Hacking Culture

Exploring practices and technologies that contribute to well-being

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Hacking Culture explores a variety of topics, from hacking your brain with mindfulness to software that gives people freedom from surveillance capitalists. Episodes feature interviews with meditation teachers, neurologists, free-software advocates, academics, and anyone else who can help us better understand the technology, science, and embodied practices that contribute to well-being.


Matthew Tift talks with Stephanie Wagner about Healthy Minds Innovations, their Health Minds @Work program, and "hacking the mind." They talk about tools that cultivate and measure well-being. They discuss various critiques of workplace wellness programs and how Healthy Minds might be able to support your company or organization.


Matthew Tift talks with James Sansbury and Matt Westgate about the history of Lullabot, building a team of Drupal experts, and moving away from the phrase "rock star." Ideas about "rock stars" can prevent people from applying to job postings, cause existing team members to feel inadequate, or encourage an attitude that doesn't work well in a client services setting. Rather than criticize past uses of this phrase, we talk about the effects of this phrase on behavior.


In this episode, Matthew Tift talks with Dr. Joanne Armitage, a lecturer in digital media at the University of Leeds. Joanne performs regularly with ALGOBABEZ, the Orchestra For Females And Laptops (OFFAL), and other collaborators. She recently won the British Science Association’s Daphne Oram Award for Digital Innovation. In this episode, we discuss feminist algorave, her live coding workshops for women and non-binary people, narratives around failure, inclusion and diversity in technology communities, and more.


In this episode, Matthew Tift talks with Mike Hodnick (aka Kindohm) about live coding, TidalCycles, performing with other live coders, creating new sounds, what separates TidalCycles from other live coding environments, and much more


In this episode, Matthew Tift discusses DrupalCon Nashville, the movie *The Matrix*, and various ways to understand the Drupal community. He plays clips from the Driesnote and Steve Francia's keynote, describes some of his experiences at DrupalCon, and offers ideas for what it might mean to understand "the real" Drupal.


In this episode, Matthew Tift talks with Jen Lampton about the Backdrop project, the differences between the Drupal and Backdrop communities, helping people, organizing software communities, and much more.


In this episode, Matthew Tift talks with Brian Frias, the Brand and Technology Manager at a small manufacturer called Masterfit Enterprises. Brian discusses his experiences in the Backdrop community and how his company is using Backdrop.


In this episode, Matthew Tift talks with Tom Grandy, who oversees websites for 23 school districts. Tom describes himself as a journalist, a teacher, and a non-coder who helps out with documentation and marketing for Backdrop. He describes his experiences using proprietary software, finding Drupal, his involvement with Backdrop, and the challenges of using free software in K-12 education. Tom shares why people working in schools make decisions about technology most often based on cost, but that he believes we should also considers software licenses, communities, and other more philosophical factors.


This episode explores the "paradox of tolerance," and what it means for free software communities, business, conference organizing, and our daily interactions. Learn more at https://hackingculture.org/episode/12.



The episode of Hacking Culture offers ideas on what the American experimental composer John Cage (1912-1992) can teach us about hacking. Examining Cage's pieces such as Suite for Toy Piano, Sonatas and Interludes, and 4'33" alongside an essay by Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond's "Jargon File," and listening to lectures by Cage provides a fresh perspective on the art of hacking. This episode is released under the Creative Commons attribution share alike 4.0 International license. See more at hackingculture.org/episode/11.