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. 🙂

3 Replies to “Schooled by Engineering Barbie”

  1. You know you’ve made it when you’ve been moulded in miniature plastic. But you know what children do with Barbie dolls – it’s a bit scary, actually.


  2. Well, considering that barbie made her first apparence some fifty years ago, and was already an adult at that time, she probably put her teeth in a glass of water at the bedstand by now.

    So given your assumption that wearing a retainer has a negative effect on your over all desirability, I’d say that you still win! 😉

    P.S. I like your tech articles, both on this site and elsewhere! Could you please activate your RSS so that I can get notified on updates?


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