The top 100 tech companies granted 19% of their total ownership to non-senior-executive employees. For the rest of corporate America, that number was 2%. In other words, when it came time to share rewards with ordinary employees, the Tech 100 were ten times more generous than low-tech firms. —
i could reblog SBJ all day long
Learning From Los Gatos — The Peer Society — Medium
Check out this great call to programming for women, minorities, and everyone by one of our esteemed Hamptons Hackers, Marianne Bellotti @fspublishing.
Recipe for discussion about diversity in Tech: take one historically disenfranchised group, pull statistics on number of CS or engineer majors for said group, season to taste with calls for 1) more money 2) more formal education 3) thinly veiled accusations of discrimination in the Tech establishment.
And it might very well be true that if there were more formal programs and more money specifically for women and minorities we might actually have a tech industry that is not almost entirely homogenous. It might be true that if we had more girls receiving formal instruction in programming, we’d have more women programmers and a stronger technical presence in the startup scene. There might be some truth to starting girls young to cultivate life long love of tech.
On the other hand, the emphasis on formal education says to millions of women who want to get into tech but are past their college years that they’ve missed their shot. It reenforces the notion that writing code takes years of study in math and sciences. It sets people up for failure by making them think only super geniuses can teach themselves.
And that is definitely dead wrong. Programming is easy, everyone should do it.
I changed both my Twitter handle & Tumblr account name to JiEunJamie today. I am going to be myself on the interwebs. Ji Eun is my government name and Jamie is the name I gave myself. Here’s a story about my name(s). I’ll be blogging on the Wordpress site more often and browsing here for the occasional giggle fest.
Seriously, though. It’s like this.
The human mind can be as cluttered as a browser with eighteen tabs open. And according to computer scientist Allen Downey, humans respond to computers as if they are people:
There is evidence that people naturally respond to computers as if they were people. When they work well, we think of them as teammates, and when they are obstinate or rude, we respond to them the same way we respond to rude, obstinate people.
Programming for Humanity: Hamptons Hackathon for Humanity--a reflection -
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During what may have been the first all-female* hackathon in NY, fifteen people banded together to use technology to take on the global problem of human trafficking. We were programmers, designers, writers and researchers. We came from a variety of backgrounds. We had an array of skills. And we…
JumpThru: 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report & Hamptons Hackathon for Humanity -
On Monday, I had the honor of attending the 2011 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report rollout event with Secretary Clinton as a guest of Christina Arnold, founder and CEO of non-profit Prevent Human Trafficking.
2011 Trafficing in Persons Report
Here’s what Wikipedia has to say…
The 125th Anniversary of the Death of King Ludwig II
A hundred twenty-five years ago, Bavaria’s “Maerchenkoenig” (or “Fairy-tale King”) Ludwig II died under very mysterious circumstances at the age of 40, his body found floating in Lake Starnberg, south of Munich. Today, Ludwig remains famous for the castles he built and attempted to build, most notably Neuschwanstein Castle, perched high in the Alpine foothills. The king was a romantic, a friend and suporter of composer Richard Wagner, and he hired theatrical set designers rather than architects to design his castles. More absorbed in his personal world than state affairs, Ludwig spent most of his time on his own projects — emptying his personal coffers — and left his ministers frustrated by his inattention. When his cabinet accused him of insanity, he was placed in custody after a brief showdown at Neuschwanstein Castle, and was taken to a castle next to Lake Starnberg. The following day, while out for a walk, Ludwig disappeared, his lifeless body discovered hours later. The death was declared a suicide, but many have rejected that ruling, and the demise of this popular king remains a mystery to this day.
See more stunning photos at In Focus
Self-absorved people mull constantly over themselves. I mull over me.
In elementary school, I had a wild imagination and wondered whether everyone except me had super powers I didn’t know about. A secret world of that I could not see. Two decades later, I now believe most people are as wracked, unsure, and half-blind as I am at times. Other times, I am under the illusion that I am as lucid as as the visible blue sky, that I am invincible as Iron(wo)man.
Other people, too, fall under this illusion from time to time, some for a longer stretch of time than others. Are the former luckier than the latter? Perhaps. If we live within the confines of our perceived world, and if some perceptions are brighter than others, I would much prefer to live in a rose-tinted world than a dark and scary one.
To keep rose-tinted glasses when one’s world turns cloudy and stormy, I think this is heroic. To stay positive against the odds, even against one’s inclinations. This is a battle within oneself. I keep fighting.
When a prominent dissident was arrested in China, we would write a front-page article; when 100,000 girls were routinely kidnapped and trafficked into brothels, we didn’t even consider it news. Partly that is because we journalists tend to be good at covering events that happen on a particular day, but we slip at covering events that happen every day—such as the quotidian cruelties inflicted on women and girls…Less than 1 percent of U.S. foreign aid is specifically targeted to women and girls. —
“Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide”
-Nicholas D. Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn
And today the NYT front-page news is Weinergate (who cares? ::rolls eyes::). Why isn’t there an ethics investigation on the lower-than-scum politicians who buy underaged girls in motels on interstate highways, but Pelosi calls for one on Weiner’s crotch shot?!