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Comment Re:Not as easy as you think (Score 1) 209

As someone who has an incredibly difficult time having blood drawn and IVs inserted, I'd happily have a robot do the job. They're less likely to go fishing. Every. single. time I tell the person with the needle that my veins run and hide, roll, twist, and blow out, and I'm always told "aw, don't worry, I'll get it the first time". The only person to ever get my vein the first time was a peds ER nurse. I spent a week in the hospital 2 years ago and ended up with bruises up and down both arms..

Comment Re:Weekly/Monthly Salary (Score 1) 1103

I actually preferred being paid monthly. It was easier to get all of the bills paid in one chunk rather than having to balance them between paychecks (and still have enough to buy food). I also found it much easier to put money away into savings. With 2 checks it seemed easier to allow myself to be nickle and dimed, knowing that there would be another check in a few days.

Comment Minecraft (Score 2) 338

My 2yo and 4yo daughters are addicted to minecraft, and they're surprisingly proficient at the game. They also play on a variety of websites, but minecraft seems to capture their imagination best. I 2nd whoever suggested Edubuntu, but not for a 3 year old.

Comment Re:Interesting (Score 1) 576

I disagree:

These are all videos by the Piano Guys. Their range goes from top 100 to 100 years ago.

We haven't had musical delicacies on the ClearChannel pop scene for a long time now. FTFY

Comment Re:Turn signals are a good thing (Score 1) 469

I drive a full size, 15 passenger van. When I first started driving it, I was polite, gave plenty of advance notice that I was changing lanes, merging, turning, yada, yada, yada.

What I quickly learned is that people can't seem to see the dang thing. Its like I'm driving with a cloaking device on. So now I just go. I'm bigger than about 90% of everyone else, they will move, or I will win. Yeah, it's fucked, but that's also why I carry good insurance.

Comment Re:Oh I'm sorry (Score 2) 378

No, of course that's my absolute, and only experience in the industry, and I absolutely never worked anywhere else... ever...

In case you couldn't tell, that was sarcasm.

The job I illustrated was the job that broke the proverbial camel's back for me. Enough with the being treated poorly. Now I will agree with you the guys in the dept with me were mostly cool, it seems that management collects a disproportionate amount of douchebaggery.

I'm happy with where I'm at now. I'm self-employed, and as long as women are having babies, I'm not at risk of being downsized, outsourced, or insourced. :)

Comment Re:Thank god! (Score 2) 378

I disagree, there weren't and aren't many girl geeks, and they are significantly outnumbered by guy geeks but they do exist. They are not mythological like unicorns..

I was playing in vi when I was still in high school. Why? Because I've always enjoyed code. My mom *gasp* was a hacker in the early '80s, and taught me how to code on my apple ][e. There are others, but often we're treated to a "pics or it didn't happen" mentality. Sometimes it's easier to just leave gender out of it.

Comment Re:Oh I'm sorry (Score 3, Interesting) 378

I left the industry in the late 90's in part because of misogynistic assholes. When the guys in the dept have one dress code, and I as the only female in the dept have another (that applies to all the secretaries) it gets really difficult to do your job. After a while you begin to suspect that the only reason your boss wont let you wear jeans and a company polo like the guys is because he really gets off on looking up your skirt when you're up a ladder...

I still like to geek, and am raising a pod full of little geeklings, but now I'm a midwife rather than a network engineer. I find I prefer working with wetware over hardware any day ;-p

Comment Re:New Books Maybe Old Books Never (Score 1) 669

As a 30 year old, my paper book collection exists solely as tomes and tomes of medical texts. My digital collection, which is primarily fiction, exceeds 1GB of data...

Up until about 5 years ago I used to tote well over 2000 books around whenever we moved. When my husband and I were looking at yet another cross-country move he begged me to consider donating the books and moving to digital formats - if nothing else than to save his back.

While I enjoy curling up with a cup of tea and a good book, I admit there's a certain tactile and sensory experience that is missing from an e-reader.

"I have five dollars for each of you." -- Bernhard Goetz