And Stuff
15: How Many Rhode Islands Is That?

15: How Many Rhode Islands Is That?

June 19, 2017

This time Walker and Cameron talk about whether it’s OK to talk about their personal lives.

Recorded on April 12th, 2017

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Cameron likes to use steno as a sekrit code.

Walker likes to use Volapuk as a sekrit code.

NOLA Maker Faire


Turns out, Maryland is 12,407 mi^2, and Rhode Island is 1,212 mi^2, so Maryland has the same area as 10.24 Rhode Islands.

New Orleans trad jazz.

Walker attended Bsides NOLA 2017 and attempts to explain the different subfields of the tech industry and what infosec even is.

Here’s a Stack Exchange question that sort of addresses the same idea:

Red Team, Blue Team, Purple Team.

One thing about infosec is that the threat model always seems to be changing.

Is anonymous even real?





The blackest substance is Vantablack.

14: And Stuff Reloaded

14: And Stuff Reloaded

December 25, 2016

This time Cameron and Walker talk about crypto and online opsec and a lot of other things.

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Some relevant links:



WTF with Marc Maron

Amazon Go

Walker's Shredder Video

Cloud Backup: Backblaze

Arch Linux

Nå Kickstarter Pen

Walker asks: is having a Facebook account (even a not especially active one) bad opsec? A big part of opsec online is infosec, and a big part of infosec is using strong crypto, and making the use of crypto "normal".

Accordingly, Walker is trying out Signal.

Back to Work on keeping in touch with people every six weeks.

Martani's Twitter Archive Eraser.

Free reed instruments.

Advice from Adventure Time: Sucking at something is the first step...

Star Wars: Harmy's Despecialized Edition

11: Getting Really Mad At The Nail

11: Getting Really Mad At The Nail

June 28, 2016

This time we talk about saws, meditation, Youtube, and some other things.

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10: Dewey Decimal Overdrive
09: This Podcast Was Enhanced With Adobe Photoshop Essentials

09: This Podcast Was Enhanced With Adobe Photoshop Essentials

February 23, 2016

This time Cameron and Walker talk about cotton and a little about music and some other stuff.


Walker tries to use the Hydrogen drum machine as a sound effect board, but is afraid to restart the Jack Audio Connection Kit to get his MIDI controller recognized.

We discuss how decibels are a relative unit, but what are they relative to? No one knows.

Chromatic Aberration is something that annoys people with thick glasses–first pointed out (to me) that it’s a problem with Apple’s UI by Siracusa.

The ubiquitous “magic fireball” sound effect is possibly best known for being from Doom II.

Jeb! begs people to clap, which is very sad and has become something of a meme.

Walker talks about how he now works with cotton, which is mildly interesting. Naturally, Cameron already knew that pima cotton is the best.

Here’s a Cash back card comparison to help you all game the system.

February is InCoWriMo–International Correspondence Writing Month. Tweet at or email us if you want a letter.

Walker got some overpriced stationery with sperm whales on them but couldn’t remember which whale it was because there are too many shapes and sizes of different cetacea.

February is also Record Production Month.

Some of the music from the X-Files is sparse, but here’s the theme song, which isn’t.

According to Wikipedia, there is actually is a stylistic relationship between Stravinsky and Glass.

Cameron likes Audacity just fine.

Here’s an Art Assignment video about the idea that anyone could have painted that, but didn’t.

Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack to Interstellar and the story of its relatively sparse instructions from director Christopher Nolan, also known for Memento.

Music of the band Rachel’s reminds one of said soundtrack because of the usage of ostinato.

Is Windows 10 going to be like Theseus’ Ship?

Adobe’s fear of genericized trademarks becomes absurd when they instruct us whether or not it is ok to use the word “photoshop” as a verb.

Google had a similar blog post on how to use the word Topeka.

Walker likes to use a fuzzy clock, and here is the one he uses at work. Possibly to reduce cognitive load–a recommendation from “people in the know“.

This is the Canvas L.L. Bean Shirt whose medium is larger than it used to be. Maybe Walker should have gone with neoprene clothing instead since it is actually the next big thing?

08: Fast Paste Environment

08: Fast Paste Environment

January 8, 2016

This time we talk about ... stuff?

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Walker decided to get a TWSBI Eco after reading a blog post by David Rea going into a bit of physics and materials science.

Cameron is mildly interested in pens, but couldn't do a whole podcast about it like "those guys".

This primer on nibs explains what a "stub nib" is. Despite hearing about them many times, this blog post by Brad Dowdy is probably what made Walker decide to actually look into getting a pen with one.

Nathan of Noodler's ink has a youtube video up about the story behind the "Charlie" eyedropper pen that Walker talked about.

Cameron wants to get more into uploading videos. Looks like he did since we recorded.

Here's a link to Walker's old shredder unboxing video.

Look at all the potential discussion topics on wikipedia to use during unboxing videos!

Walker found DIY cat tree/condo inspiration here.

The kind of "fake joinery" Walker is doing is mostly inspired by the Mere Mortals Workbench designed by Steve Ramsey, although lots of people use this technique.

Here's an article for further reading on types of twine. Here's another one.

Walker is mixing other people's old forgotten tracks that he found on a Zoom R16 multi-track recorder.

Here's Bob Clagget's first Arduino Programming Tutorial video on the I Like To Make Stuff channel.

And here is Making It, the podcast he does.

More information about arduino can be found on the website.

This is what Process Controls is. Controls engineers use something called SCADA.

Walker will soon be working with slivers.

Arch Linux and its wonderful online documentation can be found here.

When using GNU/Linux on a computer Cameron usually uses Lubuntu, a spin of Ubuntu, and Walker usually uses Debian, but sometimes uses Fedora.

The desktop environment is the part of many GNU/Linux systems that actually determines what things you see on the screen. Cameron uses LXDE, while Walker is all about XFCE.

Here is the Bakelite video on Periodic Videos. Love this channel.

Some tracker-based music programs for linux are qtractor and lmms. Walker can't remember which one he used to make the And Stuff Opening Theme Song.

Amsynth is the softsynth Cameron has been experimenting with.

Walker recommends using a kernel with the PREEMPT_RT patch for music production. He uses a kernel for Fedora that comes patched from Planet CCRMA at Stanford University. It seems that similar things are available for Ubuntu.

The programs Walker rattles off that he uses in music production are Jack, Whysynth, Hexter, Alsamodularsynth.

Thanks for listening!

07: California Pt. 2
06: California Pt. 1
05: No Title This Time

05: No Title This Time

September 10, 2015

We talk about vinyl, guitars, agriculture, radios, some other stuff, etc.

04: Dirt

04: Dirt

July 18, 2015

This time we talk about Google and Sod Walls and The Land of the Burnt Thigh.

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