and for those interested, you can find the report HERE
Just in case any dudebros are unclear on what this means: it means that your buddy who totally just had some bitch trying to ruin his life by accusing him of rape…almost certainly actually did rape her.
Just keep that in mind.
“ What I feel most moved to write, that is banned—it will not pay. Yet, altogether, write the other way I cannot. So the product is a final hash, and all my books are botches. ”
Herman Melville, Letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne, June 1851 (via mttbll)
What Happened to the Computer Girls?
Believe it or not, in the 1960’s, programming was seen as women’s work. It was even touted as being “just like planning a dinner”.
So what happened?
Eventually male programmers wanted to raise their status above “women’s work”. So they actively discouraged women from these positions, designed hiring tests rigged for men, and even created the stereotype that programmers are disinterested in people. No wonder in the years since, it’s still a male dominated field. Women earned only 18% of the computer science degrees awarded in 2008-2011.
Alright ladies, we need to bust this myth. It’s been too long. Find organizations like Scientista or Sally Ride Science that help encourage women and girls in STEM interests. Find mentors and connect with other women interested in STEM.
This’s true. Especially since computers really got up and going during WWII and most of the available workforce was, you guessed it, women. At Bletchley Park, for example, women outnumbered men 4 to 1.
For the interested: Bletchley Park was the secret codebreaking base during WW2 where the Allies broke the Germans’ naval Enigma code.
(I specify the naval Enigma code because Bletchley Park often gets credit for “breaking the Enigma code,” which is not accurate. The primary Enigma code was broken by Polish intelligence in 1932. When the Poles realized that an invasion from the Germans was imminent, they shared their codebreaking technology with French and British intelligence. Actually using the Enigma cypher required massive machines printing hundreds of cards for each intercepted message. The Poles would not be able to maintain a cypher facility, or send the decoded information to the Allies, while under German or Soviet occupation. Throughout the war, those cypher machines, built to Polish specifications, were located in Bletchley Park, and, yes: operated entirely by women.)
She stood up, she was so nice, and she points to Jay-Z and was like, “Oh, we just watched you on the Kennedy Center Honors, you were so great. You were so cute in your little red dress.” And she said that I had a little red dress, which means that she actually watched it, or it means I was having a stroke and I imagined the entire thing.
“ I think that I have always tried to create feeling, and then to pulse it into the reader with language. It’s very difficult to figure out how to do this. Storytelling is one way—conventional narrative or whatever you want to call it—but are there other methods worth exploring? The ground shifts, and I change my mind about what might work. How to create immense, unforgettable feeling from language? This ambition hasn’t really changed, it’s just that I want to cultivate new approaches, to try to circle in on a more vivid way to accomplish it. ”
Ben Marcus (via mttbll)
La Chevelure - Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scevola
#Emily what is this style called #I like this style #hey #hey Emily (via pyrrhicomedy)
Symbolism! Ish. Mostly. No, oh my God, you will get such a kick out of this guy. So Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scevola was this WWI-era French Symbolist-ish painter (meaning that most of the works of his that people like were his Symbolist paintings), but what really makes him interesting is that he, along with two other painters, is one of the undisputed inventors of military camouflage! Early on in the war, he was a gunner for the French, and in his spare time sat around and figured out a way to make his gun almost invisible to the naked eye, using a painting he’d done on a canvas cover. It caught on so well that an official camouflage department was set up at Amiens the next year, with de Scevola at the head of the French camouflage corps. He recruited dozens of other artists to help him out, most notably a cubist named Andre Mare, who had been camouflaging lookout posts on his own for years. Eventually the team grew to some ridiculous number of artists, many of them quite famous at the time. Cubism was their favorite tool, and was by far the most effective artistic method of deceiving the enemy, due to how it broke up light, and forced the viewer to doubt their own eyes. de Scevola once said that he was able to perform this deception by “employing the means the cubists use to represent an object.” So you know, even if Cubism isn’t everyone’s bag, it’s sure helped thousands of men and women through history keep from getting shot.
But no seriously, how great is that?