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35 minutes | Dec 28, 2022
Everyone goofs sometimes. Today we talk accidents... some happy, some not! Links: Decaf coffee and history of penicillin, your pop-sci "accidents of history" stories of the day. Look, this is admittedly kind of a fluff episode. Have we linked to Worse is Better before? We did? In the lisp episode? And here's the Terminal Phase episode
38 minutes | Dec 1, 2022
53: Fediverse reflections while the bird burns
Twitter is burning, and people are flocking to the fediverse. Is the fediverse ready though? How did we get here? Where should we be going? Since Christine is co-author of ActivityPub, the primary protocol used by the fediverse, Morgan decides it's time to get Christine's thoughts recorded and out there... so we hop in the car as we talk all about it! Links: ActivityPub, the protocol which wires the federated social web together, of which Christine is co-author! Be sure to check out the Overview section... it's actually fairly easy to understand! Some of the implementations discussed (though there are many more): Mastodon Peertube Pixelfed Pleroma A lot has been written about Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter. Here's a pretty decent timeline (though it's missing the transphobia stuff). W3C Social Web Working Group is where ActivityPub was standardized OcapPub (while not complete, it lays out a lot of the core problems with the way the fediverse has gone) The Spritely Institute Previous episodes on Spritely: What is Spritely?, Spritely Updates! (November 2021), and sorta kinda the Terminal Phase episode The Presentation of Self on a Decentralized Web (PhD dissertation by ActivityPub co-author Amy Guy, partly covers its standardization) SMTP and XMPP can be seen as decentralized "social networks" before that term took off OStatus pump.io is where the pump.io API came from, which is the direct predecessor to ActivityPub StatusNet / GNU Social Diaspora MediaGoblin APConf videos Context Collapse Early writeups from Christine some of these ideas, but are old: ActivityPub: from decentralied to distributed social networks magenc crystal golem
23 minutes | Nov 13, 2022
52: Terminal Phase: a space shooter that runs in your terminal!
Terminal Phase! A space shooter that runs in your terminal!!! Who wouldn't be excited about that? Not to mention that it shows off cool features of Spritely Goblins... like time travel: Well, Terminal Phase has been Christine's fun/downtime project for the last few years, and one of the bonuses you can get for the reward tiers of donating to this podcast! And yet we've never done an episode about it! Given that a brand new (and much easier to install) release of Terminal Phase is coming out really soon, we figured now's a good time to talk about it! Links: Terminal Phase! Blogposts about Terminal Phase! Project announcement 1.0 announcement Time travel debugging in Spritely Goblins, previewed through Terminal Phase 1.1 announcement Terminal Phase was in a Polish "Linux magazine"! FOSS & Crafts' Patreon Spritely Goblins, a project of the Spritely Institute Blast off! A tour of Spritely Institute's tech Racket Guile Guix 8sync (Goblins predecessor). See also the Mudsync video, on that very page. Raart Spacewar! A bit about how Spacewar lead to UNICS (later renamed Unix)
48 minutes | Oct 1, 2022
Morgan and Christine walk through their (well, Morgan's) renovation of a cargo van into a campervan. This is a very crafty episode, but we do work in a few analogies to some FOSS (and open hardware) things! Show notes at the end, but how about a quick visual van tour? Back of the van, wide open! A closer look... Actually, let's move that solar panel aside... Here's a better view of the cabinet with all the equipment attached: Here's what the van looks like if you come in the side door: Another, more diagonal view: Safety first! Window covers, custom fit! Reflectix goes out, fabric goes in. The cabinet with the cargo net off... And one more view! Links: Cheap RV Living channel on YouTube Vanlife subreddit Built to Go! A #Vanlife Podcast Foresty Forest
28 minutes | Aug 21, 2022
50: The Spritely Institute
The Spritely Institute (of which Christine is CTO) just announced its multi-year grant by the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web and gave a tour of its current tech! This is a big moment that's been in the works for a while, as Spritely moves hands towards real stewardship by a real nonprofit! Also also! The video recording of the Lisp/Scheme workshop (based on A Scheme Primer) is released! Unlock Lisp / Scheme's magic: beginner to Scheme-written-in-Scheme in one hour! (PeerTube, YouTube, ) Links: Spritely Networked Communities Institute FFDW funding announcement Tech tour Donate to the Spritely Institute! FOSS & Crafts episodes about Spritely: The What is Spritely episode, where Morgan says "get in the car Christine you need to talk about your project", is the first time Christine laid out the broader (early) plans for Spritely in depth! (In that sense, FOSS & Crafts has been here for much of Spritely's journey, as many of our listeners know!) Spritely Updates! (November 2021) Less directly, Mark S. Miller on Distributed Objects, Part 1 talks about much of the tech that informs Spritely's design! Spritely Institute's jobs page which will have jobs posted on it like, real soon now Spritely Institute is also the org that published A Scheme Primer, which we've talked about before Free as in Freedom has talked about how the IRS has been more cautious about granting nonprofit status to FOSS orgs in Episode 0x4E (IRS Refusal Redux) Some background about Randy Farmer (Spritely Institute's Executive Director): Randy co-founded Lucasfilm's Habitat, the world's first graphical massively multiplayer virtual world, which ran on the Commodore 64 in 1985 (!!!) Revival over at neohabitat.org See the hilarious marketing video The Lessons of Lucasfilms Habitat is one of the most cited papers about virtual community designs of all times, and still holds up today Electric Communities Habitat was Habitat's followup. Hard to find information on, but here's a Randy demo'ing the system from 1997! The E Programming Language, on which much of Spritely is designed, came from EC Habitat. See Mark S. Miller on Distributed Objects, Part 1 for more on that (and hey, when are we getting out part 2?) Randy co-hosts a podcast called Social Media Clarity which has some interesting episodes. See also Spritely Institute's brilliant engineer Jessica Tallon writing about her experiences and especially her pebble bank design!
37 minutes | Jul 15, 2022
49: Lisp but Beautiful; Lisp for Everyone
Morgan's out sick! And yet Morgan is still in this episode! And that's because this episode is the audio version of a talk by the very same name from FOSDEM 2022, co-presented by Christine and Morgan! But since Morgan isn't here, Christine fills in, and also gets a bit silly. HACK AND CRAFT SCHEME TUTORIALS! The last live scheme tutorial went really well! And relatedly, Christine and the Spritely Institute just published A Scheme Primer, which is more or less the text version of that presentation! The next live verison of the sheme tutorial will be hosted at Hack & Craft! Come this Saturday, July 16, 2pm-4pm ET (6pm-8pm UTC)! We're planning to record this one! Oh, and bonus Fructure gif: Links: The video version of this talk Episode 47: What is Lisp? Wisp and its associated SRFI-119 Fructure!!! Watch the amazing RacketCon talk!
30 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
48: Sophie Jantak on pet portraits and Blender's Grease Pencil
The amazing Sophie Jantak joins us to talk about how she makes pet portraits (including one she made for us!) using Blender's Grease Pencil. Hear about Sophie's process, why Grease Pencil is the right tool for her, and what her collalboration process is like on pet portrait commissions! (And yes, you can commission Sophie tool!) BONUS FREE CULTURAL SOURCE CONTENT! We've collectively decided to release this artwork's source code as a free cultural work! Get the .blend (CC BY-SA 4.0)! HACK AND CRAFT SCHEME TUTORIALS! Also a reminder, we'll be hosting two versions of a "Intro to Scheme" tutorial during the two Hack & Craft meetings this month! July 2nd, 8pm-10pm ET (12am-2am UTC): First trial run of Scheme tutorial! July 16, 2pm-4pm ET (6pm-8pm UTC): Second version, we're planning to record this one! Links: Sophie Jantak! YouTube channel (lots of great grease pencil tutorials!) Pet commissions Patreon Sophie's beginner grease pencil tutorial: 3d bonsai painting Blender and Grease Pencil (hybrid 2d and 3d artwork) Christine's cat comix (these were made for Morgan when she was finishing her dissertation, but maybe you'll enjoy them): 1: Deadlines 2: The Anxiety Cloud 3: Missy's Adventures in Video Gaming 4: Missy's NES cart 5: Enter Kelsey the Queen 6: Kelsey Claims the House for Herself 7: Missy's Revenge 8: Kelsey's Demand HERO, a Blender Grease Pencil Showcase There are a lot of good Grease Pencil tutorials online... we'll let you find them, but this Grease Pencil Random Tips and Tricks is a nice thing to know about! FOSS & Crafts Episode 16: Bassam Kurdali on using Blender for open movie productions and education
30 minutes | Jun 23, 2022
47: What is Lisp?
This episode is all about the Lisp family of programming languages! Ever looked at Lisp and wondered why so many programmers gush about such a weird looking programming language style? What's with all those parentheses? Surely there must be something you get out of them for so many programming nerds to gush about the language! We do a light dive into Lisp's history, talk about what makes Lisp so powerful, and nerd out about the many, many kinds of Lisps out there! Announcement: Christine is gonna give an intro-to-Scheme tutorial at our next Hack & Craft! Saturday July 2nd, 2022 at 20:00-22:00 ET! Come and learn some Scheme with us! Links: Various histories of Lisp: History of Lisp by John McCarthy The Evolution of Lisp by Guy L. Steele and Richard P. Gabriel History of LISP by Paul McJones William Byrd's The Most Beautiful Program Ever Written demonstrates just how easy it is to write lisp in lisp, showing off the kernel of evaluation living at every modern programming language! M-expressions (the original math-notation-vision for users to operate on) vs S-expressions (the structure Lisp evaluators actually operate at, in direct representational mirror of the typically, but not necessarily, parenthesized representation of the same). Lisp-1 vs Lisp-2... well, rather than give a simple link and analysis, have a thorough one. Lisp machines MIT's CADR was the second iteration of the lisp machine, and the most influential on everything to come. Then everything split when two separate companies implemented it... Lisp Machines, Incorporated (LMI), founded by famous hacker Richard Greenblatt, who aimed to keep the MIT AI Lab hacker culture alive by only hiring programmers part-time. Symbolics was the other rival company. Took venture capital money, was a commercial success for quite a while. These systems were very interesting, there's more to them than just the rivalry. But regarding that, the book Hackers (despite its issues) captures quite a bit about the AI lab before this and then its split, including a ton of Lisp history. Some interesting things happening over at lisp-machine.org The GNU manifestio mentions Lisp quite a bit, including that the plan was for the system to be mostly C and Lisp. Worse is Better, including the original (but the first of those two links provides a lot of context) The AI winter. Bundle up, lispers! Symbolics' Mac Ivory RISC-V tagged architecture, plus this lowRISC tagged memory tutorial. (We haven't read these yet, but they're on the reading queue!) Scheme There's a lot of these... we recommend Guile if you're interested in using Emacs (along with Geiser), and Racket if you're looking for a more gentle introduction (DrRacket, which ships with Racket, is a friendly introduction) The R5RS and R7RS-small specs are very short and easy to read especially See this section of the Guile manual for a bit of... history Common Lisp... which, yeah there are multiple implementations, but these days really means SBCL with Sly or SLIME Clojure introduced functional datastructures to the masses (okay, maybe not the masses). Neat stuff, though not a great license choice (even if technically FOSS) in our opinion and Rich Hickey kinda blew up his community so maybe use something else these days. Hy, always hy-larious Fennel, cutest lil' Lua Lisp you've ever seen Webassembly's text syntax isn't technically a Lisp, but let's be honest... is it technically not a Lisp either?! Typed Racket and Hackett Emacs... Lisp?... well let's just give you the tutorial! The dreams of the 60s-80s are alive in Emacs. The Many Faces of an Undying Programming Language is a nice little tour of some well known Lisps. Actually, we just did an episode about Emacs, didn't we? Digital Humanities Workshops episode We guess if you wanted to use Racket and VS Code, you could use Magic Racket?! We dunno, we've never used VS Code! (Are we out of touch?!) What about for Guile?! Someone put some energy into Guile Studio! Hack & Craft!
41 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
46: Mark S. Miller on Distributed Objects, Part 1
Calling all programming language nerds! Distinguished computer scientist Mark S. Miller (presently at Agoric) joins us to tell us all about distributed object programming languages and their history! We talk about actors, a bit of Xanadu, and little known but incredibly influential programming languages like Flat Concurrent Prolog, Joule, and E! Actually there's so much to talk about that this episode is just part one! There's more to come! Links: The actor model (the core of which is sometimes distinguished from modified variants by as being called "the classic actor model"). Long history; Tony Garnock-Jones' History of Actors is maybe the cleanest writeup The Agoric Open Systems papers by Mark Miller and Eric Drexler are a good background into the underlying motivations that got Mark into distributed objects markm-talks and markm-more-talks which are mostly about object capability security topics APConf keynote, Architectures of Robust Openness by Mark S. Miller (YouTube copy) Mark diagraming a (certificate based) object capabilities flow at Rebooting Web of Trust 2017 (when Mark and Christine first met!) The history of Mark and company performing civil disobediance to make cryptography available to everyone is discussed in When Encryption Was a Crime: The 1990s Battle for Free Speech in Software, part of a four part series RSA Xanadu, Ted Nelson, and Computer Lib/Dream Machines Xerox PARC, which is where the Vulcan group happened (which is hard to find information on, sadly). Mark mentions some of his colleagues who worked with him in the Vulcan group, including Dean Tribble (who worked on Joule, see more below) and Danny Bobrow who is famous for his groundbreaking program STUDENT (Natural Language Input for a Computer Proglem Solving System is an incredible read, detailing a program (written in lisp!) which could read algebra "word problems" written in plain English and solve them... in 1964!). Flat Concurrent Prolog... it's tough to find things about! Presumably here's the paper Mark mentioned that Dean lead on Flat Concurrent Prolog from the Vulcan group which lead to Joule's channels. A bit more on (go figure) erights.org! The Joule manual is still a very interesting read, if you can find the time. Talks about channels in depth. Here's the Communicating Sequential Processes book by Tony Hoare, quite a nerdy read! On capabilities and actors... we'll get to this more in the next episode, but for now we'll leave the Ode to the Granovetter Diagram paper here (it's a truly amazing document!)
33 minutes | May 25, 2022
45: A high level introduction to cryptography
In this episode we give a very (very) high level introduction to cryptography concepts. No math or programming background required! Links: Crypto 101, probably the BEST book for learning about cryptography concepts. And a relevant talk from PyCon! We mentioned RSA, which is the first publicly published algorithm for public key cryptography. These days most public key cryptography uses elliptic curves instead. It's possible that in the future, something else will be recommended instead! Playing around with GnuPG can be a great way to learn about cryptography as a user, but... it's also not the easiest thing to learn either, and we don't personally believe that GPG/PGP's web of trust model is a realistic path for user security. (But what we recommend instead, that's a topic for a future episode.) Still, a useful tool in all sorts of ways. Mixing and matching these things at a low level can be tricky, and unexpected vulnerabilities can easily occur. Cryptographic Right Answers has been a useful page, but the cryptography world keeps moving!
37 minutes | Apr 30, 2022
44: Celebrating a Decade of Guix
Guix turns ten! We celebrate Guix's first decade by highlighting ten great things about Guix! Hear all about functional package management, time-traveling operating systems, and why "Composable DSLs" are great! Links: Guix Stories about 10 years of Guix, from the Guix blog Nix Cool Guix features highlighted in this episode: Grafts (for security updates) guix challenge guix shell and guix environment guix pack Nonguix (Proprietary! Nonfree! But sometimes some users need these things to get their computers to work...) Reproducible Builds Bootstrappable Builds Mes (see this video for an introduction) Reflections on Trusting Trust (aka the "Thompson Attack" described in the episode) virtualenv
68 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
43: Repetitive Strain Injuries
This week we’re talking about Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI). Christine and Morgan tell their stories bout over-using their wrists from programming (prodded along by an injury) and writing academic papers respectively. We discuss what you can do to treat or minimize the effects of these injuries then cap it off with a discussion of RSI gloves including Morgan's Free Soft Wear RSI glove pattern. Repetitive Strain Injuries Morgan's RSI gloves article Your Wrists Hurt, You Must Be a Programmer It's Not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome book (there are probably better resources out there now, this is what Christine read a decade ago) Workrave Some RSI exercises that Christine thought were effective (old, but archived on internet archive... Christine still uses them sometimes)
61 minutes | Mar 6, 2022
42: Learning the Sewing Machine
Christine finally overcomes her fear of the sewing machine and we talk about Christine and Morgan's respective experiences learning it, and how you can pick it up too! Links: Morgan's article on Basic Sewing Patterns. Includes pictures of the dicebag and skirt! (More tutorials coming soon!) You probably know what a sewing machine is, but isn't there always more to learn? A Cultural Perspective on Gender Diversity in Computing and Building an Effective Computer Science Student Organization: The Carnegie Mellon Women@SCSAction Plan (On that note, when Christine was in college she attended a presentation by Lenore Blum about women in CS, which is where the potluck anecdote comes from.)
51 minutes | Feb 5, 2022
41: Learning Emacs
Morgan finally overcomes her fear of Emacs and we talk about Morgan and Christine's respective experiences learning it, and how you can pick it up too!Our talks tomorrow at FOSDEM's Declarative and Minimalistic Computing room:Lisp but Beautiful; Lisp for EveryoneSpritely Goblins Comes to GuileSwitching capslock and ctrl stuff: (it's a great idea even if you don't use Emacs; many keyboards used to have ctrl key where capslock now is, and much advanced program use benefits from keyboard shortcuts):Switching on GNU/LinuxSwitching on Windows 10 & 11Switching on OSXOn Guix: (keyboard-layout "us" #:options '("caps:ctrl_modifier" "shift:both_capslock")) in your system configuration both makes capslock a ctrl and allows you to press both shift keys at once to enable capslock behavior (should you want such a thing)And actually there's a whole EmacsWiki page about itLinks:Emacs!Git and MagitOrg-ModeSpacemacsMousemacsEmacs Themes… find one that's right for you!The Emacs lisp reference manualemacsconfOrg-mode and Org-Roam for Scholars and ResearchersSacha Chua, whose blog is full of awesome emacs and emacs news posts, and who also releases lots of great videos about Emacs!Emacs Rocks!Episode 14: Digital Humanities WorkshopsEpisode 15: Scribble and the Open Document Formatmu4e, ERC, crdt.el (video)… many more emacs tools mentioned, not all linked! Trying to be comprehensive would result in a trip to the M-x doctor for sure…wireworld-el, Christine's (minimalist) implementation of the wireworld cellular automata (cellular automata circuits!)And yes, it turns out you CAN annotate PDFs in emacs, using the pdf-tools package!
26 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
40: Interdisciplinarity and FOSS (SeaGL Keynote)
Morgan and Christine talk about the skills they’ve learned in their humanities backgrounds and how those have translated into their work within FOSS communities and projects. They’ll then discuss the benefits of seeking out varied skillsets within your communities, the value of looking at problems from multiple lenses, and how to use all of the tools we’ve got to promote our projects. (This episode is the audio from our SeaGL keynote of the same name!)Oh yeah, and as we said in the intro, the TinyNES campaign is going strong (see our last episode)! We met the minimum goal which means it's happening! Still a couple of weeks left (at time of writing) to get yourself an open hardware NES, but over half of the "genuine chip" ones are now sold out, so get yours while you can!Links:SeaGL, and a video of our keynote of the same nameSpritelyOkay here's Christine's old comic Lingo from nearly two decades ago, don't judge too harshly plsEmacsLaTeXRacket and Racket's picture languageMediaGoblinDigital Humanities Workshops episodeMusic Production on Guix SystemJessica Tallon and Spritely interviewFOSS Stitch episode of F&C, and ih!The Liberated Pixel CupDeb NicholsonUrchn Studios
68 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
39: The TinyNES: An Open Hardware "Tiny Nostalgia Evocation Square"
Dan Gilbert of Tall Dog joins us to talk about the Tiny Nostalgia Evocation Square (or TinyNES for short)! The TinyNES is an open hardware system compatible with the compatible with original Nintendo Entertainment System and Famicom cartridges and controllers. Instead of being just an emulator or FPGA-based implementation, the TinyNES uses the original 6502-derived chips and a custom circuit board, preserving and carrying forward computing history! Oh yeah, and it's also running a crowdfunding campaign, so you can order your own and support open hardware in the best way possible: by playing video games!By the way, we mentioned that FOSS & Crafts Studios would be launching its first collaboration... we're helping to run the crowdfunding campaign on this one (and couldn't be more excited about it)!Links:TinyNES crowdfunding campaign (launch announcement, sources will be on tinynes.com when campaign succeeds)Tall Dog, Dan's company (they do some other cool open hardware stuff too, check 'em out!)Tall Dog's statement on supporting open sourceThe 6502 chip and its specially modified version for the Nintendo Enetertainment System, the Ricoh 2A03FreeCAD and KiCADVisual6502Nova the SquirrelEverdrive (proprietary hardware, but lets you run custom ROMs, including Nova)Robot Finds Kitten on the c64! Written in Racket!
25 minutes | Nov 28, 2021
38: Spritely Updates! (November 2021)
It's time for some updates on Spritely, the project Christine founded to advance decentralized networking technology! A lot has happened since our episode about Spritely from last year (which is really where Spritely got its main public announcement)! Most notably, Jessica Tallon has joined the project thanks to a generous grant from NLNet and NGI Zero! But there's a lot more that has happened too, so listen in!ALSO! As mentioned at the end of this episode, starting with the NEXT episode, we'll begin signing off every episode by thanking donors to FOSS & Crafts Studios' Patreon! By donating you both support this podcast AND Christine's work on Spritely!Links:The Spritely ProjectFOSS & Crafts Studios' Patreon! Donate to show up in the thank-yous for upcoming episodes!The previous "What is Spritely?" of this podcastJessica Tallon joins with a grant from NLNet/NGI Zero! Plus an interview!Spritely Brux, Spritely's identity and trust management framework, which Jessica is working on (and Morgan dressed as for the costume contest)Goblin-Chat (mostly a prototype to demonstrate the underlying networking tech)Spritely Goblins, Spritely's distributed programming environment framework (and which Christine dressed as for the costume contest) (code, documentation)Work in progress port of Goblins on Guile! It's getting close!Spritely Aurie, Spritely's security-preserving runtime serialization and upgrade frameworkSafe Serialization Under Mutual Suspicion by Mark S. MillerPickling, Uneval, Unapply by Jonathan ReesOCapN, the new generation of CapTP and friends (see also What is CapTP, and what does it enable?)Coroutines, Goblins' scoped suport for them. As for why they aren't prioritized in Goblins, read up on re-entrancy attacks, including this ancient e-lang email threadGoblins' integration with Racket's asynchronous programming stuff via sync/pr (will be documented in the next tutorial version)SeaGL, where Morgan and Christine keynoted... and performed in the costume contest as the Spritely Brux and Goblins mascots!
59 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
37: Salt on Resilience in FOSS
Wm Salt Hale joins us to talk about his dissertation on resilience in FOSS communities (especially after crisis events), the kind of impacts founder decisions can have on long-term community development, especially as seen through reactions to software vulnerabilities and license decisions.Also! Salt mentions that we're keynoting at SeaGL this weekend! It's an online conference, so maybe we'll see you there!Links:Wm Salt HaleSalt's master's thesis: Resilience in Free/Libre/Open Source SoftwareCommunity Data Science CollectiveBenjamin Mako HillWikipedia article on HeartbleedDebianChampion, Kaylea. 2019. “Production Misalignment: A Threat to Public Knowledge.” Master of Arts Thesis, Seattle, Washington: University of Washington.PandasScrapyHarvard DataverseSnowdriftSeaGL
48 minutes | Sep 11, 2021
36: Topics of interest!
Lightning round! Morgan and Christine blast through a bunch of snack-sized topics they're currently interested in, ranging from an actual FOSS video game made for the NES, to "Free Soft Wear" clothing, to compiler towers!above image from Morgan's blogpost on "free soft wear"Links:This episode's title was inspired by Ian Bicking's 2009 PyCon talk, "Topics of Interest", but it's bitrotted off the internet so we can't link you to that one. Boooooo!Nova the Squirel by... Nova the SquirrelSource code!upcoming SNES sequel!You might need an NES emulator... Mednafen is good and can play games on a lot of systemsMark Bitman's "How to Cook Everything Vegetarian" First edition and no I'm not linking you to the second edition which is good but not as deeply instructiveElena "of Valhalla"'s blogpost about tie-on pocketssee alsosee also (see also)Episode 17: Gardening, from seedling to seasonedGuile's compiler towerKat Walsh's awesome necklace she made during Hack & CraftJim's Big Ego's song Mix Tape from the album They're Everywhere!If you like this song, you might really like the album free* which Christine would argue tells a collective narrative very relevant to this podcastRobo Rally! Program robots!Morgan's blogpost on "free soft wear" (term coined by the great Kat Walsh!)Morgan's tablet weaving pattern for the "html strap" (Partly inspired by this pattern, but honestly mostly different. Bonus question for the reader: what constitutes a derivative work for weaving patterns?)Eat the Weeds is a great resource to learn about what kinds of weeds you can eat, and which ones you can't, but even then, be careful. Really, seriously, be careful. Poison hemlock looks almost just like its more innocent cousin Queen Anne's lace except that it will kill you quickly and painfully. There's lots of great wild stuff out there, but be careful, and maybe take a class or instructions or help from someone who knows what they're talking about, or only eat the stuff that's generally agreed upon as "there's nothing dangerous you could mistake this for". And even then, be sure!
63 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
35: Women and Wool Working in the Ancient Roman Empire, Part 2
In Part 1 of Women and Wool Working in the Ancient Roman Empire, we discussed the practical matters of textile production in domestic and commercial contexts. In this second episode, we look at the performative ways that textile production was used to construct women's identities. This includes the incorporation of textile tools and production into rites of passage such as marriage, childbirth, and death as a symbol of the virtuous matron. We further discuss religious use and association of textile production through the stories of the Fates, Arachne, and the Virgin Mary. We then come around to weave the rest of the narrative together: could the piece that fits in the women-shaped hole of textile production in ancient Rome be... women?This episode is dedicated in loving memory of Laura Callahan-Hazard and Sigrid Steinbock, both enthusiastic supporters of Morgan's dissertation, themselves both textile artists, and who both had wanted to read Morgan's dissertation but left this world too soon.Links:Morgan's dissertationEpisode 34: Women and Wool Working in the Ancient Roman Empire, Part 1Trinkl, Elisabeth. 2004. "Zum Wirkungskreis einer kleinasiatischen Matrona anhand ausgewählter Funde aus dem Hanghaus 2 in Ephesos." In Jahreshefte des Österreichischen archäologischen Instituts in Wien. 73:281-303Roman version of the Arachne Myth by Ovid, The Metamorphoses VI Content Warning: suicide, oblique mentions to rape, gods being jerks to mortalsRoman description of the three fates or Parcae by Catullus, 64, scroll down to line 305.Roman version of the Europa Myth by Ovid, The Metamorphoses, II, 833-875 Content Warning: abduction, gods taking other forms to seduce women, gods being jerks to mortalsA summary of the mythology of Leda and the Swan, very brief Roman summary in Hyginus, Fabulae 77, scroll down to § 77. Content Warning: rape, gods taking other forms to seduce women, gods being jerks to mortalsRoman version of the Danae Myth by Hyginus, Fabulae 63, scroll down to § 63. Content Warning: rape, gods taking other forms to seduce women, gods being jerks to mortals
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