Schooled by Engineering Barbie

“Know first who you are; then adorn yourself accordingly.”


That’s the start of Tim Gunn’s novel “A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style.” I recently learned of Gunn from his critique of the fashion sense of Mario and Luigi.


I read Gunn’s book because tomorrow I’m doing a keynote panel at SES London and I still have no clue what to wear. My brother-in-law recently emailed me that Computer Engineer Barbie will soon be released. “Perfect,” I thought, “she will be my new fashion mentor.”

Photo from Gizmodo.

So looking at this pic I realize that my idea is fairly improbable. Engineering Barbie is far more skilled than me:

  • Either that’s her screensaver or she can interpret binary
  • She owns a cool bluetooth headset
  • That’s a lot of color and sparkle for the office


Engineering Maile:

  • Prefers reading high-level languages
  • Still wears a retainer to bed
  • Dresses to blend in

The panel is tomorrow. I can’t wait. 🙂