Newsletter #33: Where I End and You Begin

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Hello Recompilers,

We’re digging into your submissions for Issue 11: Love and Romance. Thank for all your pitches!


Serbia and Kosovo row made clocks slow. The European electrical grid was disrupted by a power struggle between Serbia and Kosovo, slowing electric clocks all over the continent. Valerie Hopkins and Richard Pérez-Peña explain why in the NYT.

Your ad blocker may not protect you. An ad network places cryptocurrency miners in the ads it serves to consumers and uses a DGA algorithm to get around ad blockers. Reported Catalin Cimpanu by for BleepingComputer.

Because maybe I need it. A roundup of online resources for managing anxiety by Dr. Melissa Welby.


The Recompiler Podcast Episode 52: The yak’s given up. We’re both taking a break.: Christie Koehler and Audrey Eschright chat about Palantir’s predictive policing activity in New Orleans, Trustico’s mishandling of private keys, the recent DDOS attack on GitHub, ProPublica’s guide to authenticating email, and more.

The Longest Shortest Time #151: I’ll Be Watching You: Host Andrea Silenzi interviews NYT tech writer Farhad Manjoo about his extremely wired home setup to watch and record all of his family moments and how that feels to his wife and seems to someone on the outside.

Team Human Ep. 69 Ghislaine Boddington “Full Immersion” Host Douglas Rushkoff talks with immersion experience artist and pioneer, Ghislaine Boddington, about how we might bring our bodies with us into the digital realm, discussing the virtues of such body-positive, community-minded use of tech while simultaneously questioning how we might we explore digital immersion in a way that avoids paving the way for those who would exploit us.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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RailsConf 2017: The Good Bad Bug: Learning to Embrace Mistakes by Jess Rudder

“Failure presents a greater learning opportunity because there’s more information encoded in failure than in success.”


The Outreachy internship, for groups traditionally underrepresented in tech, application deadline is March 22.

The deadline for the HashiCorp Diversity Scholarship for HashiDays and HashiConf is April 1 and July 1 respectively.

Upcoming Events:

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

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

Creative Commons Global Summit
April 13-15: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

April 17-19, 2018: Pittsburgh, PA

April 24-26, 2018: San Francisco, CA

May 12-13, 2018: NYC

May 21-22, 2018:  Seattle, WA

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

Allied Media Conference
June 14-17, 2018, Detroit, MI

June 21-22, 2018: Atlanta, GA

GopherCon 2018
August 27-30, 2018: Denver, CO

Affect Conf
September 6-7, 2018: Portland, OR

Call For Proposals:

GopherCon 2018: Closes March 15

API the Docs Paris: Closes March 18

Affect Conf: Closes March 31

Mid-Atlantic Developers Conference: Closes March 31

Pacific NW Software Quality Conference: Closes April 1

PyOhio: Closes May 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.

Image credit:  NASA: GOES-S satellite in thermal vacuum testing.

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