Halloween costumes for programmers (and IT people)

halloween Costumes For Programmers

I started working on a design project with the guys from koding.com and we had the idea of a comic with halloween costumes that only programmers, IT guys or web developers would get… so I came up with this cheesy strip.

By the way, if you’re a web designer, developer, programmer (or all of the above), you should totally check their stuff. They give you a free Virtual Machine with EVERY programming language pre-installed so you can play around or create something awesome: koding.com

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  • EdwardAlchemist

    that´s actually a handy thing to know, I thought it always just depended on the context. Thanks for the free lesson!

    … sometimes I love Japanese, there are a million grammar rules but almost 0 exceptions, and altough it can be very ambigious because you can leave a lot (LOT!) of words away, it is extremely clear if you actually make complete sentences. It also doesn´t really have this specific problem: you can either say, group of people, group of men, or group of women… nothing in between XD

    Not that Japanese is my native language either, but I am such an anime fan I studied Japanology before doing computer science XD I wanna get a degree in both and then go on to work on awesome JRPG´s in Japan :3 *ultimate life dream*

    Anyway, I will remind this one. Thanx again! ;-)

  • Gayle L. McDowell

    @edwardalchemist:disqus It wasn’t being used in a gender neutral way. I am a native English speaker :).

    I don’t think the author thought, “I think I will write something gender specific here because I only intend to address men.” I think the author used a gender-specific term because it sounded perfectly natural to do so, and he didn’t really think through what he was implying.

    It was a basically innocent mistake. Yes, one that’s a bit sexist, but one that many, many, many people make (including, I’m sure, myself sometimes). I do wish he’d just own up to it and fix it… maybe he’s not reading these comments though.

    In English (or at least US English), “guys” is gender neutral in the second person but not in the third person. This is how people *use* the language, not the actual definitions (which might well be more strict). People will say “hey guys” or “you guys” or even just “guys, have you …?” when addressing a mixed gender group.

    However, you will never hear someone say “nursing guys” (unless they are actually intending to refer to only men). It just sounds weird in a way that “sales guys” and “IT guys” doesn’t. If you heard someone say “nursing guys,” you** would immediately think, “wait, what? Only the few men in nursing?”

    ** Or at least you would if you were a native English speaker.

  • EdwardAlchemist

    I am not a native speaker, but I was pretty sure that was exactly how it was used here… gender neutral. Especially because of the “people” in the title of the post.

    Regardless, it’s still an awesome web comic off course, and I think this costumes wouldn’t just be awesome for halloween, they would also be awesome for an anime convention :D I always go to those because I am a huge otaku/love anime to death (mostly cute stuff XD), and all the peoples there are huge geeks D: This would be popular.

    It’s obvious not all people who are geeky are guys tough. I mean, at those anime cons, and amongst my friends (I only have otaku friends :3), more than half of the people are girls XD

  • EdwardAlchemist

    I am totally expecting some of these to be cosplayed to an anime convention if they get popular :D

  • Dalibor Musil

    let your feminist style behind and enjoy the fun…

  • Gayle L. McDowell

    I’m not calling it discrimination, exactly. But saying “IT men” (which is what “IT guys” means) when you mean “IT people” implies that you think these terms are interchangeable.

  • Gayle L. McDowell

    The author said only “IT guys” (which means *men* specifically, not women) would get this comic. Presumably, he didn’t mean that IT women wouldn’t understand this comic. (And, if he did, then that’s really sexist.)

    So then, what’s up with the choice of “IT guys”? Why not “IT people”?

    It’s a language choice — and one that says “I presume that all IT people are men, so saying ‘IT guys’ is sufficient.”

    Read what I said. I’m not calling the author sexist. I don’t think he’s a bad person. However, he used terminology that is sexist.

    It happens. We’re all a bit sexist sometimes. The best way to respond is to recognize it, correct it, and learn from it.

    And if you disagree, articulate *why.* What you did was just yell at someone and make condescending remarks. Do you have a reason why you disagree? Or are you just saying that I’m wrong because you don’t like to recognize that sexism happens and is real?

  • MaddeStudios

    I think better would be “Microsoft-scoop”. A small, soft ice cream.

  • Varga Sándor

    Hyper-link :D cool!

  • nobody

    Continuing to use vocabulary that treats it as a boys’ club ensures that that number sadly stays the same. Computing and programming used to be an equal field with equal female influence and breakthroughs. There are some great articles/books on the marketing shifts that happened around the 50s based on views of perceived intellect/what a woman’s place was that led to how male-dominated it continues to be today.

  • Behinder

    I’ve only seen one woman in IT in my whole life ;) so referring to male when speaking about IT is not so far from truth ;)

  • gwen

    the django one is sooo not funny :P

  • http://andrealazzarotto.com/ Lazza

    By the way as far as I understand there was no discriminationin the post, but respecting women needs to be done, regardless of this specific case.

  • http://andrealazzarotto.com/ Lazza

    That’s not s**t. IT is a field where we males tend to be stupidly skeptical and discriminatoryabout women. The truth is, there are no neural differences between males and women to prove the idiotic thesis that IT is not for women.

  • Nak

    I feel sry for u Gayle! looking for feminist shit where there is none!!

  • Radoslav Ivanov

    Microsoft-serve? Did you mean “microsoft-server”?

  • Gayle L. McDowell

    In many situations, yes, it can be gender neutral. But not all.

    It’s gender neutral when you say “hey guys” or “you guys” or some other form of addressing people in the second person.

    However, when you say “those marketing guys,” you’re not using that in a gender neutral way.

    People just don’t say “yeah, I talked with a couple guys from marketing today” when they mean that they talked with 3 women and a man.

    I am not saying it’s male-only because that’s what “guys” technically means. I’m saying it’s gender-neutral because, in fact, that’s how people use it.

    Imagine if I say “I talked with a couple nursing guys today.” You mean to tell me you wouldn’t think, “Oh, male nurses?”

  • BobDobbs

    It’s not sexist. “Guys”, in many situations, is a gender-neutral term. It can be used to refer to a group of only men, a mixed group of men and women, or a group of only women.

  • Gayle L. McDowell

    Just “people” (or “folks”). :)

  • http://andrealazzarotto.com/ Lazza

    «By using a male-only term to refer to what is a mixed-gender group»
    In my native language (Italian) you must use a male term for mixed groups, because we don’t have neutral gender terms (well, almost none). How would you say it in English? I think I can learn something new from your comment. ;)

  • Gayle L. McDowell

    This is hilarious… but did you have to say IT *guys*? I’m sure you didn’t mean for it to be sexist — and I’m not calling you sexist — but writing that is.

    While “guys” can be gender neutral when addressing a group of people in the second person (e.g., “hey guys”, “you guys”, etc), it’s not in that context. For example, you probably wouldn’t say “three guys” if you were referring to two men and a woman.

    When you say “IT guys,” you are specifically referring to *male* IT people. In this context, I don’t think you meant to only refer to men (and if you did, that’s obviously sexist). So when you said “IT guys,” you’re ignoring all IT women — as though it’s okay to just assume that all people in IT are male.

    Again, I’m not calling you specifically sexist. The language choice was though. By using a male-only term to refer to what is a mixed-gender group, you’re making a statement that this whole group is male.

  • Cornelia_LO

    I laughed so hard. I’m not even a programmer. It’s a tough one, but the Internet Explorer may be my favorite.

  • Mike Blaszczak

    When will you know for sure?

  • http://tbranyen.com/ Tim Branyen

    Tarantino’s film.

  • Danilo Faria

    Can someone explain to me the Django joke? I know what Django is, but I don’t get the joke :/

  • dvidsilva

    I’m saying I’m basic and save some bucks tonight

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  • seeafish

    A stylish sheet that’s cascading?
    Sorry, just killed the joke….

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  • http://blog.andrei.rinea.ro/ Andrei Rînea

    Best “Lame post of the year” entry!

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  • Paulus Aditya Hernawan

    apache server lol that’s the punchline

  • http://henasraf.com henasraf

    Awesome! Couldn’t quite figure out the CSS one

  • Harish Ranganathan

    its been a while since i have laughed so much! thanks for posting :)

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  • Mark Lopez

    Very nice.

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  • Elena Mirchovska

    :D double-lol

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  • http://stanleycolors.com Pablo Stanley

    Thanks, Lazza :D

  • http://andrealazzarotto.com/ Lazza

    Eheh ok. :D Very nice comic BTW. ;)

  • Pablo Stanley

    Dude, I suck, haha.. I just corrected the typo. Thanks!

  • Pablo Stanley

    Crap, I just realized… I corrected the typo. Thanks!

  • Pablo Stanley

    Crap, I suck!

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  • Ricardo Enrique Berdejö Mora

    Nice Apache server LoL

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  • http://www.manuel-strehl.de Boldewyn

    I love the Cascading Style Sheet!

  • http://glasswings.com.au/blog Andrew Pam

    “Lynux” wiuth a “Y”?

  • Nigel Sequeira

    Awesome Stuff :D :D

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  • Aadarsh Rathore

    Coool :P

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  • João Granzotti

    I’ll never program the same way again.

  • Uriel Vazquez

    I think I just died of laughter.