GirlGeek of the Week
From the time she was in kindergarten and
through college, Stacy Bias studied music constantly, chasing rock
stardom. Finally at the age of 21 she turned on a computer and got
turned on to a whole new world. Just four years later she's a successful
Web developer at egghead.com and self-proclaimed "WebDiva" of technodyke.com.
That first computer wasn't much, but its 300
baud modem allowed her to connect with the gay community through
BBS. She would soon discover the Internet, which was then just becoming
widely used. With a world of information and infinite possibilities
Stacy found herself enrapt by Geekdom.
When did you first
discover your love and/or obsession with computers and technology?
It all started when I really just needed a way
to be inquisitive about my sexuality without being forced to be
blatantly obvious. I found out about this cool thing called Web
surfing and I just found myself immediately sucked in.
I had to know why that big block of text at the
top of the page was centered, whereas the one at the bottom was
not. And how did that picture get there? Where was this page that
I was looking at? How the hell did Joe Blow from Arkansas get me
information all the way over here in Oregon? I immediately found
someone who designed Web pages and pestered (and pestered, and pestered)
them until they sent me off to the bookstore with a list and an
objective: "Don't talk to me again until you learn something."
So I read "HTML: The Definitive Guide" from cover
to cover in one evening, and by morning I had my first Website (including
some absolutely horrifying graphics) up on the Web! And without
ever taking a computer course of any sort, I obsessed myself all
the way into a full-time job in Web development.
How do you earn a
I am a Web Developer for egghead.com
in Portland, Oregon. I work specifically on the creative side of
development: design mock-ups, user interface design, and consulting
with the back-end developers to ensure the constant integrity of
the code and the continued conformity of the "look and feel."
Do you consider
yourself a Geek?
I think the term Geek is relative. One typically
thinks of a "geek" as someone without any creative impulse, who
would rather put nose to grindstone than brush to canvas. I'm one
of those people who failed the "Left Brained or Right Brained?"
test miserably. My pink blob landed square center. As such, I'm
constantly in turmoil over which path to take in my career: Do I
go full-fledged "Geek" and learn every programming language known
to man, whereby giving up all spare time in which to pursue my artistic
endeavors? Or, do I take the plunge, dye my hair magenta and go
full-fledged artsy-fartsy, whereby I stop having time to learn "The
Next Big Thing" as foretold by Wired Magazine.
I guess the answer to that question is -- I don't
What is your favorite
Oh gawd. The impulse to be self-serving is absolutely
unbearable. I'd have to say my baby, Techno
What do you do when
you are not working?
I have a passion for human rights, especially
where the gay and lesbian community is concerned. As a result, I
do a great deal of non-profit Web work within these communities.
I do, on average, one pro bono site every quarter. I also am enrolled
in classes to further my knowledge base and will soon be attending
Pacific Northwest College of the Arts, working towards an actual
degree in my field of work. I also am an author (published, even!),
musician, (met my wife singing cover tunes in a seedy drag bar)
and novice painter. I work in friends when I have the time and spend
as much time as I possibly can with my amazing wife, Amy.