Australian passport lifehacks, the unpaid version

If Alex Kidman can get a Lifehacker article out of a last minute passport application, I can get a blog entry. I’ve had cause to apply for too many Australian passports in the last couple of years (mine and both of my children), and lo, I come to share my wisdom. The online form The passport office has an online version of the application form you can fill in. My advice: unless you are eligible for an renewal, do not bother with the online passport form. All the online form does is generate a document you need to print out … Continue reading Australian passport lifehacks, the unpaid version

Quick hit: Google publishes their EEO-1 diversity data

This article originally appeared on Geek Feminism. As promised earlier this month, Google’s diversity data is now up on their blog. They write: We’ve always been reluctant to publish numbers about the diversity of our workforce at Google. We now realize we were wrong, and that it’s time to be candid about the issues. Put simply, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity, and it’s hard to address these kinds of challenges if you’re not prepared to discuss them openly, and with the facts. Their numbers — globally — are 70% male, 30% female … Continue reading Quick hit: Google publishes their EEO-1 diversity data

Killing OWOOT

I founded Oceania Women of Open Tech (OWOOT) — a group for women in open technology in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands — in 2011. And today, after some discussion on its mailing list over the last week, I closed it due to lack of activity. I’m sad it didn’t continue in the way that all endings are sad, but I’m not especially sad. Not everything works out and I think it’s healthier to wind up things than to have everyone wonder what’s happening with them and whether any change is coming in the future. Especially when you … Continue reading Killing OWOOT

Geek Feminism: a family cloud

This article originally appeared on Geek Feminism. Skud and I were both separately musing recently on the complex ancestry of some of the Geek Feminism, geek feminist, geek social justice and similar initiatives. Things like this: Double Union arose partly from discussions among AdaCamp San Francisco alumni, AdaCamp is a project of the Ada Initiative and draws on my experiences with my earlier LinuxChix miniconf (later Haecksen) event, the Ada Initiative exists in turn partly because Valerie Aurora and I met through LinuxChix, and so on. Skud then founded the Geek Feminism family tree project which maps influences from one … Continue reading Geek Feminism: a family cloud

Quick hit: when non-macho guys are on top of the heap

This article originally appeared on Geek Feminism. There’s a discussion around the journalism startups that well-known journalists are involved in, and the extent to which they are yet another set of startups full of white men. (Basically, yes.) Emily Bell wrote Journalism startups aren’t a revolution if they’re filled with all these white men. I thought readers here would especially enjoy Zeynep Tufekci’s contribution, No, Nate, brogrammers may not be macho, but that’s not all there is to it. An excerpt: Many tech guys, many young and recently ascendant, think something along these lines: “Wait, we’re not the jocks. We … Continue reading Quick hit: when non-macho guys are on top of the heap

Sunday spam: muesli bars and gummy snakes

Muesli bars and gummy snakes are what I ate at about 7am before my recent 9am childbirth… thus thematically appropriate for this small collection of links, some of which I’ve had sitting around for a while. Using WOC in the Natural Childbirth Debate: A How-To Guide. If you are a progressive in the Natural Childbirth Movement (or any other, for that matter), use Africa City women to promote the idea that “natural is better.” Talk about women who toil in the fields, squat down to give birth and return to picking rice. Or peanuts. Or anything else that can be … Continue reading Sunday spam: muesli bars and gummy snakes