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Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

kria Theory (219 comments)

There are studies that show that women are less likely to speak up when outnumbered by men. So if the most successful teams were ones where everyone contributed equally, it seems like those groups would tend to either have more women so that women are more willing to speak up, or no women at all (assuming that men are all likely to contribute in that environment).


about two weeks ago

I expect to be conventionally alive ...

kria At least my 80s (187 comments)

People make a good point - relative intervals don't tell us much. I'm in my late thirties and picked fifty years - I have the genes for longevity, I think (though not Lazarus Long style), since three of four grandparents lived to their late 80s and one great grandparent even made it to 99.

about 3 months ago

Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

kria Re:Other factors can ease parenting "instinct" in (291 comments)

Look, look, another woman here! :) Anyway, I was considering joking that as an expecting geek mom, that if men's brains get rewired, then perhaps there's a chance that I'll become more maternal. I worry about it.

The rest of your commentary makes sense to me. So far, I haven't been getting much advice that is critical of our plans, except from one person: my very traditional mother, who is probably secretly horrified that my husband is going to stay at home. She's already claimed that my longterm breastfeeding plans will never work out (no, not _that_ longterm, I just mean that I'm not doing formula if I don't have to), that trying to use cloth diapers is silly and my plans to downsize to reduce debt so that we can afford for my husband to not work mean I'll "never live in a house that big again".

Okay, I've gotten it off my chest now.

about 8 months ago

Scientists/Actress Say They Were 'Tricked' Into Geocentric Universe Movie

kria Re:Mirror image (642 comments)

re: average age of marriage


The average age of marriage for women during much of the middle ages was in the early twenties, and older for men. That's for the average person, not some member of the royalty that had an alliance marriage made for him/her when they were children, usually by proxy and certainly not consummated until they were of age. The reason for the commoners needing to wait: they needing to actually learn how to do a job, even if that was farming. Mommy and Daddy peasant weren't going to be able to set them up, so they needed to actually have earned some money to have an independent life.

about 10 months ago

Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

kria Memories (146 comments)

I remember as a child reading BASIC programs out of Compute Magazine for my dad to type in on our TI computer. That likely means I was reading code before I read my first real novel, which is amusing.

I try not to admit at work that I've had to learn VBA for Excel for a tool we use.

about 10 months ago

One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

kria Re:Could it be (255 comments)

There's actually a fairly good (for a media tie in) novel written by Andy Robinson, the actor who played Garak, about his past called A Stitch in Time. The series of novels set in post-series Deep Space Nine have been good overall, but unfortunately they've slowed down (hopefully not stopped!) coming out so they could make room on the release schedule for drek related to the recent movies.

about a year ago

In an arcade with only the following games ...

kria Gauntlet (283 comments)

Now, if any flavor of Gauntlet were on the list, it would win for me, so instead of I picked Pinball.

about a year ago

I typically visit a doctor (for medical reasons) ...

kria All the recommended trips (415 comments)

Unfortunately, until someone mentioned it, I wasn't even thinking of dental and eye doctor visits, so that's: twice a year to my GP, once to my OB/GYN, twice to the dentist and once to the eye doctor, minus occasions that something is actually wrong, which isn't often.

about a year ago

The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

kria At my mom's (410 comments)

My mom spends most of her year in Michigan and then snowbirds down to Arizona for the winter. She refuses to upgrade from dial-up because she doesn't want to pay for a connection in both places, nor do the research to see if there's someone who can provide her with a connection in both for one fee or something similar. I think she's got fed up with her own dial up connection; she was leeching internet from a neighbor before they locked down their router and now goes down to the McDonald's or whichever fast food restaurant she gets wi-fi at.

about a year ago

I typically receive X pieces of misdelivered (postal) mail ...

kria ex-husband (217 comments)

In fact, I picked 1-10 and I wonder if I should have gone up a category. Mainly, I get things sent to the business he used to run at the house, though it's finally started to taper off recently. I suppose this technically would be misaddressed rather than misdelivered, but close enough.

about a year and a half ago

My cumulative GPA, thus far:

kria Re:Not trying hard enough... (441 comments)

In high school, it would have been entirely possible for me to get more than a 4.0, if it weren't for my grades in Band and Gym classes. It was because certain college prep classes were slightly weighted - Calculus, Advanced Placement English 12 and Physics, as I recall. Presumably this was to make up for them being so much more difficult than people taking either the "normal" twelfth grade classes, or the people who were behind for that matter.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

kria Lab (445 comments)

IM works great, except when a tester wants to talk to you from the lab, where they don't have a personal machine. I don't travel, so there's no reason for the company to give me a phone. I'd rather there wasn't a compiled list of people's personal cell phone numbers for anything other than emergency on-call purposes.

more than 2 years ago

On Nov. 22, 2012, I expect to be ...

kria Having Thanksgiving a different day (340 comments)

My fiance works on Thanksgiving, as he is in a profession (he works at a group home) where someone must be there 24/7. My family is a several hours away, and I admit that I'd rather not go do that without him. So his family, who live in the same city we do, are doing Thanksgiving on Sunday instead.

more than 2 years ago

My relationship to military service:

kria Re:Missing Option (525 comments)

Huh, we certainly don't get unlimited overtime. Though I think OT is authorized at the moment as we bust our butts to finish some changes for the new material release of our software. I assume "Beltway bandit" means people actually working around DC, which hardly applies to my location, in the midwest.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Were You Taught About Computers In High School?

kria Class of '95, Midwest US (632 comments)

My elementary school was pretty cutting edge - we had computers at all. They backed the wrong horse, however, as what we had to start with were TI 99-4/a computers. The idea was sound, but there weren't enough for an entire classroom, so it was a case of privileged students being given computer time as a reward for good work and/or behavior, which was then mostly spent on games. I think that they might have changed to something else by the time I left, but I don't remember whether it was Commodore, Atari or Apple, since I had unlimited access to similar machines at home. We had to take a keyboarding/word processing course in junior high; first, we learned to type on electric typewriters, and then learned word processing in MS Works. In high school, I had a programming class that was in qBasic on 286 machines. There was a theoretical follow on class that didn't have enough interest to happen that would have, I believe, been a Pascal class.

more than 2 years ago

Favorite way to add capsaicin to a dish:

kria Spices (348 comments)

I suppose technically, one could say that they are "dried chillies", but that really doesn't seem to go far enough in describing paprika or other ground pepper spices.

more than 2 years ago

The Perils of Developers Hooking Up

kria Not a problem with them being geeks (278 comments)

There are several problems there, but I don't think I'd say any of them are because they're both programmers. 1) Romance within a team is fraught with peril 2) Er, she tried to two-time her boyfriend? She lied a lot? I'm female programmer (oh, shut up) and my ex-husband is a male programmer turned "entrepreneur" or small business owner. Our marriage didn't end because we had too much in common, it ended because of our differences, none of which had to do with work, but with differences in our fundamental goals for the future. I'm dating a man who has a degree in art, and we are together because of how well we relate together, not because "opposites attract" - I may be more left-brained than he is, but we are in no way opposites.

more than 2 years ago

With one-time-only use of a cloning machine, I would:

kria Re:What kind of cloning? (350 comments)

I assumed it was the traditional bizarre SF choice of physically identical, or at least adult, and with full memories and picked A Parent. If I thought it was with a blank mind, I would go with either a pet or no one, as I think having a copy of my boyfriend, a parent, etc that was just an identical physical shell would be creepy beyond all belief.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Most Underappreciated Sci-Fi Writer?

kria Re:Terry Pratchett (1130 comments)

Glad to know I'm not the only one - I read all of the Xanth books out (through Golem, I think) as a kid, and then moved on to his less humor based work, and then came to a grinding halt after some of the Mode books, Shade of the Tree and the second half of the Adept series made me seriously question the morals of the person I was reading. Particularly mortifying given his apparent attitudes toward teenage girls while I _was_ a teenage girl. Ick.

more than 2 years ago

What do you usually do with old hardware?

kria Give it Away to my Dad (309 comments)

In retirement, my dad assembles computers part time for a living, but he also puts together computers that are nowhere near cutting edge and donates them to churches and the like. Many of them are used to run lighting rigs, or for point of sale at charitable stores.

more than 2 years ago


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Yet More Page 23

kria kria writes  |  more than 10 years ago Copied from Cascadefx's Journal, continuing it's sizable journey so far:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Turn to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

Unfortunately the closest book, Twentieth Century Artillery by Ian Hogg does not have a fifth sentence on page 23.

Next closest book:
Llewellynne ate hers with an even expression, but Tuedwur jerked in surprise when he bit into something surprisingly hard.

Source: The Granite Shield, Fiona Patton, DAW Fantasy, 1999

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