Abstract Factory is a podcast about technology, creativity, and society and the space where the three combine—and sometimes conflict. What happens to identity, community, and self-expression when the internet becomes our world? Hosts @markwunsch and @ckolderup try to untangle what's happening in the hearts and minds of those who spend their lives in front of screens all day.
004: MetaDec 31, 2014 47:12
Casey and Mark, back in July, talk about making a podcast named Abstract Factory. It's an episode 6 months in the making! Casey and Mark talk about working on a project that is outside their wheelhouse. Mark frets about audio quality and the frustrations of editing the podcast. Casey talks about his latest creative project. How does the creative sausage get made and when is the right time to just "ship it"? How precious should we be about our creative projects? What's the feedback loop between a creative work and its audience? Mark and Casey don't worry about their "reach". It's difficult to keep a schedule, but it would be easier if the podcast running time wasn't constrained. Mark and Casey talk about different kinds of podcasts and where they want Abstract Factory to be. Mark lists his favorite podcasts that he subscribes to (at least in July…). Casey and Mark recall how Abstract Factory came to be and look back at our work. We come up with one more idea for a project.
Notes:We recorded this episode while still editing Episode 3. We use a Blue Yeti microphone, picked on the recommendation of The Wirecutter. Casey lives near the Second Ave Subway construction. Casey's blog post about the ethos of Abstract Factory. Casey created Narratron (based on Exquisite corpse). Eat Poop You Cat Doodle or Die by @heyitsgarrett Mark's Businessmen API. Mark's Weary Rubygem has a surprising number of stars on GitHub. Abstract Factory is hosted on Amazon S3. Mark is just looking for an excuse to play with Awk. Back to Work was a basis of comparison when we were figuring out what we wanted to do. Mark wants to support ATP. When this was recorded, Mark subscribed to Bullseye, The Talk Show, Radiolab, Criminal, and TLDR. Both Casey and Mark were big fans of You Look Nice Today. Mark enjoys Roderick on the Line. Limited Resources is a 1 to 2-hour weekly podcast about Magic: the Gathering that is recorded and released with very little editing. The IRC channel of lore was discussed in Episode 3. Both Mark and Casey appreciate the sinister tone of Night Vale. Abstract Factory from Design Patterns
Happy New Year!
003: CommunityJul 14, 2014 45:28
Casey and Mark recall how they met and the online communities they have been a part of. Mark shares some of his earliest online community experiences and thinks about the nature of community tools. How do tools influence their community? What can we learn from the Teen Wolf fandom? Casey teaches Mark about Dark Social. Casey and Mark discuss the communities that are being built around Twitch.tv and how communities form around broadcasters and broadcasting tools. Casey talks about "effortlessly positive communities". Casey and Mark discuss the Twitch Plays Pokémon experiment.
Notes:Internet Relay Chat is for hackers. The original Tumblr API Casey and Mark talk about "doxxing" in Episode 2. "ZZT is an ANSI character-based video game". International Jetpack Conference Mark learned programming by writing AOL proggies, like AOHell. Webrings used to be a big deal. Websites used to give each other "awards", normally just a jpeg image of a plaque. Mark proudly displayed the logo of The HTML Writers Guild, despite not being a member. Quake mods on Wikipedia Projectionist and Anarchaia were early "tumblelogs". Teen Wolf on Tumblr The Archive Team Webstock '13: Jason Scott - Wanted: dead or alive The Geocities Archive Heaven's Gate (read more about them on Wikipedia) Dark Social: We Have the Whole History of the Web Wrong by Alexis Madrigal Casey and Mark are both fascinated by Twitch.tv Starcraft II World Championship Series Mark watched nolife Kripparrian when playing Diablo III. ヽ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ﾉ "It had to do with an eggplant..." In his youth, Mark listened to Pointless Audio's "Captain Immy" who grew up to be television's Kevin Pereira. Dennis "Thresh" Fong Casey admires how Day has influenced his community. What the hell is Twitch Plays Pokemon? Twitch Plays Pokémon on Wikipedia
002: IdentityApr 8, 2014 38:17
Casey reminisces about the appearance of several Mark Wunsch Twitter parody accounts and is reminded of the "unmasking" of Satoshi Nakamoto by Newsweek. How does anonymity or pseudonymity coexist with authorship? What connects our virtual avatars to our physical presence? Mark (who is not a cryptographer) does his best to explain cryptography and how it's used to verify identity and establish trust. Casey and Mark evaluate Keybase.io, a public key directory. Casey asks "Is there such a thing as anonymity online?"
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001: CloudMar 3, 2014 26:24
Mark tries to send Casey a calendar invitation and falls in a gap between clouds. Casey and Mark both switch to the same email provider for reasons. Casey is skeeved by Google Plus encroaching on his inbox. Mark thinks inboxes aren't private spaces anymore. Casey broke his VPS and that is why "private clouds" are nightmares. Mark ruminates on why implementing sync has flummoxed so many good developers.
Notes:iCloud.com → Calendar → Settings (gear icon) → Preferences → Advanced → "Receive event invitations as..." When two clouds collide... Casey and Mark migrated to FastMail. Feels good so far. (that's Mark's affiliate link) Casey doesn't want to support the feature that allows you to email anyone through Google+. The Hivelogic Enkoder Mutt is Casey's preferred email client. That makes him a G. Exosaurs High Scores runs off of Casey's VPS. Alex Payne's Sovereign project Things Cloud Simplenote and Simperium – Mark likes Simplenote. Dropbox Sync API Brent Simmons is blogging about implementing sync for Vesper.
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