Nerd Alert 74: Do encoders dream of electric sheep?


What we're reading this week

  Adam: Project Include is an effort to foster diversity and inclusion, particularly in tech and startup companies. Their recently published list of recommendations has a number of concrete steps any company can take to build an inclusive culture and give everyone a fair shot at success.

  Ben: Build a Raspi-based NPR One player following these instructions from Adafruit, using this command-line NPR One player. (h/t @alykat)

  Jack: In the past, news publishers built massive distribution networks and controlled their own financial destiny. Today, Facebook is the paperboy. How did we get here?

  Julia: Kajero is a super cool interactive JavaScript notebook (like IPython but for JS) that allows you to create Markdown documents with executable code blocks that you can edit in-browser. It has built-in support for D3.js and you can export your notebooks as Gists on GitHub.

  Ryan: "In other words: Warner had just DMCA'd an artificial reconstruction of a film about artificial intelligence being indistinguishable from humans, because it couldn't distinguish between the simulation and the real thing."

  Sinduja: Beware journalists! According to this article in the Columbia Journalism Review, getting fooled by fake news websites is easier than we imagine.

  Inndy: Surveyor 1 was America's first soft-landing spacecraft to successfully land on the moon – the "robotic precursor of the Apollo astronauts to come." Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of its landing.


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We're looking for a Senior Full Stack Developer to lead our WordPress-related projects, including Largo, our platform/framework for news sites. It's a key role on our remote-friendly team, and we'd love to hear from you or your friends who might be interested in joining us. Learn more about our application and interview process here.


Hurray for new team members

We're excited to welcome Gabriel Hongsdusit to the INN Nerds team as our summer apprentice! Gabe is a graphic designer and illustrator, and he'll be helping us revamp of our style guide and make our editorial projects really shine. Learn more about Gabe here.


Work we admire by our journalism peers

We'd like to recognize a bit of D3.js news nerdery this week.

WNYC's Noah Veltman made a strip map with labels.

Vijith Assar of the New York Times released a deep-linking plugin for D3.

And if D3 makes you crazy, the Wall Street Journal's Elliot Bentley wrote a great post about a better way to structure D3 code.


Good jobs with good people

INN is looking for a senior full stack developer with a WordPress focus. Come work with us!

DataMade is hiring a full-time developer to join their team of Python programmers.

Hearken needs a community manager to help scale its team's operations.


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Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Check out the inaugural episode of NPR’s Code Switch podcast,Can We Talk About Whiteness?

WATCH: The Present is very cute.

READ: Nostalgic for '90s cartoons? The Pitch Meeting for Animaniacs will satisfy your daily dose of "things that must have happened."

Have a little fun with it.