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Apr. 8th, 2010 09:51 pm
juliet: Tiny baby shoot of rhubarb (baby rhubarb!)

Just to get rid of open FF tabs again...

ION: have had a lovely fortnight's holiday in, variously, Northern Ireland, and Boston (Lincolnshire, not the other one); of that latter, more anon. Now I am back in London & surprisingly busy for someone whose work is only full-time in the loosest possible sense (i.e. that sense in which it is the only thing that I am doing in the paid work line, rather than any sense in which I actually work an approximation to what this society considers to be full-time hours. I like it very much this way.). The dog continues to be adorable, time-consuming, and an agent of chaos. And it is spring properly today ftb I wore my sandals to the park. Down with proper shoes! Also the first tiny asparagus shoots are appearing in the allotment.

juliet: Part of a Pollock artwork in the Tate (art - pollock)
First up: this poem by Taylor Mali is seriously awesome, and this video of him performing it is even better.

Secondly: Pupdate! Sidney has now mostly got the hang of housetraining (i.e. she is now prepared to go in the square, which was FAR TOO SCARY for a while, & she will ask at least once to go out) except when on her own in the house. She has also got the hang of "opening the recycling boxes, dragging all the recycling out, and shredding it into tiny pieces". The recycling is now outside in the cupboard, although I am unsure what the long-term solution is.

Other things she is very good at include: demolishing a proper bone in sub-15 min; getting things out of a Kong in similarly short order; chasing the crows in the park. Yesterday PetPlanet delivered a squeaky stuffed sheep, which received a Two Paws Up result, and to date has remained both interesting and largely intact for nearly 24 hrs. Long may this continue.

She also jumped the fence around the lake in the park last week, in pursuit of a moorhen. And then, obviously, paid 0 attention to me calling her back. Happily she's still nervous of water, so she just stood on the bank doing her Alert Dog Is Alert pose, while I climbed the fence to hoist her back over. Then she belted off into the children's playground (which is No Dogs Allowed, though there were already two other dogs there which is why she went in), and I got a bit irritable. We are now avoiding that half of the park.

On the more positive side: she's getting v good at sit, down, "leave it", and we're working on stay. And right now she is having a nice snooze under the radiator next to me. Watching her hurtle round the park at speed is fabulous (and the walks are doubtless doing me good too).

In non-dog news: I spent the weekend mostly at the London Free School, which was awesome. I watched several films (was facilitating the movie space on Saturday), including Made In Secret (an anarcha-feminist porn collective! sort of) which I strongly recommend (watch the making-of in the DVD extras to get a different view of it). Sunday I went to one workshop on the experience & politics of the menstrual cycle (fascinating) and another one on feminist self-defence (massively empowering; the facilitator is probably going to do a series of sessions sometime soon, so let me know if you might be interested. Self-identified-women-only.).

Also chatted to many interesting people, helped carry a sofa+occupants through the house to resolve a debate about where the debrief session should take place, played Tag (it was really very cold in that building!), and facilitated the final debrief. It was the talking-to-interesting-people thing that was the best part; the weekend as a whole left me knackered but inspired. Hopefully there will be another one in a few months!
juliet: White flags against a blue sky, at the Glade Festival (glade flags)

Clearing out Firefox tabs, so this is a slightly random set of links:

(The slightly alarming thing is that, having cleared out all the tabs that were just waiting to be linked to somewhere, I now still have about 20 tabs which are waiting for me to read them / watch them / do something with them. [sigh].)

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Me guest blogging on the Geek Feminism blog.

(ION, this weekend I will mostly be learning to teach people to ride bikes. This is great, apart from the bit where it means doing *actual learning work* for 8 hrs a day for 4 days, which is tiring. Especially when you haven't done anything that looks like full-time work for a year.)
juliet: "This is what a feminist looks like" slogan, white on black, Courier-style font (feminism)
Warning: some of these may be triggery. They are all very, very worth reading though.

* The Terrible Bargain We Have Regretfully Struck, and follow-up. Well, well worth reading.
* On Rape And Men.
* Another post about rape - "If we teach women that there are only certain ways they may acceptably behave, we should not be surprised when they behave in those ways." (Warning: may be triggery.)
* For the Uninformed: Privilege, Perspective and The Little Things That Jab
* Where Are All The Male Bloggers?. Slightly more lighthearted than the previous posts. Or at least satirical.

(thanks to [profile] narah for some of the above links)
juliet: My old PowerBook in pieces all over the desk (tech mac insides)
A couple of days ago I linked to a presentation on women & open source made by [personal profile] damned_colonial, and an ongoing and quite frustrating discussion on O'Reilly Radar.

An update, in case you're interested: Randal L. Schwartz has apologised (worth reading the comments in which he notes that he was not pressured into this by Linux Fund but actually sat down & did some thinking himself).
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Links, and other stuff:

  • Various people I know are doing LEL (London-Edinburgh-London) on bikes this week:twitter link here.
  • Other cyclists have been going rather faster round France for the last 3 weeks: some v good photos here. Also, Cav's sprint yesterday was bloody amazing. As was Bradley Wiggins' ride up Ventoux on Saturday. (I really felt for him on seeing the shots of him afterwards, sat on the floor slumped against a fence with his head down, looking like he was either about to throw up or had done already.)
  • My cycling friend Gerald was on the plinth in Trafalgar Square dressed as a dinosaur, playing swingball, and stomping on a model London.
  • Rats playing musical instruments!
  • Climate Camp this year is 26th Aug - 2nd Sept & will be somewhere within the M25, with good transport links. Video here explaining why you should come along!. I spent yesterday helping to build a bicycle generator which will be used to provide power for the London neighbourhood. The secondary aim was to produce a decent design that can be made from stuff you can find in a skip or for very cheap, & doesn't require a dedicated bike/bike frame or any more than basic DIY skills & tools (saw, drill, screwdriver). Success was achieved, but Version 2 (new & improved!) is already on the drawing board. Anyway: Climate Camp is going to be awesome, come along & check out all the exciting workshops!
  • Different sort of activism: [personal profile] damned_colonial did what looks like a fantastic keynote speech at OSCON on the topic of women in open source (slides here). The comments on this positive writeup of the talk have been getting rather toxic, in the customary ways[0]. Randal Schwarz being a particular culprit (sigh). Some of you may be interested in the discussion; [personal profile] zorkian has also suggested writing to Linux Fund about it.

Myself, I have mostly been trying to sort out work stuff (in the sense of getting existing commissions in on time & deciding What Else I Do Next); trying to get rid of stuff on Freecycle; and trying to remain calm and not hide under the bed. Spent the weekend doing climate camp stuff (direct action workshop on Saturday, which was excellent and very interesting, and raised some practical & emotional issues for me which I need to sit down and think about; and then the bike generator thing yesterday as above) and visiting my parents, which was nice.

Intermittently grumpy about what is (for me) a shocking lack of fitness: far slower than I should be on the bike, and spinning downhill is bumpy (no souplesse...). I am however aware that a) this will improve the more I get out there, & b) my standards are slightly abnormal. If I can still ride 25 miles in a day I'm not doing all that badly, really, even if it does make me unduly hungry atm.[1]

Oh yes, and Glade last weekend was fun despite the fairly wet weather, due to excellent drainage & the fact that it helpfully didn't rain after dark at any point after Thu evening. Not keen about the fact that you can see passing cars on the nearby road from the middle of the site, though - it kind of reduces the 'special getting-away-from-things' feeling. We did however have cubical jam[2], which is a superior foodstuff of the future and makes everything better. Or at least slightly more waxy.

[0] "We do X because it's what sells, so tough shit"; "if more women participated then these negative behaviours would stop"; "you're only 4 (5, 6, whatever) voices, I speak for the majority". BLAH BLAH BLAH ignorant sexist crap. I was teeth-grindingly furious by the time I was 1/3 through & am going to have to finish the thread now so I can comment [sigh].
[1] This is related to fitness, because the higher your heartrate the more blood glucose you need (as opposed to running off body fat, which you have loads of), and the less fit you are the higher your heartrate goes, roughly.
[2] Shot Bloks. Eaten by the pros, apparently. Maybe they like wax. It's a lot like eating a candle made out of jam.

juliet: My rat Holly grooming herself (holly rats)
I was pointed at this piece about how gender affects salary negotiation by a mailing list I'm on.

In general, there's evidence that women tend to be less good at negotiating salary than men do, & this has some interesting stuff about why that might be.

I was particularly interested in the experiment they discuss where they compared negotiating ability when negotiating for oneself as opposed to negotiating for someone else. Not only did the women (unlike the men) do significantly better when negotiating for someone else, but then men only did as well as the women negotiating for themselves (i.e. men_for_self = men_for_other = women_for_self < women_for_other). In other words, these women (in these set of circumstances) did not suffer. I'm actually slightly surprised by this as it contradicts what is said further up the article (that women negotiate lower salaries in highly ambiguous situations (as in the experiment), & it also seems to contradict the next para where they talk about women 'not [feeling] less entitled to a good salary'. Assuming there's no typo; I wonder if the artificial nature of the situation had an effect.

Anyway, more interesting really is the 18% difference when negotiating on behalf of someone else. My immediate speculation is whether this is to do with socialised modesty - which would be much less relevant if you're negotiating with someone else. Or objective self-analysis, which is closely connected with modesty (but not entirely so: you can believe, correctly or otherwise, that you are Teh Greatest but be reluctant to say so publicly).

More practically: I want a payrise in the summer, so maybe I need to start practicing not being modest...
juliet: My rat Holly grooming herself (holly rats)
I was pointed at this piece about how gender affects salary negotiation by a mailing list I'm on.

In general, there's evidence that women tend to be less good at negotiating salary than men do, & this has some interesting stuff about why that might be.

I was particularly interested in the experiment they discuss where they compared negotiating ability when negotiating for oneself as opposed to negotiating for someone else. Not only did the women (unlike the men) do significantly better when negotiating for someone else, but then men only did as well as the women negotiating for themselves (i.e. men_for_self = men_for_other = women_for_self < women_for_other). In other words, these women (in these set of circumstances) did not suffer. I'm actually slightly surprised by this as it contradicts what is said further up the article (that women negotiate lower salaries in highly ambiguous situations (as in the experiment), & it also seems to contradict the next para where they talk about women 'not [feeling] less entitled to a good salary'. Assuming there's no typo; I wonder if the artificial nature of the situation had an effect.

Anyway, more interesting really is the 18% difference when negotiating on behalf of someone else. My immediate speculation is whether this is to do with socialised modesty - which would be much less relevant if you're negotiating with someone else. Or objective self-analysis, which is closely connected with modesty (but not entirely so: you can believe, correctly or otherwise, that you are Teh Greatest but be reluctant to say so publicly).

More practically: I want a payrise in the summer, so maybe I need to start practicing not being modest...

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