January 12th, 2009

Willow

Puzzled

How many people does it take to say that the gender inbalance in SF outlets is a problem before it's seriously acknowledged, and accepted, as a problem?

Reasons, blame, motives, agenda, solutions and reason aside.

When is it allowed to be just ... an issue?

When will we be able to get past that discussion and start looking deeper at the more interesting aspects of it?

Willow

From the Are You Serious? Pile

IF you want to help save the planet from carbon carnage, cut your Google searches, scientists say.

Performing two Google searches from a desktop computer can generate about the same amount of carbon dioxide as boiling a kettle for a cup of tea, according to new research, The Australian reports.

While millions of people tap into Google without a thought for the environment, a typical search generates about 7g of CO2. Boiling a kettle generates about 15g.

"Google operates huge data centres around the world that consume a great deal of power," said Alex Wissner-Gross, a Harvard University physicist whose research on the environmental impact of computing is due out soon.

"A Google search has a definite environmental impact."

Google is secretive about its energy consumption and carbon footprint.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/story/0,28348,24900147-5014239,00.html

Come on! Cut your Googling, Save the World? Is that really what they are arguing?!

Willow

Someone is wrong on the internet!

*look - over there*

In other news. I am going out to the movies with a man on Sunday night. As a date, of sorts, and to celebrate my getting back out there. I am "seeing people" - that's my status! Yay.

I also joined a different online dating service, doesn't matter on the details. Suffice to say I feel much better armed now I have my personal Bullshit Detector on. I think I am starting to learn the difference between "The Person I Would Like to Be" and "The Person I Actually Am" and I'm so sick of people who present/view themselves as the first without making any attempt towards becoming that person when they are actually the second.

My goal is to stay firmly grounded in the context of reality. So for example, men actually write in their profiles: If I had time for leisure I would ...Bah-Boum! Outta here dude! Why you looking for someone then if you ain't got no time for em. Been there and perfected that tune. So also ... go me!

It's been a further interesting step in figuring out who I am. Honestly. And what I am looking for. Honestly. Suffice to say, I ain't found too many contenders. And that's ok. Wasn't actually the point of the exercise.

But I am interested in meeting people so, if you know someone that you think would be fun for me to know ... well, lemme know!

ETA: When did I get old enough to turn around to someone in the tea room who was condescending to me about how getting used to wearing contacts takes time (I wore them today for yoga, normally I don't get up early enough in the morning for the eyes to be welcoming to foreign objects) and say - I've been wearing contacts for 20 years. Fucking hell!
Willow

For the skeptics

My horoscope for tomorrow (perhaps a day late)

Your time management skills have seen better days. As you're busy hooking up, the work piles up. Limit your time in cyberspace: designate two times a day to check your email, messages and social networking sites for new messages. You have plenty of time outside of work for personal business.