A podcast about free software, free culture, and making things together
FOSS and Crafts is an interdisciplinary exploration of collaborative creation. We believe that all works (whether digital or traditional in nature) are informed by history as well as one's surrounding culture and community, whether directly or indirectly, and that everyone benefits from the expansion of the commons. We explore such topics as computer programming, craft production, user freedom and agency, especially informed by the principles of the F(L)OSS (Free, Libre, and Open Source Software) and free culture movements.
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Episodes and news
- 55: Free Soft WearTue 31 January 2023
Morgan talks about "Free Soft Wear": textile processes under free culture licenses!
- 54: Oops!Tue 27 December 2022
Everyone goofs sometimes. Today we talk accidents... some happy, some not!
- 53: Fediverse reflections while the bird burnsThu 01 December 2022
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!
- 52: Terminal Phase: a space shooter that runs in your terminal!
- 51: #vanlife...?
- 50: The Spritely Institute
- 49: Lisp but Beautiful; Lisp for EveryoneThu 14 July 2022
- 48: Sophie Jantak on pet portraits and Blender's Grease Pencil
- 47: What is Lisp?Thu 23 June 2022
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!
- 46: Mark S. Miller on Distributed Objects, Part 1Tue 31 May 2022
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!