Newsletter #28: Our Bot Buddies, Ourselves.

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Hello Recompilers,

Have you read Issue #9? It is available (and #8 is here). What was your favorite article?


Fitness trackers are reporting sensitive military information: OOPS! As mentioned on Friday’s Recompiler Podcast (Episode 48). Written by Liz Sly (great name for security reporting) for Washington Post.

Woe is bot. WoeBot is a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) chatbot intended to supplement traditional mental health services or to provide a resource for people unable to see therapists in person. Arun Rao interviews founder Dr. Alison Darcy for Chatbots Magazine.

A startup that isn’t friendly to unions? What a surprise! What will this mean in the courts? Reported by Hassan A. Kanu and Josh Eidelson for Bloomberg News.


The Recompiler Podcast Episode 47: Legitimizing a Shoplifting-like BehaviorChristie Koehler and Audrey Eschright chat about Amazon’s new grocery store, adversarial audio hacks, and Twitter’s Russian Bot email.

Tech Done Right Episode 28: Open Source and Companies with Nell Shamrell-Harrington: Host Noel Rappin interviews Nell about open source contributing and maintenance. You’ll come away with some ways to be a better contributor and maintainer.

Roboism #11: Can We Talk about Drugs on This Show?Alex Cox and special guest James T. Green discuss augmenting health with an Apple Watch, cynicism in tech, and how medication can be the most interesting technology we use on our bodies.

Conference Talk of the Week:

Mary live-codes a JavaScript game from scratch – Mary Rose Cook at Front-Trends 2014 from Front-Trends on Vimeo.
“When I made my first game… I thought that graphics and sound and collision detection and things like that would be really, really hard. So I used a framework for my game to do all those things for me. Later I made another game from scratch and realized those things… were all actually pretty ok, much easier than making a game.”


Stumptown Syndicate (the organization that brings you Open Source Bridge) is looking for board members. Please apply by February 16.

The Python Software Foundation is looking for bloggers. Please apply by March 1.

Upcoming Events:

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UX Night School Winter Weekend Intensive
February 17-19: Portland, OR

February 20-22: San Francisco, CA

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

April 17-19, 2018: Pittsburgh, PA

May 21-22, 2018:  Seattle, WA

DevOpsDays Toronto 2018
May 30-31, 2018: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

June 21-22, 2018: Atlanta, GA

Call For Proposals:

DevOpsDays Toronto 2018: Closes February 6

Deconstruct Conf: Closes February 9

Core Infrastructure Fund: Closes March 1

jupytercon: Closes March 6

GopherCon 2018: Closes March 15

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.

Photo credit: Lauren Hudgins’ photo of the Cosmic Space Worm by tyler fuQua creations at the Portland Winter Light Festival.

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