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Study: Here’s how to beat the stereotypes that keep women out of computer science

August 15, 2016 - 5:17 pm in Life

Image via ShutterstockFor computer science to grow, its most persistent stereotype has to fade. That’s the takeaway from the work of a group of University of Washington researchers that’s showing just how easily the image of the geeky, socially awkward…


How to be a tech security Jedi: 5 lessons from the original ‘Star Wars’ movies

June 20, 2016 - 11:54 am in Life

Photo via Shutterstock.A short time ago, in a city not far from Seattle, I began frantically encouraging (forcing) my pre-teen daughter to watch the original…


How Harrison Ford’s injury improved Star Wars: The Force Awakens

April 23, 2016 - 12:07 am in Life

The Force Awakens is a part of cinematic history now with the Blu-ray release in the rear view mirror. Disney and JJ Abrams are gearing up for the next…


Mathematician solves the Cheryl’s Birthday problem

April 30, 2015 - 2:17 pm in Life

I repeatedly hear and see on the news how much more advanced the teaching is in places such as China, with some kids even opting to be hooked up to an IV in order to cram for longer. Now a seemingly impossible math puzzle from Singapore has grabbed the Internet’s…


Why I’m hooked on Waze, and what it says about the future of humans and machines

September 17, 2014 - 6:46 pm in Life

It was going to be a quick trip to the Eastside on a weekend. Then traffic stopped, my husband scowled, and I looked at my phone, sitting idle in the holder between us, and said what we both were thinking. “We should’ve Wazed this.” Waze, if you don’t…


Why Seattle should bring back the 1700s London coffeehouse

August 21, 2014 - 9:49 am in Life

If there’s anything Seattle does better than anyone, it’s coffee shops. This city’s unbeatable selection of warm, friendly spaces to drop in, meet up and get things done is one big reason I love it. Now I’m wondering if they can take another big step.…


Facebook, you are dead to me … for now

July 21, 2014 - 9:17 am in Life

Friends, and you are my “friends:” I’m giving up on Facebook. No more status updates, no more vacation photos, no more links to interesting columns (even those I haven’t written). While I’ll leave what I’ve posted over the past eight years up for…


Lies my Fitbit tells me

June 8, 2014 - 2:03 pm in Life

It started at that stage in a relationship where the exhilaration and newness wears off. After eight months, I could no longer ignore worrisome behaviors. They’d become patterns. I finally had to confront my Fitbit about its deceptions. When I was first…


Phished! Lessons learned from my smartphone stumble

April 11, 2014 - 9:28 pm in Life

When it comes to tech scams, in the immortal words of Antonio Banderas’ Puss in Boots, I have shamed myself. It was probably only a matter of time. Hadn’t I parried “Windows tech support” phone scammers to a draw? Damn, I was good. But that feeling…


First, we kill all the ‘futurists’

March 14, 2014 - 10:59 pm in Life

This is a tale of two keynotes. One, by a working scientist explaining the work being done in her field. The other, by a recycling expert dropping an inexcusable f-bomb: “futurist.” Don’t get me wrong. I am interested in the future. I expect, as inventor…