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BubbleSort Zines returns with 6 more zines about computers, this time featuring topics like machine learning & operating systems.
BubbleSort Zines returns with 6 more zines about computers, this time featuring topics like machine learning & operating systems.
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Background

Last year, I had a dream to write BubbleSort Zines, a computer science textbook in zine format, full of drawings and diagrams and stories! I turned to Kickstarter for support, and all of the amazing backers helped raise 6x more than I asked for!

This has been both a busy and great year for BubbleSort Zines! Thanks to the previous campaign, BubbleSort Zines was able to publish 6, ~100 page issues about:

The zines were featured by The New Yorker, Recode, MIT CSAIL, and Chelsea Clinton!

The past year of BubbleSort Zines

issues 1-6 of BubbleSort Zines!
issues 1-6 of BubbleSort Zines!

 

excerpt from zine about toy hacking and microcontrollers
excerpt from zine about toy hacking and microcontrollers

 

excerpt from zine about cryptography and encryption
excerpt from zine about cryptography and encryption

 

Now introducing BubbleSort Zines 2.0!

I'd like to continue writing more issues of these zines, with your help! The next 6 issues that I've planned will include more in depth and advanced computer science topics like:

  • Image processing 
  • Operating systems 
  • Computer languages 
  • Data structures
  • Machine learning
  • Interesting applications of computer science
moar BubbleSort Zines on advanced topics!
moar BubbleSort Zines on advanced topics!

 

a future BubbleSort Zines issue about operating systems!
a future BubbleSort Zines issue about operating systems!

 

a future BubbleSort Zines issue about data structures
a future BubbleSort Zines issue about data structures

 

a future BubbleSort Zines issue about image processing
a future BubbleSort Zines issue about image processing

 

Rewards

You'll be able to receive a bunch of rewards (some of them Kickstarter-exclusive!) in thanks for your support! 

You'll be able to order the zines in digital or physical form! Physical zines will be ~100 pages each, printed on premium recycled paper, and bound locally. Digital zines will be in PDF format to readable on your computer or tablet.

 

The zines will be adorable and informative in both the physical and digital versions!
The zines will be adorable and informative in both the physical and digital versions!

 

special deluxe color versions of the zines!
special deluxe color versions of the zines!

You'll also be able to order a deluxe boxed version of the zines with color covers!

Another special thing we're excited about offering this time around is introduction to electronics kits!

They'll come with a breadboard, pastel alligator clips and wires, led's, resistors, and a zine with a bunch of project ideas! This is going to be the intro to electronics kit I've always dreamed of. Lots of the parts (like the pink and mint alligator clips) will have to be custom designed and ordered direct from an electronics manufacturer in Shenzen, because components this cute don't exist yet!

 

the world's cutest electronics kit will include pastel alligator clips, LEDs, resistors, wire, a breadboard & more!
the world's cutest electronics kit will include pastel alligator clips, LEDs, resistors, wire, a breadboard & more!

 

cute box that the electronics kit will come in!
cute box that the electronics kit will come in!

 Some tiers will also include the option of a BubbleSort Zines poster!

posters will be on thick, high quality paper and measure approximately 11"x14"
posters will be on thick, high quality paper and measure approximately 11"x14"

 

 

 

 

Reviews of Past Issues of BubbleSort Zines!

Here's are some nice things people have been saying about the first 6 issues of BubbleSort Zines!

P.S. Don't be fooled by their exteriors—these zines are adorable while providing thorough and robust explanations of complex technical topics.

"You strike a good balance of not dumbing down while at the same time introducing complicated material in a way that's very easily understandable."

"My favorite part is the fact that this hard technical stuff can be taught in such a fun way. I really wish I had these back in my first semester but they're still loads of help."

"it's got much more easily understandable explanations, and includes lots of interesting background that is hard to find in normal materials."

"I read Bubblesorts & Other Sorts right before my course went through sorting and I felt like the (humble) queen of the class! After that lecture, there were many people who were confused of hadn't quite grasped it so I helped them out (and of course showed them the bubblesort zine I had in my bag and recommended it to them!) It felt so great to actually fully understand what was going on."

"They are friendly and fun. I love the nature of the historical aspect, it's great that I can place the topics in history and the evolution of society."

"Your writing style and how you explain things is great :)"

About me

I've worked in the tech industry for 10 years, most recently as a web developer at Airbnb. Prior to that, I did HCI research at Tokyo University in their media lab, did machine learning research for the humanoid robotics team at Honda Research Institute, and got undergrad and grad degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT. During undergrad, I was a lab assistant for the department's intro to computer science lab, and during grad school, I was a teaching assistant for the department's discrete math class, explaining concepts like recurrences using hand-drawn cartoons of vampires.

I've been using cartoons to explain science and math concepts to myself since i was little & always drew comics in the margins of my notes all through high school & college.

Why this is important

Nothing is neutral and nothing is unpolitical. Science and technology are affected by the biases of the people and culture that research it and produce it. This extends to the resources that we use to teach and learn about science technology in classrooms. Think about how many women scientists have been written out of their own scientific discoveries. Think about the last time that a textbook bothered to mention a contribution from a black scientist. This is not so much a "let's get marginalized people into STEM" movement as a "marginalized people are here, recognize, acknowledge, and include us" movement. 

We need inclusive, decolonized STEM textbooks if we want to build an inclusive and diverse tech community and if we want to build products that help real people. We need inclusive STEM resources if we want to encourage and include the marginalized people that are already here interested in learning about it.

Computer science is a powerful tool for expressing creativity, problem solving for real world problems, and for understanding the world Let's make computer science an accessible and inclusive topic for all.

credits: videography by André Arko, music used with permission from mathgrant.

Risks and challenges

After running the first BubbleSort Zines last year, I've learned a lot about about the printing process, packing process, shipping process and digital fulfillment process! With that under my belt, I feel confident to ship a second round of these zines, on more advanced computer science topics!

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    1 DIGITAL ZINE!

    1 digital copy of a zine issue (you can select from topics when topics are finalized)

    receive updates on the project & your name in the acknowledgements section of the bubblesort zines website.

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    1 PHYSICAL ZINE!

    1 paper copy (+ digital copy) of a computer science zine (you can select from topics when topics are finalized).

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    DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION to zines 6-12!

    a new computer science zine in your inbox every month for 6 months! + a cute phone background!

    receive updates on the project & your name in the acknowledgements section of the bubblesort zine website.

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    CANDY BYTES: HW KIT + DIGITAL ZINES

    a hardware kit (with pastel alligator clips and wires, resistors, LEDs and switches packaged like candy) + zine with hardware project ideas + 6 digital zines about topics like machine learning, operating systems, and compilers

    (thanks @caroqliu for the name suggestion! <3)

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    PRINT ZINE SUBSCRIPTION to zines 6-12!

    a freshly printed paper zine in your mailbox every other month for 6 months! + a signed bubblesort zines postcard!

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    PIN OF THE (every other) MONTH CLUB

    receive a pin every other month for 6 months total! pins will be themed with the bubblesort zine coming out that month, meaning they'll be related to robotics, operating systems, data structures, compilers, and interesting applications of computer science!

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    ELECTROCUTIE: HW KIT + PRINT ZINES

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    PIN + ZINE OF THE (every other) MONTH

    receive a zine every other month for 6 months total, a long with a high quality adorable enamel pin! pins will be themed with the bubblesort zine coming out that month, meaning they'll be related to robotics, operating systems, data structures, compilers, and interesting applications of computer science!

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    HW & PINS & ZINES & STICKERS oh my!

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    E_CUTE_OVERFLOW: deluxe zines + poster

    deluxe boxed edition of zines with color covers, with all 12 issues. also includes limited edition bubblesort zines poster + sticker sheet.

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    HIP HIP ARRAY: HW KIT LAUNCH PARTY

    an invitation to the launch party for the cutest hardware kit in the world—get yours before anyone else & celebrate with binary donuts and crafts!

    also comes with bubblesort poster and 6 digital zines covering topics like machine learning and operating systems.

    will be held in san francisco—does not include transport to san francisco

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    ELECTRONICS WORKSHOP for local students

    sponsor an electronics workshop for bay area students! you'll be listed as a sponsor of the event & will receive a complimentary copy of the workshop materials

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