Fair Lady of Computer Science who Kicks Ass

In honor of women’s history month, I am going to gush about how much I love Frances Allen.  Partly, because I’ve met her.  Well, I’ve attended a lecture she gave, which is not the same thing.  Also, because she has won the Turing Award, the highest honor the computer science …

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International Aid to Uganda in Light of Human Rights Violations

An earlier version of this article was published at In Tanzania.  With Coffee.  In response to recent virulently anti-gay laws passed in Uganda, a lot of nations are cutting off aid to Uganda, or considering doing so.  I don’t think this is a particularly good response.  More to the point, …


Changing the World, One Small, Doable Action at a Time

This is Peace Corps week, and as you darling readers may have noticed, I talk about my Peace Corps service in Tanzania a lot.  It was a wonderful experience, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to do volunteer work right, with a long term commitment that allows time to …


On the Uselessness of Mathematics and Resultant Magical Oracular Godness of Computers

I’ve been thinking about mathematical education a lot recently.  Mostly because my sister is professing math at a college at which many students believe and state that they do not need math because all they are going to do in life is work at the mines.  I find this sad …

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Speak Your Mind: Lego Literature

Waterstones is playing with Legos and it is amazing.  They are recreating scenes from famous literature.  This isn’t as wonderful as The Brick Testament, who create entire stories, rather than just scenes, out of Legos.  They are, however, limited to Bible stories at the Brick Testament.  Not that Bible stories …

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Science Sunday: Denial of Service Attacks and the Cost of Security

Last week, Skepchick, Freethoughtblogs, and Feminist Frequency all went offline due to distributed denial of service attacks.  Those are nasty.  It’s an easy attack to launch while being difficult to impossible to defend against without adding lots of costly time-consuming security measures to victimized servers. The internet, as we know …

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Hope for the Aftermath of the Creation “Museum” Fundraiser Debate

Like many others, I am not thrilled about tonight’s Ham vs Nye debate. Others have expressed reasons far better than I can, the most cogent, in my opinion, being that no matter what happens, Ken Ham has won by being able to pocket all the money to support his “museum” …


Making the World Safe for Fewer Greenhouse Gasses

I try to do things to reduce my carbon footprint.  I’m not amazingly successful at this, but I do try.  Unfortunately, many of the small doable actions recommended are off limits to me as a woman attempting to navigate public spaces.  I have been known to live close enough to …