Hypatia Software Org at LibrePlanet (Lillian’s Talk)

Prior, I wrote two posts about talking about Hypatia Software Organization at LibrePlanet 2016, namely one about why I was excited to talk at LibrePlanet, the other about my road trip and personal recap of my LibrePlanet roadtrip.

Now the video of me (Lillian Lemmer) talking at LibrePlanet about Hypatia Software Organization is up for everyone to see!

Here’s the official description of the talk:

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My LibrePlanet Experience

I gave a talk on March 20, at LibrePlanet 2016, at MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts (I mention being enthused in an earlier blog post), on a LibrePlanet scholarship. To avoid transphobic harassment by the TSA, and other airport staff, my friends drove me (notably Tom Almquist of our staff) 2,792 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota and back.

Make sure to check the bottom of this post–I included a time lapse of my trip!

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I’m Excited for AlterConf!

I (Lily Lemmer) am going to be at the AlterConf Minneapolis event! I work at LeadPages and they’re hosting so it’s awfully convenient for me! Here’s a short bit about Alterconf:

AlterConf provides safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries to learn from and encourage one another. By highlighting the powerful voices and positive initiatives of local community members, we build hope and strengthen the community’s resolve to create safer, healthier spaces for everyone.

I’m really excited to meet others who share the passion I have! I can’t wait to share my stories of success with using open source software to empower trans women, a model that can be replicated by any marginalized person! I will also be sharing my enthusiasm for this on March 20, at LibrePlanet/MIT (as mentioned in an earlier blog post).

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Why I’m excited to talk at LibrePlanet 2016

Hello, everyone, it’s Lillian! Hypatia Software Organization is abuzz because of this bit of exciting news: Brian Callahan and I will be talking at LibrePlanet 2016 about the significance of what Hypatia Software Organization has been doing!

The official title of the talk is “Trans Code: Free software as model & critique of diversity by transgender hackers.” In summary, we’ll be talking about transgender women using free software as a tool for liberation, challenging mainstream diversity initiatives. I’m sharing ethnographic stories of this community of trans women (Hypatia Software Organization), which I lead.

I’m excited to show how free software can make a lasting impact for the woefully under-privileged. I’m also excited to share our experience, goals, and determination. Above all, I am excited that these things will be absorbed and propagated by influencers in free software. More free software developers and free software through empowering the underprivileged.

I’m so excited to show the free software community a diversity initiative model which can be replicated and what the challenges are!

Here are some of the quick details for attending:

If you can’t make it, don’t worry: the talk will be recorded! We’ll be sure to update later with said recording.

Python Tutorial: Testing, Test Driven Development, py.test

Lillian Lemmer talks about testing and Test Driven Development (TDD) in Python at LeadPages (thanks, LeadPages!) about using py.test for testing Python code to assure software stability.

The example used for testing is a game where you eat sugary things until you lose all your enamel (effectively making enamel HP)! Lillian shows how the aforementioned is tested. The TDD part comes in when someone asks to show a Test Driven Development example where brushing your teeth restores enamel.

It’s about 20 minutes long, includes questions/comments from the crowd.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIIj3MRnGhs&w=560&h=315]

Here’s the repo being talked about in the video: https://github.com/LeadPages/tutorials

How to Install FreeBSD (with Gui!)

Hello, Lillian here! Wanna learn how to install FreeBSD, with a nice GUI, Firefox, a nice terminal experience, and other goodies? I had some spare time so I made an instructional video for exactly that!

This goes over:

  1. Installing FreeBSD
  2. Setting up your GUI (windowmaker, xorg, rox-filer)
  3. Updates
  4. Terminal experience; zsh + oh-my-zsh
  5. Other goodies!

This setup is pretty much what we use for the official Hypatia Software Organization Developer Image.

Sorry for the choppy and unprofessional video; I didn’t have much time to put this together, so please forgive me! ?

We’re in the News! BSDNow.tv

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Allan Jude (@allanjude on Twitter) and Kris Moore (@pcbsdkris on Twitter) talk about the Polling is a Hack Article on the Hypatia Software Organization blog/website.

The article I wrote, entitled, “Polling is a Hack: Server Sent Events (EventSource) with gevent, Flask, nginx, and FreeBSD” got covered by BSDNow.tv!

The BSD Now video which we’re featured is Episode 130: Store all the Things | BSD Now 130.

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NEW: Collaboration/Office Hours!

The board and staff have agreed upon hours of collaboration that works for most of us across the globe. I was able to decipher the best hours by using whenisgood.net.

Here’s what we came up with today, for our general collaboration/office hours:

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Writing Tests for Python

The basics of writing tests in Python, as explained by a very tired and unprepared me (Lily Lemmer!). ?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cRfMjz3Pxc]

I had just come back from vacation and forgotten I was to give a talk on this subject, so I was unprepared and a bit sick as you can hear from my voice, so please be forgiving. ? I’ll be doing this talk again, it should be a lot better! Keep a lookout!