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January 7, 2018

In this post from three years ago I resolved to do more work in public. With urging from friends, I'm going to try it again. We'll see how it goes.

Recent posts

January 18, 2022

My second word for 2022 is "Deliberate" - the adjective not the verb. Also, free COVID tests in the US signup, a cool how-too, MLK's actual words at Oberlin, on the fillibuster, and heard today. Maggie's link to free cars, David Pepper, and iOS Dev Jobs.

January 11, 2022

My first word for 2022 is "Something." Also, Johanna's three words, bowling skills, paper engineering, Kindness as Resistance, a letter from Paris, which COVID test to take, two piano pieces from Maggie, and an LLVM dev talk on asynchronous functions in Swift.

Applying lessons of the road to your road ahead. Also, Hammer time, the non-royal "we", an alternate popcorn popper, Betty White at the zoo, PGA Reviews, Donny Wals advice for iOS dev focus, and Maggie's link to a Matrix spoiler.

December 28, 2021

On creating and retrieving memories. Also, an Annabelle ornament, a clip from "I literally just told you", Bot McCloud, Two (three) on Tutu, Emperors, Maggie's awful Jingle Bells, and an important message for those in tech.

December 21, 2021

What to do when you're angry. Also, preparing for winter with a capybara bath, celebrating winter with a visual performance of Vivaldi's Winter, Maggie's link to top albums from 2021, and simple gifts for your favorite authors.

December 14, 2021

Constantly performing - never backstage. Also, Letter to Santa, seeing the future, why is Christmas the 25th, a Dadvent calendar, foiling porch pirates, Maggie's link to a take on the Snow Miser song, and Dave Abrahams on Swift.

December 7, 2021

Saying goodbye to Annabelle. Also, dressing as your dog's favorite toy, cancelling Mel Gibson, Crystal Math, the building is on fire, a carved carrot, the world of paper, Maggie's link to why Hogwarts only celebrates Christmas, and the Advent of Code.

November 30, 2021

Ten bits of work advice. Also, steering a bicycle, writers rules, A West Side Channukah story, dad reviews his toddler's restaurant, no knead bread, living free, Maggie's link to a teacher meltdown, and Tjeerd's Swift explorations.

November 29, 2021

For a limited time, all of my Kickstart programming books are half price on Gumroad. Ebooks on Swift, SwiftUI, Combine, and/or Functional Programming make great gifts!

November 23, 2021

Moving forward without moving on. Also, links to my books at 50% off, the stooges stuff a turkey, a cool craft video, tech support, America is a Gun, Maggie's link to Defunctland on Fast Pass, and an Apple egg spot.

November 19, 2021

For a limited time, all of my Kickstart programming books are half price on Gumroad. Ebooks on Swift, SwiftUI, Combine, and/or Functional Programming make great gifts!

November 16, 2021

Where does our playlist come from. Also, Thanksgiving Charcuterie houses, are you trying your best, a Nintendo driven sewing machine, the buddy bench, Maggie's link to fun with a simple toy, and NSSpain.

November 9, 2021

It's time to redouble my efforts to eat healthy. Also, a breakup with a soundtrack, triggering Bill Maher, a Roman mosaic, Maggie's link to a teacher's tale, and Johanna Rothman on refilling your tank.

November 03, 2021

I've updated "A SwiftUI Kickstart" for Swift 5.5, Xcode 13, and iOS 15. If you own the book already the update is free!

November 2, 2021

Changes begin locally with city councils and school boards. Also, acapella covers of Coraline and The Simpsons, OSU covers Sesame Street, adding credits to Zoom calls, Sagal's rules of twitter, Maggie's link to your library as a deli and a dad joke, and the beauty of Bezier curves.

October 26, 2021

Helping local restaurants when their costs go up. Also, looking for people when job hunting, tv of the 60's, iPhone pics on your Mac, looking good at closing time, good advice, when women stopped coding, Maggie on teachers leaving the profession, and Ben Scheirman's Tonal Therapy.

October 21, 2021

How do you explain to your customers that the changes to your books and lack of service in your app is due to changes that Apple has made? The answer is: you don't.

On small towns and extended families. Also, a math teacher teaches grammar, Ted Lasso meets Batman, an apple gadget, Lone Island, Maggie's link to composers and hot wings, and "On Tyranny".

October 12, 2021

On doing (and performing in) One more thing. Also, Italian police respond, a Halloween costume, going back to school, Andrew Lloyd Webber on the Cats movie, Maggie's link to Beans as an ancient symbol of death, and Apple honors Steve.

October 5, 2021

The magic we take for granted. Also, follow-ups on Vodka and September, staying positive, sunsets, Vi Hart on Dice numbering, typewriter art, half and half, Maggie's link to a cat video, and thanks Brent.

September 28, 2021

Thoughts on the eve of another birthday. Sunset on the lake, a dog playing, bike sketches, rewilding, Van Gogh's hate mail, Cory on FB, Maggie's link to dishwasher detergent, and Drew on the Mac software biz.

September 21, 2021

Don't let lyrics interfere with the groove. Also, bread for people near me, a Queen ear worm, addressing languishing, on vodka, Maggie's link to Adventure Time tarot cards, and MacStories' review of iOS and iPadOS 15.

September 14, 2021

Should we only teach what is useful? Also Gerrymandering, roasted beans, reaching out if thinking of suicide, re-examining knots, COVID math, Maggie's link to Apple Blossom, and burnout.

September 7, 2021

Having something to write before you sit down at a typewriter. Also, a cover of Penny Lane, Mozart visualized, Michael K Williams on choices, clothesline art, Maggie's link to AA all you can fly, and Steven Strogatz on the beauty of Math.

August 31, 2021

Even a "no" is better than ghosting. Also, World Central Kitchen, Flying Toasters, web sites for low bandwidth, raining dogs, Maggie's link to a one man play, and an app for liner notes.

August 30, 2021

Apple quietly updates the code in some of their async videos from WWDC 2021

August 24, 2021

On the fifth anniversary of Kim's death. Also an Isley's Tiny Desk, Sean Lock clips, Maggie's lesson, and Bas returns.

August 17, 2021

Winners without losers. Also, using parental controls on parents, accessibility for everyone, further ado, Maggie's link to Nestflix, and BBEdit's Rich Segal with advice for developers.

August 10, 2021

Goal setting in general and weight loss in particular. Also, the Perseid meteors, Origami and Math, eating the rainbow, global warming, dog reaction videos, and good customer service.

August 3, 2021

Letting people know what you offer. Also, The Ultimate Bundle, Going for Gold, stats and vax, Robert Frost redux, visualizing git, Maggie's link to dating shows, and Kleon on zines.

August 2, 2021

I'm offering all four of my Swift Programming books in a single bundle.

What's in a name? The Cleveland baseball team becomes the Guardians. Also, the extent to not believing your own experience, calling a vaccination like it was a football goal, images and words on Simon Biles, Maggie's link to sticking the landing, and Apple docs.

July 20, 2021

The art of plussing. Also, too much experience with shootings, trolling a school board on CRT, resting is doing, when a progress bar stalls, Maggie's link to how we know what we know, and a William Wake workshop.

July 13, 2021

Lessons from old friends. Also, writers as procrastinators, Nikole Hannah-Jones' letter, Swift Kickstart is updated, a funny take on DocC, a personal peeve on the passive voice, Maggie's link to a song on Apartments, and Hacking with Swift Live.

July 12, 2021

I've started the post WWDC update of my programming books with A Swift Kickstart.

July 6, 2021

What do we mean by "all men"? Also, football stadium ads that are different on different networks, getting COVID while vaxxed, What to the slave read by Douglass descendants, Math and Origami Robots, Maggie points to an annoying LA coffee meeting, and Vincent and Donny on Actors.

July 4, 2021

A recent quiz question from Chris Eidhof pointed out something I didn't know about Swift. I knew that mutating methods actually change a struct, I didn't know that we were free to change self explicitly inside of one.

June 29, 2021

Combing through advice. Also, my favorite picture of Kim and me, a GOTO interview is posted, sheep migration, Toy Story 3 lessons, Maggie's link to Will quilting with cat, and Dave Verwer makes me smile.

June 22, 2021

On how we make decisions. Also a beet burger, whiskey tasting, a Brandy cover, a great interpretation of printers, economic winners and losers from the pandemic, Maggie's link to a cool study of the Tower of Terror, and Chuq's look inside the Apple ecosystem.

June 15, 2021

On leaping knowing you have a net. Dorothy Parker on writer's block, finding the farmers at the farmers market, Sam Deane's Stepping Back, Maggie's Link to "Why are you like this", and Carl Hewitt on the Actor model.

I'm in a bit of a funk these days and hoping to snap out of it. Also, grilling asparagus, how much we know, security and Venmo, cats and optical illusions, coloring, ethical design, Maggie's link to Bo Burnham, and Alexito's on concurrency.

Are shmoozing and press interviews part of your job? Also, juggling from above, skydiving with only a net, singing with your cat, Swift Data from Drew, Maggie's link to a Billy Mays mashup, and James Dempsey celebrates 20 years.

Salt and Vinegar bring out the best in a meal. A one pot pasta, homemade hot sauce, cicada recipes, towel day, Miyazaki zoetrope and ramen, What's going on is 50, Maggie's link to the anniversary of George Floyd's death, and WWDC Community.

May 24, 2021

A journey back to elementary school math and a test for whether or not a number is divisible by three.

Commencement addresses. Spring recipes, a cool video on masking up, the viral dog-does-yoga video, WBEZ and polio, Maggies link to a cat video, and try! Swift Dub Dub.

May 12, 2021

This year's WWDC could include some big news for that device that sits somewhere between the Mac and the iPhone.

Eating less meat, the white squirrel, pair programming, identifying you by three words, creating geometry puzzles, Maggie's link on snow days, and a look at existentials.

Reconsidering your title and bio. May 4 commemoration and celebration, Rothman on Leadership, Pixel This, Maggie points to the center of the US, and Julia Evans' comics home.

April 29, 2021

The new Podcasts app makes it harder for me to do the typical things I do as a podcast listener. An end-user should be able to focus on their task and not the app that allows them to accomplish it.

April 27, 2021

Why shopping local is trickle down that works. Squash blossoms and other recipes, my new Dough Temperature app, melting metal with bacon, a benefit cooking demo, seeing breakups coming, Sundell on for loops, Maggie's link to an interesting trailer, and David Smith makes shortbread.

April 26, 2021

One way to get consistent results when baking bread is to make sure the dough temperature is the same after mixing each time. Here's an explanation of the what, how, and why and a link to a free simple app I've written for iOS.

I found today's Apple event jarring - the style was not for me. Also, the Approachable Loaf of bread, giant arrows across America, Jackie Robinson's lesser-known legacies, Maggie's links to two food stories, and a Stewart Lynch tutorial.

April 19, 2021

Here's what I'm most looking forward to at tomorrow's Apple April Event.

What you do vs what you are. Hookup regrets, wakes (in the water), Wes Anderson's style, Maggie's link to stars and burning trash, and Vincent Pradeille's videos. Oh and Maggie's new job.

April 9, 2021

What I'm doing instead of working on the app I should be working on.

Fables, traditions, and a favorite story. Also, Diggs' digs, an Apple story about the iPod and the energy department, the 20th Century Fox fanfare, Maggie links to shrinking penises, and Swift Collections.

Identifying the line between competing errors. A UK Math conference, @r0ml on Free Software, a cool visual illusion, Maggie's link on scammers, and WWDC 2021.

March 23, 2021

It’s time to connect. Also an amazing fois gras treat from @Valzevul, Bird Migration, HMV outtakes, tools are not laws, Maggie’s link on misogyny and racism, and Xcode tips.