Archive for January, 2009

Knitting & computers

Carla has a nice post about het fascination with knitting and refers to computers (she used to be ‘in’ computers before going all knitty).  Writing my comment on her post, I felt like writing more about this topic: textiles and computers. I’ve returned to it many times, at least in my head. Often is was a way of getting women and computers into the same realm. Computers was seen (especially in the eighties, when I took my Computers & Humanities-minor) a the prototypical new and exciting ‘thing’. Nerds with coffee mugs were the new heroes. And they were almost always male. I wanted to drag women & the ‘small’ daily things like knitting and weaving into this new & shiny hall by referring to when they used to be in the same realm in the infancy of computers. As ‘we all’ know, Babbage was heavily influenced by the Jacquard-weaving machines punch cards with holes and non-holes. Of course, this connection was via the not-so-domestic industrialisation, but nevertheless, something as ‘mundane’ as textiles sparked off this development.

Also, of course, I liked to tell my co-students about Ada Lovelace, the brilliant mathematician who’s often seen as the first programmer. One choses one’s own role models. The same reason that I mailed my co-data analistes about Florence Nightingale, who was not only a nurse but also a pioneer in the field of graphic representation of statistical data.


O ja, nog een blog

Ik werk nu twee weken als mediathecaris bij het Stedelijk Gymnasium Schiedam. Dus heb ik een nieuwe blog opgezet (hoezo je leven compartimentaliseren 🙂 ), waar ik al hele twee posts in heb gezet.

Skating Psychosis

The Dutch nation seems to have caught the skating psychosis: everybody is getting on their skates that have been stacked away for the past 12 years, getting in their cars & causing queues on the roads to the lakes, increasing the influx of patients at the first aid posts with up to 70%. But the weather is brilliant.

Skaters near Blokzijl (c) Martin van den Bogaerdt

Skaters near Blokzijl (c) Martin van den Bogaerdt