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"Taken together, the image of a computer scientist that
emerges in the U.S. is one of a genius male computer hacker
who spends a great deal of time alone on the computer, has
an inadequate social life, and enjoys hobbies involving
science fiction."

The Stereotypical Computer Scientist: Gendered Media
Representations as a Barrier to Inclusion for Women,Cheryan et al, 2013


I don't know if I am a genius, but I think I fall into the rest of it a good deal.

When I think about it, the reality is that I fit entirely into a computer science geek stereotype : used to watch anime, like Linux, like fantasy/sf, introverted, spends lots of time alone(ish) on the computer. ESR's Portrait of a Hacker really describes me well. But the funny thing is, a lot of this came about before I went online at 15 years old. Most of my personality and tastes were largely set before I really owned a computer. There was no role model or expected touchstone of a computer geek that I can recall before then. How did I drop into it? I don't know. Does the personality call to the computer, or does the computer call to the personality?

I don't know.
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Science unable to demonstrate correlation between pregnancy and loss of memory function.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8491493.stm

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