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Girl geek stereotypes [Sep. 11th, 2007|01:28 pm]
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tigersvoice
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I just had the strangest conversation! My sister-in-law told me that she and her family were looking at my online gallery of photos from Dragon*Con and they were shocked to see so many beautiful women among the attendees. Bzuh?

Apparently, they were under the impression that "girls who are hot don't go to those things" and that conventions were populated by desperate women looking to pick up geeky boys because they couldn't do any better, if there were any women there at all.

I just... I honestly don't know how to feel about that. (I mean, other than finding it laughable and ridiculous.) Do you think this is just them, or is this a stereotype that's out there? Do people still believe that girls don't like sci-fi? Do people really think that your level of attractiveness has something to do with whether you do?

Thoughts?
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Found a funny. [Aug. 15th, 2007|08:35 pm]
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tigersvoice
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From the readme.txt file for Pinnacle Studio Ultimate:

7. SWITCHING USERS IN WINDOWS XP DURING CAPTURE
Don't do it. Bad things will happen.


Gotta love a software engineer with a sense of humor.
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Tech Support Anecdote [Aug. 7th, 2006|12:45 pm]
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thekatebeyond
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Oh, I had a great one just now! This was the complaint:


Kate,

Please check out my receipts spreadsheet. It was working just fine, and now it won't let me type in new text. I have checked to make sure that I didn't accidentally hide the rows. I checked to make sure that I didn't put in an incompatible text format or formula. I have tried everything I can think of and I can't understand why the text appears in the formula bar as I type it, but won't appear in the cell.

Let me know if you can figure it out.


It took me 12 seconds to test and confirm my theory. Can you guess?
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SG:A airing 7/28 and 8/4 [Aug. 6th, 2006|06:54 pm]
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greenlily
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[music |"Life On Other Planets" (Bill Malonee)]

Spoilers for the Stargate:Atlantis eps "Irresistible" and "Sateda" behind the cut?
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Anyone else want to recommend scenes they'd show someone if they needed to explain Sheppard's appeal to a nonbeliever?
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Women in Sci-Fi: A trend? [Aug. 2nd, 2006|02:09 pm]
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thekatebeyond
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Have you noticed an interesting trend with regards to women in sci-fi shows? It seems to me that the most recent crop of science fiction shows are much more gender-balanced and don't seem to have gender=power issues that many of the older shows have.

Eureka, for example. While the lead character is male, he has a female boss. (And his female subordinate has physically overpowered him on more than one occasion.) Surface, while short-lived, was also gender-balanced, with leads of both genders. The 4400 has leads of both genders and a female boss.

It's not just that these programs have actresses in lead roles or show female characters in positions of power; it's that they portray it as a non-issue. There's no feeling of these being 'token' female characters. *coughVoyagercough* Nor are they shows that are wholly gynocentric (like Xena or Dark Angel). They seem to do a better job of realistically representing equality than many of the older shows.

Thoughts?
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