Less Than or Equal
Less Than or Equal
Less Than or Equal is a podcast dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of geeks facing inequality in their industries. Hosted by Aleen Simms.
100: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish!
Oct 19, 2016 • 61 min
In the final (for now!) episode of Less Than Or Equal, the tables are turned! Hear Jean MacDonald interview Aleen.
99: Alicia Carr
Oct 4, 2016 • 72 min
Alicia and Aleen talk about learning how to write iOS apps, the many facets and considerations of writing an app for victims of domestic violence, empowering women, and what it’s like to be filmed for an Apple promotional video.
98: Thursday Bram
Sep 20, 2016 • 51 min
Thursday and Aleen talk about writing, the importance of style guides, and Thursday’s project: The Responsible Communication Style Guide.
97: Stephen Hackett
Sep 6, 2016 • 71 min
Stephen joins Aleen to talk about Relay FM, diversity, the importance of community, and his life as the parent of a child with cancer.
96: Steven Aquino
Aug 23, 2016 • 57 min
Steven and Aleen talk about his path to Apple journalism, the difficulties of writing about accessibility, and the tools he uses to write.
95: Virginia Poltrack
Aug 9, 2016 • 47 min
Virginia tells Aleen about her paths to both art and tech, confidence, and the importance of community.
94: Aki Braun
Jul 26, 2016 • 53 min
Aki and Aleen talk about working for President Obama’s reelection campaign, being a nomad, and activism.
93: Sev Leonard
Jul 12, 2016 • 63 min
Sev tells Aleen about his experience transitioning genders while also transitioning careers and shares how they impacted one another, how he decided against building a tech startup, and the insecurity of indie life.
92: Alex Laughlin
Jun 28, 2016 • 46 min
Alex and Aleen talk about podcasting, amplifying the voices of women, and self-promotion.
91: Lisa Schmeiser
Jun 14, 2016 • 74 min
Lisa joins Aleen again to talk about the Internet of Things and the thought (or lack thereof) behind All the Things, social media overload, Steven Universe, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
90: Sonya Green
May 31, 2016 • 61 min
Sonya and Aleen talk about having colorful hair, being passionate about customer support and the nuances of doing it well, and how awesome our 30s have been!
89: Shelly Brisbin
May 18, 2016 • 56 min
Shelly joins Aleen to talk about why she wrote a book about iOS accessibility, diversity, and putting people in boxes.
88: Amelia Gapin
May 3, 2016 • 47 min
Amelia joins Aleen to talk about the public beta of MyTransHealth, how it started and why it’s important, future plans, and juggling passion projects with work.
87: Karen Catlin
Apr 19, 2016 • 42 min
Karen and Aleen discuss advocacy and mentorship in tech, leaving corporations for consultancies, and the intersection of parenting and leadership.
86: Kronda Adair
Apr 5, 2016 • 50 min
Kronda and Aleen talk about the freelancing life, the importance of community, and focusing on your superpower.
85: Jacqui Cheng
Mar 29, 2016 • 37 min
Jacqui and Aleen talk about delegating, handling growth, reporting on Apple events, how tech has and hasn’t embraced diversity, and traveling.
84: Charli Prangley and Femke van Schoonhoven
Mar 22, 2016 • 50 min
Charli and Femke join Aleen to talk about side projects, making things happen, getting up early, and moving far away from home!
83: Helene Wecker
Mar 15, 2016 • 60 min
Helene and Aleen talk about writing, respecting other cultures, career choices, juggling parenting with authorship, and more!
82: Chiu-Ki Chan
Mar 8, 2016 • 54 min
Chiu-Ki and Aleen talk about freelancing, side projects, public speaking, and how they approach making changes in their communities.
81: Cate Huston
Mar 1, 2016 • 75 min
Join Cate and Aleen as they talk about speaking at tech conferences, codes of conduct (they’re important!), healthy work environments, and shine theory.
80: Andie Arthur
Feb 23, 2016 • 53 min
Andie and Aleen talk about opening a geeky theater and representation & biases in entertainment.
79: Lauren Kinsey
Feb 16, 2016 • 51 min
Lauren and Aleen talk about how YOU can help marginalized people in tech, coding bootcamps, and public speaking!
78: Anna Tarkov
Feb 2, 2016 • 56 min
Anna and Aleen discuss mobile versus console gaming, the ways mobile games can earn money, and reinventing yourself.
77: Nat Osten
Jan 26, 2016 • 49 min
Nat and Aleen talk about how the App Camp for Girls curriculum was developed, using Objective-C versus Swift for the camp, and who App Camp is for.
76: Erika Ensign
Jan 19, 2016 • 56 min
Join Erika and Aleen as they talk about podcasting, representation in podcasting, and growing up geeky.
75: Allyson Kazmucha
Jan 12, 2016 • 58 min
Join Ally and Aleen as they talk about apps for Mac and iOS, Apple’s latest and greatest hardware (iPad Pro and Apple Watch), traveling with tech, and working from home.
74: Sabriel Mastin
Jan 5, 2016 • 52 min
Sabriel joins Aleen to talk about customizing her car with plastidip, polyamory, and Star Trek.
73: Jessica Dennis
Dec 29, 2015 • 57 min
Jessica and Aleen talk about working in the tech industry, gender bias, rage crying, procrastination, and more!
72: Tanya DePass
Dec 22, 2015 • 50 min
Tanya and Aleen talk about what’s involved in putting together panels for a diverse conference, how feminism should be for everyone, and podcasting.
71: Lynne Tatum
Dec 15, 2015 • 47 min
Lynne joins Aleen to talk about how she created an iOS app without knowing Objective-C or Swift, accessibility on different types of devices, and her experiences singing cabaret.
70: Basel Farag
Dec 8, 2015 • 78 min
Basel joins Aleen to discuss how he narrowly avoiding going to law school, his path to becoming a developer, and how the tech community tries (and doesn’t try) to welcome newcomers.
69: Lisa Schmeiser
Nov 30, 2015 • 66 min
Lisa and Aleen talk about comic books (who’s better: Marvel or DC?), the state of children’s toys, and the cognitive burdens of poverty.
68: Robert Kingett
Nov 24, 2015 • 74 min
Robert and Aleen talk about how he started advocating for blind people, why he no longer supports GamerGate, and the month he spent with no Internet access.
67: Louis Do
Nov 17, 2015 • 56 min
Louis and Aleen talk about his experiences growing up, how the Hatlan Center for the Blind helped him learn how to be independent, and how people with sight should approach helping blind strangers.
66: Neem Serra
Nov 10, 2015 • 54 min
Neem joins Aleen to talk about becoming a developer after getting a degree in biology, perspectives on various tech conferences, and helping older populations learn how to use modern tech.
65: Aleen Simms
Nov 3, 2015 • 48 min
Aleen’s in the hot seat this week! Listen as she and Justin talk about what they’ve learned over the course of the show and where Less Than Or Equal is going.
64: Nicole Tompkins-Hughes
Oct 27, 2015 • 96 min
In a rare followup episode, Nicole joins us once again to talk about how the school year is going for her gender non-conforming child.
63: Yasmine Evjen
Oct 20, 2015 • 81 min
Yasmine and Aleen duke it out: Android or iOS? Two people enter, only one can exit! They also talk about must-have apps, diversity at Apple and Google, and helping more people access technology.
62: Misbehavin’ Maidens
Oct 13, 2015 • 57 min
The Misbehavin’ Maidens join Aleen to talk about promoting sex positivity through music and general geekery!
61: Megan Condis
Oct 5, 2015 • 60 min
Megan and Aleen talk about trigger warnings, creating safer spaces, and the end of the world (via holodeck gaming).
60: K Tempest Bradford
Sep 29, 2015 • 61 min
Tempest and Aleen talk about Jem and the Holograms, music, equality, representation, and improving our culture.
59: Katriel Page
Sep 21, 2015 • 60 min
Katriel and Aleen talk about making games, how indies handle bug tracking, and pitching, writing, & editing articles.
58: Matt Conn
Sep 15, 2015 • 73 min
Matt and Aleen talk about the things that go into organizing a convention as well as creating and playing games.
57: Jessi Chartier
Sep 7, 2015 • 68 min
Jessi and Aleen talk about Mobile Makers Academy, teamwork, and Doctor Who.
56: Siena Aguayo
Aug 31, 2015 • 44 min
Siena and Aleen discuss software development, crowd funding, the Internet’s favorite (cats!), and video games.
55: Nicole Tompkins-Hughes
Aug 24, 2015 • 81 min
Nicole joins Aleen to discuss connecting with people online, parenting, and raising kids who are unabashedly themselves.
54: Amelia Gapin
Aug 17, 2015 • 47 min
Amelia joins Aleen to talk about how she got started in tech, the My Trans Health origin story and future plans, and supportive work environments.
53: Robert Carter
Aug 10, 2015 • 58 min
Robert joins Aleen to discuss his history as an Apple aficionado and how technology with accessibility for blind people has made his life better.
52: Mikah Sargent
Aug 3, 2015 • 69 min
Mikah joins Aleen to talk about his experiences being biracial, bisexual, and Christian.
51: Amanda Warner
Jul 28, 2015 • 41 min
Amanda and Aleen talk about the amazingness of stickers, animating games, work/life balance, breastfeeding, and the Giant Spacekat origin story.
50: Maia Weinstock
Jul 20, 2015 • 61 min
Maia and Aleen talk about LEGO, LEGO, and LEGO! Also gender representation in the toy aisle, diversity, and feminism.
49: Joe Rosensteel
Jul 13, 2015 • 77 min
Joe and Aleen discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling on same gender marriage, the impact of rainbow profile pictures, and equality in Hollywood.
48: Mollie L. Patterson
Jul 6, 2015 • 69 min
Mollie and Aleen talk about standing out in a crowd, Press XY, and trans representation in video games.
47: Steve Lubitz
Jun 29, 2015 • 77 min
Steve and Aleen talk about being diagnosed with ADD as an adult, Splatoon, Dunkin’ Donuts, and dad jokes.
46: Stephanie Morillo
Jun 22, 2015 • 60 min
Stephanie and Aleen talk about intersectional feminism and how to help women of color in tech, social media, and more!
45: Rin Oliver
Jun 16, 2015 • 43 min
Rin and Aleen talk about writing a novel, representation, and spoon theory.
44: Shareef Jackson
Jun 8, 2015 • 68 min
Shareef and Aleen talk about taking on too much, geeky conventions, and privlige.
43: Anne Wizorek
Jun 1, 2015 • 58 min
Anne and Aleen talk about Anne’s rise to Internet prominence, book writing, feminism, rape culture, and marriage equality.
42: Ashley Barry
May 25, 2015 • 61 min
Ashley and Aleen talk about games, games writing, attending conferences, and being called out when we make mistakes.
41: Kiva Smith-Pearson
May 19, 2015 • 60 min
Kiva and Aleen talk about Feminist Deck, being empathetic, and overcoming adversity.
40: Moisés Chiullán
May 11, 2015 • 92 min
Moisés and Aleen talk about being multi-ethnic in the southern US, representation in comic books, and TV theme songs.
39: Ashley on Transgender Etiquette
May 4, 2015 • 70 min
Ashley and Aleen talk about how to be a good ally to the transgender population.
38: Kahlief Adams
Apr 27, 2015 • 55 min
Kahlief and Aleen talk about increasing the diversity of our guests, coming to terms with our privilege, allyship, and podcasting for beginners.
37: Lydia Schoch
Apr 20, 2015 • 34 min
Lydia and Aleen talk about writing, self-publishing, and their favorite sci-fi.
36: Jean MacDonald
Apr 13, 2015 • 60 min
Jean and Aleen discuss how App Camp for Girls got started, how it works, and how it can grow.
35: Andrea Judy
Apr 6, 2015 • 54 min
Andrea and Aleen talk about writing, working and attending conventions, comics, and video games!
34: Benjamin Chicka
Mar 30, 2015 • 61 min
Ben and Aleen talk about the neurochemical science behind bullying, brainstorm ways to combat it, and (of course) video games!
33: Tanya DePass
Mar 23, 2015 • 54 min
Tanya and Aleen talk about how I Need Diverse Games started, what’s coming for INDG, and representation in video games.
32: Jeremy Yoder
Mar 16, 2015 • 98 min
Jeremy and Aleen talk about the intersection of geekdom and Christianity, misconceptions about Mennonites and their cousins the Amish, and Jeremy’s journey to becoming (and being) a pastor.
31: Erin Campbell
Mar 9, 2015 • 58 min
Erin and Aleen talk about learning their limits and taking care of themselves, owning their mistakes, and how some geeky businesses alienate women.
30: Thomas Awrey
Mar 2, 2015 • 55 min
Thomas and Aleen talk about getting into cheerleading as an adult, trusting others, and video games.
29: Amy Dentata
Feb 23, 2015 • 58 min
Amy and Aleen talk about storytelling in video games. Amy talks about creating her games, respecting players, and how she started programming.
28: Georgia Dow
Feb 16, 2015 • 70 min
Georgia and Aleen discuss depression and strategies for emerging from it. They also discuss Gene Roddenberry’s vision of the future, Georgia’s arcade cabinet, and the games they’ve been playing!
27: Maddy Myers
Feb 9, 2015 • 71 min
Maddy and Aleen talk about surviving and enjoying PAX, how Maddy started cosplaying, and how Maddy decides who to cosplay. They also debate how geeks are perceived by non-geeky people, discuss what the cosplay community gets right (and wrong), and codes o
26: Ashley McDonnell
Feb 2, 2015 • 57 min
Ashley introduces Aleen to Digimon. Ashley and Aleen talk about their favorite young adult books, what they love (and dislike) about The Hunger Games, Native American representation in Twilight, and other book geekery.
25: Scott Williams
Jan 26, 2015 • 56 min
Scott and Aleen talk about parenthood, empathy, past mistakes, and books!
24: Anna Tarkov and Jessica Dennis
Jan 19, 2015 • 71 min
Anna, Jessica, and Aleen talk about parenting, Steve Lubitz for president, and some serious stuff.
23: Erin Campbell
Jan 12, 2015 • 63 min
Erin and Aleen talk about Magic: The Gathering, World of Warcraft, and podcasting.
22: Sean Reed
Jan 5, 2015 • 62 min
Sean and Aleen discuss the Alliance for Girls in STEM, the state of toys and books for girls, and creative writing.
21: Serenity Caldwell
Dec 29, 2014 • 61 min
Serenity and Aleen talk about roller derby, finding community, rhetoric, and radio theater.
20: Jonathan Mann
Dec 22, 2014 • 58 min
Jonathan and Aleen talk about writing a Song a Day, social justice, GameJew, and exercising creativity muscles.
19: Jenna Hoffstein
Dec 15, 2014 • 49 min
Jenna and Aleen talk about Counting Kingdom, making a living as an indie game developer, and programming Twitter bots.
18: Donna Prior
Dec 8, 2014 • 65 min
Donna and Aleen talk about Inclusive Geekery, tabletop gaming, OrcaCon, diversity at conventions, and working for a tabletop games publisher.
17: Tifa Robles
Dec 1, 2014 • 43 min
Tifa and Aleen talk about Magic: The Gathering, the Lady Plainswalkers Society, being on convention panels, and tabletop gaming.
16: Quinn Dunki
Nov 24, 2014 • 55 min
Quinn and Aleen talk about retrocomputing, the intricacies of owning and modifying pinball machines, the future of mobile gaming, and making it in the tech industry.
15: Kabe Wilson & Anna Megill
Nov 17, 2014 • 80 min
Kabe, Anna, and Aleen talk about creative constraints and how they impact the way games are written.
14: Ken Gagne
Nov 10, 2014 • 75 min
Ken and Aleen talk about diversity podcasting, gaming, and reading.
13: Virginia Roberts
Nov 3, 2014 • 60 min
Virginia and Aleen talk about real-world sexual harassment in the game dev and tech industries.
12: Steve Lubitz
Oct 27, 2014 • 101 min
Steve and Aleen talk about Isometric, gaming, parenting geeky girls, and how friends can support parents of autistic children.
11: Brianna Wu & Anna Megill
Oct 13, 2014 • 91 min
Brianna, Anna, and Aleen talk about threats Brianna has received and being a woman in the gaming industry. Also, reader questions!
10: Kronda Adair
Sep 29, 2014 • 64 min
Kronda and Aleen talk about working in the tech field, the Ascend Project, equality getting a foothold, and the pros of starting your own business.
9: Anna Megill
Sep 15, 2014 • 63 min
Anna and Aleen talk about writing for games and diversity in the gaming industry.
8: Greg Thomas
Aug 31, 2014 • 71 min
Greg Thomas and Aleen talk about racism, how it compares to sexism, and increasing diversity in tech.
7: Twelve Black Tech & Science Pioneers
Aug 24, 2014 • 6 min
Aleen’s channeling John Green’s Mental Floss videos! Talking fast and throwing down information about 12 black technology and science pioneers you may have never learned about.
6: Ashe Dryden
Aug 18, 2014 • 65 min
Ashe and Aleen talk about ways people and companies can deal with marginalization, AlterConf, and classism.
5: Adriel Wallick
Aug 10, 2014 • 63 min
Adriel and Aleen talk about game jams (including Train Jam), Game a Week, game development, and the power of the Internet.
4: Button Masher, Not a Raider
Aug 4, 2014 • 27 min
Episode o’ followup, where Aleen reflects on some feedback she’s received and on her first two interviews.
3: Julie Horvath
Jul 27, 2014 • 57 min
Julie Horvath and Aleen talk about Passion Projects, the monoculture in tech, and defying expectations.
2: Brianna Wu
Jul 13, 2014 • 61 min
Brianna Wu and Aleen talk about the soon-to-be released Revolution 60, finding a voice in the tech industry, and sexism in gaming.
1: Equality is Coming
Jun 16, 2014 • 31 min
Aleen and Justin talk about what the show is, what its goals are, and how we hope to achieve them.
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