhD in Computer Science, and teaching HAZOP – Hazard and Operability analysis. So I missed the March 24th deadline. Traditional in Computer Science, I guess.

    It is a corker, Must Read. (The post for March 28 is a must-read as well.)

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