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We're joined by Vicky Steeves, ahyper-talented librarian specializing in data management, open andreproducible research, and the overlap between FOSS, free culture, andlibrary sciences!We dive into all of that... plus a bit of crafting... andeven... what's this?A discussion of what the FOSS world can learn from the world of gamemodding (and vice ve…
 
Chris and Morgan, driving in the Covid-19 pandemic, reflect on lessonsof hygiene and a separation of concerns from the past (seen throughthe retroactively surprising struggle for handwashing acceptance)while analyzing how to bring safety to today's computing securitypandemic via object capability discipline. As said in the episode, there's a lot of…
 
With computing technology becoming integrated with every aspect of ourlives, many issues are simultaneously human rights issues andtechnical issues.Thus, how are organizations concerned with human rights and socialjustice engaging with technological authorship and policy-making?Mallory Knodel, presentlyChief Technology Officerfor the Center for Dem…
 
We're joined by Sumana Harihareswara,a FOSS advocate yes, but also a person of so many other talents!We talk about sketching, standup comedy, and maintainership for thelong life of free software projects.(Did you know you can hire Sumana to help on your FOSS projectmaintainership btw?Sumana runs Changeset Consulting!)We also talk about representati…
 
We're joined by our friend Tristan to talk about gardeningexperiences, from newbies (us) to the wise (Tristan and others who arenot us).We (Morgan and Chris) have just started seriously gardening this year,and have learned a lot about what works and what doesn't.And it turns out that people who have been doing it for years (such asTristan) still ha…
 
Bassam Kurdali(Fediverse, Twitter)talks about using Blender(a free and open source software suite for making 3d artwork)for open movie projects such as Elephants Dream(the world's first open movie project, which Bassam directed!)and Wires for Empathy,as well as use in teaching it to college students studying animation. Links: Blender Urchin studios…
 
Morgan and Chris talk about theScribbledocument authoring format, with Morgan talking about authoring herdissertation in it and Chris talking about writing anOpenDocument Format (sometimesshortened to "ODF" or "ODT") exporter.(That code is now a merge requestwhich will hopefully become part of Scribble itself!) Links: The Digital Humanities Worksho…
 
Morgan and Chris discuss theDigital Humanities workshopsthey ran introducing non-programmers toRacket andScribble. Links: The flier(post-LibrePlanet 2018 edition) Course material Building a Snowman with Racket How to Use Scribble to Write your Academic Papers: A Reference Tutorialpodcast@fossandcrafts.org (FOSS and Crafts) による
 
This week we are joined by Sebastian Lasse,author of the RedaktorActivityPubpowered CMS, and co-host of bothActivityPub Conference 2020and ActivityPub Conference 2019along with Morgan.Lots of retrospective, especially on the difference between APConf as anonline conference in 2020 vs an in person conference in 2019. Links: ActivityPub Conference 20…
 
On this episode of FOSS and Crafts Theatre, we continue theWhat Goblins Saga.The What Goblins saga continues as the characters continue to learnabout themselves and their ever-changing environment.If you haven't listened toChapter 1,maybe stop reading now to avoid spoilers from that episode! Having discovered that they are are sapient beings emerge…
 
Chris and Morgan discuss an ethical framework Chris has beenworkshopping for the last few years, "An Ethics of Agency", with thefoundation of maximizing agency "for you, for me, for everyone" andminimizing subjection.CW: Note that Chris talks about an incident involving them experiencing suicidal depression at one point. Links: Other philosophical …
 
On this episode of FOSS and Crafts Theatre, we begin exploring"The What Goblins Saga".While the claim of"our goblins are different"is hardly new, these goblins seem to stand apart more than most...even their fellow goblins seem to think so.What is the nature of goblins, and what about The What Goblins inparticular?Through little planning or foresig…
 
What is this Spritely project that'staken up most of Chris's time for the last several years?Something about advancing distributed/decentralized social networks,but what does that mean?Chris and Morgan talk about it while they drive to the bank! Links: Spritely Spritely Goblins (repo), thedistributed programming language environment The distributed…
 
We are extremely excited to have on our first FOSS & Crafts guest:Stefano Zacchiroli!(Also known on some corners of the FOSS world as just "zack".)Stefano has a long history of FOSS advocacy, most famously forhis role in Debianwhere he served three well-regarded terms as Debian Project Leader.These days zack works onSoftware Heritage,an archival in…
 
Leaving off frompart 1,the office demons of Styx, Hexia, and Gummy Bear (or is itGerumphy or perhaps Gzeumphi Behr?) track down and confront themysterious lampmorel creature directly. What dangers await them?And just what secrets are the corporate overlords of DemonstrativeIndustries and Plentimint Industries both keeping (perhaps evenfrom each oth…
 
On the first ever episode of FOSS and Crafts Theatre (a new subshow ofFOSS and Crafts), Chris and Morgan are joined by veteran role playinggame players Nick and LP to bring everyone a story of three demonicemployees of the international conglomerate, Demonstrative Industries.Something has escaped from the Demonic Z.O.O.O.O. to the human realm,and i…
 
Chris's journey of making the intro music is used as a backdrop toexplore how to make music in Milkytracker,a FOSS program for making tracker music, as well as to explore a bitof sound theory, what chiptunes and tracker music are, and even a bitof exploring what it's like to learn something new even when youaren't necessarily very good yet. Links: …
 
Morgan and Chris look at the domains of FOSS and craftsfrom the lens of theEight Kinds of Fun,traditionally used to analyze game design.What kinds of ways do different people enjoy participating in creativeactivities?How can examining those help us understand how to grow our communitiesto accomodate different participants with different styles of i…
 
These days textile production is mostly automated aside from someniche markets and craft production. Craft production of textilestoday taps into a vision of a nostalgic past, often evoking memoriesof a time the audience member wasn't there for. It turns out thispotent imagery has been used not just for inspiring hobbyist crafterseverywhere to pull …
 
The results from machine learning have been getting better and betterand the results seen so far from OpenAI'sGPT-3 model look stunninglygood. But unlike GPT-2 (which waspublicly released under a free license), so farGPT-3 is accessible via API-only.What's the reasoning and possible impact of that decision?For that matter, what kind of impacts coul…
 
You've probably heard of "tabletop Role Playing Games" (or, tabletopRPGs) before, but what are they?In this episode, Chris and Morgan introduce a subset of RPGs called"Narrative RPGs" whose mechanics are focused primarily aroundstorytelling (as opposed to tactical combat).2Hear about how narrative RPGs can be used as "collaborativestorytelling with…
 
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