back 2 school


ok ok so actual school has already started, but this week I wanted to highlight that both Tech Learning Collective and POWRPLNT have a bunch of new classes and workshops on their calendars that are worth checking out!

do you want to learn to lockpicking? do you want to finally actually start using Tor? do you need to set up a virtual machine? TLC’s calendar is super stacked for the fall, and as always they offer reduced price tickets for queer-identified and femme people. you can check out the calendar here, and I recommend subscribing to the RSS feed or importing it into the calendar of your choosing to stay up to date.

POWRPLNT also has a bunch of great stuff on the horizon, including workshops on zine-making, making games in Unity, making art with AI, and more! their workshops are suggested donation, $5-25, and are FREE for teens. you can check out the full calendar here.

ok ok if all those workshops aren’t enough for you….

resource roundup!

Hacktoberfest 2019 begins tomorrow! this is a great chance to finally dive in on some open source development. there’s a lot more info on the official website, including a showcase of some projects focused on climate change and a list of global events.

do you want to focus on some A11y issues for the month? Suzanne Aitchison has pulled together a list of open source software looking for help with improving accessibility.

have u ever used the owl construct? u probably should! it’s a quick lil way to solve some tedious CSS issues. also it looks like an owl! (* + *)! well kind of! you can read more here.

here’s a buncha examples of making shapes in CSS, a nice lightweight way to spice up a design.

do u really want some SQL challenges just for fun (idk u do u)? here’s a page with some interactive exercises you can use to buff ur skills a little.

? upcoming events!

Weds Oct 2! Platzi México! CDMX, México: Eventloop is back for October, this time with pizza. this Javascript-focused meetup typically makes some room for creative applications, and is a pretty solid community & worth checking out. you can learn more & RSVP here.

Thurs Oct 3! Supplyframe/Hackaday! San Francisco, CA USA: HDDG is also back this week with talks from John McMaster and Charles Li. as always, there will be demos, community announcements, and socializing w/ snax. you can learn more and RSVP here, and if you can’t make it out, you can watch the live stream here!

Fri Oct 4! School for Poetic Computation! NYC, New York USA: SFPC is hosting a salon for their Fall 2019 session. speakers include Edel Rodriguez, David Reinfurt, BUFU, and more! you can learn more and RSVP here.

also Fri Oct 4! Sediment Arts! Richmond, VA USA: LiveCodeRVA is having a FREE  ALGORAVE this week in Varve, a new project space for experimental sound and light-based art installations in the basement of Sediment Arts. you can learn more and RSVP here!

Oct 8-9! Camden People’s Theatre! London UK: Beta Public is back for their 10th event with 2 nights of theater and video games in London. I hear good things about this series, so if you’re in the area I’d check it out! you can learn more and get tickets here.


expressions of interest are now open for ElectroSocial Seen ✔️!

How has the social media experience changed over the last decade? In what way will social dynamics of gender, race and sexuality change in the coming years? Why is the “????? ?????? ??????????” the most prone to anxiety and depression? What alternatives can we envisage to the current state of social media? How can art, collaboration and music be used to form a new social paradigm?

apply by October 6 to be considered for this event in November! you can learn more and apply here.

the Queerness and Games Conference (QGCON) has an open call for speakers and games for May 2020! submit your proposal by October 15 to be considered for either opportunity. you can learn more about the open call for speakers here and for games here.

CICA Museum invites new media artists worldwide to participate in the 6th International Exhibition and Publication on New Media Art. you can learn more and apply by October 11 here.

Olin College of Engineering is seeking applicants for its creative residency program, an initiative that’s part of Sketch Model. you can learn more and apply by November 15 here.

applications for Meow Wolf’s DIY Fund 2019 close TODAY! you can learn more and apply here.

the European Media Art Platform has an open call for media artists in the fields of digital media with applications due by December 2. you can learn more here.

Rhizome has a rolling open call for their 2019-2020 microgrants! you can learn more & apply here!

Pioneer Works is holding their first-ever open call until TODAY for residencies for 2020-2021 for artists working in Visual Arts, Music, Technology, and/or Narrative Arts. you can check out the application portal here.

Artengine is hosting a Digital Economies Lab, as a year-long exploration of “the wonders and anguish of making art and culture in the 21st century.” you can learn more and apply here.

the Sundance Institute has an open call for their 2020 New Frontier Story Lab. the deadline is TOMORROW, so get going! more info here.

just for lulz!

The Fuck is an app that corrects errors in previous commits. did u just mistype branch as brnch for the 1000th time and rage type into ur console? well now it can actually do something! check it out on Github (h/t Reed Spool for this link).


if you have anything in the works that you are excited about (an event, a workshop, a new project), please send me all the details. the next newsletter will cover the week of October 7 – 13, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.

keep an eye out for a special Halloween spooktacular issue too!

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