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Interview with Brett Terpstra

Danielle Moser

Host of Systematic, Brett Terpstra

Host of Systematic, Brett Terpstra

This week we got to chat it up with the host of Systematic, Brett Terpstra. Brett talked a little about how he got started doing Systematic, his culinary, animal-friendly, and musical interests, his epic summer movie list, and his plan for world domination. He may have to move out of the arctic northernly land of Minnesota, first.

Hey Brett! How’s it going?

Brett Terpstra: It's awesome.

Great! For those not already in the know, who are you?

BT: I'm Brett Terpstra. I self-identify as a "mad scientist," and no one has ever disagreed with me; at least not publicly. I code for web, Mac and iPhone, I blog, I write and occasionally sleep.

Where are you from?

Land of snow

That looks terrible.

BT: I was born in Michigan and have lived in Minnesota for most of my life. After college and a bit of travel I ended up back here in a small Minnesota city. I like the small part, but not so much the Minnesota part. Winters temperatures are mostly sub-zero, with really hot, humid summers. I want to move West. I don't care about lakes.

Tell us a little about your podcast, Systematic.

BT: On Systematic I interview people who happen to be really good at what they do, trying to find out what makes them tick. We talk about workflows and systems, but more often than not the conversation follows a more organic path.

Every week I ask my guests to talk about three things they find the coolest that week. Apps, music, movies, games... it runs the gamut and the picks are often quite revealing.

What inspired you to start a podcast?

BT: Founder of 5by5, Dan Benjamin-- He suggested that I start a podcast. I had never thought about it before, but I'd been on other people's podcasts and thought I could pull it off. Plus, it sounded like fun. Next thing you know, I'm doing Systematic.

What are your interests outside of work and podcasting?

BT: I code, I hike and lately I cook. I've really been enjoying the "Cooking for Geeks" approach and even have a "Cooks Illustrated" subscription.

Emma and Chance

I have a few animals that keep me busy. One Pit Bull, one German Shepherd, three cats (one short hair, one long hair and a Siamese), an African Grey parrot (100% my wife's) and a 75-gallon fish tank.

Yeti and Jezebel… and Bacon

My wife and I also run a Pit Bull rescue to keep things interesting.

I play guitar, but not exceptionally well. I enjoy home recording and occasionally playing acoustic shows. I used to play in bands, but the lifestyle got to be a bit hard to maintain…

Punk Rock in the 90's

What projects are you working on?

BT: I'm gearing up to release the next big version of Marked soon. A new version of nvALT is in beta stages as well. In addition to those, I have my usual slew of coding experiments going and a couple of new apps on the horizon.

I'm also starting work on a children's book along with my wife and a talented illustrator which should be a lot of fun.

Eventually I plan to take over the world.

Krangstra

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

BT: Temperatures above zero.

Home

What are you reading this summer?

BT: I don't read much that would be interesting to most people. This summer I'm diving into JavaScript in new ways, studying CoffeeScript and Node.js. I'm struggling through a bunch of fiction, but I can't ever seem to get really immersed in a storyline anymore.

What movies are you most looking forward to this summer?

BT: I do better with movies than books these days, so I have a longer list:

Where can we find you on the internet?

BT: I'm @ttscoff on Twitter, App.net, GitHub and Last.fm. I blog at brettterpstra.com and you can occasionally find me at TUAW and Macworld. There's my podcast, too, of course.

Thanks Brett! You're a jack of all trades! World domination may very well be in the cards for you. NEW EPISODES OF Systematic are posted weekly. Check out the full list of episodes on the 5by5 Website OR SUBSCRIBE AND DOWNLOAD EPISODES VIA ITUNES.

Interview with Katie Floyd

Danielle Moser

5by5 Host Katie Floyd, Mac Power Users

5by5 Host Katie Floyd, Mac Power Users

Happy Thursday, Jackals! This week we got a chance to interview Katie Floyd, co-host of Mac Power Users. Katie opened up to us about her Central Floridian roots, real-life job, summer vacation plans, and her take on the Star Trek Reboot.

Hi, Katie. How’s it going?

Katie Floyd: I’m good, how are you?

Great! Thanks for asking. For those that don’t know, who are you?

KF: I’m Katie Floyd. On the Internet I’m probably best known for Mac Power Users, the podcast I host with David Sparks. In "real life” I’m an attorney at a small law firm where I practice general civil and real estate related litigation.

Where are you from?

KF: I was born and raised in Central Florida. But trust me, it’s really not as bad as Dan and Merlin make it out to be.

Tell us a little about your podcast, Mac Power Users.

KF: I’m incredibly lucky that I get to do this show with David. When we started Mac Power users back in 2009 there was really nothing else like it in the podcasting space. We wanted to create a show that helped people use their technology more effectively and show people how they could get serious work done. Our first show covered email and went nearly three hours (we ended up splitting it into two parts) and the geekery just kept coming.

What inspired you to start a podcast?

KF: I did a podcast before and liked the format. What inspired us to start this particular show was the topic was something David and I were both very passionate about. When we told our friends what we were up to they all thought we were crazy for starting “another Mac podcast” in an already crowded tech space. But it worked out.

Now, I'm inspired by the show itself. Each week I learn something when prepping the show, talking to David and getting feedback from our incredibly smart listeners. The show is my outlet for this kind of stuff and I’d probably do it if no one listened.

What do you do outside of hosting Mac Power Users?

KF: The day job keeps me pretty busy. I’m the only Associate in a small firm so I have a lot of bosses to please in addition to my own clients. But I’m very fortunate that I love the people I work with and most of my clients are small businesses or individuals so I feel like I’m making a meaningful impact on their lives.

What are your interests outside of work and podcasting?

KF: I’ve gotten into a bit of a health and fitness kick in the last year. I like to Spin and I’ve been strength training with a personal trainer. I also built a house about 18 months ago so I’ve been working on various projects like painting, building a patio and installing crown molding. I’ve become quite handy!

I like to keep my brain active and learning so when I have down time I’m usually catching up on my Instapaper queue, various podcasts or watching video tutorials.

What projects are you working on?

KF: Right now I’m working on building out my personal blog and website at KatieFloyd.me. I re-launched the site on SquareSpace a few months back and am trying to be more active about posting interesting and informative content there. Long term, I have a few bigger projects I have my eye on.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

KF: In late July I’m taking a 16-day trip to Alaska with my entire family! It’s a combination land/sea trip with lots of side trips including zip lining, whale watching, dog sledding, kayaking, and seaplane and helicopter excursions. It’s really a once in a lifetime trip. My parents went to Alaska several years ago for a wedding anniversary and always wanted to go back and take the entire family.

Don’t worry, David and I are going to pre-record shows so you don’t miss anything.

What are you reading this summer?

KF: I have several things on my list. I want to re-read David Allen’s Getting Things Done. If you try to follow a GTD system, I think that’s a book that you could probably benefit from re-reading every couple of years. At the recommendation of Eddie Smith I’ve picked up Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Won’t Stop Talking. I’m naturally introverted which is contrary to some of the things I do in life like the day job and the podcast so I’m curious to see what insights this book can offer. One of my law partners has suggested I read How to Argue and Win Every Time. Lastly, I still need to read Condoleezza Rice’s biography, No Higher Honor. I’m a sucker for political biographies and I especially like biographies about women in politics.

What movies are you most looking forward to this summer?

KF: I’m not a big moviegoer. (Maybe it goes back to that introvert thing.) Instead of paying an arm and a leg to sit with a bunch of people I don’t like in an uncomfortable theater I prefer to wait for movies to come to iTunes where I can download them from the comfort of my couch. However, I am a life-long Trekkie. So I saw Star Trek: Into Darkness opening weekend at the IMAX.

For the record, I’m fine with the re-launch of the series and like the new movies...so long as they fix the damage they caused to the space-time continuum and put everything back the way it was when they’re done playing with it.

We concur! Hey, where can we find you on the internet?

KF: My website is KatieFloyd.me the show is macpowerusers.com (recently redesigned by John Chandler) or at 5by5.tv/mpu and everything else is @katiefloyd.

Thanks, Katie! Have a great time in Alaska this summer. New episodes of Mac Power Users record every Sunday. Check out the full list on the 5by5 website or subscribe and download episodes via iTunes.

Interview with Bill Wadman

Danielle Moser

Co-Host of On Taking Pictures, Bill Wadman

Co-Host of On Taking Pictures, Bill Wadman

This week we caught up with one of the co-hosts of On Taking Pictures, Mr. Bill Wadman. When not hosting a podcast about taking photos, Bill is out in the world actually taking photos, many of which have been featured on the cover of several national and international publications. Today, in a very special multi-media post, Bill lets us in on the beginnings of On Taking Pictures, his “hackintosh” hobby, and the Oscar shoo-in film he’s most looking forward to this summer.

Hi Bill! How’s it going?

Bill Wadman: It's going delightfully except for my back which I threw out a couple of days ago after sitting in a car for 4 days during a road trip to Toronto.

Who are you?

BW: My name is Bill Wadman, I'm a professional portrait photographer in New York City.

Where are you from?

BW: Originally from CT, but I've been in NYC for 15 years. I think that means that I can officially call myself a New Yorker. Maybe...

Atari

Atari

Tell us a little about your podcast, On Taking Pictures.

BW: On Taking Pictures is a show about photography, but it's as much about the creative process and navigating through the issues that surround the art, science, and history of making images. My co-host, Jeffery Saddoris, of Faded and Blurred, and I also talk through related news and issues, typically in an opinionated way.

What inspired you to start a podcast?

BW: Well Jeffery and I noticed that most photography podcasts come in two flavors. First are the shows all about the latest gear and basic camera settings. The same stuff over and over again. Lot's of 'what' and 'how' but no one was talking about 'why' we take pictures,

The second type is the interview show like our friend Ibarionex Perello's 'The Candid Frame'. That show is great, but it only gives us an hour with any particular guest. Not enough time to really dig deep.

No one was having a long term conversation, so we decided to start one ourselves.

Hadoken

Hadoken

What do you do outside of hosting On Taking Pictures?

BW: Often I've got a camera in my hands, shooting for editorial clients or my own personal projects, or a stylus, editing in Photoshop.

What are your interests outside of work and podcasting?

BW: I'm a bit of a workaholic, but I do enjoy building hackintoshes for myself and friends. If you don't know what that is -- I run Mac OS on custom computers that I build from parts. It's a lot of fun, far more current, and a whole lot cheaper for me than a Mac Pro.

What projects are you working on?

BW: Besides the show and my normal portrait taking I've started working on a book. I made a little short film the other day -- My first real foray into filmmaking. The first of what I hope to be many this summer.

What are you reading this summer?

I've got two books on my list at the moment -- a biography of Caravaggio by Andrew Graham-Dixon and one called Mastermind which supposedly teaches you how to think like Sherlock Holmes.

What movies are you most looking forward to this summer?

Hard to admit it because I don't even own a car, but I'm a sucker for a good Fast and Furious movie, so I'd have to say Fast 6 (slightly embarrassed about that).

Telephone

Telephone

Where can we find you on the internet?

My portfolio and other info are at billwadman.com, but I've got my blog ontakingpictures.com, and I tweet as @billwadman.

Thanks, Bill! On Taking Pictures is a weekly show. Check out the full list of episodes on the 5by5 Website or subscribe and download new and past episodes via itunes.

Interview with David Sparks

Danielle Moser

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This week we sat down with David Sparks of the popular 5by5 show, Mac Power Users, which he co-hosts Katie Floyd. In addition to co-hosting MPU, David also writes the Macsparky Field Guides, publishes MacSparky.com, writes for Macworld, speaks on technology, and practices law. David gives us a glimpse into what’s coming up for him this summer including his reading list, ducking out of work early to grill with family, and the movies he’s most looking forward to this summer.

How’s it going?

David Sparks: I'm living the dream.

Who are you?

DS: David Sparks but a lot of people call me MacSparky. People also call me other names but my kids might read this one day so I'll keep those to myself.

Where are you from?

DS: Orange County, California but I'm nothing like those people on that show.

Tell us a little about your podcast, Mac Power Users.

DS: Katie Floyd and I dive deep on subjects to get the most out of Apple technologies. We also invite guests on to talk about their workflows and how they get work done.

What inspired you to start a podcast?

DS: I always wanted a show like the Mac Power Users and since nobody else was doing it, I figured I'd just get it out of my system and do it myself. That was something like four years ago.

What do you do outside of hosting Mac Power Users?

DS: I write the MacSparky Field Guides, I publish MacSparky.com, and I practice law.

What are your interests outside of work and podcasting?

DS: I have way too many. Jazz music, reading, and general geek culture just to name a few. I also enjoy spending time with my family. I have one of those families where every single one of us is insane in our own special way but when we get together, we always have fun.

What projects are you working on?

DS: I'm always cooking up something.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

DS: Like everyone else, I'm looking forward to a little vacation time. Living in southern California, summers are also great for cutting out of work just a little early to fire up the Weber grill (charcoal baby!) and hang out with my family.

What are you reading this summer?

DS: I just finished Jo Walton's Among Others. I am looking forward to the next Temeraire novel, which is due soon, and thinking about Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings, which I'm told is good. I'm also currently reading Dave Taylor's Unix book.

What movies are you most looking forward to this summer?

DS: I got into an early screening of the new Star Trek movie (Rod Roddenberry is a nerd like us, and awesome). It was really great. My daughter and I just both re-read The Great Gatsby and we are going to see that one. I'm usually a sucker for every Pixar movie but not so sure about a sequel to Monsters, Inc. I'm also pretty sure I won't be able to miss The Lone Ranger. They had me with Johnny Depp as Tonto.

Where can we find you on the internet?

DS: MacSparky.com is the easiest. I'm also on Twitter and App.net as @macsparky. Of course you can also find me on the mighty 5by5 network on the Mac Power Users.

Thanks, David! I forgot to pass you the memo about every interview needing to mention at least one cat, but we’ll get ‘em next time. New episodes of Mac Power Users record every Sunday. Check out the full list on the 5by5 website or subscribe and download episodes via iTunes.

The Changelog comes to 5by5

Danielle Moser

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We are proud to announce the newest addition to the 5by5 lineup. The Changelog is a member supported blog and podcast that covers what's fresh and new in open source. Adam Stacoviak is the producer of The Changelog, which he co-hosts with Andrew Thorp. Adam also produces and hosts Founders Talk. Back from a hiatus, Founders Talk is an interview podcast profiling founders building businesses both online and offline.

Please join us in welcoming The Changelog to the 5by5 Network and check out Adam’s announcement on The Changelog blog.

Check out The Changelog live every Tuesday 3:00PM PT/ 6:00PM ET. You can also subscribe and download episodes of The Changelog via iTunes.