Ponderance

(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

Interesting...

Friday, October 15, 2004
[X] The NYTimes has a slightly depressing article discussing how few women game designers and professionals are in positions of influence in the industry. While there are some annoyingly essentialist takes on gender...
Now, though, manufacturers are starting to think about making games that are more appealing to women, like the Sims, a role-playing game that is viewed as one of the most popular games among women.

"Do women not play games because the games that are out there are designed for men, or is it just that women really don't like computer games?" said Elizabeth Sweedyk, an assistant professor of computer science at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif. "My guess is they don't like the games that are out there."
...the article does seem to suggest women should and increasingly are having influence in gaming design and production.

[X] The M/C Journal issue where academics talk Porn has just been released. While the articles are very short, some are quite provocative and have interesting things to say about online porn in its many remediatations! I'd put good odds on the most read article going to be "Blogging Business: SuicideGirls.com"! (No pix, worksafe for those who need such disclaimers).

[X] And I just Googled my Desktop! For academics and postgrad students who have most of their notes in word documents and the like, this new desktop indexation tool is a godsend! Sadly the Google Desktop tool is only for Windows XP and 2000 so far! :(

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