Pale males of webdev

September 19, 2006

My, the kerfuffle kicked up by the ethnic and gender composition of the recent “Future of Webapps” conference! I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m sure the reason that there weren’t more female cutting-edge webdevs of color speaking is that we’re all too busy developing on our innovative stacks (two of the four commercial Comet installations are tech-managed by women, after all) and founding early-stage startups and stuff. It’s hard to find time to get away! And I personally only like to speak at Open Source conferences… I’ve always felt uncomfortable with the ones that are obviously driven by profit-motive (modulo OSCON). So really, there’s no need at all to assume any bias on the part of the conference organizers! 🙂

The game of Java

September 11, 2006

[Game night at Ops Boy’s house. We are perusing his collection of games.]

Troutgirl: Look, there’s a game called Java!

Joshua: Yeah, everybody loses with that one.


The cost of style

September 5, 2006

My parents came up for Labor Day weekend, and for some reason they got it in their head that they wanted to buy Tim a “hip” shirt — hipper than Banana Republic could provide. So we went to some designer stores that I’d never visited before, and Tim ended up with a shirt whose final cost I cannot reveal but suffice it to say it is the most expensive single garment (not counting suits) in our entire home.

While my dad was at the counter paying, I looked down at my own outfit. I was wearing: a Zazzle-logo T-shirt that I got free at a picnic they threw; a pair of pants that a friend gave me because they didn’t fit her; and some 2-year old flip-flops from Target. Total cost of outfit: $5.99? Without logowear, where would my wardrobe be?

Nous sommes hyphie

September 3, 2006

troutgirl: Do you like hip-hop?

britboy: not particularly

troutgirl: Epicene Albion!

britboy: what does that even mean?

troutgirl: English people are wusses

troutgirl: roughly.