Newsletter #59: More women history tried to forget

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A woman named Elbertie Foudray ran the “life tables” of the US census between the two world wars. The accomplishments of women are written out of history again and again, but this story celebrates the work of a mathematician and actuary who did work at the highest level.
(Dan Bouk for Census Stories)

The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections is trying to phase out paper books in order to sell its overpriced e-readers. Citing the flimsiest evidence of drugs smuggled through books, PA is no longer allowing books-to-prisoners programs to send prisoners anything.
(Rob Beschizza for Boing Boing)

Massachusetts State Police accidentally revealed their monitoring of leftist Facebook groups this week. They posted a screenshot to social media about gas leaks but forgot to crop out their bookmarks bar.


Loose Leaf Security: Digital photos and privacy.
Liz Denys and Geoffrey Thomas discuss exif data and some of the various ways our phones are revealing more about ourselves than we might hope.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Is Wakanda Accessible?

Mallory Thomas at Affect Con 2018 discusses the intersection of black womanhood and disability. A transcript is available.


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.

RubyConf Australia 2019 call for papers is open until October 15.

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.

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

RubyConf Australia 2019
February 7-9, 2019, Melbourne, Australia

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 unknown, circa 1940 (Public Domain)