Jul. 14th, 2014 04:00 pm
terriko: (Default)
I can't tell if this is a real message or some sort of spam trolling...

Hello Ms.Terri

My name is $NAME,

i just start to learn linux and i visit ur website http://terri.toybox.ca/me/resume/

could please help me to learn and improve myself about sysadmin

Thank you


What's up at that url is a modern, fairly recent version of my resume, one that includes no mention whatsoever of my sordid sysadmin past. I guess I mention Linux in there, but that's about it.

Also, if you read my resume and still address me as Ms. instead of Dr., you get an automatic -10 points. Just saying.

I'm probably just jetlagged and tired and cranky, but I don't think I'll bother answering that one. What would I have to say, anyhow? "Run now, sysadminning is rapidly becoming the unpleasant janitorial work of the tech world?"
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Today is a good day: I get to be famous for being snarky!

There's a short interview with me up on FastCoLabs today, regarding my (in)famous slideshare presentation about women, biology, and computer science.

She did a nice job of trimming down my original answers, but I am sad that she missed the part where I said I didn't answer the question about what does cause the disparity in my slideshare presentation because half the point of the presentation was to get people to think rather than mindlessly accept shortened arguments with good face validity. (The corollary being that there's a meta-joke in the presentation because it is a shortened argument with good face validity.)

I edited out some of the other snarky things I said before I sent 'em. It's probably just as well. ;)

Anyhow, in case anyone reading this hasn't seen the original presentation before, I'll just embed it here:

In case the embed doesn't show up for you, here's a link: How does biology explain the low numbers of women in computer science? Hint: it doesn't.

terriko: (Default)
I wrote for the New York Times yesterday. Not making this up:

Where Are the Women in Wikipedia?: Trolls and Other Nuisances

Okay, so it's "just" their online opinion page, but I was still pretty stunned to be contacted by an actual NYT editor looking for a comment on the wikipedia numbers. I was expecting she'd take some little quote out of what I said, but instead she nicely edited down my piece and there I am, voicing my opinion right under Jane Margolis' statement! (She's the person who wrote "Unlocking the Clubhouse") So Darned Cool.
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I really enjoyed this post titled Manifesto: I Am Not a Brand.

It makes me sort of want to make a list of all the other things I'm not that I keep getting suggested to me.

#1. I am not an entrepreneur. Yes, I have great ideas. Yes, some of them could make money. No, I'm not interested in sacrificing my life and sanity to push them. Some people really get a kick out of that sort of thing, but the idea of doing that stuff makes me feel vaguely ill. I know, there's all these studies touting the awesomeness of women entrepreneurs, and that's lovely, but I'm Not One Of Them. Thank you very much.

#2. I am not Japanese. No matter how much you want me to be, no matter how small my eyes are and dark my hair is, no matter how much genetically came from that country if you go back far enough, it's just not true. When I tell you I'm Canadian, I mean it, and it's the only ethnicity that really tells you anything useful about me. Accept it and move on.

I'll bet I'll think of more throughout the day, but those are the two that get shoved in my face most often of late.
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Looks like our radio interview will be pre-taped tomorrow later in the morning, rather than done live at 8:20ish. This is a relief, as I'm feeling a bit frazzled and knowing the interview isn't live should make life easier. Plus, I get to sleep in a bit more and not go downtown during rush hour, so that's pretty awesome. :)

Not sure when it will air, but probably very early on Thursday morning.


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