Standing up and speaking out

Mandy Moore, also known around the Internets as @therubyrep, is a podcast production expert, mother of orange tabbies, sucker for bad reality television, and boxed wine connoisseur. She adores her 7-year-old daughter, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and sitting around fire pits while listening to country music. She is a huge advocate for STEM education and women in technology.


This week on The Recompiler Podcast, Christie chats with Meli Lewis, data editor for the Oregonian about data visualization, ham radio, emergency preparedness, and much more.

Greater Than Code recorded possibly the most powerful episode to date with Jenn Schiffer!

The Frontside did an awesome podcast episode on why it’s good to build useless stuff for creativity, accomplishment, and learning purposes.


As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, this week another story has surfaced about harassment and discrimination towards women in the workplace.  Sad times we live in. However, this isn’t the only recent instance of this type of behavior and it needs to be talked about and addressed across every marginalized group of people.

Last year, Amélie Lamont spoke out about her experience at Squarespace and brought up this thought-provoking conversation on race, gender, and discrimination via Twitter.

These two stories are by no means the only two that matter, but it reminded me of an article that Ashe Dryden wrote back in 2013 about The Risk in Speaking Up and I wanted to share it with everyone because it is such an important read about how to help more people come forward and fix the problem at hand.

Remember: “Lift people up. Don’t put them down.”

Conference Talk of the Week:

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“Dealing with Intellectual Trolling” by Alexandra Bowen from AlterConf 2016 **

There is a strong belief amongst many that online life is not real life. Alexandra Bowen gave a great talk urging people to find and defeat the Internet and social media trolls and to not let those trolls define who you are. Fact: 40% of adult Internet users have experienced online harassment and it mostly affects women, people of color, and LGBT people. Anti-harassment automated tools and algorithms need to exist to keep people safe online because community members are completely swamped by attempting to keep up with doing it on their own. Codes of conduct also need to exist and be enforced. The malicious need to be penalized for abusive actions. The bottom line is we need to work together to keep the Internet for everyone. Take the pledge and #HackHarassment.

** I attended AlterConf and you can read more about it here!

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