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Open Source Ecology with Marcin Jakubowski

Posted on Thursday, Jul 30, 2020
This week’s guest is Marcin Jakubowski from the Open Source Ecology project. They’re making some really cool things and have a plan for giving people the tools (creative and otherwise) to build their own civilization. Read More

Lost Episode: The Argh of Paid Traffic

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016

I told you I’d be making it a point to keep up with this show again. Well, here’s another episode. This one is a bit of an archive one. I actually recorded it a year and a half ago before the podcast went dormant. I just never got around to editing it and making it fit for sharing with you. Now I have, so here you go!Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

Blender Conference 2016 (I’m back!)

Posted on Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016

Finally! At long last, after way, way too much time off, the podcast is back in action. Huzzah! This one is a little bit different from previous episodes. It’s a walking commute rather than a driving one. In this show, I talk about this year’s Blender Conference and all of the development going on with Blender there.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

On Selfishness

Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Yay! Another Open Source Creative Podcast episode. In this one, I have a long conversation with myself about the nature of art and open source software as it pertains to selfishness. Is art inherently selfish? Is it not? Is that a bad thing? And likewise for Free Software.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

Let's Talk Spec

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015

At long last, another Open Source Creative Podcast episode is here! Sorry for the long gap between episodes, folks… it’s been a crazy month. In any cast, this episode was recorded back in March and in it I talk about doing spec work (that is, speculative work) as a creative producer of things. Episode 15 really helped me nail down where I think my position is on this, so in a way, it’s an extension of that. It’s a bit of a contrast to the folks at nospec.com.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

Idiots and Hypocrites: Used Digital Media

Posted on Saturday, Feb 28, 2015

I have a strange feeling that this episode is going to get me into a bit of trouble. Maybe. We’ll see. I get into details and backstory in the actual episode, but it all started with a question (or, better, replies to a question) regarding the resale of “used” digital content—specifically ebooks—in an episode of the Sell More Books Show, a podcast that’s pretty prevalent in the indie publishing scene. This episode is a bit of a rant launched from that premise.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

Taking the Flipside

Posted on Thursday, Feb 5, 2015

So this episode turned out to be a really long one. The bulk of it is a topic that comes courtesy of @3pointedit on Twitter (thanks for listening!). That is, the costs of choosing to use free and open source software tools to produce your creative works. We often hear (or read) the benefits, but those of us on this side of the fence are less vociferous when it comes to the costs and consequences of this choice of ours. I run through those costs… at least in as much as how I see it.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

Starting Is Easy... If You're Already Moving

Posted on Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015

The first episode of 2015! Hi folks. This week (yes… this is still supposed to be a weekly podcast) I talk about ways to get started and get inspired on creative projects. It’s the start of the year and folks tend to think about what they want to do over the course of the coming year… but sometimes get stuck right out of the starting gate. Maybe, just maybe I give some suggestions that can help thaw out that paralysis and get you moving on your projects.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

Open Source Program, Where Do You Fit?

Posted on Saturday, Dec 6, 2014

This episode is a week late… or I just skipped last week. I suppose it depends on your perspective. In any case, I cover a lot of news in this episode since two weeks of it happened since the last one.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

Know Your Audience

Posted on Saturday, Nov 22, 2014

Though it’s a bit scatterbrained, this is a fun episode talking about knowing your audience. When you produce creative work, it’s a good idea to have a notion of the people for whom you’re producing it. And amazingly, this is something that a lot of creatives sometimes overlook or forget about. I know I do on occasion. So I talk about it here as it pertains to writing and commercial TV (and yes, also how it relates to Free Software and the UI episode from last week). I also have a bit of a mini-rant about small business owners and their friggin’ dogs. I still don’t get it.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.

Ooey Gooey UI

Posted on Saturday, Nov 15, 2014

In this episode I talk user interfaces. Specifically, I try to crack the nut on why it seems that the user interfaces for open source tools appear to get higher scrutiny and more anger thrown at them than their proprietary contemporaries… and if that’s really a problem at all. Sadly, I’m not sure that I have any real solutions, but maybe we can use this as a means of launching a discussion that’s actually meaningful and productive. Maybe.Originally posted on monsterjavaguns.com.