Sheryl Sandberg on Women in Engineering

One reason there are few female executives in Silicon Valley is that few women become engineers. In the United States, less than twenty per cent of engineering and computer-science majors are women. Girls are said to think that software and video games and computer programming are for guys. “Growing up,” Mark Zuckerberg’s older sister Randi told me, “my brother got video games and I got dolls.” For girls, there is a stigma attached to engineering, Marissa Mayer, who is now a vice-president at Google, says. “They don’t want to become the stereotype of all-night coders, hackers with pasty skin.” Michelle Hutton, who is the president of the international Computer Science Teachers Association, says, “Computer science is seen as a very masculine thing”—just “as girls don’t want to be garbage collectors because that’s seen as a boys’ thing.” Check out this great article on Sheryl Sanberg, Facebook’s COO, from The New Yorker on male dominated industries. Hey Sheryl, I know a great film that highlights a way to get girls interested in...

Bots High Review in Orlando Sentinel

Joey Daoud’s “Bots High” is a winning documentary…The movie lets you root for Will and Elizabeth, kids of different ages with different skill sets at different schools, as they fight and build their way into the Big Tourney. But mainly it lets these teenagers be teenagers; nerdy boys a little too eager to rush to hug cute girls when the girls’ bot is bashed, girls batting their eyes and getting the boys to help with a quick fix a a failing power supply. It’s just plain entertaining what it is. via FFF 2011 movie review: Bots High – Frankly My Dear – Orlando...

Instapaper Long Reads that Make Hospitals Bearable

If you have an iPad or iPhone, a must have app is Instapaper. You install a bookmarklet in your browser, and when you come across a long article that you’d rather read on the go, you click your shortcut and Instapaper pulls just the text and sends it to your phone. Even cooler, you can read the text just by titling your phone. I wish more apps would embrace this interface design. So while I was stuck in the hospital, I did a lot of reading (and TV watching). I discovered the awesome Twitter feed @longreads, that posts the best long form articles so you have great content to read on Instapaper. Here are some of my favorites: The Gram Junkies: In Transportation Design the Key Issue Is Not Speed, but Weight – Interesting thoughts on modern mobility. Highest rates of obesity correlate 1:1 with the proportion of journeys children take by car. We spend the same amount of time traveling today as we did 50 years ago, but we use it to travel longer distances. The more interesting and pertinent design task is to re-think the way we use time and space and to reduce the movement of matter — whether goods or people — by changing the word “faster” to “closer.” A Tale of Two Trains – Oslo’s 130 mph bullet train or an Indian train from Kashmir to Kerala, which country has the more advanced infrastructure? John Sculley on Steve Jobs, The Full Interview – Former CEO of Apple very openly talks about his experiences and what he learned. Steve Jons and the Portal to the...

Robot Magazine – Full Article

It’s off news-stands now, but if you didn’t get to read the four page article on Bots High in Robot magazine, now you can! Download a scan of it below: 4-Page PDF | Page 1 JPG | Page 2 JPG | Page 3 JPG | Page 4...

Colbert on the End of Space Travel

Here’s a clip from Colbert’s piece on Obama announcing the end of the Constellation program, the thing that was supposed to take us back to the moon. You know, that place that we managed to go to 40 years ago before iPads or cellphones or the internet. The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c The Final Final Frontier www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Fox News Even more interesting is the interview with Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who gives an awesome speech and explanation that manned space flight is the best recruiting tool to get kids interested in science. Unfortunately I can’t embed that (nor can you watch this on Hulu – thanks Viacom) so you’ll have to view it in the whole episode, which you can see...