Here at Technostraddle, Autostraddle’s newest blog, Geek’s In and We’re Out!
We are happy to bring you our brand-new blog Technostraddle, created to be a sweet online space where ladies can be geeks and geeks can be ladies, too. We’ll be offering up tech news on the regular, as well as providing a hip, queer spin on technology, gadgets, gaming & design for the tech-savvy lady.
We’ll keep you in the loop on hot new iPhone apps and hawt ladies making an impact on the tech world, swap horror stories of condescending Best Buy boys, gush over our favorite Lifehacker posts and perhaps attempt to teach our grandmothers how to use email (on video) (for your entertainment).
The latest & greatest gaming gear, mp3 players, social media, laptops, typography, weird science, outer space and robots- You name it, we got it.
So bookmark it right now: https://www.autostraddle.com/technostraddle and stop by daily for new content every single day! Like the big guys do it.
A little bit about Me:
I’m Taylor, head nerd/Technostraddle Editor-in Chief.
I’m 23, live in NYC and I’m a geek to the core. I’ve loved computers since my first Macintosh LCII (wow! that shit only had 4mb of ram and 40mb of hard drive space!). I’ve loved games ever since I hopped on my first goomba and comic books ever since I first laid eyes on Jean Grey (I was 9). I also love neurotransmitters and giant hadron colliders, but those interests developed later in life.
I’m very interested in the intersection between gays, geeks & girls with a special eye on cybercultural evolution. In my free time, my main nerdisms include keeping up on geek news, playing World of Warcraft (more on this later, don’t worry!), tooling around in Photoshop and nursing my dreams of becoming a graphic novelist. On that note, I’m very excited about the future of the graphic novel as an art form.
And I’m excited about Technostraddle! Really, I’m very excitable! (Or “excitant” as the kids say around here?)
A Little Bit About Our Mothership Autostraddle.com:
Happily, I’ll soon be joined by other members of Team Autostraddle, as they come to terms with who they are and come out geek. Except they probably have come to terms with that already. And, you know, their sexuality.
“…We hope that smart chicks who like to talk about weird stuff will feel at home here –- a girly nerd-nook with a little something for everyone.”
Joining us in the future: Carlytron, your resident Televisionary, who is half robot, obvs, A;ex, the design goddess who made Autostraddle look so damn sexy and a host of other nerds we’ll collect along the way! Like pogs!
A Little Bit About You:
While I may be a king among nerds, I sure don’t know everything. Here at Technostraddle, we’ll field your tech questions as well as we can, and if we don’t know the answer, we’ll point you in the right direction! Happily, there are tons of great technology resources out there, and we’ll keep you updated on our fave tech, gagdet, gaming & design websites as well as other exciting online happenings from people who’ve been at it way longer than we have!
Maybe you own a telescope! Maybe you like to play Wii tennis after you’ve had a few beers! Maybe you’re a full blown geek like us- we want to make you feel like Technostraddle is your space too, so let us know what you’re into and what you want us to talk about! What’s your biggest geek secret? What would you like us to cover? Why am I running out of synonyms for ‘geek’ so quickly?!
Are there gay characters in video games? What big names in tech are women? Is there an app for gaydar? WTF is “the cloud?” Has anyone liked anything about Google Wave? Stay tuned!
A LOT ABOUT YOU:
If you’re about to have a party in your pants about this blog or know someone else who might feel similar titilating sensations, perhaps you would like to join our team!
We’re looking for a few good bloggers to join Team Autostraddle with expertise in tech, gadgets, web-culture, gaming and/or design capable of writing 2-3+ short (100-300 word) blog posts weekly. Email taylor [at] autostraddle dot com with your resumè, three story ideas, and two writing samples or a link to your blog or other online work. Be witty, unique and edgy!
The Vision and the Future:
While sometimes it seems like all the cool stuff out there is for dudes and by dudes, Technostaddle hopes to pay our respect to the dudes (and the few ladies) already talking tech out there while providing our own special & unique space online for smart, like-minded ladies right here. We hope to build Technostraddle into a premier destination for geeky girls all around the world and provide a place for gay-friendly, girl-friendly brands and innovators to target an audience eager for attention.
Like we aim for across the board on Autostraddle.com, we hope that smart chicks who like to talk about weird stuff will feel at home here — a girly nerd-nook with a little something for everyone. Yeah — you guessed it — this is all part of the Autostraddle revolution! Get in touch with your inner geek- it feels good! Really!
Like they say, the geek shall inherit the earth. And I think we’re well on our way!
Right now I am completely obsessed with Wizard101 which is a kid-friendly online game (a lot of adults play too because I’ve been chatting with them a bit while we battle). I’ve been playing for about a month and the gender stuff that goes on between players in these games is fascinating.
When I read the title of this post I literally said “Yesss!” out loud because I got so excitant(?)
Cute Girl writing about geeky things and using a question mark at the end of a statement makes this my new favorite thing.
haha me too, i was glad none of my flatmates were in my living room to hear me!
E(gg)sactly. I felt Technostraddle in my legs before I even met it.
I was in search of new games for two days. Thank you for the post.
seeing technostraddle come up on the autostraddle homepage was like all my dreams come true!! Well, not quite, possibly a bit too excited, but it has definately made my day. I am such a ginormous geek its unreal. this is going to be awesome. autostraddle ftw, again!
When I read the word “homepage” here I thought it said homopage…
yay! FINGER ON THE PULSE, TAYLOR, WE HAVE OUR FINGER ON THE PULSE
Oh hello I’m frickin excited !!!
Can we talk abt the moral ins & outs of using strategy guides? And how I can’t finish Twilight Princess without one? And is that THE POINT? Are we SUPPOSED to use strategy guides, Taylor? Isn’t it CHEATING?!
No! It’s not cheating…I think..
Just think of strategy guides as your own (more usefull) version of Link’s fairy friend Navi from Ocarena of time.
Furthermore, by using a strategy guide you no longer have to worry about the urge to smack the shit out of Navi. You can turn on mute and move on with your life.
It’s cheating. Just like up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, select-start.
That’s a facebook ‘cheat’ too! Did you know that if you do that with face book opens, but replace select start with Enter then Right click.
No lies. Seriously.
what happens when you do this? I suppose I better go find out…
that’s a great idea! I WILL BE BACK.
i think kelsey s playing twilight princess right now. that shit looks cool! and i am bad at puzzles so i would need the guide.
Yay Taylor! This is such major necessary awesomeness you are contributing to this already amazing site. I’m so happy you are here. Also, what an adorable picture!
Thanks! I think I look like a kind of hungover weird zombie (which I am, cause I’m at Bonnaroo) and that may be the only time I’ve ever worn a baseball hat. The powers that be chose it, prob cause I have a bandana on
Things I love about this post:
1. That it exists
2. Pogs reference
3. Supercute picture of Taylor
4. How did you know I like to play Wii tennis drunk? I’VE NEVER TOLD ANYONE
Pogs! I recently found and tried to sell my box of pogs at a garage sale. No one wanted them…
Not gonna lie…I got extremely even more excited when I read the words “World of Warcraft”. I’m so excited for Technostraddle!! Yay geeks!
I second this.
YES we can all make a guild and LIVE IN HARMONY
we would have the most amazing guild ever. like whoa.
Speaking of guilds…has anyone seen The Guild, with Felicia Day?
funny you mention that, as i have a post comin’ up about her v. shortly!
While you’re voting nonstop for autostraddle in the open web awards, you should also vote for Felicia and The Guild. *wink*
yes! i do every day…it’s my trifecta
oh awesome! even more excited about technostraddle now. and thanks for the tip, i didnt even realise you could vote for the guild in the awards…i’ve just been voting for autostraddle everyday and not even reading the other categories!will immediately go vote.
Technostraddle=Awesome. I need some body to tell me what phones to look at when I get a new one this month. Iphone and Blackberry are out. I’m considering the Hero. If someone has advice, please share.
Hmmm I just got a Hero yesterday.
I’ll let Taylor explode your brain w/ specifics / tips, but I would like to add – my #1 feeling right now is THIS TOUCHSCREEN QWERTY IS NOT AS EASY AS PIE + I love the contacts are organized.
Cool thanks. A post on other new phones would be super! Anything to help me with my search for a phone that does not involve fruit in the title.
i just have to say that i sneaked a peek at one of Taylor’s upcoming articles and you two are on the same brainpage.
you might like the droid. I like the google operating system a lot although It is something to get used. You really need to think about what you use your phone for most often, and what features are important to you.
I usually carry my phone in my pocket it is important to me how it feels when I use it.
There was a great article in consumer reports about phones vs. service providers and how to pick the best one to fit your needs. Here is an abbreviated post – http://tiny.cc/MpDiI ( I used tiny url because it is easier for blogs)
the Droid looks cool, but I don’t think my provider has it. Thanks for the link, I’ll check it out.
Taylor I am SO happy you joined our team. I love this stuff and I’m excited for our techno-future.
me too! thanks for havin’ me!
I’m seriously geeking out over this.
wowww…i like this..great post!!!
oh wow. words cannot describe my excitant…ed…ness. for this. finally!
better late than never!
because i am a nerd but not a geek, i do not know what a “giant hadron collider” is and i thought it said “giant hardon collider” which made me go “ewwwwww.” luckily there was a supercute picture of taylor next door and so i went back and read it and realize i was wrong. i am so excited for technostraddle to tell me all the things i don’t know but should!
oh my god that would be so hi-larious if it said “giant hard-on collider.” that is my true passion!
also, how good a name is that for some gay boy mad scientist porn? really good.
I am so stoked about Technostraddle and about you joining us, Taylor, for real exciting. I am a gaming geek and have long been searching for a girl-friendly place that I can go to to talk about my #1 feeling: Guitar Hero.
i love guitar hero! sadly no access to it this year which makes me very sad a lot of the time.
omg i am the guitar hero master of the universe crystal i challenge you to a DUEL.
Oh bcw, you are ON.
I do not know how we will make this duel happen logistically, but we must.
you’re in australia right? i think that means that you have to play backwards.
Hah! Yes I am. Backwards? I could also play one-handed and I’d still win ;)
We should have an audiotechno guitarhero crossover! Actually, I totally blow at that game and have only played it a few times. I need to get schooled!
Genius. I’m going to come to the USA soon and make this happen.
that’d be great. i am embarrassingly unfamiliar with it.
I am going to love Technostraddle so hard.
oh man this is awesome. love some geeky girl loving gadgetry.
I’m not currently very tech-y, but I’m excited to learn!
Also: I enjoy Taylor’s writing.
thanks! i enjoy your reading :)
why are all the cute, geeky, funny, stylish lesbians in NYC and do I have to move there to meet one?
we are everywhere.
that’s creepeh kelsey
Eek! I’m so excited; this is the best, ever. Can’t wait to geek-out. (:
P.S. I hereby admit that I have an xbox 360 problem. Seriously, whoever decided to add facebook, twitter, and last.fm to my already time consuming gaming console is really trying to push my procrastination level.
can we also talk about the cesspool that is xbox live? hell i’d write that post.
Agreed! Note: I can not count how many times I’ve been called “A fatass dyke who should be in the kitchen.” I could easily share feelings on this in that post.
‘The whole thing is just horrid. I cannot stand the ubiquitous ” OH MY GOD YOUR A GIRL” yelled by some 12 yr old boy. Good thing it is so incredibly easy to mute people in modern warfare. most of the time I only play with my friends as to avoid the whole thing which is frustrating. Hence plenty of fodder for a post on the subject.
i have a semi rant on that comin’ up pretty soon! i (would kill for) don’t have a 360, but in WoW pvp it sounds the same. I wish I could kill characters on my own team fo real.
This what I’ve always wanted to make, but had no technical know-how. Thanks Autostraddle team! <3
my life is complete because a battlestar galactica ad just showed up on the technostraddle sidebar.
Yay! I exclaimed in excitement when I read WoW and POGS!(!!)
Who doesn’t love the LHC? It’s a large tunnel that bangs together things to make it look like the beginning of the universe and make pretty pictures and possibly change the laws of physics as we know them forever.
Also – Jean Grey FTW. I loved her even in the awful cartoons that played when I was little.
yeah, i loved those people in Hawaii who protested the collider because they claimed it might actually destroy the world as we know it. AMAZING
I’m very excited about this new aspect of my favourite website. I look forward most of all to reading about video games. Because it will be nice to know that I am not the only one who likes to write about them (my girlfriend thinks that’s weird).
weird is in!
Your first computer had a hard drive? Mine had never heard of such a thing. It was a VIC 20 with an attached cassette player (yes, like audio cassettes) that I used to record my BASIC programs. Even my first “real” PC (a no-name IBM clone) had only 10 MB.
Now I feel really old.
aw, it isn’t so bad. i kind of lied because i have used an older computer…it only ran DOS (i think!?) and had a like 4×4 screen. it was so non functional and generic that i can’t even remember it.
I remember a computer in my first grade classroom that only told you how much you would weigh on different planets. Seriously!
I was hoping something like this would appear! Autostraddle has a way of making dreams come true.