Newsletter #26: The Spectre of Loss

Siamese cat yawning on laptop. Cat looks angry.

Hello Recompilers,

Good news. The Recompiler Issue #9: Hard Problems is available (and #8 is here).

Like a bitter fruit, let’s indulge in a little nostalgia.

“You’re what I couldn’t find:
A totally amazing mind,
So understanding and so kind,
You’re everything to me.”
“Dreams”, Cranberries.

Reading:

Inclusivity through ungendered design: “The perpetuation of gender stereotypes through design… harms the ability for individuals to fully express themselves as complete human beings, ” says UX/UI designer Bronwen Rees for UX Planet.

A brief history of JavaScriptPeter Jang explores the evolution of problem-solving with JavaScript illustrated with the Dinosaur Comics for Node.js Collection.

Be a good human to be a good programmer: Being a professional team player is just as important as writing code, says Jessica Oei for POCIT. She gives some tips for growing your people skills along with your technical skills.

Listening:

The Recompiler Podcast Episode 45: Web development is kind of horrifyingChristie Koehler and Audrey Eschright chat about the impact of Spectre and Meltdown, how easy it is to harvest credit cards numbers in the browser, and Kodak’s new cryptocurrency.

The Recompiler Podcast Episode 44: Spectre & Meltdown: Previous discussion of Spectre and Meltdown.

Roboism #10: Drag Silicon ValleyAlex Cox and Savannah Millon start off their second season with some light conversations about a socialist, utopian, post-work future.

Conference Talk of the Week:

“Martyrs on Film: learning to hate the #onccallselfie” by Alice Goldfuss

Monitorama PDX 2017 – Alice Goldfuss from Monitorama on Vimeo.
On livestreaming an outage mitigation: “It was exciting to be part of that outage. It made you feel like a hero. And for many ops professionals, that is the only time you get to feel like a hero.”

Upcoming Events:

All conferences have been screened and abide by clear and strict Codes of Conduct.

Wonder Women Tech Global Summit
Friday, January 26, 2018: Washington, D.C.

ACT-W National Conference
April 10-13, 2018: Phoenix, AZ

RailsConf
April 17-19, 2018: Pittsburgh, PA

Call For Proposals:

Women Techmakers Montreal 2018: Closes January 27

Do you know an upcoming conference or CFP that should be included? Email leads to us.

Lauren Hudgins (@lehudgins) is a freelance digital strategist living and working in cold, rainy Portland, Oregon. Her essay on Comic Sans and the right of people use whatever font makes reading accessible to them was one of the top 20 most read essays on The Establishment for 2017.

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