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Offline steve30

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LGBT History Month
« on: February 10, 2013, 05:16:53 pm »
In England, February is LGBT History Month (and here in Rotherham, they are calling it Fabruary). The purpose is to celebrate the history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people.

Why am I posting this on an Electronics forum? Because, for some reason, the organisers gave it a theme this year of science and engineering.

In Rotherham, there is an art gallery, where one option for submissions was the theme of science/engineering. I came up with some ideas for some electronics related stuff, but unfortunately I only came up with the ideas around the time the exhibition opened, so certainly no time to actually make anything.

But I still might have a go at making something for the sake of it. Something with a PCB and maybe lots of colourful LEDs. It would be cool to make something like this as I think electronics engineers/hobbyists seem to be under represented in the LGBT community.

Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions? :-/O
 

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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2013, 05:28:13 pm »
That's because most of us are in hiding for one reason or another.
 

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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2013, 05:37:08 pm »
That's because most of us are in hiding for one reason or another.

And who can blame you?  Things have gotten a bit better since Alan Turing's day, but there is still a long way to go... :(
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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2013, 05:44:58 pm »
Yep.

The only things I can think of that wouldn't be insulting or playing to stereotypes would be something having to do with open / non-hiding LGBT folks in the history of electronics... and the things they invented/created/et al.
 

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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2013, 08:59:35 pm »
I thought that you people were talking about IGBTs' for a minute.  It would be wasteful to have them switching low voltage LEDs  :palm:
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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2013, 09:23:12 pm »
@ smashedProton...

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I thought that you people were talking about IGBTs' for a minute.

Best laugh I had for some weeks  :-DD
 

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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2013, 09:43:04 pm »
A whole month just for IGBT's...? what about all the oppressed MOSFETs, BJTs, JFETS etc....
oh, hang on.....
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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2013, 10:00:13 pm »
How about a LED rainbow flag or electronic hankys?
Now that I think of it a LED rainbow flag type button (with a pin to put on bags) might be a good idea...

It's a good motto for a LGBT month. There's still this stereotype that gay people are good with colours and arranging cushions but not with sciency stuff.
Give a gay man some wires and he'll knit you a nice placemat or something... bullshit. I get to hear that sort of stuff at work regularly, there are still some proper cavemen out there  :scared:.
 

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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2013, 11:12:05 pm »
I thought that you people were talking about IGBTs' for a minute.  It would be wasteful to have them switching low voltage LEDs  :palm:

hehe.

I think I'll have a go at making a rainbow LED flag.

I thought about doing something like these which Mike posted, but thought it might be a bit inappropriate (http://www.electricstuff.co.uk/electrofun.html).
 

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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2013, 11:23:01 pm »
lettuce guacamole bacon tomato sandwich probably originated somewhere in California I see no reason to cover an entire month to trace its history, it is only a sandwich after all
 

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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2013, 11:23:34 pm »
This thread is getting more and more 'on topic'!  Dave must be pretty happy with us :D
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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2013, 11:52:15 pm »
My first workbench was in a closet.   Does that count?

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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2013, 02:10:06 am »
it's really sad how everyone seems to completely forget/ignore the L B and T in LGBT.
 

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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2013, 05:48:38 am »
I thought LGBT was "Latching Gate Bipolar Transistor" or an IGBT that is designed to latch on/a SCR with a high impedance gate...
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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2013, 06:33:35 am »
I always wondered if, given proper medication and therapy, bipolar transistors can be become productive members of society again , like their J-Fet and mosfet counterparts...
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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2013, 10:38:22 am »
Some of these comments...  :palm:
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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2013, 12:20:56 pm »
This thread is getting more and more 'on topic'!  Dave must be pretty happy with us :D
Being this is an EE forum your mind tends to autocorrect things to what you expect... I also read the title as "IGBT History Month" at first. :o

Along the same theme here's something I found on a Chinese connector manufacturer's site many years ago:
 

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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2013, 12:54:21 pm »
Gotta love auto-translate!   ::)

What exactly is a "gay" or"lesbian" connector, anyway? 2 connectors of similar contact style that intermate are covered under "hermaphroditic".

Back when RS-232 serial connections were everywhere, I  occasionally heard of "gender changer" or "gender bender" adapters referred to that way, though.  A "gay adapter" coupled 2 male plugs, and a "lesbian adapter" did the same for 2 females.
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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2013, 03:42:22 pm »
Let's not forget the sexless connectors used in RF applications.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APC-7_connector

These guys flipflop between male and female at will. Kinda like the clownfish that changes sexes when the matriarch in the anemone dies.
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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2013, 03:52:01 pm »
That is a cool connector. Bet it's expensive as hell though...
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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2013, 04:14:44 pm »
This well-intentioned thread is bordering on the offensive.
 

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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2013, 04:22:07 pm »
Ever since the recent talk about off-topic stuff on this forum, there's been a significant rise in catastrophic thread derailings. And it's not like I've participated in any of them or anything...  ::)
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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2013, 05:47:19 pm »
I always wondered if, given proper medication and therapy, bipolar transistors can be become productive members of society again , like their J-Fet and mosfet counterparts...

Maybe you should start a transistor counseling service? :)
 

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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2013, 06:08:17 pm »
This well-intentioned thread is bordering on the offensive.
well past it, I'd say.
 

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Re: LGBT History Month
« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2013, 06:34:58 pm »
well past it, I'd say.

Oh boy, please tell us what's so offensive.
 


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