The world was a different place when we sent the first issue of Still Computing in March.
We planned to publish 12 issues on a weekly schedule, and then pause to reevaluate how things were going. After the pandemic began, we switched our publishing schedule to biweekly, and then monthly. Now, we’ve decided to pause publishing Still Computing, though we hope to restart it one day.
Our initial goals for Still Computing were to share the range of great work that Recursers do with the world in a beautiful weekly newsletter, in hopes that it would help more wonderful programmers find out about RC and decide to apply. While we consider Still Computing successful as a newsletter, it isn’t in line with all of the work we need to do to keep Virtual RC running right now.
This will be our last issue for a while, and we hope you enjoy it: we have an illustrated piece from Amy Dyer about what she learned about programming from going to art school. Serena Peruzzo wrote about what data science is, and we have an excerpt from Sher Minn Chong’s History of Computer Art blog series. Plus two songs to program to, and our last cartoon caption contest!
We’d couldn’t have made Still Computing without contributions from the RC community! A huge thank you to Maren Beam, Marianne Bellotti, Aliza Aufrichtig, Miles McCain, John Earnest, Johann Diedrick, Sarah Groff-Palermo, Christine Cha, Julia Evans, Sol Sarratea, Pedro Baumann, Carolina Luz Hadad, Amy Dyer, Sher Minn Chong, and Serena Peruzzo for their writing; and to Mai Kodama, Aidan Holloway-Bidwell, Emily Bellows, Katherine Ye, Katie Surrence, Sten Ridley, and Sonali Sridhar for their illustrations and cartoons. Thank you to everyone who shared advice for Dear Zu, and who recommended sweet tunes to program to for What We’re Coding to Today. And we’d especially like to thank Tiffany Tseng for designing this newsletter from top to bottom!
And finally: thank you to all of you for reading! We hope you enjoyed these eight issues. We also hope to be back one day with more Still Computing, though we don’t know when that will be. If you’d like to stay in the loop, stay subscribed to this mailing list and we’ll send you an update when we’re publishing again. In the meantime, check out Joy of Computing for a neat daily project from the RC community, or keep up with us on Twitter.
— Rachel, Mai, James, and Nick