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Jan. 3rd, 2010 09:28 pm
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I was thinking about joining the Society of Women Engineers to get my nerd-girl networking on, and then I saw the Pacific Northwest regional chapter's website. Holy shhhhhhhhhhhhhhwtfomgomgomg


...I guess I should think of it as an opportunity to contribute to the group but it just seems like a giant warning sign. =/


Also:
<META content="MSHTML 6.00.6000.16587" name=GENERATOR></HEAD>

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Date: 2010-01-04 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oboe-sama.livejournal.com
...I guess I should think of it as an opportunity to contribute to the group but it just seems like a giant warning sign. =/

my problem is that when i'm job hunting, and i come across a website that looks godawful, i immediately write off the group as scallywags and can't take anything they say seriously. speaking in general terms, i always think: "this is the public face of your organization, and you can't even make it load properly or look decent?? then why should i join your group??"

and speaking of proper html, allow me to present

<META content="MSHTML 6.00.6000.16587" name=GENERATOR></HEAD>, the screenplay…

SWE PN chapter: No, no, I just want you to know... I just want you to know how sorry we are that things got so fucked up with our website. We got into this thing with the best intentions and I never...

[livejournal.com profile] homodachi: [[livejournal.com profile] homodachi shoots the man on the couch] I'm sorry, did I break your concentration? I didn't mean to do that. Please, continue, you were saying something about best intentions. What's the matter? Oh, you were finished! Well, allow me to retort. What does proper HTML look like?

SWE PN chapter: What?

[livejournal.com profile] homodachi: What society do you represent?

SWE PN chapter: What? What? Wh - ?

[livejournal.com profile] homodachi: "What" ain't no society I've ever heard of. They code proper HTML in What?

SWE PN chapter: What?

[livejournal.com profile] homodachi: Proper HTML, motherfucker, DO YOU CODE IT?

SWE PN chapter: Yes! Yes!

[livejournal.com profile] homodachi: Then you know what I'm sayin'!

SWE PN chapter: Yes!

[livejournal.com profile] homodachi: Describe what proper HTML looks like!

SWE PN chapter: What?

[livejournal.com profile] homodachi: Say 'what' again. Say 'what' again, I dare you, I double dare you motherfucker, say what one more goddamn time!

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Date: 2010-01-04 08:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homodachi.livejournal.com
Glenn, where did you COME FROM!? :D


totally with you on the reaction to crappy websites. butbutbut they purport to represent female engineers! >O


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Date: 2010-01-04 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oboe-sama.livejournal.com
XD

---

...

[livejournal.com profile] homodachi: Describe what proper HTML looks like!

SWE PN chapter: What?

[livejournal.com profile] homodachi: Say 'what' again. Say 'what' again, I dare you, I double dare you motherfucker, say what one more goddamn time!

SWE PN chapter: It v-v-validates...

[livejournal.com profile] homodachi: Go on.

SWE PN chapter: It's markup...

[livejournal.com profile] homodachi: Should your site look godawful?

SWE PN chapter: What?

[livejournal.com profile] homodachi: [[livejournal.com profile] homodachi shoots SWE PN chapter in shoulder] SHOULD YOUR SITE LOOK GODAWFUL?

SWE PN chapter: No!

[livejournal.com profile] homodachi: Then why you try to make it look godawful, SWE PN chapter?

SWE PN chapter: I didn't.

[livejournal.com profile] homodachi: Yes you did. Yes you did, SWE PN chapter. You tried to make it look godawful. And web visitors don't like to see godawful sites, except for MySpace.

Re: "It v-v-validates..."

Date: 2010-01-05 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oboe-sama.livejournal.com
man, now i want to watch "pulp fiction" again! hahaha…

also, in random news, i got the sartorialist for christmas and the first thing i thought was "boy oh boy, mon's going to be jealous!" XD

Re: "It v-v-validates..."

Date: 2010-01-05 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homodachi.livejournal.com
How did you know?! I am jealous!

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Date: 2010-01-05 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mireille.livejournal.com
Bonus: If you click the clip art, you can access the newsletter from 2007!

Maybe it's part of an elaborate initiation process: prospective members who tactfully offer to redesign the website are invited to join the Society for Women Engineers with Exceptional Taste, an elite crack team that gets invited to all the good parties.

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Date: 2010-01-05 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homodachi.livejournal.com
That would be awesome if it were true, but my gut tells me it's a sign that the org either doesn't care or (worse) is so politicized that nobody wants to step on the webmaster's toes by suggesting a better design or that someone else does the job.

Oh well, I'm sure I can find other tech girls at regular industry gatherings. =)

What do you think, fellow woman of tech? Who do you usually talk shop with?

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Date: 2010-01-09 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mireille.livejournal.com
For now I chat up my husband, and sometimes one of our mutual friends who's a brilliant coder. I'm a little late arriving on the scene, so I don't have many tech people in my social circle! It'll be good when I finally have coworkers I can geek out with, though.

How do you get involved with these industry gatherings? Is there an expected minimum experience level?

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Date: 2010-01-17 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homodachi.livejournal.com
I'm sure the only qualification is having an interest in the topic. =)

I guess I kind of stumble across events based on what I'm interested in... I like advertising & graphic design, so I keep an eye on the events calendar at the design firm down the street. I love UI design so I'm planning to start going to CHIFOO events.
From: (Anonymous)
When I saw "Region J" plastered across the top, I knew it needed a cheerleading/fight song. Yessss! [fists raised in air]

[I've had such a tune running through my head for a while now, overrunning every decent tune I usually have running through my head. I think I made it up, but it could have been something I absorbed unwittingly from somewhere. Most likely it's a tune I heard somewhere and subconsciously reworked it quite a bit in the futile hope of increasing the hipness molecule content of a "fight song" kind of tune, which is something direly lacking in hipness molecules, unless maybe it can be shuffled into a minor key, or have John Cage or Neil Innes or Charles Mingus or Charles Ives or Captain Beefheart rework it.]

But it could work for Region J even in its present major key. It just needs some words, some engineerin' words, like "reinforced concrete" and "amperage" and "XML." Not to mention GHz. Maybe the whole thing should be 3-letter abbrevs and acronyms.

Damn, I was going to get to sleep early, until this weirdness took over. Sorry, both to you and to me.

What's funny is that right now I can't "hear" the tune, though I'm afraid it will be back in the morning.
From: [identity profile] hipnessmolecule.livejournal.com
When I saw "Region J" plastered across the top, I knew it needed a cheerleading/fight song. Yessss! [fists raised in air]

[I've had such a tune running through my head for a while now, overrunning every decent tune I usually have running through my head. I think I made it up, but it could have been something I absorbed unwittingly from somewhere. Most likely it's a tune I heard somewhere and subconsciously reworked it quite a bit in the futile hope of increasing the hipness molecule content of a "fight song" kind of tune, which is something direly lacking in hipness molecules, unless maybe it can be shuffled into a minor key, or have John Cage or Neil Innes or Charles Mingus or Charles Ives or Captain Beefheart rework it.]

But it could work for Region J even in its present major key. It just needs some words, some engineerin' words, like "reinforced concrete" and "amperage" and "XML." Not to mention GHz. Maybe the whole thing should be 3-letter abbrevs and acronyms.

Damn, I was going to get to sleep early, until this weirdness took over. Sorry, both to you and to me.

What's funny is that right now I can't "hear" the tune, though I'm afraid it will be back in the morning.
From: (Anonymous)
The damn tune came back, and I evn started writing lyrics to it:

We are the women engineers of Region J,
And if blah-blah-blah-blah, we will make your day.

Etc. etc. etc.
Blah blah blah


(to be continued...?)
From: (Anonymous)
The damn tune came back, and I even started writing lyrics to it:

We are the women engineers of Region J,
And if blah-blah-blah-blah, we will make your day.

Etc. etc. etc.
Blah blah blah


(to be continued...?)

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Date: 2010-03-04 08:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hipnessmolecule.livejournal.com
Gotta love their writing style...

"As a result, there is cognizance across the region for implementing succession planning and updating the section bylaws."

If you get rid of whoever wrote that, the website might automagically start looking better, too, eh?

CHIFOO??? Gesundheit!!!

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Date: 2010-03-04 08:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hipnessmolecule.livejournal.com
One more thing, and then I gotta sleep. Have you heard of Christopher Alexander's book A Pattern Language? An old classic by now.

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