regex is 10% witchcraft, 90% googling…


International Women’s Day is this Friday!

the team is seeking submissions for their annual #SheCoded celebration of women and non-binary people in code. if you’d like to submit a post about your experiences as a woman or non-binary dev, or participate as an ally, head over to their landing page for the project. they’ll be sharing the submissions in their feeds on Friday!

resource roundup! has apparently had to update their promotion algorithm because of how popular this cheat sheet on regex is! and no wonder, no matter how often I deal with regular expressions, it always feels like a Googling nightmare without a good resource. I’m bookmarking this one to my toolbar to save myself from a continued future of Stack Overflow searches. many blessings upon Emma Wedekind for sharing this with the community!

so what exactly is the DOM?? it’s definitely in that realm of abbreviations that get tossed around all the time, often without a lot of clarity. this post by Kara Luton tears it down in clear, simple language.

soft skills are super critical for your work- communicating successfully is the key to finding and working well with collaborators, getting financial support for a project, and finding opportunities for new jobs and projects. this post by Ali Spittel is a great introduction to the process of giving a public talk, from picking a topic to surviving the actual presentation.

css triangles! this tutorial digs into some of your options for creating triangles with css. some methods are more widely supported than others, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t experiment!


the Data Visualization Society is a new community aiming to be a resource and space of engagement for people working in the field. right now sign up is free, so if, like me, you’re curious to see how they approach their goal of fostering constructive engagement with community members on broader problems of the field, now is the time to sign up! you can learn more about how the community is developing in this Medium post by the organizers.

NEW INC’s Year 6 open call is now live! apply by April 20 to be considered for this new batch, which will run from September 2019 – August 2020. for Year 6 they are offering 5 tracks: Interactive Experiences, Museum Technology, Creative Experiments, Art + Code, and Ideas for the City. so apply asap if one of these tracks applies to your current work!

VRHAM, a virtual reality & arts festival in Hamburg, Germany, has an open call for submissions. it’s Germany’s first artistic VR festival, and I’ve heard good things from a former curatorial team member. submit by March 17 to be considered for the June 7 – 15 event! you can learn more here.

this seems like it would be a great lil gig for someone interested in creative coding. Daniel Shiffman, a full-time instructor at ITP/IMA and a director of The Processing Foundation is looking to hire a part-time community manager for The Coding Train YouTube channel. I hear that Daniel is a delight to work with, and this seems like a great way to supplement your income with some steady but flexible work. you can learn more about the responsibilities and compensation here.

? upcoming events!

TONIGHT March 5! WeWork North State! Chicago, IL, USA: Flatiron School presents Designers of Color in Conversation!

“Everyone is invited and attendees can expect a down to earth conversation about diversity, strategies for navigating the design world as a minority, as well as access to a great network of passionate creators and researchers.”

this event is FREE aka get over to Eventbrite and register now!

March 16! Everywhere: Arduino Day 2019 is around the corner!

Arduino Day is a worldwide birthday celebration of Arduino. It’s a 24 hour-long event – organized directly by the community, or by the Arduino founders – that brings people together to share their experiences and learn more about the open-source platform.

the deadline to submit an event has been extended until March 10, and you can submit or check out the current map of events here.

March 23 & 24! School of Machines, Making, and Make-Believe! Berlin, Germany: this looks like a unique way to get started with Arduino! School of Machines, Making, and Make-Believe is hosting a DIY Vibrator workshop by Alice Stewart. tickets for both dates are available via Eventbrite.

April 12-14! Rich Mix! London, UK: Afrotech Fest 2019 tix are now on sale! this is a 3 day tech festival for Black people of African and Caribbean heritage in London. you can chose between a full weekend pass or individual tickets for the days you can attend. you can also purchase a donation ticket to help someone who could not afford to attend otherwise- this sounds like a great way to support this important network of communities! this thread from Afrotech Fest thanking their donors for this year’s conference is also a cheat sheet for some amazing organizations that should be on your radar! so get your tickets here!

just for lulz!

on the subject of regex…

ok she is DEFINITELY some kind of sorcerer….


as always, submit to the open artist call if you have anything in the works that you are excited about! and if you have an event or opportunity to promote (anywhere), please send me all the details. the next newsletter will cover the week of March 12 to 18, but I’m happy to promote events further in the future as well and keep them on the calendar.

we also now have a Discord channel! right now it’s just a few of us, but feel free to drop in and share a gif. I’m starting to experiment with new tools for building community and moving off of Facebook, and this is just one attempt! if you have recommendations for other tools and platforms that you enjoy, please let me know!

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