Newsletter #39: More coffee, less dystopia

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Hello Recompilers,

Great news! We’ve significantly extended the time window to pre-order the second printing of the The Responsible Communication Style Guide. Reserve your copy by May 20.


Coding While TransJameson Hampton‘s illustrated zine-style article from Issue 8: Wildcard.

If you want to know how we ended up in a cyber dystopia, read Ready Player One Article by Laura Hudson for The Verge.

The Sully Effect “Women who watched The X-Files regularly were 50% more likely to work in STEM, and nearly two-thirds of the women surveyed who work in STEM said Scully served as a role model,” reports KC Ifeanyi for Fast Company.


Episode 57: Do we have to do more Facebook?Christie Koehler and Audrey Eschright chat about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress, the Fuse payment card hack, encrypted DNS, and more.

The Pulse: Make (a) Way: Host Maiken Scott interviews people with disabilities about how we define disability and how that concept is changing with new developments in science and technology, including an interview computer scientist Brian Smith, who is designing video games for blind players.

Greater than Code: Episode 076: Changing Lanes: Panelists Coraline Ada EhmkeAstrid Countee, and Sam Livingston-Gray discuss privilege and having tough conversations when not feeling it’s your place to have those conversations.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

DevOpsDays Seattle 2017: CoffeeOps by Jason Yee

“Similar to how coffee roasters are visiting coffee farmers to understand the nuances of coffee beans, we need to get ops engineers up front involved in dev projects, so that they can understand the business motivations and the business values.”


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.

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

August 1-4, 2018: NYC

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

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

Call For Proposals:

Write/Speak/Code: Closes May 5

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: Photo by Anete Lūsiņa.

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