11 Apr

For many years as a child (and, I admit, after), I used to read Legion of Super Heroes comics. The LSH universe used an “international writing system” (actually a simple cipher) called Interlac, to give the stories an air of futuristic otherworldliness. Now you too can .translate text into Interlac. Results are in ascii graphic form, so it would probably be a bad idea to translate, say, War and Peace into Interlac.

“Slumberland” in Interlac is:


|-| _______ ______ ___________ _______________ _________
| | | — |_ / \ ___| | | | _ _ )
| | ____| | | | \ / |__ _____ __| |/| | \/
| | | _______| | |—-‘| \ / | | | | | |_
|_| || |,——-` \/ |__| |__| |___|
____________ __________ ______ ________ ____________ __
| ________| | _____ | |_ / | ___ | | | | \
| | |/ \ | | | |/ | | |_ _______| ___| |
| \ _/ | | |—-‘| | / | | | |
\__/ |___| |,——-` // |__| \____/

11 Apr

High-tech jobs boring, girls figure
“Girls are avoiding high-tech careers not because they fear failing but because they believe computer jobs are boring and lonely,” according to an American Association of University Women study. There are some interesting suggestions in this article of how they might draw more women in the field. But are marketing campaigns really going to make a difference here, or are we dealing with an actual reality of “cubicles full of boring men who are better at relating to machines than to people”?

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