Technically Religious

Technically Religious

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A Jew, Mormon, Muslim, Atheist, and Christian walk into the data center…


S2E06: Tales from the TAMO Cloud with Jez Marsh
Feb 11 • 19 min
Did you ever wonder why IT diagrams always use a cloud to show an element where stuff goes in and comes out, but we’re not 100% sure what happens inside? That was originally called a “TAMO Cloud” - which stood for “Then A Miracle Occurred”. It indicated…
S2E05: Home (in)Security, part 2
Feb 4 • 15 min
Last year we started to dig into the idea of what it’s like to be an IT professional with a strong religious, ethical, or moral point of view, who is also a parent. In that episode we discussed some of the concerns we have with technology, and how we get…
S02E04: Home (in)Security
Jan 28 • 31 min
Last year we started to dig into the idea of what it’s like to be an IT professional with a strong religious, ethical, or moral point of view, who is also a parent. In that episode we discussed some of the concerns we have with technology, and how we get…
S2E03: Tales From the TAMO Cloud with Ari Adler
Jan 21 • 28 min
Did you ever wonder why IT diagrams always use a cloud to show an element where stuff goes in and comes out, but we’re not 100% sure what happens inside? That was originally called a “TAMO Cloud” - which stood for “Then A Miracle Occurred”. It indicated…
S2E2: Raise Your Glass, part 2
Jan 15 • 32 min
Working in IT can often feel like long periods of soul-crushing depression and frustration as we work through a technical issue, punctuated by brief moments of insane euphoria when we find a solution, followed by yet another period of soul crushing…
S2E1: Raise Your Glass
Jan 7 • 30 min
Working in IT can often feel like long periods of soul-crushing depression and frustration as we work through a technical issue, punctuated by brief moments of insane euphoria when we find a solution, followed by yet another period of soul crushing…
S1E38: End of Season Wrap-Up
Dec 31, 2019 • 40 min
In our last episode of the season Josh and Leon look back at the stories that most stood out and the data that shows how we performed; and then look ahead to what next year will bring. Stick with us as we highlight some of the greatest moments of season…
S1E37: The Dreaded Office Holiday Party, Part 2
Dec 24, 2019 • 25 min
The dreaded office holiday party: For many of us, for MANY reasons, this is a situation fraught with difficulties. To go or not to go. To eat or not to eat. To discuss or not to discuss our religious/holiday/personal lives and plans. As IT folks with a…
S1E36: The Dreaded Office Holiday Party
Dec 17, 2019 • 23 min
The dreaded office holiday party: For many of us, for MANY reasons, this is a situation fraught with difficulties. To go or not to go. To eat or not to eat. To discuss or not to discuss our religious/holiday/personal lives and plans. As IT folks with a…
S1E35: Tales from the TAMO Cloud with Chaim Weiss
Dec 10, 2019 • 15 min
Did you ever wonder why IT diagrams always use a cloud to show an element where stuff goes in and comes out, but we’re not 100% sure what happens inside? That was originally called a “TAMO Cloud” - which stood for “Then A Miracle Occurred”. It indicated…
S1E34: The Frisco Kid Rides Again
Dec 3, 2019 • 40 min
In the fall of 2019 a series of fortunate events led Technically Religious contributor Leon Adato to take a journey of a lifetime. He transformed an unexpected convention trip to Barcelona into a mission to bring a Torah back to the US from Israel. Like…
S1E33: Tales from the TAMO Cloud with Corey Adler
Nov 26, 2019 • 36 min
Did you ever wonder why IT diagrams always use a cloud to show an element where stuff goes in and comes out, but we’re not 100% sure what happens inside? That was originally called a “TAMO Cloud” - which stood for “Then A Miracle Occurred”. It indicated…
S1E32: Fight the Stigma, part 2
Nov 19, 2019 • 30 min
“Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when you’re part of a team!” - so goes the impossibly catchy song from the Lego Movie. In IT, we are often expected to be caught up in that same spirit - hyped up on the adrenaline of fixing systems, catching…
S2E31: Fight The Stigma
Nov 12, 2019 • 30 min
“Everything is awesome! Everything is cool when you’re part of a team!” - so goes the impossibly catchy song from the Lego Movie. In IT, we are often expected to be caught up in that same spirit - hyped up on the adrenaline of fixing systems, catching…
S1E30: When Good People Make Bad Choices
Nov 5, 2019 • 39 min
The saying goes “To the left of me, lazy. To the right of me, crazy.”. It’s human nature to think that we know the right way things ought to be done. This is true for us as IT folks and may even be true in our religious life. However, religion has A LOT…
S1E29: Tales From the TAMO Cloud Featuring Al Rasheed
Sep 24, 2019 • 24 min
Did you ever wonder why IT diagrams always use a cloud to show an element where stuff goes in and comes out, but we’re not 100% sure what happens inside? That was originally called a “TAMO Cloud” - which stood for “Then A Miracle Occurred”. It indicated…
S1E28: Release to Production, Part 2
Sep 17, 2019 • 20 min
The phrase “release to production” conjures a very specific set of thoughts and even emotions for folks who live, breath, and work with technology. Some of those thoughts and feelings are positive, while others are fraught with conflict. At the same time,…
S1E27: Release to Production
Sep 10, 2019 • 31 min
The phrase “release to production” conjures a very specific set of thoughts and even emotions for folks who live, breath, and work with technology. Some of those thoughts and feelings are positive, while others are fraught with conflict. At the same time,…
S1E26 Step By Step
Sep 3, 2019 • 53 min
We often want to see results all at once, or at least quickly. But that’s not usually how it works. In this episode Leon, Josh, and returning guest Al Rasheed explore how the philosophies of slow growth in other areas of our life - from religious to…
S1E25: A Bad Day At the Office
Aug 27, 2019 • 47 min
Work in IT for just a bit, and you’ll know that there are some days when everything just clicks, but sometimes (maybe a lot?) it doesn’t. Similarly, there are days when we show up to the synagogue, church, or dojo and we are focused; versus days when…
S1E24: God-as-a-Service: Our Religion as the Codebase - part 2
Aug 20, 2019 • 30 min
There’s an old joke (and a famous website) comparing programming languages to religions, but the analogy is truer than it might seem at first blush. Logic structures are everywhere in scripture. Pair programming strongly resembles the intensive 2-person…
S1E23: God-as-a-Service: Thinking of Our Religion as a Codebase
Aug 13, 2019 • 30 min
There’s an old joke (and a famous website) comparing programming languages to religions, but the analogy is truer than it might seem at first blush. Logic structures are everywhere in scripture. Pair programming strongly resembles the intensive 2-person…
S1E22: Convention-aly Religious, part 3
Aug 6, 2019 • 20 min
Last year CiscoLive overlapped with Ramadan which was not a lot of fun for the Muslim attendees. This year it conflicts with Shavuot, requiring observant Jews who planned to attend to arrive a week in advance. Add those challenges to the normal stress an…
S1E21: Convention-aly Religious, part 2
Jul 30, 2019 • 19 min
Last year CiscoLive overlapped with Ramadan which was not a lot of fun for the Muslim attendees. This year it conflicts with Shavuot, requiring observant Jews who planned to attend to arrive a week in advance. Add those challenges to the normal stress an…
S1E20: Convention-aly Religious
Jul 23, 2019 • 23 min
Last year CiscoLive overlapped with Ramadan which was not a lot of fun for the Muslim attendees. This year it conflicts with Shavuot, requiring observant Jews who planned to attend to arrive a week in advance. Add those challenges to the normal stress an…
S1E19: Pivoting Our Career On the Tip of a Torah Scroll, Part 3
Jul 16, 2019 • 19 min
In Yeshiva - a system of advanced learning in the orthodox Jewish world, there’s a saying: “Shiv’im Panim laTorah” - which means “there are 70 faces of Torah”, but implies that there are many equally valid ways of getting to a certain point. That idea…
S1E18: Pivoting Our Career On the Tip of a Torah Scroll, Part 2
Jul 9, 2019 • 23 min
In Yeshiva - a system of advanced learning in the orthodox Jewish world, there’s a saying: “Shiv’im Panim laTorah” - which means “there are 70 faces of Torah”, but implies that there are many equally valid ways of getting to a certain point. That idea…
S1E17: Pivoting Our Career On the Tip of a Torah Scroll
Jul 2, 2019 • 29 min
In Yeshiva - a system of advanced learning in the orthodox Jewish world, there’s a saying: “Shiv’im Panim laTorah” - which means “there are 70 faces of Torah”, but implies that there are many equally valid ways of getting to a certain point. That idea…
S1E16: Being An Ambassador of IT Within Our Religious Community Part 2
Jun 25, 2019 • 25 min
Religious communities sometimes have a fraught relationship with technology in general and the internet, smartphones, and “screens” in particular. On the one hand, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, etc see the power these technologies have to build,…
S1E15: Being An Ambassador of IT Within Our Religious Community
Jun 18, 2019 • 23 min
Religious communities sometimes have a fraught relationship with technology in general and the internet, smartphones, and “screens” in particular. On the one hand, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, etc see the power these technologies have to build,…
S1E14 - Thou Shalt Not Covet
Jun 11, 2019 • 23 min
You know you want it. Fear of missing out. The ‘Me’ Generation. The messaging from the world around us is that we should want what others have and, in our modern capitalist thinking, it’s a driver for some to succeed and exceed. However, the Old Testament…
S1E13: Disaster Recovery
May 28, 2019 • 35 min
Weeks ago, the world watched helplessly as he Notre Dame Cathedral, burned. While this event was notable for many reasons, one of the things that struck us here at Technically Religious was the protocol used by emergency responders: Save the people, save…
S1E12: Fixing the World, One Error Message at a Time
May 21, 2019 • 24 min
Acts of hatred in our most sacred spaces. Curable diseases going untreated. War tearing countries and families apart. Global climate change threatening our very species. It’s enough to make anyone feel that this world is broken beyond repair. As people…
S1E11 - Imposter Syndrome
May 14, 2019 • 32 min
Imposter Syndrome is a well known condition in IT circles, but it exists in religious contexts too. On this episode, Leon, Josh, and Doug look at the ways in which imposter syndrome manifests in both spheres, and how our experiences combating in one area…
S1E10: Religious, Parent, & Geek - A Kid’s Worst Nightmare
May 7, 2019 • 36 min
Mom puts a filter on the router, and daughter Mary installs a VPN. Dad sets up cell phone monitoring software, and son Donny learns how to soft-boot Android to remove it. For households that strongly ascribe to a specific religious, moral, or ethical…
S1E9 - The Only Constant is Change
Apr 30, 2019 • 26 min
In IT we know that the only constant is change. And for the most part, that’s OK. What is difficult is when standards or processes are framed as immutable, and THEN they change. How do we adjust when the company spends $5million on a data center…
S1E8 - The Four Questions
Apr 23, 2019 • 35 min
When you start “doing” monitoring, there are a few questions that you get asked over and over again. Technically Religious member Leon Adato came to think of them as “The Four Questions” (of monitoring), as a kind of inside joke reference to the Four…
S1E7 - Opposing As We Follow
Apr 16, 2019 • 40 min
In religion (and the religion of IT), we often find ourselves accepting the majority of the dogma while having to choose to reject the minority. In this episode, Josh, Doug, and Leon talk about how to support something that you disagree with because it’s…
S1E6: Being “Othered”
Apr 9, 2019 • 30 min
Identity is a complex concept. “Who we are” is comprised of a rich tapestry of experiences and relationships. We try to control which of those aspects we share and which we keep private. But there are times when the world around us - strangers, coworkers,…
S1E5: Jokes I Wish I Could Tell
Apr 2, 2019 • 21 min
Religion and IT share a common ground when it comes to humor. In both cases, if someone doesn’t “get it”, it could take HOURS to explain enough for them to understand. in this episode, Leon, Josh, and special guest Doug Johnson talk about whether that is…
S1E4: Failing With Style
Mar 26, 2019 • 24 min
In this episode, Leon and Josh discuss failures big and small, and how our religious/moral/ethical traditions inform the “opportunities” for failure that life in IT presents us with almost daily. Transcript: Leon: 00:00 Welcome to our podcast where we…
S1E3 - Being a “Light Unto the Nations” during a Sev1 Call
Mar 19, 2019 • 22 min
Many religious traditions embrace the idea of being an example, a “light unto the nations”. On this episode, Leon, Josh, and Roddie explore this idea for those of us who work in IT, when it’s a highly stressful situation such as a system outage - the…
S1E2 - Yesterday I did, today I don’t
Mar 12, 2019 • 25 min
As our level of religious observance changes, explaining what we do and don’t adhere to can present specific challenges within an I.T. context. Transcript Josh: 00:00 Welcome to our podcast where we talk about the interesting, frustrating and inspiring…
S1E1 - Religious Synergy
Mar 5, 2019 • 20 min
A discussion of how the “challenges” presented as people with strong religious points of view working in I.T. can be supplemented by our teammates. Transcript: Leon: [00:00:00] Welcome to our podcast where we talk about the interesting frustrating and…
Technically Religious Introduction
Feb 25, 2019 • 0 min
Introducing Technically Religious, a podcast by IT practitioners with decades of experience, who also have a strong connection to their faith. We talk about how we make our passion for technology mesh with our religious principles, where those two things…