Bob Metcalfe Makes Internet/Energy Comparisons at UT

I attended a fascinating presentation tonight. Bob Metcalfe, one of the pioneers of the Internet, inventor of Ethernet and the author of Metcalfe’s law, has just arrived on the UT campus in the new and charmingly titled position of Professor of Innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering. He gave his first lecture on Enernet: …

Wired Update: Brainstorming Session

I just wanted to report that Wired editor Chris Anderson followed through with his invitation to me to participate in a brainstorming session about putting a woman on the cover of the magazine. Yesterday, I joined a conference call that included Anderson and several other members of the Wired staff including Thomas Goetz, Nancy Miller …

Video on Wired and Gender Representation

One of my former students, Kristy Hilbig, interviewed me about my blog post on gender representations in Wired for her Multimedia Journalism course. Hear how I describe the issue and how some of my current students feel about the topic. I’m happy that Kristy had the interest and and motivation to work on this project. …

Fast Company Chimes In

Early last week, I saw this page on the Fast Company website announcing their search for the 100 Most Influential Women in Tech, a feature they have run since 2009. Over the course of the week, they changed the text to include the image above of Chloe Sladden of Twitter, who will be featured on …

A Few Observations from the “Break Up”

1. It is incredibly interesting how many people cared enough to comment on my personal reading and recommendation habits. Obviously, this speaks to the bigger issue of gender representation in media, but I merely said I was “breaking up” with Wired and why. I didn’t ask Wired to change (although I appreciate that they chose …

An Open Letter to Wired Magazine

Dear Wired: I feel like I’m in an abusive relationship with you. I love you. You’re charming, attractive and smart, everything I could ever want in a magazine. My heart skips a beat when I see a new issue in my mailbox. Most of the time, you’re harmless, and I tell everyone I know how …

25 (ok, actually 26) SXSWi Panel Recommendations

The SXSW Panel Picker is a brilliant idea. Not only does it provide a partially democratic process for panel selection, but it is an opportunity to get the community excited about potential programming, months in advance of the event. I spent a few hours this morning, shifting through the > 2300 proposals (and that’s just …

Migration from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

I’ve had a tech blog at cindytech.wordpress.com for a little more than 2 years. A few months ago, I decided to get a souped-up domain with Bluehost at cindyroyal.net to practice some things like Ruby on Rails. It also gave me the opportunity to play around with a self-hosted WordPress installation, so that is how …