Open thread: om nom nom… circuitry

It’s time for another Geek Feminist party! This party is in honour of our new blogger Courtney, who also writes for From Austin to A&M. You might also remember Courtney from Amanda Hess’s interview at The Sexist. She guest-posted here in September.

Courtney, I hope you enjoy this edible circuit, at least to look at!

555 LED flasher 1: edible model of an electrical circuit

"555 LED flasher 1" by Windell Oskay, CC BY

Got any geek foodstuffs to share with Courtney?

This is also an open thread for discussion of older threads, threads you’d like to see, links you’d like to share, or other topics of your choice.

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About Mary

Mary is a women in tech activist, a programmer, a writer, and a sometime computational linguist. She writes at Her previous projects include co-founding the Ada Initiative and major contributions to the Geek Feminism blog. She's @me_gardiner on Twitter.

20 thoughts on “Open thread: om nom nom… circuitry

  1. Vulpes Foxnik

    Can someone explain to me why pin 4 (reset for the flip flop) and 5 (voltage control) are not connected as per specified astable diagram that National Semiconductor (the manufactures of the LM555CN )? Pin 4 is typically connected to the voltage source, and pin 5 typically is connected to a .1muF bipolar capacitor connected to the ground according to the recommended usage schematics.

  2. Leigh Honeywell

    At’s 2nd birthday party we had an actual edible circuit cake. A friend of one of the members made it – there were silver-coated liquorice ropes with LEDs stuck across them. The silver foil was a good enough conductor, and totally edible!

    The LEDs, not so much.

    I’m bummed I don’t seem to have a photo of it online, it was so badass!

  3. Elizabeth G.

    Is anyone going to be blogging for Geek Feminism at the Society of Women Engineers National Conference in Orlando next month?

    1. Mary Post author

      I’m not Courtney and I can’t tell you why. (ETA: and we don’t provide reasons for rejected comments usually, so don’t expect one, should your comment ultimately be rejected.) Our moderation policy allows us to be arbitrary, and certainly no one is promising that comments will be approved in submitted order.

      If you don’t like that, don’t comment here, or make sure you keep copies of your comments to post somewhere else if you like in case they end up not being approved here.

      1. Teresa

        I appreciate your response. I was just concerned because my response held a different opinion from the author’s (and was not rude or anything) and just wanted my side to be heard. Thank you.

  4. KMF

    ~ Note from Mary: KMF’s question has been promoted to the front page ~

    I’m a longtime geek and feminist, but a newcomer to geek feminism. I’m glad I found this blog, because it gives me the opportunity to ask a question I’ve been pondering for a long time. I’ve seen a lot in geek feminist circles about anti-science bias in feminist circles, but what about anti-social science/humanities bias in geek ones?

    Allow me to clarify: I do steampunk, listen to nerdcore rap, play online RPGs, and write (horrible) fanfiction. I love geek communities of all kinds. However, when it comes down to talking about women in geekdom, I feel a bit out of place. Although I love math and science (and have done a fair amount of coursework on the history of science), I’m not professionally or academically focused on a field in STEM. I’m a double major in music history and women’s studies. In geek communities, I sometimes see women’s studies (and other areas in the humanities) criticized or dismissed for being “anti-science,” and women in these fields called out for not wanting to be scientists.

    I’m not anti-science (quite the opposite) and I didn’t buy into some sexist pressure against women in STEM. I just want to be a feminist historian. I also happen to be a geek. I feel that this shouldn’t be too difficult.


    1. Elizabeth G.

      Hey KMF,

      Just to clarify, when you say:

      I didn’t buy into some sexist pressure against women in STEM.

      Do you mean that you don’t believe that there is sexist pressure against women in STEM?

      About the anti science stuff in Feminist circles, I do believe that within a lot of online communities there is a feeling that science is good if and only if it reinforces feminist beliefs. That is the same way that every other fundamentalist group feel about science, “It is true because I know it is true and if you show me evidence to the contrary, you are wrong.” I think this is a problem.

  5. Jenni

    Hi! Just a request that you put our new feminist group blogging project in your next linkspam? And/or that we swap links? We’ve got lots of geeky things going on, including our Alphabet of feminINism for all the lexophilic girl geeks out there, and upcoming posts on comics and sci-fi…



    1. Mary Post author

      We don’t have a blogroll in any normal sense, so we can’t swap links. (Also, just a warning, about 99% of the comments we get asking “can we swap links” are from spammers, it took me a while to realise this was genuine.)

      But promotion in the linkspam is fine!

      1. Jenni

        Ha, that’d be great, thank you! Sympathy re: the spammers, we’ve been getting a lot of that too…



  6. D.

    Hi- I am an IT project manager and work for a UN Agency and will soon start working on the building a grantee reporting database . We would like the whole DB creation process (gathering requirements, creating use cases, design, and build out) to follow Feminist principals (as much as we can) so I am looking for articles or books that speak to the intersection between feminism and ICT. I can seem to find many resources, would anyone know of any?


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