December 4, 2010
News - Your March Caption Contes…
about 3 weeks ago
The experiment in biotech was not going well. The new Blood Redbot was out of control and slightly aggressive….
News - Supporting Women in Engin…
about 3 months ago
Yeah, but that still requires a dedicated person to model a doll, various articles of furniture, etc…lots of time and effort involved when the pre made doll and furniture were sufficient. Perhaps a coating of paint to make the decidedly feminizing pink go away would have been in order. Maybe a bit of Sparkfun Red or a nice neutral wood brown?
And you sir have the correct mentality…leverage the differences, not pit them against each other.
My comment was about the expressed feeling of being “outnumbered”. In a collaboration, you should be part of the whole group, not a singled out section of it. you should not be feeling “alone” in a group. This feeling states a mentality of Me VS. Them, rather than Me AND Them. Now, as to whether the feeling stems from the feelings of the one or the feelings of the many is a question that must be addressed at every unique situation. I work in a production environment hand in hand with quite a few women. This is a physically demanding job that used to dominated by men. In our shop, we make allowances for differing strength of the individual, by providing the necessary tooling to allow anyone to do the job. However, there are no allowances for production…a man or a woman is expected to do the same work. And quite frankly, I’ve seen women outwork a few of the men. We tend to look at each person as just that, a person. The sex of the person does not matter, each individual is responsible for his/her job. Period.
That all said, there are still underlying issues that crop up. Our employer has a strict non discrimination policy and it has been enforced when sexually based discrimination has occurred, both men against women and women against men. Part of our policy is the idea that we are not men or women on the floor…we are persons. If this mentality could be carried into the tech industry,and I see no reason it couldn’t, then the mentality of men Vs. women would begin to disappear.
“While I might have been outnumbered I was not alone”
This comment expresses the underlying problem better than you realize. Why would you ever feel alone in the middle of a group of people? The real problem that comes out here is a mentality of Men vs Women. It’s not a competition, or at least it should not be.
News - Qualcomm Says Wearables A…
about 3 months ago
I think the truth will end up somewhere in between. Wearable tech is still a solution looking for a problem. Not many people NEED blinken lights on their clothes. When the tech starts filling needs, or at least strong wants, it will bloom. Also, it usually takes some sort of big player establishing some de facto standards to really settle a tech into our daily lives. This is where Sparkfun could really make an impact in the segment, by starting to standardize a layout or design standard for all things wearable. Maybe a collaboration with other players such as Adafruit would be in order here.
I have a great idea and no time/money to make it. Feel free to run with this. How about a line of clothing with standardized “wiring” in it? Communication and power lines running to strategic points on the clothing with standardized connectors(snaps???) at those points.
News - Oh Barbie, You've Missed …
about 5 months ago
Tolkien Ring? One BNC to bring them all and in the Darkness Bind them?
Alina, not defending the book at all…trash is trash. But, there are some lessons to be learned from trash even.
News - Arduino Controlled Ouija …
about 5 months ago
a continuous rotation servo and a bit more code could make the planchette rotate as well as move for more lifelike movement.
News - Your October Caption Cont…
about 6 months ago
“sniff, sniff” “ and then..he knocked the controller out of my hand…” sniff" and the plane started diving…and then it crashed…and now I can’t find the motor…“ "sniff,sniff”
News - LilyPad MP3 Giveaway!
about 7 months ago
Halloween is almost here….This would make the brains of a animatronic scarecrow to scare the willy’s out of passerby on our street.the MP3 capability would make for easy “talking” and screaming sound effects.
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