Tag: Geek Chic

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    April 4th, 2008     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

    Last week I got a notice from my Rogers, my internet service provider, informing me of changes they’re making to “better serve” my online needs. The big change, of course, is putting a cap on my “usage allowance,” which means they can charge me more for my internet use, depending on how much I download. Bell is also limiting the amount of content Sympatico subscribers can download. This isn’t just a corporate ploy to get people … READ MORE

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    Airbrushing anatomy away

    March 19th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    …or putting in a little extra. We all know now that just about any image of a woman on a poster, ad, billboard, or album cover has been (heavily) manipulated. Smoothed and cloned and lifted and trimmed. But it’s refreshing to know it in a tangible “look at that right there” way as opposed to a more hand-wavy ephemeral way. To that end, I give you Photoshop Disasters. It’s a site dedicated to posting and mocking any and … READ MORE

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    Putting together the puzzle of Tracey Berkowitz

    March 14th, 2008     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Yes, this is my third post regarding a movie starring Ellen Page, but stay with me on this. The Tracey Fragments has a fairly simple premise: take a fifteen-year-old girl who’s tormented at school, shackled with an ineffectual psychiatrist, and living with a family barely held together with emotional duct tape. Then rip the tape off and see what happens. One day, Tracey’s kid brother goes missing, and like all teenagers teetering on the brink of … READ MORE

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    Another one bites the dust

    March 12th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    Hey team – inaugural Wired Wednesday post. w00t! And I’m kicking it off with the hugely sexy topic of… hi-def optical disc formats! No, come on, it’s gonna be good. I know, I should do all the shiny this week – when robots fall and Rock Band and Google 411 in Canada. And we’ll get there, I promise. For this week though, we’re going practical. Because there’s nothing more Shameless than walking into a … READ MORE

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    Beauty and The Blogs

    March 4th, 2008     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

    Our very own Nicole Cohen is quoted over at Utne in a Science and Technology blog piece titled “Beauty and The Blogs:” “Access to information and tech knowledge carries with it great political, economic and social weight,” Cohen writes. “If women are left out of the discourse about information technology and new media, you can bet we’re left out of the production and sharing of social and economic power, too.” Read the whole article here. … READ MORE

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    Women’s Voices Making History

    February 29th, 2008     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

    During Women’s History Month, help make women’s voices heard. WVWV is honoring those women that have utilized the internet to amplify their voices. Nominate your favorite blogger by March 21, then check back to vote for your favorite among our top 10 women bloggers. Remember to visit WVWV.org later in the month to vote for your favorite in the first round. … READ MORE

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    Teh Future

    February 27th, 2008     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    The other day I noticed that Shameless’ “Geek Chic” category is sadly underrepresented. Tech is important to me. I <3 tech. Poor little tech, not getting the love. Sometimes the line is blurry between the personal interests of one young feminist (<-me), and what might be interesting to young feminists everywhere. But when you get a great lead on some new (or overlooked) tech hawtness, one of the first things you do is share … READ MORE

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    “Jade Smells Pretty At London Games Fest”

    November 17th, 2007     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    I’m not sure how many of you own or play on an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, but if you’re a rabid console gamer you’ve probably heard of Assassin’s Creed. For everyone else, here’s the scoop: Assassin’s Creed is a video game that has you playing a medieval assassin tasked with eliminating nine people associated with the Crusades. Assassin’s Creed is one of the biggest games this holiday season, with a big marketing push from … READ MORE

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    my hips do lie?

    November 9th, 2007     by Thea Lim     Comments

    A Friday Funny (though this could also fall under the category of a Friday Cry-y): Women sway their hips the most when they’re least fertile, according to Queen’s University study. Scientists at Queen’s are apparently blowing the minds of current zoology, claiming that women, contrary to a popular belief, make themselves less, not more, attractive when they’re “fertile.” The study got 40 women (my goodness! 40 whole women!!) to wear clothes with special markers on them … READ MORE

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    Well played, Natalie Portman

    November 1st, 2007     by Zoe Cormier     Comments

    I didn’t really want to like Natalie Portman - her image is a bit too cutesy for me, I think her acting is overrated, and the stain of the last three Star Wars movies is awful hard to wash off. What can I say, I’m human, and all humans have some bias in their soul. But after putting in the effort to learn a thing or two about her, she has earned my respect. She … READ MORE

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    May 29th, 2007     by Wesley Fok     Comments

    Do you know Allison Stokke? Hundreds of thousands of internet users do. Up until recently, if you did know Stokke, it was probably because of her athletic accomplishments; she’s a high school senior with an outstanding track and field record and an athletic scholarship to a state university. But now those accomplishments have arguably been overshadowed by a picture of her from a year ago that was posted to the internet. It’s not even a … READ MORE

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    Online Harassment

    April 6th, 2007     by Allison Martell     Comments

    There’s an interesting piece in The Guardian about sexist harassment online, especially as experienced by female bloggers. (It’s also by the editor of Feministing, which we link to regularly.) I was reminded of the hate mail that I get for a site I built, about ad trucks. I put it up when I was probably seventeen, and unfortunately haven’t updated it much since. But instead of disappearing into internet obscurity, the site has steadily climbed Google … READ MORE

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    Blog Against Sexism!

    March 7th, 2007     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments

    Spread the word. And for more info, click here. … READ MORE

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    Do you have a facebook?

    February 6th, 2007     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

    I signed up for Facebook, partly to see what the hype was all about, partly for “research” purposes (I’m a graduate student in communications, after all), and partly from buckling under the pressure of being asked every day for a week, “are you on Facebook?” I stayed on Facebook because it’s fascinating: people compare the site to highly addictive drugs for a reason. I’ve spent hours sifting through profiles of old high school friends and random … READ MORE

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    She’s Such A Geek

    November 22nd, 2006     by Catherine Hayday     Comments

    An anthology of 24 essays by geeky women, Shes Such a Geek: Women Write about Science, Technology, and Other Nerdy Stuff “celebrates women who have flourished in the male-dominated realms of technical and cultural arcana. Editors Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders bring together a diverse range of critical and personal essays about the meaning of female nerdhood by women who are in love with genomics, obsessed with blogging, learned about sex from Dungeons and … READ MORE

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    Podcasting 101

    May 9th, 2006     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

    Shameless friend Tori Allen and some other tech-savvy folks are hosting a free podcasting workshop at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre on Sunday, May 14. Theyll teach you the basics, talk about what podcasting is and why its so great, and go over tech tips you need to know to create your own podcast. The workshop will also reveal important insights into the craft of audio and radio art. Sounds pretty cool. The workshop is part of Digifest, … READ MORE

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    Blogging women in media

    May 7th, 2006     by Nicole Cohen     Comments

    Exciting news for all you media junkies, especially those of you interested in women’s place in the mediasphere. Women in Media & News (WIMN), a US-based education/advocacy/analysis organization, has launched a lively blog about women in media, broadly speaking. The huge blogging team, which includes Bitch magazine’s Andi Zeisler, well-know ad critic Jean Kilbourne and other cool women, are covering news, pop culture and politics. Check it out. … READ MORE

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