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I am a techie who has rejected the Cyberpunk revulsion with 'The Meat'
If you look at the chart of the percentages of women in the CS program, there's a blip that starts in 1984 and continues to now, where women left the field in droves. I am starting to think that this wave, which I can probably consider myself a part of, was a larger change that started in the late 70s with the first personal computers in the house, the creation of cyberpunk so that we can ask questions about it in a literary fashion, the revolution of having normal people on the computer networks, and today. We were the first group of people who were really able to hack with computers on our own terms. I read Neuromancer in early grade school, and that was not really an appropriate age for me to have read it. But I was, albeit with my usual ability to not quite fit in anywhere, a larval geek who lived in a cocoon of hacker culture and cyberpunk books and the jargon file...
Illnesses of the non-visible sort
Since Sept 19th or so, I've had a series of colds with a little bit of 'normal' time but then it comes back. This has meant some working from home and some times where I had conversations at work that I wasn't fully present for.