wikipedia via king5.com
seattle dept. of transportation
…historically the stingiest, most fiscally conservative, most technologically resistant and investment-averse people ever, with the highest percentage of luddites per capita.
As the many unattached among us face with dread the day devoted, by Hallmark and other marketers, toward luvvey-duvvey cutesy-poo, comes a new study on “the old man-woman thing.”
Authors Bobbi J. Carothers and Harry T. Reis claim, among other things, that:
Imagine the possible implications!
In gender income equality, Wash. state ranks 48th out of the 50 states plus D.C.:
The median weekly earnings for full-time and salaried women was $743 compared to $997 in median weekly earnings for men.
Two potential reasons: vastly overpaid tech CEOs, and the relative paucity of women in tech careers.
ap via nwcn.com
beth dorenkamp via grindhouse theater tacoma
“Amidst the Everyday,” a project by photographers-artists Aaron Asis and Dan Hawkins, aims to reveal “elements of the unseen urban environment.” You go to places around town, scan QR codes (etched in wood!) at various buildings, and receive images of their hidden treasures. (Above, one of the unoccupied-for-decades upper floors of the Eitel Building at Second and Pike.)
the impossible project via engadget.com
perfect sound forever, via furious.com
An earlier version misstated the term Mr. Vidal called William F. Buckley Jr. in a debate. It was crypto-Nazi, not crypto-fascist.
Just Sayin’ Dept: Here’s something that hasn’t been publicized much in the World’s Fair 50th anniversary celebrations.
from the early pc game series 'leisure suit larry,' via classicgames.about.com
A Mother Jones writer attended a tech panel at South By Southwest. A marketing rep (not a programmer) from a social-media startup company boasted of its fratboy-esque corporate culture, making borderline-rude “jokes” along the way.
The Mother Jones writer walked out of the session, then filed an essay claiming a rising subculture of sexist “brogrammers” had infiltrated the tech biz.
The term was quickly picked up by Businessweek, CNN, and others.
Then Gizmodo.com, using an equally small slice-O-reality as its own basis, claimed “There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Brogrammer.’”
My take: What there are, and have been for more than a decade, are dot-com douchebags.
Those are the loud, brusque, macho jerks running a lot of these companies—both startups and now-established sites.
You saw them in the early 2000s. You saw them in the film The Social Network.
You can see them in startup offices from Seattle to Brooklyn, preening and yelling deals into phones and being rude to people (female and otherwise).
I suspect you won’t see them as much among the coding rank-n’-file, in positions where precise thinking counts and the hard-sell doesn’t.
But all it takes is one or more a-holes at the top to make a shop feel like an uninviting place for women employees—or for women customers.
(You do know that social media, mobile gaming, and all these other fast-rising online realms have female-majority audiences, don’t you? Some dot-com douchebags apparently don’t.)