Episode 18: Lance James. Success, Failures, Grief and Buddhism.

In this episode of fireside with lei, I chat with Lance James someone I’ve heard and seen of in the community but never had a chance to ever sit down and chat. 

I learn of Lance’s background on how he got introduced into the hacker slash security scene via creating crypto and peer to peer software back in the early 2000’s, which lead him to presenting at events like toorcon and more.

We talk about successes and failures that Lance has faced, how he deals with them using buddhist and zen practices. It was wonderful to have Lance open up about the topic of grief and he shares with us how he handled a death in his immediate family. At the end of the podcast is a very special gift, a song Lance wrote in honor of his son which he has agreed to allow to be shared here for you.

To hear more of Lance’s music, including Gabriel’s Psalm, please see: https://soundcloud.com/lancejames/

Episode 17: Arclight revisited, We talk Sparklecon and the 23b shop.

In this episode I catch up with Arclight again, we have a discussion on the hisotry of the 23b shop, and why the 23bshop has prevailed for so long while other hackerspaces have dissolved.

We also discuss SparkleCon, a yearly event hosted at the 23b shop space coming up in early Feburary 2019. More information about sparklecon is available at sparklecon.org

Episode 16: Lock and I talk, Light Sabers and Life

In this episode, I talk with Lock from the san diego saber and san diego sabers podcast, but originally I met lock through hacker conferences.

Lock’s background is fascinating, from building himself up in the IT world to the executive level to being a core volunteer at def con. He has experienced it all, and really bring home some fantastic points on pursuing a passion, when that pursuit gets out of hand, and how to understand yourself best to be able to walk that line.

Episode 15: Nick Farr, Talking on purpose.

I get to catch up with the infamous Nick Farr, and hear about how he came about in the hacker scene as the “guy in a suit” and other communities.

A serial volunteer, Nick has had a lifetime full of helping or creating events from Hackers on a Plane to improving mail services at Burning Man. In this episode we talk about shenanigans from the now defunct Rubi-Con, how hackers on a plan got started, and the troubles one can face when with volunteering.