Newsletter #142: Starting Your Pandemic Garden

Hello Recompilers,

Sorry this week’s newsletter is a bit late! My life has become an interesting and unplanned experiment in off-grid living, and nearly a week without sunshine left me unable to access to my computer. I hope wherever you’re reading this, you’re doing the best you can, mentally and physically. We’ve stepped into an odd sort of routine and status quo of late: Trump says horrible things, causing people to die, while we learn how to adopt to isolated life and dream of ways to restart our economy to maybe be better this time.


I grew up a lot more comfortable with the idea of building a computer than growing food, but times are changing. Kim Kelly breaks down the basics of what you need to get started gardening during this pandemic, from starting seeds to raised beds to sunlight.

One of the most frustrating parts of the fight against COVID continues to be intellectual property restrictions. After enormous pressure from PIRGs and state governments, multiple ventilator manufacturers are finally making it easier for people to access repair manuals for their machines.

As dire as everything seems, especially in places where the government seems incapable or unwilling to do anything to help its people, it’s hard to remember that the most specialized minds of the world are working on this day and night. Slowing the spread gives those people the time they need to do their work.


Cyber: How Amazon Has Continued to Exploit Workers During the Pandemic

On this episode, Lauren Kaori Gurley of Motherboard talks about how workers are being exploited by the richest man in the world.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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10X your teamwork through pair programming

Selena Small and Michael Milewski talk at RubyConf AU 2020 about how to get started with pair programming.



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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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