Newsletter #134: The Death of Work/Life Balance

Hello Recompilers,

Issue #11 of the Recompiler is out! This issue highlights how technology is used in and has an impact on our relationships, dating, and family experiences. It includes contributions by Thursday Bram, Jackie Kazil, Courtney Milan, Amelia Abreu, Morgen Bromwell, and Lilly Ryan.


Silicon Valley’s insistence on work/life integration is overtaking work/life balance in every industry. Behind the unlimited vacation days and the foosball tables lies a sinister attempt to force us to be working all of the time.
(Arielle Pardes for Wired)

When algorithms dictate work schedules, life suffers. Seven-day “open availability” is wrecking home lives and leaving us with ruined sleep schedules.
(Kaye Loggins for Motherboard)

The US Department of Justice now has a Denaturalization Section. This is, of course, a bald attempt to strip people of US citizenship and is a remarkably obvious sign of fascism.
(Thom Dunn for Boing Boing)


Live Like the World is Dying: Kitty Stryker on Anarchist Prepping
Well, having one podcast wasn’t enough for me, so I launched a second one. This first episode features a discussion with urban prepper Kitty Stryker on how she prepares for earthquakes or worse.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Cache is King

Molly Struve at RailsConf 2019 talks about how to avoid hitting your database with queries.


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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.

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