May 5th, 2009

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i wouldn't call it an epiphany, exactly

So there comes a time in everyone's life when they look up from the picnic table during break and realize they are using their telephone to edit a story in googledocs. And despite this, it still takes a few seconds to work out why this feels so right yet is so very, very wrong.

Yes. I went there. I don't just casually browse the web or read fanfic--no, my tiny phone with it's tiny, tiny keyboard is now a place to write porn. And let me say, I am getting awfully quick with my thumbs.

G1 Phone, A Two Week Whirlwind Romance

So in continuation of my initial assessment here:

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i didn't even know there was an ada lovelace day

So maybe once a day (or so), I google Dreamwidth for basically two reasons: a.) to enjoy people's squee and b.) to be amused by the non-squee. In between a squee and a misconception-rife non-squee, I ran across this.

Ada Lovelace Day: Two ground-breaking open source projects by Kirrily Robert in her blog Infotrope and discovered something I hadn't thought to wonder about.

But to the best of my knowledge, there are only two open source projects in the world which a) have a significant number of developers, and b) are majority female. They are An Archive Of Our Own (a project of the Organization for Transformative Works) and Dreamwidth.

She also adds, near the end of the article:

And, to fulfil the requirements of the Ada Lovelace Day Pledge, the two women I admire in technology are:

Naomi Novik, chair of the OTW’s Board of Directors and inaugural chair of its ADT committee (developers of the Archive). You might also know her as author of the Temeraire series.

Denise Paolucci, co-founder, project/product manager, and loudest advocate and enthusiast for Dreamwidth.

These two between them have been instrumental in bringing hundreds of other women into open source software, and I admire them immensely.

My knowledge on this subject is limited, but assuming this is true, I think I should say this.

My admiration is a given, but I'd also liked to add my thanks and my apologies both. See, I knew what you were doing was extraordinary. But I didn't know that you had changed the world.

That's very, very cool. Thank you.