Newsletter #34: “Life Would Be Tragic If It Weren’t Funny.”

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Hello Recompilers,

Just a little reminder about issue nine-er. Hard Problems is in our shop.

Physicist Stephen Hawking died this week. He lived decades with the motor neurone disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to near the average lifespan for a US man (76.5 years), thanks to high quality healthcare and access to specialized tools. Throughout his incredible life, he helped normalize the use of assistive technology.


Deep Space Network. DSN is underfunded and lacking infrastructure support, but the workers at JPL love their satellites. Reported by Shannon Stirone for Longreads.

Interview with the Author of BrotopiaLevi Sumagaysay interviews Emily Chang about women in tech, trolls, and problem-solving sexism. (The Mercury News)

STEVE! Citizen scientists discovered a new type of aurora and they named it Steve. Reported by Robinson Meyer for the The Atlantic.


The Recompiler Podcast Episode 53: If a travel coffee mug and an Instapot had a babyChristie Koehler and Audrey Eschright chat about Amazon Alexa’s laughing bug, Google helping the military develop AI for drones, the crypto event that dosed its attendees with cannabis, and more.

Base.cs Podcast S2:E5 “What’s a binary tree?”: Vaidehi Joshi and Saron Yitbarek guide newbies through binary trees. What makes a tree binary, and why are they so popular in computer science? And how do you implement one?

Jamstack Radio Ep. #26, Video and Image Optimization with Cloudinary: Hosts talk Brian Douglas and Ben Mischenko talk to Robert Moseley about how much of the internet is images and videos, and poorly optimized ones at that.

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! 

On designing beyond our own species by Marie Caye at Design Indaba

“Our goal is to offer a view where we decentralize humanity and we try to bring human actors and nonhuman actors (here, the machines) in balance with each other.”


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

Women Who Test
April 29-May 4, 2018: Orlando, FL

May 12-13, 2018: NYC

SheTech Spokane 2018
May 18, 2018: Spokane, WA

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:

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:  Reimund Bertrams

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