Newsletter #37: Unsteady Player One

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Hello Recompilers,

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.

Would you like The Recompiler to be a media sponsor for your conference? Let us know!


Do we need “both sides?” Not if it does more harm that good. From Thursday Bram for The Responsible Communication Style Guide[Editors note: Help us fundraise for the second printing of RCSG by preordering a copy by April 15.]

FOSTA/SESTA The senate passed the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) and the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and they’re bad news for the freedom of speech and the safety of sex workers. Kitty Stryker of Bitch Magazine explains why.

Wakanda and anti-colonialism as technology. “Anti-colonialism can be used as technology because it simply informs the way scientific knowledge is applied,” explains Nia Abram for Terra Incognita.


EdSurge On Air: Ready Player One: Science Fiction’s Vision for The Future of Education: Host Jenny Abamu interviews Amanda Licastro, assistant professor of digital rhetoric at Stevenson University, and Sophia Brueckner, assistant professor at Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, about how the virtual schools of Ready Player One translate to our current edtech.

Spoiler Specials: Who Is Ready Player One For? Dana StevensDawnthea Price, and Forrest Wickman from Slate discuss Ready Player One with Laura Hudson from The Verge. [Spoiler, the women didn’t like it very much.]

The Atomic Hobo: Inside the Bunker—Barnton QuarryJulie McDowall goes inside a nuclear bunker with spooky mannequins.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

The forefront of drone costume design with Léa Pereyre, Design Indaba

“It’s an amazing opportunity for a designer: arriving in a completely new field where nothing exists except the lampshades. It was an open field with the possibility to invent a new dream and a new kind of poetry. But where to start?”


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: Mystic Art Design

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