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I’ll be at BlueBazaar this Saturday in Pilsen with some nerdy plushies and geeky gifties

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Pop-up retail events are super trendy these days, and I’ll be part of one in Pilsen (through Fractalspin) on Saturday just to maintain my credentials.

I kid! It’s actually a craft fair called Blue Bazaar, a fundraiser for a neat entrepreneurial technology-slinging non-profit called Blue 1647. It’s a year-old nonprofit technology innovation center focused on “education, workforce development, business acceleration, and economic development in technology”-related things. What that means is they have classes, office space rental, a incubation program and three (3!!!) 5th generation Makerbot 3D printers, free computer usage for members, classrooms, and office rentals to entrepreneurs and budding organizations to aid in making their visions reality (as if the 3D printer thing wasn’t enough). Also, Harper Reed–who might have helped with a presidential thing a while back–is on the board, which might have helped make me aware of them. Pretty cool, right?

So, the cause is great, and I didn’t have plans that day, and it just so happens I have a bunch of inventory that I’d rather not have to pack when I move to the new place. I’ll put “magic stickers” (some people call them Sale Tags) on some neat things I sell that will give some lucky folks a sizable discount when they walk away with cool things like Circuit Board Luggage Tags, Cable Ties, Microcontroller Cufflinks, Goofy Plush Hearts,Giant Testicles, Magnetic DNA Plushies, and more.

If you’ll be on the South side on Saturday and you’ve had your eye on something, now’s the time to negotiate. Ask away!

Here are some of the other artist / vendors who are exhibiting:


Lucky Skye


No Rush Imagery


Tortoise Belly


Knock Down Barns wooden game

Come out and say hello, and check out neat stuff on a Saturday!

Event Details:
What: Entrepreneur and Innovation Fair
Where: Blue 1647 at 1647 S. Blue Island Ave. Chicago, IL
When: May 17 10AM – 6PM
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Rise of the “Brogrammer”: Sexism in the tech startup world

Well, apparently luring frat boys into the world of programming is the new hot thing. Great.

I read this article by a journalist at South by Southwest where she walked out of a talk by a guy who was trying to excuse the frat-boy culture he adheres to with a few off handed comments that completely alienated a segment of the audience, and then I decided to poke around some more on the subject. Apparently this is a thing. Wow. Really?

Gross.

Yes, it’s a fact that math and science fields employ far less women than men, but to play up this fact and appeal to the base nature of men in order to sweep them into your new startup? That’s pretty pathetic.

From Adda Birnir, a female programmer in NYC:

“Brogrammers might lack tact, but they’re definitely marketing development in a way that appeals to a new subset of men,” she wrote. By recasting geekdom as an extension of the frat house, she believes, brogrammers are encouraging guys who might have headed to Wall Street to consider Silicon Valley. But if inclusion is the goal, she says, substituting “geek” with “bro” is equally problematic. “Because if there’s anything more alienating to women than a room full of geeks, it’s probably a room full of fratty guys.”

Here’s some reading for you:

“The Rise of the Brogrammer: Can Silicon Valley Solve Its Sexism Problem?”
Twitter’s @Brogrammer
Quora question “How does a programmer become a brogrammer?”
“”Gangbang Interviews” and “Bikini Shots”: Silicon Valley’s Brogrammer Problem”