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Bonnie Eisenman

Software engineer, author, knitter, Esperantist. Member of NYC Resistor and author of Learning React Native.

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Oh hey, I’m going to be speaking at Crater Remote Conf on July 13th! Tickets are up for sale. And React Europe is coming up soon, too. It’s going to be a busy summer.

What I did last week

  • I finished my first major colorwork project! I think that stranded colorwork is pretty fun.

  • Attempted a laser-cut of a set of Esperanto Scrabble tiles. This did not go quite so well, though I think I learned some useful things from it - hopefully I’ll do a write-up soon.

  • I made my first 3D print! I downloaded this awesome Bulbasaur planter off of Thingiverse and took some notes. Now I just have to find a plant for it…

  • Swatched for my next big knitting project - I’m going to start a sweater soon, I think.

  • Ordered a bunch of things from Adafruit, mostly class supplies. Theoretically I’m going to teach that soldering class?

What I’m reading

I feel like my RSS and Twitter feeds have been full of great stuff this week.

Rarely are computing systems developed entirely by members of the communities they serve, particularly when that community is underrepresented in computing. Archive of Our Own (AO3), a fan fiction archive with nearly 750,000 users and over 2 million individual works, was designed and coded primarily by women to meet the needs of the online fandom community. Their design decisions were informed by existing values and norms around issues such as accessibility, inclusivity, and identity. We conducted interviews with 28 users and developers, and with this data we detail the history and design of AO3 using the framework of feminist HCI and focusing on the successful incorporation of values into design. We conclude with considering examples of complexity in values in design work: the use of design to mitigate tensions in values and to influence value formation or change.

  • Sexism, science reporting, and the biological clock: the Guardian has a great piece called The foul reign of the biological clock that traces the appearance of this idea to a 1978 article.

  • White people don’t use white emoji, or so claims Andrew McGill in the Atlantic. I love talking about emoji! And the squeamishness around using the white emoji is definitely something that I’ve observed.

White people don’t have to use racemoji or risk denying their identity, as Mukerjee does; the default works fine. Perhaps the squeamishness on the part of whites has more to do with the acknowledgement that only white people hold this special privilege; to use the white emoji is to express a solidarity with people of color that does not exist.

What I didn’t do

I didn’t get language practice time in this week. I also didn’t have time to work on my video tutorials. Maybe next week!