SheÂs Geeky Bay Area 2013, Friday Session 5A
1. Yosun: 3D Augmented Reality
Showed off AEntomology, an app in the istore.
You can study insects without having to go out and kill them and pinÂ them to a board. The app lets you move an ipad above a speciallyÂ constructed grid, and as you move it around you can view the insectÂ in 3D, or get more information about it.
She also showed an augmented reality app for designing furniture.
2. Jenelle: You don’t have to code to be in techÂ System administration is a fun and varied (and very techy!) job –Â in the same day you get to fiddle with email, networking, someÂ physical work setting up hardware (and sometimes designingÂ new data centers), and interacting with users.
3. Danielle: Has a project, a game involving rating artworks accordingÂ to how green and energy efficient they are, and is looking forÂ collaborators. Contact her at @art_inspector or siembieda.com
4. Sylvia: Tech Writing
Problem: people don’t read!
Try to write with the least text possible.
It’s not a field that’s going to be expanding; might be better toÂ look into fields like usability, user interaction design.
Also, unrelated to tech writing, she’s starting a new project,
SmartyWomyn.com — T-shirts and other stuff to promote smart women
heroes and show girls about all the amazing techie women.
5. Melanie: Brainstorm on Quality of Life.
Any strategies for avoiding being overwhelmed, managing interruptions,
Some ideas people shared:
– Get a dog — it responds to your emotions, whatever you need right then.
– Made a grid: get a gold star for every healthy choice I makeÂ during the day, with a goal of making at least 3 healthyÂ choices per day. Get 10+ min of exercise, work less than 10 hrs,Â eat breakfast before 11, socialize with people who aren’t coworkers.Â Try to reduce the amount of driving.
– Go to the sauna, or the gym.
– 1 hr/day with nothing electrical on.
– Get outside and go for a walk.
– Work out, even if it’s just a little.
– Website that sends you a different 10-min meditation every day:
– Learn to play ice hockey. “My husband’s like, ‘You’re taking your
aggressions out on them, not me!”
– Got a meditation tape, to use every morning after morning coffee.
(Common theme: micropractice. Devote a little bit of time often.)
6. Laura: History of Underwear (Slides at tinyurl.com/ubisububi2)
Bras have existed for thousands of years.
Once, the point of underwear was so you wouldn’t have to wash yourÂ ornamented outer garments, which couldn’t stand being immersed in lye.
Wool was used as an outer layer because it’s warm when wet, becauseÂ if you look at it under a microscope, the tiny hairs have scales
which raise when wet, creating air pockets.
Women wearing corsets typically were crotchless, because it’s tooÂ hard to pull down underwear while wearing a corset.
Men once wore their rear and front shirttails connected, tuckedÂ together; “airing dirty laundry” meant a lot more when the phraseÂ was first invented.
Future underwear: would be great to have garments that monitor yourÂ health according to bodily excretions.
Natural fibers burn, but artificial fibers melt and stick to your skin.
Linen is the best if you have to set yourself on fire, because itÂ burns briefly then stops.