Newsletter #58: Climate-change fueled hurricane season

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The government is trying to kill me. Well, rather, America has just surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia in crude oil production, all the while Hurricane Florence is barreling down on the state I live in. It turns out that Florence is about 50% larger and more destructive than it would have been without climate change.
(Becky Ferreira for Motherboard)

Sentient fedoras everywhere were shocked this week to realize that women can code. Even underwear models. Lyndsey Scott became a spokesperson for diversity in tech this week by accident.
(Sarah Young for Independent)

More Yale freshmen identify as LGBTQ than conservative. Considering how doom and gloom everything in the news seems to be, this was honestly nice to hear.
(Aryssa Damron for The College Fix)


Solecast: Margaret Killjoy on Anarchist Sci-Fi, the Culture War, and Prefiguration
This last week I was on MC Sole’s podcast Solecast. We talked about the role that changing culture has on changing the world, and I also do a reading at the end of my near-future story about how Nazis don’t go to Valhalla called “The Northern Host.”

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

Data Genesis: AI’s Primordial Soup

Meredith Whittaker at Eyeo 2018 talks about the implications of how we choose what data to feed AI.


API the Docs London 2018 call for proposals is open until September 15.

Sunshine PHP call for proposals is open until September 15.

There’s no call for proposals for REST Fest East 2018, because everyone who comes gets to speak. The unconference is September 26 + 27-29th in Greenville, SC.

ConFoo Montreal call for papers is open until September 24.

PyCascades call for proposals is open until October 21.

PyCaribbean 2019’s call for proposals is open until November 1. Spanish language talks are especially welcome!

Upcoming Events:

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

PyCon UK 2018
September 15-19, Cardiff, United Kingdom

REST Fest East 2018
September 26 + 27-29, Greenville, SC

State of the Map US
October 5-7, Detroit, MI

API the Docs London 2018
November 9, London, United Kingdom

February 7-9, 2019, Miami, Florida

February 16-17, 2019, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

February 23-24, 2019, Seattle, WA

ConFoo Montreal
March 13-15, 2019, Montreal, Canada

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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

Image credit: Photo by Jerry Angelica (CC BY-ND 2.0)