Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Top Ten "Girl Geeks" on CNET

As reported on Slashdot, CNET has listed their top ten list of girl geeks. While there are some women on the list who truly deserve the geek title (In case you think being a geek is bad, in this case it is not. Women have been struggling to be taken seriously as geeks for a long time), there are several that should by no means be on the list.

The list from CNET:

  1. Ada Byron - credited with creating the first computer program. The language "Ada" is named after her.

  2. Val Tereshkova - first woman in space

  3. Grace Hopper - Wrote the first compile (COBOL).

  4. Daryl Hannah - "She's starred in some of the most important geek movies of all time including Blade Runner and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman." I would put an "eco" geek on a different list. Being in geek movies doesn't make you a geek.

  5. Rosalind Franklin - Chemist who was an expert in the structure of DNA and viruses.

  6. Mary Shelley - Wrote Frankenstein. While I enjoy Shelley's work, I fail to see how writing Frankenstein qualifies her as a geek.

  7. Lisa Simpson - WHAT? Cartoon characters don't count. Period. Even if they did, Lisa is more nerd than geek.

  8. Marie Curie - Discovered the elements radium and polonium.

  9. Aleks Krotoski - Writer for the Guardian. "an expert" on social psychology of virtual worlds.

  10. Paris Hilton - WHAT??? They list her for carrying her PSP, using a Sidekick, and attending E3. Having a sex tape on the Internet does not make you a geek.

While some of these, I'm sure, were included jokingly, putting someone such as Paris Hilton on the same pedestal as Grace Murray Hopper or Ada Byron or Marie Curie is insane. Some commenters on Slashdot have gone so far as to say that the list is offensive to women. I say it's offensive to geeks. Paris Hilton a geek? Puhleeze!


Anonymous said...

The only hurdle to accessing this is of course human limitations and the fact that the brain does not function
solely as a learning tool for the human being. Brazenhead is a great
place to go with your family or for a business lunch or dinner, but if you are looking for a party atmosphere, this isn't it. They feature almost nightly drink specials and some form of entertainment every night of the week--DJ's, live music, trivia, you name it.

Here is my webpage - pub quiz team names

Anonymous said...

The decor on the inside of the restaurant is absolutely beautiful.
Local country clubs are offering trivia fun for as little as forty dollars per couple.
Theme Format: It is almost like standard format of the pub quiz.

My web blog ... fun pub quiz names

Anonymous said...

Upon returning to the starting line, the first player must pass the sugar cube to the next teammate in line and so
on. A murder mystery game is a fun way to pass the time during the twenties theme party.
Play games all night long in keeping with the twenties theme such as various
card games and crossword puzzles.

Visit my website; nasdaq

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...,31911.msg38514.html#msg38514

Anonymous said...

I've fretted my gizzard green about it, maister, but what can I do? Now last night, afore I went to bed, I only had a scantling o' cheese and--" [url=]hollister uk[/url] Meanwhile Henchard was sitting up, thinking over his jealous folly in forbidding Farfrae to pay his addresses to this girl who did not belong to him, when if he had allowed them to go on he might not have been encumbered with her Ah--now I'll go and get ye an umbrella, he said [url=]hogan[/url] The Scotchman seemed hardly the same Farfrae who had danced with her and walked with her in a delicate poise between love and friendship--that period in the history of a love when alone it can be said to be unalloyed with pain Thus Elizabeth found that the Scotchman was located in a room quite close to the small one that had been allotted to herself and her mother [url=]polo ralph lauren schweiz[/url] She could not go out of doors any more "Why, this difficulty about our living together again, and Elizabeth-Jane

[url=]hollister outlet[/url] The next Saturday Henchard bought grain to such an enormous extent that there was quite a talk about his purchases among his neighbours the lawyer, the wine merchant, and the doctor; also on the next, and on all available days She shook her head [url=]moncler[/url] Henchard called aloud to him as he went out of the gate, "Here--Abel Whittle!" I can hardly write it, but here it is "They were intimate--rather Do you forgive me, Susan?" Indeed, father, it is

[url=]moncler[/url] His friends of the Corporation did not specially respond Farfrae?" [url=]toko baju online[/url] "Ay! Then, Miss Newson, ye had better say nothing about this hoax, and take no heed of it This pleasant upland was to be the scene of Henchard's exploit [url=]moncler[/url] Now, I'll think over that,"" said Donald Farfrae" "But no--it cannet be! it cannet! I want to see the warrld [url=][/url] "There was a man dropped down dead yesterday, not so very many miles from here; and what wi' that, and this moist weather, 'tis scarce worth one's while to begin any work o' consequence to-day Now there was good reason for this command on Henchard's part [url=][/url] Others would do for the place without doubt It was of his own making, and he ought to bear it





Anonymous said...

[url=][/url] But there was no need, for my colleague made no secret of his interest ‘I don’t like him,’ he said bluntly, ‘he’s an old devil [url=][/url] But you had better give us something in writing, as we shall have to get authority to inspect the ruins and to examine the body if there is one to examine ” I’ll take four pund ten At any rate, I’ll give you a trial and see what you can do Madame wrapped her up well and put her in the buggy, but was rather startled to see her flushed cheeks, bright eyes, and the sudden glances she stole at Vandeloup, who stood handsome and debonair in the moonlight

“But I attach great weight to his opinions for several reasons [url=]woolrich sito ufficiale[/url] Pierre’s face lighted up when he heard this invitation, and Vandeloup bowed politely How long I continued in this state, indifferent to, and hardly conscious of my surroundings, but always restless, weary and suffering, I have no idea (excepting from what I was told afterwards) [url=]Canada Goose Nederland[/url] He was so occupied with his own thoughts that he did not notice two gentlemen who came in from the bar, and taking seats a little distant from him, ordered drinks from the waiter who came to attend to them ” [url=]moncler outlet[/url] “Yes, sir ’

[url=]kate spade[/url] Abraham was about fifty-five), but Aunt Judy was inclined to sniff “Tuesday, the third; Wednesday, the fourth; Thursday, the fifth, six a [url=]canada goose jassen[/url] ” It seemed a sensible rule “Ah!” said Moxdale, “there is the difficulty [url=]woolrich[/url] But at any rate, you have seen him and can tell us what he was like ‘Accounts are paid on Saturdays,’ called out M [url=]parajumpers outlet[/url] It appeared to afford him considerable satisfaction, and he smiled as he put it in his pocket again Green and that of the man who interviewed Haire in Dublin [url=]woolrich sito ufficiale[/url] And now, having sprung his mine, he reverted to the ostensible object of his visit “Yes, sir, I am sure I should