New writing project

I haven’t been writing much here recently. Partly due to starting a new job (after busy day I just want to relax) and partly due to playing lots and lots of Crusader Kings 2 (not quite sure if this is that relaxing game though). But I have been tinkering with some code and other stuff on my spare time still.

One of those other stuff – projects is Hy Files. As far as I know, there hasn’t been an attempt to write a book about Hy before. Initially I wanted this to be a neatly laid out pdf or even physical book, but quickly realized that by the time I would get around finishing it, the Hy would be really different language. So I decided to publish what little I had gotten written and make it a living book. Sources are available at GitHub and I plan to keep on chipping this on my spare time.

Dear Microsoft: absolutely not.

monica byrne

And it has nothing to do with your software. It has to do with your new ad campaign, which I happened to see while I was at the gym last week. Here’s the gist: brilliant young girls express their ambitions to cure cancer and explore outer space and play with the latest in virtual reality tech. Then—gotcha!—they’re shown a statistic that only 6.7% of women graduate with STEM degrees. They look crushed. The tagline? “Change the world. Stay in STEM.”

Are you fucking kidding me?

Microsoft, where’s your ad campaign telling adult male scientists not to rape their colleagues in the field? Where’s the campaign telling them not to steal or take credit for women’s work? Or not to seriallysexuallyharasstheirstudents? Not to discriminate against them? Not to ignoredismiss, or fail to promote them at the same rate as men? Not to publish their work at a statistically…

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