A podcast about tech, feelings, open source, and /dev/urandom.

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jackals are people too 2019/09/09

A technology journey spanning engineering, product strategy, opensource, marketing, and business development, Mark Collier shares lessons learned along the way. Getting everyone aligned on the outcome remains an unsolved problem. As always, Andrew needs a computer that actually works.

Self ID as SRE 2019/07/06

Reflecting on 20 years of system administration, Miss Amy, self identifies as an SRE/DBRE. She brings her perspectives, valuing resilience engineering and organizational dynamics over machines and tools, to the weird trick mafia audience.

Open Independence 2019/06/13

Henry Zhu (@left_pad), maintainer of Babel, the Open Source Javascript compiler, joins the mafia. He explains going full time open source independent for the last year, how he pays rent and what he loves/hates about open source. Hope you enjoy another episode of Jess (@jessfraz) and Andrew (@littleidea) tricking people into saying words about stuff.

Extremely on Brand 2019/06/12

Jess and Andrew get with Abby Fuller, Container Czarina extraordinaire, to share stories about startups, cold emails, hacking salesforce and getting in the middle of the cloud container game.

Find Your Laser Panda 2019/05/01

Sarah Drasner, Renaissance woman extraordinaire, shares stories, insight and advice with the Weird Trick Mafia. Tech, feelings, purpose, pandas.


The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz

The Fifth Discipline, Peter M. Senge

The Truth About Burnout, Christina Maslach

Index of Refraction 2019/04/22

Jess goes on safari in San Francisco and a wild Lachlan Evenson appears. Jess, Andrew and Lachlan discuss the journey from building the internet in the Australian Outback to Cloud Native and wrap up weighing Net Neutrality.

Discover the Past 2019/04/19

Sophie Haskins, ops witch at github (@sophaskins) shares stories about collecting and learning from old hardware with our heroes Jess and Andrew.

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Remember the future 2019/04/15

Erica Windisch, CTO, Co-Founder of IOpipe walks down memory lane, working with Jess and Drew, building clouds, serverless, and more random tech feelings.

That's my super power 2019/04/08

Senior Staff Engineer at VMware and Co-Chair of Kubecon, Bryan Liles (@bryanl) shares his stories and philosophies with Jess and Andrew.

Resourceful & Persistent 2019/04/04

Verónica López (@maria_fibonacci) shares her software engineering journey from physics and mobile projects in Mexico to Cloud Native Kubernetes in Silicon Valley with Andrew and Jess.

Bleeding Silicon 2019/04/01

Andrew and Jess discuss Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos.

Open All The Compute 2019/03/30

Andrew and Jess discuss open source hardware and firmware from open compute summit.

Foundation Head 2019/03/17

Andrew and Jess discuss open source foundations.

Note from Jess: If you want to support open source projects checkout open collective, outreachy, and the software conservancy.

Pilot 2019/03/09

Cross post to the “unofficial pilot” episode on Arrested Devops: