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crazy crochet

join-the-dots - Wed, 28/02/2007 - 3:56am
It’s a crocheted atari! And a crocheted television displaying Pitfall to go with it! Awesome. (Via Wonderland.)

5 things

join-the-dots - Wed, 03/01/2007 - 10:54pm
Steve’s started a game of tag, so for my second post of 2007 here are five things that you probably don’t know about me: I love cornichons. Sometimes I wish I’d studied architecture or information visualisation. My favourite colour is yellow. Over a period of fourteen years, my sister and I have owned eleven rats. My middle name is Megan. I’m [...]

2006 summary

join-the-dots - Mon, 01/01/2007 - 11:25pm
Or, more specifically, bands I started listening to in 2006: Architecture in Helsinki Beulah Camera Obscura Casiotone for the Painfully Alone Christine Fellows Go Sailor Grandaddy Jap Jap Mirah Neutral Milk Hotel Reindeer Section Schwervon! The Mountain Goats The Pipettes The Polyphonic Spree Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players Track Star Tullycraft

women in science and academia

join-the-dots - Sun, 24/12/2006 - 11:31pm
New York Times article on female scientists in academia. (Thanks for the link, Kathleen!) Also, the National Academy of Sciences recently published a report on barriers encountered by women in science and engineering in research universities. One thing I found particularly interesting was the observation that around 90 percent of married female science and engineering [...]

platform studies

join-the-dots - Thu, 14/12/2006 - 9:06pm
Nick and Ian have just announced a new MIT Press book series: Platform Studies. The series will investigate the relationships between the hardware and software design of computing systems and the creative works produced on those systems. The first book’s already under contract and will be about the Atari 2600 (sweet!) but Nick and Ian [...]

song structure

join-the-dots - Tue, 28/11/2006 - 6:32pm
Wow. Finite automata of song lyrics, drawn using Graphviz.

graphing tomboy notes

join-the-dots - Thu, 09/11/2006 - 2:21am
A while ago, I blogged about wanting a mindmap-like graph interface for Tomboy showing me all my notes and the links between them. Stefano “Zack” Zacchiroli has just written a script that processes Tomboy and generates a Graphviz graph that is then rendered and shown on the fly. Sweet.


join-the-dots - Thu, 02/11/2006 - 11:39pm
Last week’s AUTOSTART festival of digital literature was awesome—really interesting people, a fascinating discussion, a great reading, and, of course, Princess Fufu. If you missed it (which I imagine most of you did) then you can find out more by checking out the festival webpage, Mary’s write-up, and Jason’s photos.

stereotypes, causes, and math performance

join-the-dots - Sat, 21/10/2006 - 12:40am
Article in Science (abstract, full text) on how women’s math performance is affected by whether they are considering genetic or experiential accounts for the stereotype of women’s underachievement in math. Stereotype threat is when exposure to a self-relevant stereotype (e.g., regarding something like gender or race) causes someone to behave in such a way that perpetuates [...]

solve for x

join-the-dots - Wed, 18/10/2006 - 11:22pm
I feel like this is kinda representative of my life: (From the Wooster Collective.)

mirror neurons and autism

join-the-dots - Tue, 17/10/2006 - 8:54pm
Awesome. Two articles on mirror neurons and autism: “Mirror Neurons” ( “Broken Mirrors: A Theory of Autism” (Scientific American) (Thanks to Steve for pointing out the Sci. Am. article.)

dasher slides

join-the-dots - Tue, 17/10/2006 - 4:04am
Slides from my talk on Dasher, given at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing earlier this month.

more mind mapping

join-the-dots - Sat, 08/07/2006 - 10:12pm
Kathy Sierra on the importance of using mind maps (as opposed to a linear format) and drawings when taking notes and why this is hard to do using a (non-tablet) computer. (Thanks for the link, Daf!) I’ve said it before—we need a mind mapping program in GNOME. If people like Kathy are considering buying a tablet [...]

women’s summer outreach program

join-the-dots - Wed, 14/06/2006 - 9:23pm
Over the past few weeks, Chris Ball and I have been working with the GNOME Foundation on a program to promote the participation of women in GNOME-related development. We’ve just launched today and we’re really excited—check out the press release and the website! More specifically, the GNOME Foundation is offering USD$9000 to female students in order [...]

belle and sebastian

join-the-dots - Tue, 14/03/2006 - 3:11am
I missed Belle and Sebastian when they came to Philly the weekend before last. However, NPR has a recording of their D.C. concert online here. It’s very, very good. (Thanks to Fernando and Steve for pointing it out.)
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