Two Black Nerds

Two Black Nerds

Two black graduates from the University of Notre Dame, discussing life after graduation.

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    In this episode, Two Black Nerds talk about habits, inspired by the book "The Power of Habit". They discuss the theory behind habits and habit loops. They discuss how to create, change, and getting rid of habits. They also talk about habit loops they've successfully created in the past, and which ones they want to change.

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    Goals, Books, and Recommendations: Reflecting on 2016

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds go back to their roots and have a casual conversation where they reflect on 2016. They briefly talk about shows and films that they watched recently, including the amazing show Luke Cage and reflect on the state of politics in the United States after the election. They also talked about their goals and close the discussion with books they read. Happy Belated New Year!

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    Stage for Change: Using Narrative as a Catalyst for Empathy

    This episode is a discussion on how to approach diversity and inclusion from the perspective of the personal narrative. If you enjoyed our diversity in tech episode, you will definitely enjoy this episode! We talk to the people who started stage for change, an organization looking at how stories can change how we talk about diversity and inclusion.

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    TBN: 2016 Graduation Edition

    In this episode, we answer questions from recent college graduates. We talk about everything from our salaries, what we spend money on, taxes and what to do if people do not take you seriously at work, and much more.

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    Coding: Where I Would Start

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds hosts, Romeo and Iheanyi, give their recommendations on how to go about learning how to code assuming no technical background.

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    All I Want in 2016 is an Eames Chair

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds hosts reflect on 2015 and share what they have learned through the year. They discuss this new year’s goals and how they plan to go accomplishing them. They also share the books they intend on reading, trips they want to take, and as usual, they get side tracked and talk about random things.

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    Designing for Anonymity: An Interview with Justin Carson, Product Designer at YikYak

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds interviews Justin Carson from YikYak. They start off talking about his journey to becoming a Product Designer and where he is now, starting from his high school years. They also take a moment to discuss his current job at YikYak and the role of the designer in a product based around anonymity and other topics, such as diversity in tech for designers and Twitter as a product.

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    The Tip of the Iceberg: Thoughts on the Future of Education

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds catch up and talk about mathematics before talking about Khan Academy and how it changed the way we learn and it’s future potential through Artificial Intelligence. They also briefly discuss the value of data in “free” services before discussing the college education’s future and viability due to increases in tuition and degree inflation. They also discuss how people in STEM fields do not necessarily have an ‘education’ but rather ‘training’ for solving problems. They also enter a discussion around coding bootcamps and their viability before concluding that they are definitely fulfilling a need. Lastly, they close out by discussing the Stanford 2025 project and other non-traditional forms of education.

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    Recreating Nipsey: An interview with the founders of the HBD App

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds talks to the founders Chi and Jide of the HBD app, an application aiming to change how we think about and celebrate our friends’ birthdays. In this interview, we discuss how they juggle their venture and their careers, talk about how they approached creating an application without knowing how to code, the biggest lesson they have learned so far and much more.

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    We'll Do It Live!

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds finally record an episode in-person and catch up on life. They discuss the differences between electrical engineering and software engineering and the different paths it takes to get better at both. Additionally, they catch up on life, discussing new projects, recent purchases and books, personality types, and projects at work.

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    Dream Phones and T9 Keyboards

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds discuss phones: what they like, what they dislike only to have a moment of clarity.

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    Ember Talks and Birdman Handrubs

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds talk about giving technical presentations. Romeo interviews Iheanyi, who recently has been giving talks about Ember.js around Austin. They discuss overall content, steps for preparation, and advice for anybody thinking about doing a talk.

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    Being Woke in a Tech Office

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds discusses the difficulties of discussing the state of race relations in the office, specially after tragedies involving police brutalities. Along the way they correctly identify some events, but also get confused by some. They talk about the feelings, and thoughts that go through their minds after such events, and how they try to cope with it. They also talk about their day to day lives and the lives or their relatives are affected.

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    Creepily Convenient

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds have a discussion around privacy, inspired by the recent Ashley Madison hack. They attempt to give their own answers to the question, "How much do we really care about our privacy?" and how lack of privacy can be both a positive and a negative.

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    From Problem to Side Project (and what is an Ember.js datastore)

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds how they are turning their problems into interesting side projects. They mention a few examples of their past projects, what they are working on and what issues they’ve encountered that could be solved using software.

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    The Tape Was Before the CD

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds discuss how the music industry has evolved primarily to streaming services. They also discuss how Tidal is a viable competitor to Apple Music. Additionally, they talk about hip-hop artists and musicians are playing a major role in this evolution.

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    Remembering Our Mentors

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds remember and discuss their mentors from their time at Notre Dame.

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    Silicon Valley Potluck

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds discuss untapped markets and trending products in the tech industry, in addition to how the culture of efficiency in the Valley is killing the sanctity of dinner.

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    Minorities in Tech

    In this episode, Two Black Nerds discuss their thoughts and opinions on the state of diversity in the tech industry.

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    Before I Started Engineering, I Wish I Knew...

    In this episode, we answer a listener's question about what we wished we knew before we started our specific major. Two Black Nerds weigh in with their opinion.

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    "Wait, I'm not the only minority anymore!"

    We try to talk about how the trials and tribulations of transitioning from college to the real world, but fail. Instead, we discuss using the internet to meet new people from, twitter or linkedin among many random topics.

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    Wearables and Fashion Conspiracy Theories

    In this episode, we discuss our opinions on wearables such as the Apple Watch, Moto 360, and fitness trackers in addition to examining how wearables may influence the fashion industry and conspiracies about the male consumer and fashion.

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    Your Mileage May Vary

    In this episode, we talk about the people who inspired us to study engineering, how we defined success in college, and we share the best tricks that allowed us to make it through Notre Dame. We also get into a fierce debate on whether or not multitasking in class is good advice.

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    Francais is the language de l'amour. Don't you know zat?

    In this episode, we talk about which sites we visit every day, books that have challenged our views and helped along the way, in addition to favorite movies that have inspired us and/or tell a beautiful story. We also philosophize about travel, almost talk about diversity in tech among other things. Check the show notes for all the links.

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    The Dude with Dancing on His Resume

    In this episode, although we intended to only talk about creative outlets, we ended up talking about the hobbies we pursued during college, and discussed what a bit what we are doing now that we are in the workforce. There are a couple anecdotes in this episodes: Romeo’s first talent show, how Iheanyi has breakdancing on his resume and why you should always try to get Fridays off at some point during your collegiate years.

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    This Is Not Serial

    In this first episodes of Two Black Nerds, we stumble to find our words, or settle on a specific topic to talk about. So we settled on fitness, habits, domain squatting, books, and third wheeling at SXSW.

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