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.


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.


In this episode of Hacking Culture, Matthew Tift talks with Clayton Dewey about Drutopia, an initiative to revolutionize the way we build online tools


In this episode of Hacking Culture, Matthew Tift talks with Matt Westgate and Seth Brown about Lullabot, the Drupal community, and how people who build free software improve the world. This episode is released under the Creative Commons attribution share alike 4.0 International license. The theme music used in this episode comes from the Open Goldberg Variations. Learn more at hackingculture.org.


In this episode of Hacking Culture, Matthew Tift talks with Stu Keroff about a Linux User Group for Asian middle-school students called Asian Penguins. The kids learn not only how to use Linux, but also maintain more than 30 Linux computers for their school and provide Linux computers to local families that cannot afford a computer.


This episode is released under the Creative Commons attribution share alike 4.0 International license. The theme music used in this episode comes from the Open Goldberg Variations. The musical interludes all come from ccMixter.org. “Reverie (small theme)" by _ghost (http://ccmixter.org/files/_ghost/25389) under CC BY license. "Heartbit" by Alex featuring Onlymeith (http://ccmixter.org/files/AlexBeroza/37758) under CC BY-NC license.


In this episode of Hacking Culture, Matthew Tift talks with Holly Ross, the Executive Director of the Drupal Association, about the Drupal community, the Drupal Association, non-profits, business, tax codes, and more. They get into some controversial issues, and some of Holly's answers may surprise you!


This episode is released under the Creative Commons attribution share alike 4.0 International license. The theme music used in this episode comes from the Open Goldberg Variations. The musical interludes all come from ccMixter.org. "See You Later" by Pitx featuring Fireproof Babies and Bmccosar (http://ccmixter.org/files/Pitx/17154), "I dunno" by grapes (http://ccmixter.org/files/grapes/16626), “ Prism in the Ether" by Fireproof_Babies (http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Fireproof_Babies/27213) under CC BY-NC license.


In this episode of Hacking Culture, Matthew Tift talks with Allison Randal about her 30 years of professional programming experience, serving on multiple well-known open source and free software boards, planning conferences like OSCON and DebConf, and more. She offers a great deal of valuable advice both for people new to the FLOSS community and people who are looking to get more involved, as well as ideas about the relationship between the FSF and the OSI, great tips for conference organizers, and suggestions about how to transition from one free software community to the next.


This episode is released under the Creative Commons attribution share alike 4.0 International license. The theme music used in this episode comes from the Open Goldberg Variations, performed by Kimiko Ishizaka (http://www.opengoldbergvariations.org). The musical interludes all come from ccMixter.org. "Test Drive" by Zapac (http://ccmixter.org/files/Zapac/26047), "Mauerspechte (the light) ditto ditto" by ASHWAN (http://ccmixter.org/files/ashwan/48192) under CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0). "La Madeline Au Truffe" by basematic featuring Jeris (VJ_Memes) (http://ccmixter.org/files/basematic/33580) under CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0). "Black Rainbow" by Pitx (http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/Pitx/19513) under Ceative Commons Sampling Plus (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/sampling+/1.0/).


In this episode of Hacking Culture Matthew Tift talks to Ruth Suehle about her involvement with Red Hat, the Fedora Project, opensource.com, and her book, Raspberry Pi Hacks.


This episode is released under the Creative Commons attribution share alike 4.0 International license. The theme music used in this episode comes from the Open Goldberg Variations, performed by Kimiko Ishizaka (http://www.opengoldbergvariations.org). The musical interludes all come from ccMixter.org. "Vertigo's Roses" by Speck (http://ccmixter.org/files/speck/49631), "Feeling Dark (Behind The Mask)" by 7OOP3D featuring Artexflow (http://ccmixter.org/files/7OOP3D/29126), "Goodbye War, Hello Peace" by teru (http://ccmixter.org/files/teru/18828), "Chillin' With Jeris" by copperhead (http://ccmixter.org/files/copperhead/35987) under CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0). "Awel" by stefsax (http://ccmixter.org/files/stefsax/7785) and "Longing for Tumbleweeds" by Admiral Bob featuring snowflake (http://ccmixter.org/files/admiralbob77/33347) under CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0).


This special bonus episode of Hacking Culture coincides with the release of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier, a Kickstarter-funded project to produce a public domain recording and digital score of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, plus a braille edition for blind musicians.


Matthew Tift talks with Robert Douglass (Open Goldberg Project) and Thomas Bonte (MuseScore) about creating open source and free versions of Bach's music, free music composition and notation software, being part of the "free culture movement," what Richard Stallman thinks about the name "Open Goldberg," and much more!


This episode is released under the Creative Commons attribution share alike 3.0 United States license. The theme music comes from the Open Goldberg Variations (http://www.opengoldbergvariations.org) and the musical interludes come from the Open Well-Tempered Clavier (http://welltemperedclavier.org), performed by Kimiko Ishizaka.