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Greater Than Code

Summary: A podcast about humans and technology. Panelists: Coraline Ada Ehmke, David Brady, Jessica Kerr, Jay Bobo, Astrid Countee and Sam Livingston-Gray. Brought to you by @therubyrep.

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 041: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mind Manipulation with Casey Watts! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:30

This episode is sponsored by Upside! Bundle your flights and hotel. Save money. Earn gift cards. Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Coraline Ada Ehmke | Sam Livingston-Gray | Janelle Klein Guest Starring: Casey Watts!: @kyloma | caseywatts.com caseywatts.com/mindmanipulation A Neurobiologist’s Guide to Mind Manipulation  [slides] Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “CBT: Chunky Bacon Tacos and Psychological Safety” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:18 – Empathy Development 03:25 – Training for Customer Support Greater Than Code Episode 037: Failure Mode with Emily Gorcenski A Neurobiologist’s Guide to Mind Manipulation by Casey Watts @ EmberConf 2017 06:53 – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Coraline Ada Ehmke: Emotions as State Machines (from the GTC blog!) 10:48 – Acknowledging Emotion; Rationality 14:23 – Inner vs Outer Brain

 040: F*ck It And Be Nice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:14

* Extra super disclaimer: This episode contains a lot curse words. Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Jamey Hampton | Mandy Moore Guest Starring: Jenn Schiffer: @jennschiffer | jennmoney.biz | Glitch and Jessica Lord: @jllord | MongoDB Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “The Upcoming Release of the iPhone 4!” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:36 – The Tweetstorm that Started it All 04:29 – Our Communication Skills and Curbing the Snobbery Greater Than Code Episode Episode 020: Sexuality in Tech with Jenn Schiffer   “It’s just not good business to be a jerk.” – @jennschiffer — Greater Than Code (@greaterthancode) July 15, 2017 Greater Than Code Episode Episode 039: The B-Side of Software Development with Scott Hanselman 11:33 – Arguing on the Internet Want to help make us a weekly show, buy and ship you swag, and bring us to conferences near you? Support us via Patreon! Or tell your organization to send sponsorship inquiries to mandy@greaterthancode.com. 16:55 – Dealing with the Jerks psa: all of your code is ephemeral & will one day not even matter. it probably doesn’t even matter now. how you treat your peers matters

 Episode 039: The B-Side of Software Development with Scott Hanselman | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:39

Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Astrid Countee Guest Starring: Scott Hanselman: @shanselman | hanselman.com Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Hanselminutes!” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 00:57 – Origin Story and Superpowers; Struggling and Prevailing “The struggle is part of the journey.” – Scott Hanselman 13:51 – Systems Thinking, Problem Solving, and Instilling Those Values on Kids 19:11 – There is Value in Suffering Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb 21:39 – Being a Teacher Over a Programmer; Ideas of Mediocrity, 10x Engineering, and Comparison to Others We RISE Women in Tech Conference Jessica Kerr: Hyperproductive development Amanda Palmer: oh Lorde, deliver me from Fucking Joan. 36:28 – Being Nice Online Scott’s “Nice” Twitter Exchange (1) Scott’s “Nice” Twitter Exchange (2) Scott’s “Nice” Twitter Exchange (3) Scott’s “Nice” Twitter Exchange (4) 42:29 – Teaching (Cont’d) Scott Hanselman: The Social Developer @ NexTech Africa 2017

 Episode 038: Category Theory for Normal Humans with Dr. Eugenia Cheng | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:22

Panelists: Coraline Ada Ehmke | Rein Henrichs | Jessica Kerr Guest Starring: Dr. Eugenia Cheng: @DrEugeniaCheng | eugeniacheng.com Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Shopping is Hard; Let’s Do Math!” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!”; Eugenia’s Introduction Books: How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics YouTube Channels: TheCatsters TheMathsters Articles: Eugenia Cheng Makes Math a Piece of Cake Everyday Math Want to help make us a weekly show, buy and ship you swag, and bring us to conferences near you? Support us via Patreon Or tell your organization to send sponsorship inquiries to mandy@greaterthancode.com. 01:54 – Getting Into Math: Is math useful? Is that the point? A Mathematician’s Lament by Paul Lockhart 20:17 – Category Theory Textbooks: Categories for the Working Mathematician

 Episode 037: Failure Mode with Emily Gorcenski | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:44

Panelists: Coraline Ada Ehmke | Sam Livingston-Gray Guest Starring: Emily Gorcenski: @EmilyGorcenski | emilygorcenski.com | Simple Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Diamonds Are For Gender” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 00:56 – Origin Story, Superpowers, and Data Science 04:20 – Diversity and Career Paths in Data Science 10:51 – Ethical Debates Within the Data Science Field Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy Therac-25 FMEA (Failure Mode Effects Analysis) 17:21 – Software Development and Engineering; Failure Modes in Software 21:44 – Failure Modes in Democracy; Voting Machine Software 33:37 – Working for a Government Contractor 36:21 – Data Patterns and Tampering 39:00 – Open Data and Open Science 45:59 – Falsifying Data Want to help make us a weekly show, buy and ship you swag, and bring us to conferences near you? Join or Slack community and support us via Patreon! Or tell your organization to send sponsorship inquiries to mandy@greaterthancode.com. To jumpstart these efforts, we are very excited to announce that we have been selected for this month’s Fund Club project! Reflections: Coraline: Considering all the ways something can fail. Sam: The world that I live in and the kind of software development practices that I take for granted are extraordinary niche. Emily: Tech conferences and their decadence vs academic/corporate conferences. Are you Greater Than Code?

 Episode 036: Metaphors and Microservices with Matt Stine | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:14:06

Panelists: Coraline Ada Ehmke | Sam Livingston-Gray | Rein Henrichs | Astrid Countee | Jessica Kerr | Janelle Klein Guest Starring: Matt Stine: @mstine | mattstine.com Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Chinchilla Chat: Where It’s All Chinchillas…All The Time…” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” Want to help make us a weekly show, buy and ship you swag, and bring us to conferences near you? Support us via Patreon! Or tell your organization to send sponsorship inquiries to mandy@greaterthancode.com. 03:10 – Matt’s Origin Story in Software Development 09:04 – The Business of Consulting 16:24 – Empathy in Consulting 20:07 – Rigorous Communication and Shared Language; Microservices Ludwig Wittgenstein Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis   Metaphors We Live By 39:05 – Ubiquitous Language Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas Hofstadter   Coraline Ada Ehmke: Metaphors Are Similes. Similes Are Like Metaphors.

 Episode 035: Behind the Scenes at npm with Laurie Voss | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 63:17

Panelists: Coraline Ada Ehmke | Sam Livingston-Gray | Rein Henrichs | Astrid Countee Guest Starring: Laurie Voss: @seldo | seldo.com Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Yes, SJWs Do Actually Code” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:22 – Superpower Origin Story 06:00 – “Real Programming” 08:45 – Being Gay in the Tech Industry; Micro Activism 16:17 – Setting Workplace Culture 21:20 – Working in Open Source While Working in a Company like npm 25:50 – Monetizing npm npm Enterprise 32:55 – npm@5 Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Thank you to Linnea Kylén Rönnqvist! Thank you to Jacob Stoebel for submitting our first guest blog post, “Honesty, Kindness and Inspiration: Pick Three” Submit your own guest blog post to mandy@greaterthancode.com 42:00 – The 10x Engineer 44:19 – Technical Hiring 49:53 – Why Whiteboarding and Code Exercises Don’t Work 51:51 – Organizing Engineers Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders Reflections: Astrid:  Not being concerned with how other people view you as a programmer. Coraline: Remembering good hiring practices to influence others. Sam: Making your interview process focus on having people talk to each other about software. Rein:

 Episode 034: Systems Thinking in the Real World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:13

Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Coraline Ada Ehmke | Janelle Klein | Astrid Countee Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Missives from the Future of Tech: Ladies’ Night Edition” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:20 – Where the Lines Cross; Social Responsibility of Engineers Tragedy of the Commons 06:53 – Why We Do What We Do 09:03 – Surviving and Functioning For All Humans: Basic Social Support For sponsorship inquiries: please contact mandy@greaterthancode.com 16:20 – Preventing Infrastructure Decay and Advancing the Whole 19:54 – “The Cycle of Safety” The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson 25:21 – Scarcity 30:15 – Where are we focusing? 33:25 – Reframing The Tragedy of the Commons; Gatekeeping The Broken Promise of Open Source by Coraline Ada Ehmke 37:56 – Organizations as Business AND Schools The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge 40:25 – Abundance and Barter Systems Reflections: Coraline:  Access to technology as a human right. Janelle: Where is all the knowledge in the world? Where does the knowledge flows? What are the gates that get in the way of knowledge flows? Astrid: What would you do if money wasn’t a factor? Jessica: Software has to hold the keys. It’s the closest thing to magic that we’ve ever had. The Open Mastery Community Support us via Patreon!

 Episode 033: Mental Illness with Greg Baugues | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:48

Panelists: Mandy Moore | Sam Livingston-Gray | Rein Henrichs Guest Starring: Greg Baugues: gb@twilio.com | @greggyb | Twilio Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “What is your favorite color?” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” How to teach your dog to take selfies… and text them to you 01:34 – Superpower Origin Story; Mental Illness in College Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder 10:13 – *Disclaimer* We Are Not Doctors and a Message on Self-Diagnosis 13:03 – Panel Experiences with Mental Illness: Rock Bottom, Shame, Stigma, and Fear DBT Therapy 25:54 – How Mental Illness Seems to Uniquely Affect the Tech Community For sponsorship inquiries: please contact mandy@greaterthancode.com 31:06 – Coping Mechanisms 34:17 – Creating an Environment That is Beneficial to People with Mental Health Issues; Work-Life Balance Open Sourcing Mental Illness Mental Health First Aid Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Thank you to Dave Tapley! Why Fidget Spinners Might Be Helpful for the Brain Reflections: Rein: Allie Brosh: Adventures in Depression   Sam:

 Episode 032: Curation vs Algorithms: Who Is Writing Our History? with Amy Unger | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:11

Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Sam Livingston-Gray | Rein Henrichs | Coraline Ada Ehmke Guest Starring: Amy Unger: @cdwort | Heroku Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “JIRA Card Catalogs and The People Who Love Them” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:05 – Superpower Origin Story, Growing Up with a Computer in the Family, and Being a Teenager Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing by Jane Margolis and Allan Fisher 08:30 – Humanities and History 10:39 – Access to and Preservation of Literacy (Who is writing our history?) 15:03 – Categorizing Information and Making it Accessible…But, Also Privacy? 17:21 – Reliance on Google as the “Defacto Archive”? 19:49 – Digital Records (Algorithms) vs Human Curation 24:10 – What can librarians and library science offer a company?: Information Architecture For sponsorship inquiries: please contact mandy@greaterthancode.com 27:32 – Algorithm Manipulation, Social Engineering, and Information Security 32:24 – Whose stories are we collecting, archiving, and making available to the public? Tragedy of the Commons 41:09 – “Meme Hacking”, Getting Involved, and Owning Your Own Story Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Reflections: Rein: Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media   Sam: How economics and politics rear their ugly heads unexpectedly. Coraline: Who is responsible for our history? Jessica: The vast amounts of data we have and what we choose to preserve. Amy: Consider the po

 Episode 031: Retrospectives and Agile Fluency with Diana Larsen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:25

Panelists: Sam Livingston-Gray | Janelle Klein Guest Starring: Diana Larsen: @DianaOfPortland | FutureWorks Consulting | Author: Agile Retrospectives, Liftoff, Five Rules of Accelerated Learning   Show Notes: ** This conversation stems from an earlier episode when Janelle joined the panel. You can listen to it here! 02:03 – Retrospectives ** “Software work is learning work.” @DianaOfPortland — Greater Than Code (@greaterthancode) May 3, 2017 OODA Loop 11:07 – Documenting Feelings and Emotions 17:40 – Following Through With and Solving Action Plans 20:08 – Focusing, Lists of Action, and “Best Practices” 30:27 – What is value in the context of software development? / Measuring Waste 33:39 – Taking Things in Small, Bite-sized Pieces: Refactoring Mob Programming Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Thank you Tim Gaudette! 55:58 – Agile Fluency ** Your Path through Agile Fluency on Martin Fowler’s Blog Want to spill your thoughts and feelings on the new Greater Than Code blog? Send submissions to mandy@greaterthancode.com! Reflections: Janelle: Thinking about the focusing step and how much effort goes into those things versus the benefits of focusing on things from the recent past. Taking human emotions into consideration. Diana: Managing learning and collecting data, and issues around value. Sam:

 Episode 030: Essential Developer Skills with Tom Stuart | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:20:56

Panelists: Sam Livingston-Gray | Rein Henrichs | Janelle Klein Guest Starring: Tom Stuart: @tomstuart | Codon Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Cycles in Philosophy of Software, Common Principles with Different Names & Reference” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:47 – Superhero Origin Story BBC BASIC 04:45 – Nomenclature: “Junior” and “Senior” Developers; Differences Between “Early Career” Developers and “Experienced” Developers 13:56 – Solving the Skill Assessment Problem; Learning Methodically 20:55 – Software Development Now vs Then 29:51 – Do Programming Languages Create Certain Biases? 44:16 – Good Mentorship and Telling People What’s Next to Level Up Want to spill your thoughts and feelings on the new Greater Than Code blog? Send submissions to mandy@greaterthancode.com! 55:58 – Cohorting/Teaching Classes with Sandi Metz; Object-Oriented Design and Object-Oriented Programming Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Thank you Kira McLean! Reflections: Janelle: Looking at things as multidimensional problems. Rein: An Introduction to General Systems Thinking by Gerald M. Weinberg Sam: The importance of the skill of metacognition. Tom: How the work as changed as being a developer. Nonviolent Communication: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships by Marshall B. Rosenberg PhD Please leave us a review on iTunes!

 Episode 029: p=eMPathy with Ariel Waldman, Ashe Dryden, and Brad Grzesiak | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:13:14

Panelists: Coraline Ada Ehmke | Rein Henrichs | Astrid Countee Guest Starring: Ariel Waldman: @arielwaldman | What’s It Like in Space?: Stories from Astronauts Who’ve Been There | spacehack.org | Science Hack Day | arielwaldman.com Ashe Dryden: @ashedryden | AlterConf | Fund Club |ashedryden.com Brad Grzesiak: @listrophy | Bendyworks Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “The Tale of Space Cat Burritos” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 02:26 – Space Technology and the Cultural Portrayal of Science NASA Explorers Program 08:24 – The Influence of Science Fiction on the Current Developments in Science NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program (NIAC) The Comet Hitchhiker Supernatural Horror in Literature By H. P. Lovecraft 14:47 – What is sci-fi telling us about the world we live in now? The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

 Episode 028: Brains, Feedback Systems, Demons, and Goats with Janelle Klein | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:05:28

Panelists: Jessica Kerr | Sam Livingston-Gray | Rein Henrichs Guest Starring: Janelle Klein: @janellekz | Idea Flow: How to Measure the Pain in Software Development | Open Mastery Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Goats On Podcasts” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:19 – Origin Story 04:36 – The Development of Development 06:58 – Automated Tests and Mistake Detection 09:21 – Designing Releases and Best Practices 20:13 –  “The Code is Better” There is no “the code is better.” There is only “our experience is better.” (users and developers)@greaterthancode with @janellekz — Jessica Kerr (@jessitron) April 12, 2017 15:08 – Measuring Effort, #CollaborativePain, and The Error Handling Process abstraction: great when it works. when something breaks it’s like an egg cracking and all its guts spill out.@janellekz @greaterthancode — Jessica Kerr (@jessitron) April 12, 2017 Why Software Gets In Trouble by Gerald M. Weinberg 33:24 – Discovery and Documentation 37:44 – Agile Fluency Agile Fluency Project: Chart Your Agile Pathway Quality Management Maturity Grid   Support us via Patreon! Get instant access to our Slack Channel! Thank you Paula Gearon! 40:42 – Building a Conceptual Model of our Brains with Code

 Episode 027: Hackathons and Flirting with Failure with Rachel Katz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:07

Panelists: Sam Livingston-Gray | Astrid Countee | Rein Henrichs Guest Starring: Rachel Katz: @hazeltrack | AngelHack Show Notes: 00:16 – Welcome to “Plotting the Rebellion” …we mean, “Greater Than Code!” 01:39 – Origin Story and Superpowers 03:05 – Getting Hooked on Hackathons 04:42 – Corporate Hackathons; Making Hackathons Accessible and Inclusive Greater Than Code Episode 015: Zuri Hunter as Queen of Hackathons DataHack4FI 09:38 – Organizing Hackathons 12:21 – Non-programmers and Hackathons; Bringing in Diverse Perspectives “Some people, when confronted with a problem, think ‘I know, I’ll use regular expressions.’ Now they have two problems.” ~Jamie Zawinski Code: Debugging the Gender Gap 22:46 – Building Things for Others, Leadership Roles, Group Dynamics, and Men vs Women Ctrl Alt Delete Hate Hackathon Lady Problems Hackathon 35:28 – Overnight Hackathons vs Non-Overnight Hackathons 36:38 – The Value of Celebrating Glorious Failure and Responding to Stress and Pressure Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music [TED Talk] Reflections: Astrid: Talking about hackathons is talking about all kinds of other issues. Sam: Make room and seek out non-developers. Rein: Benjamen Zander: Leadership on Display Rachel: Show up, contribute, and listen. Please leave us a review on iTunes! Transcript: ASTRID:  Welcome everyone to Episode

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