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Greater Than Code

216 episodes - English - Latest episode: 5 days ago - ★★★★★ - 39 ratings

For a long time, tech culture has focused too narrowly on technical skills; this has resulted in a tech community that too often puts companies and code over people. Greater Than Code is a podcast that invites the voices of people who are not heard from enough in tech: women, people of color, trans and/or queer folks, to talk about the human side of software development and technology. Greater Than Code is providing a vital platform for these conversations, and developing new ideas of what it means to be a technologist beyond just the code.
Featuring an ongoing panel of racially and gender diverse tech panelists, the majority of podcast guests so far have been women in tech! We’ve covered topics including imposter syndrome, mental illness, sexuality, unconscious bias and social justice. We also have a major focus on skill sets that tech too often devalues, like team-building, hiring, community organizing, mentorship and empathy. Each episode also includes a transcript.
We have an active Slack community that members can join by pledging as little as $1 per month via Patreon. (https://www.patreon.com/greaterthancode)

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Episodes

205: Breaking Silos and Creating Opportunity Via Remote Work with Amir Salihefendić

October 21, 2020 09:00 - 48 minutes - 53.8 MB

02:16 - Amir’s Superpower: Learning * The Value of Knowledge Work 05:42 - Growing Up As a Refugee * Maintaining Focus During Change 11:04 - A Founder’s Mindset * Trauma: Makes You Stronger * Shadow-Side Psyche (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_(psychology)) * Reboot by Jerry Colonna (https://www.rebootbyjerry.com/) (Book) * Reboot.io (https://www.reboot.io/) (CEO Coaching) 19:06 - Remote Work * Opportunities and Implications * Handling Skepticism * Impact on Local Community * Remote-Firs...

204: Creating Community Spaces in The Age of COVID with Nicole Archambault

October 14, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 51.5 MB

02:04 - Nicole’s Superpower: Empathy and Community Building * “The After-Hours Vibe” Zoom Parties (DM Nicole on Twitter for an invite!) (https://twitter.com/lavie_encode) * Discord Servers (https://discord.com/) * freeCodeCamp (https://www.freecodecamp.org/) 15:06 - Overcoming Isolation and Forming Connections in the Age of COVID-19 * Masking (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masking_(personality)) * Vulnerability and Transparency 20:42 - Creating a Techincal Community * Human Resource Machine (...

203: Algorithmic Auditing and Accountability with Matthew Zhou

October 07, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 69 MB

01:54 - Matt’s Superpower: Letting Things Go Easily * Nonattachment and Immigration 08:35 - Matt’s Journey From Anthropology to Tech * The Intersection of Technology and Social Science 13:42 - Algorithmic Auditing and Accountability * Internal vs External Audits * Identifying Affected Parties * Waze Hijacked L.A. in the Name of Convenience. Can Anyone Put the Genie Back in the Bottle? (https://www.lamag.com/citythinkblog/waze-los-angeles-neighborhoods/) * Participation in Machine Learning * P...

202: The Art of Storytelling in Technology with Asra Nadeem

September 30, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 74.8 MB

00:42 - Asra’s Superpower: Unrelenting Love For Herself 02:32 - Storytelling * Storytelling is Important for Change * Taking Action with Stories 09:35 - Finding Passionate Builders * No Freedom Without Financial Freedom * Human Creativity vs Technology Automation * You Can Be Who You Want to Be 18:32 - The Responsibility of Creators and Consumers in Tech * Personal Responsibility vs Systemic Issues * Balancing Individual Responsibility with Power Dynamics and Influence * Manipulation, Fear, a...

201: Real Rebels Pay Their Taxes with Nils Norman Haukås

September 23, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 70.7 MB

02:58 - Nils’ Superpower: Storytelling * Practicing Presentation * Company/Employer-Sponsored Skill Training (such as storytelling/public speaking) * Taking Courses Unrelated to Your Own Skillset 09:39 - Deleting Code * Tension Around Deleting or Refactoring Others’ Code * Etiquette Around ^^ * Sharing Codebases 20:17 - Is it ethical to invest time in learning and using technologies from companies that pay little or no taxes? * Real Rebels Pay Their Taxes (https://nilsnh.no/2020/08/14/real-re...

200: "Bad Code" with Damien Burke

September 16, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 71.1 MB

02:58 - Damien’s Superpower: Being able to hold contradictory beliefs at the same time. * Working in VERY Local Government (for the City of Los Angeles) 07:05 - What is “Bad Code”? * Episode 188: Going Off the Rails with Damien Burke (https://www.greaterthancode.com/going-off-the-rails) (Damien’s Previous GTC Episode) * Objectivity vs Subjectivity: Why does code lie on that spectrum? * Metrics to Measure Beautiful Code: * Does it make the world a better place? * Is it clear? 16:38 - What shou...

199: Toxicity in Tech with Amy Newell

September 09, 2020 09:00 - 55 minutes - 58 MB

04:31 - Amy’s Superpower: Search Algorithms and Finding Things * Finding Things in Code * Visual vs Spacial Awareness 08:39 - Toxic Masculinity and Hierarchies in Engineering Roles * I’m not in security but whenever I hear people taking about who is more technical all I see is folks jockeying for status.(not blaming, that’s the culture we have made in software generally). But from outside whatever y’all mean when you say technical is completely opaque. (https://twitter.com/amynewell/status/1...

198: Learning From Failure with Ravs Kaur

September 02, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 69.9 MB

02:30 - Rav’s Superpower: Learning to Learn * Success and Failure * Creating Environments Where It’s Safe to Fail * Exploring Ideas and Collecting Datapoints * Celebrating Feedback Cycles and Experiments 07:12 - Failing Fast – Getting Early Feedback Along the Way * Getting Over the “Being Polished” Hump * Learning for Self-Fulfilment 17:02 - Empathy as a Life Skill * Simulation * Empathy is Necessary to Learn Through Failure 26:40 - Uplevel (https://uplevelteam.com/): Empowering Engineers to ...

197: Tips For New Developers with Dan Moore

August 26, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 78.2 MB

02:13 - Dan’s Superpower: Ability to Keep Calm * “We need to solve this problem.” * Dealing with Frustration * Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (https://www.amazon.com/Zen-Art-Motorcycle-Maintenance-Paperback/dp/B00ZT1W1DO/ref=pd_lpo_14_t_0/132-3661810-3882807?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00ZT1W1DO&pd_rd_r=9a9d44ae-174a-45d0-9d26-209d9489e335&pd_rd_w=DdnSJ&pd_rd_wg=kqSrE&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52511b&pf_rd_r=63K9K68E65P4FKNM9XZC&psc=1&refRID=63K9K68E65P4FKNM9XZC) 07:11 - Ma...

196: Documentation as Performance with Aisha Blake

August 19, 2020 09:00 - 55 minutes - 57.9 MB

02:26 - Aisha’s Superpower: Proofreading 04:05 - Documentation * “The Code Documents Itself” * Context / Entry Points * Documentation as a Narrative * The Value of Documentation 07:54 - Forms of Documentation Worth Investing In * Onboarding * Commit Messages * Pull Requests 10:34 - Architecture and Stories * Commit Messages * References * User Stories 17:17 - Telling Stories Through Documentation * Documentation as Performance * < title of conf > (https://www.titleofconf.org/) * Tail Call O...

195: Pivoting to PPE with Christina Perla

August 12, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 76.5 MB

02:33 - Christina’s Superpower: Resourcefulness, Industrial Design * Pratt Institute (https://www.pratt.edu/) * Building Physical Mockups of Items * Learning on The Go 07:30 - Starting Makelab (https://makelab.nyc/); Inspiration for 3D Printing * Enabling Creatives * Mitigating Risk * Clientele 15:15 - Pivoting to PPE in Lieu of COVID-19 * Making Faceshields * Handling Orders 22:04 - Advice for Other Women Who Want to Start a Business * Focus on What You Don’t Know * Stay Close to Customers ...

194: I Don’t Need You To Like Me, I Need You To Hate Racism with Dr. Courtney D. Cogburn

August 05, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 76.4 MB

02:28 - Courtney’s Superpower: Speaking on the Topic of Racism “You can’t prioritize your discomfort over living your own values.” – Courtney White Liberals Are Dangerous: the “I’m liberal...I’m not that bad” narrative Action & Engaging in Antiracist Practices Over Lipservice Antiracism is a Lifelong Learning Process Not Seeing Race is Problematic – Disproportive Representation 13:16 - Adopting Attitudes Towards Antiracism Understanding White Supremacy If It’s Not Antiracist, It’s Racist 16:2...

193: Optimizing For Happiness with Tudor Gîrba

July 29, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 71.9 MB

02:09 - Tudor’s Superpower: Storytelling * Getting Beyond Your Self-Critic * Writing Code is Storytelling * There’s No Semantics Without Syntax 13:04 - Reading Stories (and Code) * Reading Code Takes Place in an Editor * Code is Not Text. Code is Data. 17:56 - Optimizing For Happiness Automation Creates More Jobs Choosing Tools is Important “The tools that we create end up influencing how we see the world.” – Marshall McLuhan 27:48 - Moldable Development * Making Metaphors and Building Abstra...

192: Bringing Our Whole Selves with Siobhán Cronin

July 22, 2020 09:00 - 50 minutes - 36.8 MB

02:36 - Siobhán’s Superpower: Catalyzing Personal and Community Change 04:19 - Managing Change During COVID-19 * Experiencing Joy While Grieving * Bringing Your Whole Self to Work (a boundary being stretched like never before) * Working From Home: Ranges of Experiences and Comfort-Levels 13:51 - Pros and Cons of Bringing Your Whole/Full Self to Work * Building Affinity & Care * Interfacing with Capitalism * Painpoints as Learning Opportunities * Having Boundaries * Building Inclusive Communit...

191: Sitting Down Together with Amy Tobey

July 15, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 70.6 MB

02:14 - Amy’s Superpower: Looking at a mess and seeing the potential for what it could be. 03:40 - Generalists vs Specialists * 071: Brein Power with Rein Henrichs (https://www.greaterthancode.com/brein-power) * T-Shaped Skills (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-shaped_skills) “The job description should describe the capabilities that the team needs, not that the individual needs.” 15:28 - Finding a “Beautiful” Mess in Technical Systems “The biggest impediment to change is your users.” – Jessic...

190: Social Media, Privacy, and Security with Joe LeBlanc

July 08, 2020 09:00 - 41 minutes - 45.3 MB

01:32 - Joe’s Superpower: Hospitality * Greater Than Code 054: Code Hospitality with Nadia Odunayo (https://www.greaterthancode.com/code-hospitality) 06:20 - Social Media: It's time for us to stop acting like we are getting access to social media for free. * When you add up your household's cable/Internet/phone bills, you're paying bare minimum $100/mo. * This money isn't going to Facebook and Twitter, but it is the entry fee for bringing these platforms into your home, where they subsequen...

189: Succeeding in Science with Deborah Berebichez

July 01, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 46.5 MB

01:13 - Debbie’s Superpower: Having an excellent memory and a detailed-oriented brain 03:23 - Teaching Science in Fun Ways * Sourcebooks Baby University Books, Assorted Science Titles, Set of 4 (https://www.schoolspecialty.com/sourcebooks-baby-university-four-book-set-2023976?kxconfid=u7avswvjn&source=google&campaignid=9240857700&placement=shopping&keyword=&gclid=CjwKCAjw88v3BRBFEiwApwLevfrBS0j1HjYBbeJEDTBCZd6TlGLCGEJap-mjxWraRahzKDOThgol3BoCYvgQAvD_BwE) * Thermodynamics for Babies and Toddle...

188: Going Off the Rails with Damien Burke

June 24, 2020 09:00 - 59 minutes - 63.2 MB

01:10 - Damien’s Superpower: The ability to hold conflicting beliefs at the same time. * Blind Men and an Elephant (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind_men_and_an_elephant) * Law of Excluded Middle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_excluded_middle#:~:text=In%20logic%2C%20the%20law%20of,and%20the%20law%20of%20identity.) 04:09 - Life is Hard. How do we make things easy? * Simon’s Ant (https://everything2.com/title/Simon%2527s+ant) * Emergent Behavior (https://www.thwink.org/sustain/glossary...

187: Seeing The World with Bryan Liles

June 17, 2020 09:00 - 47 minutes - 52.2 MB

01:50 - Bryan’s Superpower: The ability to see the world as it is 06:52 - Conference Circuits / Virtual Conferencing * KubeCon (https://events.linuxfoundation.org/kubecon-cloudnativecon-europe/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=KC_CNC_Virtual&gclid=CjwKCAjw5vz2BRAtEiwAbcVIL7LDb7jGC7Fiq3gVMxj6_SL7f4qa0eIlnMUKGtO91vtNvKkLyU35ahoCLkEQAvD_BwE) * Keynote: CNCF Project Updates - Bryan Liles, KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2019 Co-Chair (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=two3Tz...

186: The Universe Makes it Happen with Emily Gorcenski

June 10, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 67 MB

Emily has been on GTC before! Check out her previous episode: 037: Failure Mode (https://www.greaterthancode.com/failure-mode) 01:08 - Emily’s Superpower: Hunting Nazis and Data Science * Emily’s Motivation to Do This Work – Fighting Back * What is the question behind the question? * Data Science + SCIENCE 14:55 - Being Willing to Be Wrong / Failure and Learning * Methods for Determining You’re Going to be Tracking Wrong Things * Simpson’s Paradox (https://www.britannica.com/topic/Simpsons-pa...

Special Edition: #BlackLivesMatter

June 04, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 94.5 MB

There are no show notes nessecary for this episode. Your job is to listen and learn from these 3 strong women. Special Guests: Isa Herico-Velasco , Kim Crayton, and Shireen Mitchell.

185: Adaptive Capacity and Mutual Aid with Michelle Glauser

June 03, 2020 09:00 - 58 minutes - 40.9 MB

02:27 - Michelle’s Superpower: Resilience * Graceful Extensibility (https://thompson.wiki.innovateoregon.org/graceful-extensibility.html) 04:59 - Techtonica (https://techtonica.org/) * The Board * Breaking Barriers Into Tech * Income Sharing Agreements * Job Placement Success * Setting Cohorts Up For Success * Becoming an Educator * Socioeconomic Factors * Limbo: Blue-Collar Roots, White-Collar Dreams (https://www.amazon.com/Limbo-Blue-Collar-Roots-White-Collar-Dreams/dp/0471714399) 25:35 - ...

184: The Python Software Foundation and the Future of Conferencing with Naomi Ceder & Ewa Jodlawska

May 27, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 63.2 MB

01:39 - Ewa’s Superpower: Organization * PyCon (https://us.pycon.org/) 02:01 - Naomi’s Superpower: Empathy for the Marginalized 02:51 - The Python Software Foundation (PSF) (https://www.python.org/psf/) * PyCon Online (https://us.pycon.org/2020/online/) * PyPI (https://pypi.org/) 05:26 - Regional and Local Meetings: Building a Healthy Community 06:52 - “Everybody Pays” and the PSF Budget * Financial Aid 11:16 - How the Pandemic is Effecting the PSF * Financially * Moving to Virtual Conferenci...

183: How We Learn with Vaidehi Joshi

May 20, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 93.2 MB

01:47 - Vaidehi’s Superpower: Learning new things and teaching them to other people * Teaching Things Helps YOU Learn * Deciding on Things to Learn 05:01 - Approaching Learning * Reading * Relating Things to Things Already Known * Ask Yourself, “Why do I need to know this?” * Tricks for Reading Papers * Read the Abstract & Conclusion * Pick Fights with the Paper * Using Tutorials * Accountability & Motivation * Learning with Others * Unraveled (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaDrN74Sf...

182: Labor Organizing with Ellen Wondra

May 13, 2020 09:00 - 50 minutes - 66 MB

00:41 - Ellen’s Superpower: Knowing what her pets are thinking. (Observation and Paying Attention to Non-Verbal Cues.) * Virginia Satir (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Satir), Congruence and Incongruence * Lie to Me (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie_to_Me) * Detecting Microexpressions 10:33 - Shareholder and Stakeholder Economies * Game Theory (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_theory) * Out of the Crisis (https://www.amazon.com/Out-Crisis-Press-Edwards-Deming/dp/0262541157) * Mitb...

181: Normalcy Theater with Aaron Aldrich

May 06, 2020 09:00 - 56 minutes - 63.7 MB

02:04 - Aaron’s Superpower: Relating to people on any level because he has so many hobbies! * Useful in DevRel * Ending Up in Unexpected Places * Trying New Things and Nerding Out 06:42 - Everything Has a Technical Aspect * Music vs Computer Programming * Computer Systems as Sociotechnical Systems 10:37 - Connecting High-Performing Resilient Teams * Common Ground Within Teams * Recovering From Failure * Failover Conf by Gremlin (https://failover-conf.heysummit.com/) 14:14 - Implementing Purpo...

180: Open Source Freedom and Technical Purity with Tobie Langel

April 29, 2020 09:00 - 50 minutes - 53.2 MB

02:34 - Tobie’s Superpower: Bridging tribes. * Avoiding Labels 04:13 - Being a Co-Conspirator of Ethical Open Source * Contributing to the Greater Good * Finding Deeper Meaning in Open Source, Software, and Tech * Privilege, Moral Obligation, and Responsibility * Edmund Berkeley (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmund_Berkeley) * The Priority of Constituencies (https://dev.w3.org/html5/html-design-principles/#priority-of-constituencies) * Technical Purity 12:41 - Open Source: Prioritizing Impl...

179: Conference Magic with PJ Hagerty

April 22, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 77.2 MB

02:43 - PJ’s Superpower: Convincing people that karaoke is a good idea. * PJ’s Karaoke History * Why Karaoke is Awesome 07:13 - The DevRel World (DevRel = Developer Relations) * Jim Weirich (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Weirich) 13:42 - Online vs In-Person/Live Conferences * Body Language and Delivery * Hallway Track: Is not a literal 'track.' It's all the interactions, conversations, talk follow-up, etc. that happen at a conference outside of the formal schedule. Hallway tracks are when...

178: Data Science and Sponsorship with Emily Robinson

April 15, 2020 09:00 - 59 minutes - 76.1 MB

Manning Publications (https://www.manning.com/) has been kind enough to give our listeners a discount code. They're giving listeners of the show a permanent 40% discount, which is good for all products in all formats for everyone. Again, this is a PERMANENT discount code for all Greater Than Code listeners. Use the code PODGREAT20 every time you shop Manning. 02:30 - Emily’s Superpower: Finding all the dogs to pet. 05:05 - Emily’s Data Science Journey * Organization Behavior * Qualitative / Q...

Special Edition: COVID-19

April 09, 2020 19:00 - 53 minutes - 60.7 MB

Content warnings for discussion of pandemic and sickness, American politics, and mental health issues. In this special episode of Greater Than Code, several of our panelists have a candid conversation about the current COVID-19 situation, how it has been affecting them personally, and how they believe it will affect the tech industry as a whole. Discussion topics include how it feels both to be working and unemployed during the pandemic, productivity while quarantined, the effect on WFH and c...

177: Source Docs and People with Chris Stead

April 08, 2020 09:00 - 55 minutes - 43.3 MB

00:56 - Chris’ Superpower: Not Knowing In Public * Asking Questions 02:53 - Source Documents and Their Relation To People * Grace Hopper (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Hopper) * Maintaining Code to Give People Context (Writing Code For People) * Critical Complexity * Indu Alagarsamy (https://indu.dev/) 06:44 - Encouraging Others To Write Code For People * Modeling Behavior * Event Storming * ECO Mapping (Ego, Command, Outcome) (http://chrisstead.net/2020/01/17/ECO-mapping.html) * Creati...

176: Career Karma with Ruben Harris

April 01, 2020 09:00 - 52 minutes - 48.2 MB

01:44 - Ruben’s Superpower: Believing in people more than they believe in themselves and helping people to meet their potential. 03:00 - How Ruben Developed His Superpower * Natural Belief In Self * Father and Mother’s Example 06:35 - Benefits Of Being Underestimated * Conquering Challenges * Career Karma Coaches And Squads 11:15 - Career Karma Success Story 13:50 - Fires Lit Inside 15:03 - Origin Of Career Karma * App Launched January 2019 * CareerKarma.com/schools (http://www.careerkarma.co...

175: Developing for the Long Term with Eric A. Meyer

March 25, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 60.9 MB

00:57 - Eric’s Superpower: The Ability To Explain Things In A Way That Makes Sense To Most People 02:37 - Legacy Capability Of The Web * Web Technologies Are Long Term * Frameworks * Lynx (https://lynx.browser.org) * Y2K 11:30 - Creating Long Term Within Frameworks * Static Can Be Good 15:50 - Ethical Dimensions * RAINN (https://www.rainn.org) * Information Accessible As Widely As Possible * Long Term vs. Short Term Code 20:50 - Longevity Of The Web 23:11 - Edge Cases - Stress Cases * Evan He...

174: Resilience

March 18, 2020 09:00 - 41 minutes - 37.8 MB

01:38 - What Does Resilience Mean To The Panelists? * John - [It’s] Like A Flexible Tree That Can Bend With The Wind Or Environment - It Does Not Resist Or Break * Chanté - Tenacity And Grit And Being Able To Cope Or Withstand Something That You Didn’t Foresee - It Doesn’t Break You, It Makes You Stronger * Antifragile (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antifragile) * Rein - [It’s] About Unforeseen Surprises 03:36 - Thoughts On David Woods - Four Concepts for Resilience (https://www.researchgate....

173: The Ethical Open Source Movement

March 11, 2020 09:00 - 46 minutes - 45 MB

02:22 - Coraline Talks About Her Work With The Open Source Movement * Seth Vargo: @sethvargo (https://twitter.com/sethvargo) * The Open Source License - The Hippocratic License (https://github.com/EthicalSource/hippocratic-license) * Bruce Perens (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Perens) 08:14 - Who Wrote The Open Source License * The Libertarian Platform * Balancing Our Individual Freedoms With Societal Good 10:26 - The Open Source Initiative (https://opensource.org/) 11:25 - Licensing An...

172: Limitations of Human Knowledge with Miko Matsumura

March 04, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 59.8 MB

02:12 - Miko’s Superpower: Not Knowing Things. 03:30 - Coming To Your Senses * Breaking Out Of Thinking * Detecting - Venture Capitalism * Pattern Making And Pattern Matching 06:45 - Understand The Limits Of What You Can Know And What You Do Know * Knowing People * Knowing Industries * Most Humans Don’t Know A Lot Of Things * Impermanence (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impermanence) 11:45 - Human Decision Making Is An Embodied Process * The Gut Feeling * Enteric Nervous System (https://en...

171: Web Accessibility with Chris DeMars

February 26, 2020 10:00 - 42 minutes - 39.3 MB

01:14 - Chris’s Superpower: His Ability to Sleep. 01:50 - Why Chris Wants To Talk About Web Accessibility * Top 3 Priorities When Building on the Web * Accessibility * Performance * Security 02:45 - Whose Responsibility Is It To Build An Accessible Web? * Anyone Building On The Web * Dominos’ Lawsuit (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-dominos-pizza/u-s-supreme-court-rejects-dominos-bid-to-avoid-disabilities-suit-idUSKBN1WM1P1) * WCAG (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Content_Ac...

170: The Case for Vanilla JavaScript with Chris Ferdinandi

February 19, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 64 MB

00:53 - Chris’s Superpower: Derailing conversations and having a knack for taking complex tasks and breaking them down into smaller, simpler parts that people find easy to understand. 01:44 - The Pitch for Vanilla JavaScript 03:06 - Peoples’ Biggest Challenge as a Developer * Having Trouble Keeping Up * Adding Processes and Tools Make it More Difficult to Get Started * “The Right Way To Do It” 05:50 - The Problem With The Way We Do Things Today * Front-End Development * Back-End Developers Mo...

169: Career Elbows

February 12, 2020 09:00 - 1 hour - 56.4 MB

01:49 - Rein Talks About His Recent Career Transition From Being a Consultant to a Full-Time Employee 03:52 - Jamey Talks About the Decision to Leave Their Job * Making The Decision To Leave Your Comfort Zone 05:34 - Pros and Cons of Staying for Job Stability and Comfort * Learned Helplessness (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_helplessness) * Being a Part of a System * Don’t Be The Smartest Person in The Room * Shared Space (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shared_space) 13:20 - Resilience...

168: Appolition with Dr. Kortney Ziegler

February 05, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 56.6 MB

01:06 - Kortney’s Superpower: Being a visionary. Seeing things that aren’t necessarily there. 01:50 - How Appolition (https://appolition.us/) Came to Be * Grassroots Company Crowdfunding Money for Incarcerated Black Mothers * Tweeted About Using the Change Round Up Model * Educating Those in Tech About What Bail Is * Gaining Trust 07:20 - Kortney’s Professional Background * Building Things in Technological Space * PhD in 2011 - difficulty finding substantial employment * Filmmaker, Scholar * ...

167: Clarity of Thought with Ted M. Young

January 29, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 56.7 MB

01:20 - Ted’s Superpower: Translating things for people to understand better. 02:49 - Coding on a Live Stream * Curiosity is Useful and Dangerous * Comparing Coding to Puzzles 07:13 - Research is a Drug * Finding Answers is Gratifying * Current Reading Infects Daily Thought * Anders Ericsson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K._Anders_Ericsson) 10:45 - Connecting the Academic Idea of Expertise to Everyday Context * Worked Examples (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worked-example_effect) * Memory Li...

166: From Software Engineer to Management with Phil Wheeler

January 22, 2020 17:00 - 1 hour - 57 MB

01:10 - Phil’s Superpower: Putting Himself in Others’ Shoes. 02:03/09:14 From Software Engineer to Management * Empathy Through The Career Shift * The Learning Curve * Making a Conscious Choice To Switch * Gaining Leadership Skills * Making Your Own Opportunities 03:34 - How Phil Came Into The Greater Than Code Community * Found Through Twitter * Codemania (https://codemania.io/) 05:54 - Commonalities Between Issues Between USA and NZ * Inclusion, Equality in Technology 07:05 - Life Science S...

Fast & Furious with Penelope Phippen

January 15, 2020 17:00 - 10 minutes - 5.94 MB

Please enjoy this mini-episode of Greater Than Code featuring guest Penelope Phippen (https://twitter.com/penelope_zone) as we begin to pivot to our new podcast theme, the Fast & Furious (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_%26_Furious). * ( * Just kidding, we are still a tech podcast.) But we do hope you enjoy this set of outtakes where we grill Penelope on her Fast & Furious knowledge and speculate about the future of the franchise.) This is the kind of content we normally release exclusivel...

165: Rubyfmt with Penelope Phippen

January 15, 2020 10:00 - 53 minutes - 49.4 MB

01:37 - Penelope’s Superpower: An extremely cursed knowledge of the Ruby programming language’s grammar. 03:09 - Writing Ruby Programming 05:50 - Why Penelope is Doing This the Way She Is * Were Any Bugs Found in the Ruby Grammar * There is No Spec * There is No Written Standard for How Ruby is Supposed to Work 07:32 - Inability to Extract Parse.y Out * Penelope’s Ideas 12:02 - What Problem Penelope is Trying to Solve With This Program * Rubocop Doesn’t Well Solve This Problem 18:30 - Hierar...

164: Psychological Balance with Dr. Mireille Reece

January 08, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 77.5 MB

01:14 - Mireille’s Superpower: Being just herself. The sense of respect around the individuality of every person. 02:30 - Being Different From Others is a Good Thing * Nature vs. Nurture * Epigenetics (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epigenetics) 05:59 - Our Brains and Empathy * Mirror Neurons (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirror_neuron) * Dr. Dan Siegel (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_J._Siegel) * The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon/Frequency Illusion 11:15 - The Brain vs. The Mind * Extended...

163: Cause A Scene with Kim Crayton

January 01, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 58.7 MB

01:24 - Kim’s Superpower: Being a Black Woman in Tech with a Strategy and a Platform. 02:21 - Continuously Validating Your Space as a Black Woman * Technical vs. Technology * Kamala Harris (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamala_Harris) Suspending Her Campaign * Inclusion, Diversity, and Business Strategy 08:10 - The System was Built to Harm and Oppress Black Women * Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lift_Every_Voice_and_Sing) * Stacey Abrams (https://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

162: Glue Work with Denise Yu

December 25, 2019 10:00 - 1 hour - 56.4 MB

00:58 - Denise’s Superpower: She is a classically trained musician and is good at transcribing music in her head. 03:30 - Glue Work (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19846720) * Tanya Reilly (https://twitter.com/whereistanya) * Doing Tasks That Are Adjacent to Coding * Scheduling * Making Sure Meetings Have Agendas * Who Tends to do Glue Work * Emotional Labor (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_labor) 13:07 - What Denise Has Done to Improve the Glue Work Situation * Having the Termi...

161: Making Space with Bärí A. Williams

December 18, 2019 10:00 - 1 hour - 76.8 MB

01:48 - Bärí’s Superpower: Being a Black Woman 05:20/22:50 - Admitting and Knowing What You Don’t Know * Intersectionality and Culture 10:00 - Born and Raised in Oakland * Gentrification * What is the Deficit of the City * Being Connected to Your Roots 19:30 - Unintended Consequences * Building Algorithms That Fact Check * You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know * Facts Are Not Facts Anymore * Tutorial to Boy Scouts About Getting Stopped by Police * Keeping the Kids Alive 33:15 - Where is the Ligh...

160: Thermodynamics of the Twitterverse

December 11, 2019 10:00 - 42 minutes - 41.2 MB

01:50 - Getting Sucked into Twitter Vortexes 03:06 - Dynamics of Human Emotion * Willem Larsen Episode (https://www.greaterthancode.com/reinventing-education) * Prometheus Rising (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_Rising) 05:36 - Creating Safe Spaces for Emotionally Charged Conversations 07:57 - Radical Inclusion * Shared Conversation About Humanity 09:49 - Overidentification/Over Attachment to Tribalism * Race and Ethnicity are Socially Constructed (yes!) 12:15 - Digital Activism * Re...

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10, 2019 10:00 - 12 minutes - 13.9 MB

On this day in Paris in 1948, the United Nations issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/), a milestone document that sets out the fundamental rights and privileges of all people and all nations. In honor of the anniversary of this document, the panelists of Greater Than Code have come together to share their reading of the document with all of you.

Guests

Lauren Maffeo
4 Episodes
Avdi Grimm
2 Episodes
Noel Rappin
2 Episodes
Saron Yitbarek
2 Episodes
Amir Rajan
1 Episode
Andy Hunt
1 Episode
Chad Fowler
1 Episode
Charity Majors
1 Episode
Greg Baugues
1 Episode
Jerome Hardaway
1 Episode
Julia Evans
1 Episode
Kent Beck
1 Episode
Kerri Miller
1 Episode
Nadia Odunayo
1 Episode
Sam Aaron
1 Episode
Sam Joseph
1 Episode
Sandi Metz
1 Episode
Scott Hanselman
1 Episode
Steve Klabnik
1 Episode
Will Larson
1 Episode

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