Newsletter #36: Yiff you, Russia.

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Hello Recompilers,

As you may have heard, we sold out of print copies of The Responsible Communication Style Guide last fall and we’re setting up to do a second printing. Pre-ordering a book would be a giant help for financing the printing. We’ll accept pre-orders through April 15 and expect to have books back from the printer, ready to ship on June 1.

The Recompiler is proud to be a media sponsor for Heartifacts, a conference presented by Code & Supply, created to facilitate the intimate and important conversations that software professionals need to have about mental health, communication techniques, and community involvement.
April 20th & 21st, 2018 — Pittsburgh, PA

Use the code media-RECOMPILE for 20% off registration.


Atlanta hacked Atlanta’s municipal government was the victim of ransomware forcing workers back to pencils and paper. Reported by Alan Blinder and Nicole Perlroth (NYT). See also Baltimore 911 hacked (Baltimore Sun).

Are Americans taking steps to protect their data after Facebook scandal? No. (Maria Caspani for Reuters)

Yiff You, Russia The Russian propaganda machine has invaded furry Tumblr, according to Mic Wright at New Statesman. See Also Fascist Furries (HuffPost).


The Recompiler Podcast Episode 54: But this one involves a sheep!Christie Koehler and Audrey Eschright chat about YouTube’s announcement to link to Wikipedia, the New Yorker’s profile of Reddit, Spotify and copyright law, and more.

Greater than Code: 073: Driven By Need, Guided By Example with Dan North: Panelists Jamey Hampton and Jessica Kerr speak with Dan North about Behavior Driven Development.

Team Human Ep. 79 Suzanne Slomin “Feeding A Living Culture”: Host Douglas Rushkoff talks to Slomin about her solar powered bakery in the Mad River Valley of Vermont called Green Rabbit.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Quality Engineering 2017 Trends, Tricks, and Traps – Penny Allen, PNSQC

“The essence of what quality engineering is and in some cases isn’t: the mindset, models, and methods we employ to safeguard the design, construction, deployment, and usage of complex, integrated systems.”


Applications are open for the Ford-Mozilla fellowships focused on open web activism. Deadline is April 20.

The deadline for the HashiCorp Diversity Scholarship for HashiConf is July 1.

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 20-21, 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: Extended to April 14.

Pacific NW Software Quality Conference: Extended to April 15.

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 cool, 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: Karen Arnold

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