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In a new venture, Creative Skirts is taking on book reviews to help you weed out the good from the bad in two minutes or less.
Our first is a rather unlikely pick, I must admit. (But I didn't realize that until after I read it). How to be a Geek Goddess by Christina Tynan-Wood is the modern chick's guide to technology. There's a chapter for every question you could possibly have about all things computer-related--and as a rather late adopter of newfangled stuff, sometimes I do fall into the 'could use a guidebook' category. Or so I thought. Turns out after reading this book, I actually know a lot more than I thought. I'd say this is more of a previous-generation resource--for like, the reeeally late adopters who don't know what Skype is or how to back up files. And sadly, all the detailed computer tips and instructions in the book are geared toward PC users. Hrmmm.
I did learn about some new Web sites to find great deals on random stuff, and I learned that the little RSS feed icon is called a chicklet (cute). And the book is written with plenty of lighthearted, you-don't-need-a-man-to-help-you-with-that charm. But I don't think I'll be pulling this one back off the shelf any time soon--at least not for me, anyway. The next time my Mom asks me what the Internet is, however, I'm so wrapping this up for her.
We do have to give props to author Christina Tynan-Wood though. She's the only woman to have written regular columns for both PC World and PC Magazine, which might be tougher than becoming a chick creative director. You can check out her blog (which echoes a lot of the book content) at geekgirlfriends.com.
During my Bravo TV marathon this afternoon, I was delightfully interrupted with a cartoon woman working up a sweat with the Thighmaster as she chanted, "bikini...bikini...bikini..."
And I watched for a couple minutes I think, realizing that this was not your 30-second product-shilling commercial. It was a short film of four little cartoon ladies I had never met before. And it was pretty funny. While a little product placement of Flat Earth chips snuck in, the whole thing seemed geared solely toward my entertainment (I know better, but still, I was entertained).
A visit to awomansworld.com revealed this is a Frito-Lay effort, to promote their "chick snacks." They're producing several webisodes, much like In the Motherhood did last year with Suave and Sprint (which is turning into an ABC sitcom, if you can believe that).
I'm all for cartoons and speaking to women with a sense of humor. So far, I'm kinda impressed.