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Deliberatepixel / The Weekly for 10 August

The Weekly for 10 August

I'm tired of coming up with titles for weekly link lists, so I'm not anymore. Just so you know.

  • Making IT Work for Women - Ah, another day, another article about the struggles of women in technology. Props to ComputerWorld for presenting the viewpoints of four real women working in IT, but whether or not the article suggests clear solutions for solving some of the problems they and other women in the industry face is debatable. Unfortunately, I think that changing the face of the technology field is going to take nothing less than a slow, long progression of small steps. Like most articles on this topic, this one shows there are no simple solutions.
  • 20 Things I Learned from Tech Support - This is definitely a simplistic view of life in tech support - but it's also exactly how it works sometimes. "No user will tell you the whole truth at the beginning of a call," is my favorite.
  • Batman's Marriage Trap! - I read a lot of humor-based blogs, but this is the only post I've encountered in the past week that made me laugh out loud. Probably helps if you've got some comic-book geek in you.
  • Che Guevara and My Son - Be careful what Hot Topic-sanctioned cultural icons you're slapping on your kids.
  • Yangtze River Dolphin No More - The Yangtze River dolphin has been declared officially extinct.

  • Back in the Habit - Apparently, feminists are becoming Catholic nuns. They have some interesting points, although I think they might be missing some others.
  • Be Kind, Rewind Trailer - Under normal circumstances, I would probably swiftly dismiss a movie concept that consists of "video store clerks erase tapes and replace them with their own renditions of the movies." But a movie directed by Michel Gondry and starring Jack Black and Mos Def is not operating under normal circumstances. Therefore, my anticipation knows no bounds.

If you've visited the website in the past few days, you may have noticed there's a new, currently non-functioning button over on the left, announcing the impending birth of the DeliberatePixel podcast. I'm planning to turn my weekly links into a podcast, presumably including many digressions and anecdotes not found in the text version. Look for the first episode this weekend.



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