Hello Recompilers, It hasn't been an optimistic week to live in the US. It's hard not to look around, a bit desperately, at all the closed borders and open bars. It's hard to not look at how every other developed nation has handled covid in comparison to us. Still, the fight continues, and we've made … Continue reading Newsletter #153: Drones are the Mindkiller
Hello Recompilers, Last week I scaled the side of my house to put up a new antenna, and my rural internet is all the richer for it. Now it's even easier to doomscroll my way through the slow apocalypse! If you haven't yet, check out Recompiler's Reasons and Strategies for Avoiding Obsolete Terms, which lays … Continue reading Newsletter #152: Who Is Spying On These Protests?
Hello Recompilers, As June comes to a close, the pandemic is ramping up in the United States even as it begins to wane throughout much of the rest of the world, and a lot of us here are looking enviously at countries with socialized healthcare and reasonable cultural ideas around social responsibility and science. Yet … Continue reading Newsletter #151: Police, Prisons… Big Tech?
Hello Recompilers, Happy Juneteenth! This week the Recompiler is excited to release Reasons and Strategies for Avoiding Obsolete Terms, which lays out exactly why and how to replace "master/slave" in programming with "primary/replica," written by Erin Grace. It's an excerpt from the book The Responsible Communication Style Guide Supplement on Python. Reading: This year Juneteenth … Continue reading Newsletter #150: Juneteenth
Hello Recompilers, These days I'm not certain if I'm reading the news or a sourcebook for Shadowrun. The wild thing for me personally though is, I'm so used to us losing all the time it's hard to really wrap my head around the precipice we stand on, looking down at possibly... winning. Everyone is going … Continue reading Newsletter #149: No Facial Recognition for Police
Hello Recompilers, Last week I was talking about how Trump had declared war on Twitter and I was being a bit hyperbolic. This week he's declared war on the American people and I'm not being so hyperbolic. He's threatening that he will use federal troops whether states approve or not. Reading: There isn't a lot … Continue reading Newsletter #148: Tech Working for Justice
Hello Recompilers, It all kind of happens at once, doesn't it? Last week I was futzing around trying to get solar power at home and thinking abstractly about what kinds of reasons are worth leaving quarantine for. This week... well things are happening. The right wing has lost its short-lived monopoly on street protest. Reading: … Continue reading Newsletter #147: George Floyd. Regis Korchinski-Paquet. Tony McDade.
Hello Recompilers, Another week! Maybe things are opening up where you're at, maybe they're not. Maybe you're itching to carefully go interact with the world, maybe you take one look at the actual numbers and say nope. Myself, still in this cabin! Fixed and broke my solar again. Turns out you shouldn't use butt end … Continue reading Newsletter #146: Our Masked Selfies are Training Facial Recognition
Hello Recompilers, Whenever I hear people making fun of how every ad starts "in these uncertain times..." I think about my little introduction blurbs to this newsletter and cringe a little. But here we are! Another week! Of uncertain times! Today I broke my solar setup (for those of you following along) by forgetting to … Continue reading Newsletter #145: Dystopia or Utopia?
Hello Recompilers, I hope you're all healthy and happy, wherever you are. I'm sitting in a cabin listening to the rain and birds, wishing I had better internet connectivity but glad for what I do have. Like this fresh loaf of sourdough a neighbor baked for me. Reading: May 5th was the national day of … Continue reading Newsletter #144: Justice for Missing and Murdered Native Women