There are two ways to answer the question, "Why are there so few famous women scientists and technologists?" One is to point out the obstacles women faced (and still face). For example, Lise Meitner, co-discoverer of nuclear fission, wasn't allowed to go to graduate school, had to work for free for many years, and was … Continue reading Ada Lovelace Day: Sandra K. Johnson
The LCA 2012 Call for Papers (speakers and tutorials, really) is still open. The Linux Conference Australia audience is bright, curious, and eager to learn more. In particular, LCA attendees seem to love talks about file systems and storage, and I know there's at least one fewer file systems-related talk than usual in the system … Continue reading Help improve open source, make the world a better place, AND travel to Australia
Over the years, I've tried to be an interesting person, on my web page, my blog, in person (less successfully), and so on, in part so that when I had something important to say, somebody would be listening. I have something important to say. I co-founded the Ada Initiative because I care deeply about social … Continue reading Investing some social capital
One of the strangest things about designing the Ada Initiative Seed 100 individual donation campaign is that I find myself working with GRAPHICS! *shudder* I'm a stereotypical kernel programmer in many ways, including my vast preference for text, starting with CLI instead of GUI, all the way up to books instead of TV and movies. … Continue reading Old kernel programmers can too learn new tricks
We started the Ada Initiative Seed 100 fund-raising campaign this morning, the first opportunity to donate personally to the Ada Initiative and help women in open source/tech/culture. We kept the "schwag" down to a minimum and went for one really cool reward: A signed limited edition Ada Lovelace-related print suitable for framing. The first 25 … Continue reading Ada Initiative Seed 100 donation drive opens
I just read Rusty Russell's recent blog post about code written by assholes and Jacob Kaplan-Moss's response. I'll summarize Rusty's point as "You don't have to like assholes or agree with them, you just have to work with them in open source," and Jacob's point as, "No, I don't have to work with assholes, and … Continue reading On the necessity of assholes
Over at my day job at the Ada Initiative, we just launched a census of women in open technology and culture. From the blog post: The survey (intended for people of any gender) asks two broad sets of questions: What open projects are you working on, and what is your opinion of how women are … Continue reading Take the Ada Initiative Census – and update your resumé!