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Friday, May 16, 2008

Lack of women in science apparently not a science, technology, or business issue

They face some tough questions at the New York Times. Where do you put a piece on the lack of women in the hard sciences? The Science section? The Business section? Maybe Jobs or Technology?

No, silly! Articles about girl scientists belong in Fashion and style.

Where else would you put fluff like this:

The problem isn’t that women aren’t making strides in education in the hard sciences. According to a National Science Foundation report in 2006, 46 percent of Ph.D. degrees in the biological sciences are awarded to women (compared with 31 percent two decades ago); 31 percent of the Ph.D. degrees in chemistry go to women, compared with 18 percent 20 years ago.

And, women enter science engineering and technology (known as the SET professions) in sizable numbers. In fact, 41 percent of workers on the earliest rungs of SET career ladder are women, the study found, with the highest representation in scientific and medical research (66 percent) and the lowest in engineering (21 percent).

They also do well at the start, with 75 percent of women age 25 to 29 being described as “superb,” “excellent” or “outstanding” on their performance reviews, words used for 61 percent of men in the same age group.

An exodus occurs around age 35 to 40. Fifty-two percent drop out, the report warned, with some leaving for “softer” jobs in the sciences human resources rather than lab bench work, for instance, and others for different work entirely. That is twice the rate of men in the SET industries, and higher than the attrition rate of women in law or investment banking.



Full article here, along with a report on how "The swimsuit season is approaching and the retro look spreads a blanket at the beach."

A pony! A pony!

from: co-worker
to: VP
cc: us
date
: Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 6:59 PM
subject: Can I have a pony?

All my life, I've wanted a pony. Since early childhood, walking in the hills among the oak trees of southern California, I noticed others riding ponies and thought how wonderful it must be to have a pony, to sit astride such a delightful animal, reins in hand, and travel where I chose. As I grew older, many of my friends got ponies and offered me a ride, but I always refused, knowing that some day, I'd have my own.

I am still waiting for that day, Shiva, and just noticed that requests for pets must be approved by you.

Shiva, may I have a pony?

Thank you.
Today, this appeared on our desks. A kind of tabula rasa of a My Little Pony. There are markers to customize them with whatever colors you want, but I like the blank white.



Now, if you'll excuse me, these manes don't brush themselves.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

I'm on the bus and an old man just handed me on origami crane

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

PhilTV: L'Amourita and cooperative financing

King 5 came to talk to Phil and our neighbor Georgia about the financing that enabled us all to put a new roof on L'Amourita, our beautiful but leaky 1908 cooperative apartment building.



Man, Phil is one handsome building president.

Friday, May 9, 2008

ZOMG Amazon Fresh now delivers beer and wine

You have to be at home to sign for delivery, but if you live in Seattle, life just got a lot nicer!

Check out the Amazon Fresh beer and wine selection. Nice to see that they have over 90 local brews and wines available, too.

A terrible tragedy


A terrible tragedy, originally uploaded by Ríona.

I came in to work today and saw that my old phone just couldn't go on.

Thing is, it's true.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

My new Facebook status

OldFriendFromWayBackWhen says:
I may have been indiscreet
OldFriendFromWayBackWhen says:
am still v embarrassed about it
OldFriendFromWayBackWhen says:
bit hyper
OldFriendFromWayBackWhen says:
tiny bit vulgar
OldFriendFromWayBackWhen says:
poss bit OTT
Ríona says:
Love it.
Ríona says:
Can I borrow it for my Facebook status? "Riona is a bit hyper, a tiny bit vulgar, poss bit OTT."
Ríona says:
Updating my status now