A wonderful site called “Grandma Got STEM” profiles grandmothers who have accomplished marvellous feats of technology, and aims to drive a stake through the heart of stupid, thoughtless phrases like “How would you explain that to your grandmother?” or “So simple my grandma could do it.”

Grandmothers who are brilliant at technology – Boing Boing | This is a really brilliant concept aimed at changing how we think of women in STEM-related fields as well as dispelling the myth’s that pervade ageist discourse.

Science and Science Fiction Conference, Day 1

I have to get some work done, so I’ve ducked out of the third session in favor of working from the hotel.

I have some pics that will follow but for now I want to comment briefly on the fact that, while the conference was probably misrepresented–and I knew this–as a science/science fiction/theology intersection, so far the only panels I’ve gotten to see were my own (which was interesting) and another about how to use SF to teach the Bible. 

Using SF as a pedagogical tool is certainly worthwhile, but it requires a certain amount of knowledge of the field as a whole, not simply as it pertains to literature.  Just as I would not ignore religious writers and theories, neither should the religious pretend that the secular world is unable to produce worthwhile results.  Many people there got this point.  Sadly, those that don’t make it difficult to handle.