July 24, 2014
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September 26, 2011
Global Voices curates tweets from Saudi Arabia about the announcement of some small advances in rights promised by the government. Since the King has promised full rights to women “eventually,” I wonder what the monarchy thinks is going to change in the 2-4 years before these reforms kick in to make women — and men — ready for the slightly increased presence of women in the public sphere.
(Here’s a post from 1.5 years ago about my very brief trip to Saudi Arabia.)
September 9, 2011
I still don’t know why I started getting a free subscription to Game Developer magazine, but I sure enjoy it. The technical articles are over my head and frequently completely over my head, but I enjoy reading articles written from a hard-core developer point of view. (The magazine comes to me under the name Johnny Locust at Wild West Ware — not a pseudonym or anynym of mine. I find traces of him on the Net, but none that lets me contact him directly. Johnny, if you find this, I’m enjoying your subscription!)
The magazine opener this month (Sept.) comes from Eric Caoili. It”s about The Difference Engine Initiative, an incubator to encourage and enable women as game developers. Two sessions are planned in Toronto.
One of the founders, Mare Sheppard, says in Game Developer:
As for the incubator, says Sheppard, “It’s like a crafter’s circle. It’s loose and low-key, and it’s about peer mentorship.” She sees it as just one step that might help some people get over the initial hurdle.
The project is named after Ada Lovelace’s contribution to Babbage’s Difference Engine, but I enjoy the implicit endorsement of difference as a source of innovation. In fact, difference is the source of all value, isn’t it?
Categories: culture, everythingIsMiscellaneous, games, too big to know Tagged with: 2b2k • games • women
Date: September 9th, 2011 dw
August 8, 2009
First, he says that the four most-taught Shakespearean plays are all tragedies. The tragedies are â€” he says â€” about how men screw up the world. And in the four most-taught ones, the women generally kill themselves or are otherwise disempowered. We should be teaching the comedies, he says, because they’re about how women make the world livable.
Second, he objects to calling Shakespeare’s language “old English.” Actually, it’s young English, full of play, lacking rules, inventing itself.
Two excellent points.
Categories: Uncategorized Tagged with: culture • language • shakespeare • women
Date: August 8th, 2009 dw