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.
January 10, 2023
Lines is my second word for 2023. Also, telling a story like it's a joke, Om hates Allbirds, the long-lasting impact of assault, Maggie's link to Bongo Cat, and Carl Hewitt's Actor Model.
January 3, 2023
Distance is my first word for 2023. Also, rethinking how you think about change, workers fighting each other, Megaton radio, three words, Maggie's link to movie makeup and wardrobe, and Swaine's new weekly series.
December 27, 2022
On starting new chapters. Also, McDonalds MacBeth sandwich, Mar a Lego Search & Seizure Set, John Carmack's resignation letter from Meta, You can all be lesbians, Maggie's link to the first Ancient Latin Word of the Day, and the full rainbow game.
December 20, 2022
Helping Santa find our house. Also, Making magic meaningful, Tom Lehrer while it lasts, dog names, dishes by the sink, tiling the plane, Maggie's link to Heartbreak High, and Peter Friese's newsletter.
December 13, 2022
Understanding the pain of others. Also, Irish people try a period pain simulator, Kleon's art of imperfection, British mystery novels, Pitts on Walker, Maggie's link to an excon on prison attacks, and Foundation goes Open Source.
December 6, 2022
What you do vs who you are. Also, Bread book on sale, France bans short-haul flights, Montgomery Co goes electric, the baguette is recognized, Maggie's links to documentaries, and unusual take on math.
November 29, 2022
Morals when you really want to do something. Also, Bread Baking book discount, new book announcement, I can't imagine, Auto Parts Jingle live, offsides, Maggie's Kid Pix link, and Ellen's holiday items.
November 25, 2022
You can get my Bread Baking book for 50% off this holiday season. Also, you can pre-order my book on Swift concurrency and get the chapters as they are released in beta.
November 22, 2022
On Rodin statues and the interplay of rough and smooth. Also, unslicing a tomato, fun music facts, cuffing season advice, Maggie's link to the day Barney was killed, and how to protect your Twitter account.
November 15, 2022
On seeing the familiar in a new setting. Also, elephants help a local news spot, celebrating Vonnegut, the differences of Mastodon, Maggie's link to Buffalo Chicken toasted ravioli, and Hannah Fry on why so few women excel at math(s).
November 8, 2022
Set up everything you need in bowls before you go to the stove. Also, Fallows writes Twitter is our Future, reporting election crimes, baby bird dines alone, hats on frogs, dollar baby, Maggie's link to a Chicken eater, and Martin Fowler says vote.
November 1, 2022
On relationships online and IRL. Also, try Infomagical to reduce your device use, the 12-Foot Skeleton history, a red fox from leaves etc, recognizing women in science, don't boo - vote, Maggie's spooky bros, and checking out micro.blog and mastodon.
October 25, 2022
On writing post cards to get out the vote. Also, a dog overacts, MRC is clear on its values, Allison Horst's wonderful graphs, Maggie's link to Yankees fans and Ted Cruz, and Cenny Davidsson's Programming Books.
October 18, 2022
Images of visiting our big cities. Also, a stretchy cheese contest, a domino display, great fitness advice, Maggie's link to a different sort of pigeon, and Soroush Khanlou's essay on an aspect of generics in Swift.
October 11, 2022
Why call one "Senator" and the other "Skank"? Also, facing flaws on teams, reshaping boxes, numerical brain teasers, features not specs, laughing, Maggie's link to a tap dancing Office medley, and NSSpain videos.
October 4, 2022
The value of being where you are. Also, a fish story, designed for failure, a spray-on dress, Maggie's link to the US highway system represented as a transit map, and iOS conferences.
September 27, 2022
The columns we put others in and keep ourselves in. Also, slow motion ballet, Terry Prachett looks back, Miami Vice guest stars, Maggie's link to DHMIS, and 10 tips for designers.
September 20, 2022
What the Beatles played before Rock and Roll. Also, a visit to Strawberry Field, who did you help today, moving in One Direction, QR Codes, Maggie's link to Vote Save America, and Halle on Core Media.
September 13, 2022
It's easy to think that everything's been done - you still have something to add. Also, Pasta Grannies, Orwell's essays, Marcus Miller Mathematician, oppression, Maggie's link to a cover of a Jewel song, and Jeff Biggus releases Physical.
September 06, 2022
Little actions often have undue influence. Also, inspiration to counter giving up with political action, a classic baseball story involving a potato, a dating site named Grumbl, an animated elliptic curve, and Maggie's link to drill instructor training.
August 30, 2022
On quitting quietly or otherwise. Also, a Vermont covered bridge, the Stones Snap Crackle and Pop, a poem "Color Wheel", Eric Meyer's Trolley+, Preet's list, Why's legacy, and Maggie asks which frog are you.
August 23, 2022
What happens when you are so far ahead but the world catches up. Also, 6 years today, a water gun standoff, consequences of an act of kindness, Maggies links to Better Call Saul recap of the first three years, and a programming contest.
August 16, 2022
Live like you're not posting pictures. Also, an open verse challenge, three man fountain, being less bothered, Bill Russell on freedom, Africa in Paris, Ted Lasso's Dark Forest, Maggies link to Running after Covid, and Fireball is 20.
August 9, 2022
How we mark anniversaries. Also, Luenell on Lovett or leave it, a math date, neither correlation nor causation, using dried beans, a t v weatherman's surprise, Maggie's link to the internet of old, and issues with TestFlight.
August 2, 2022
The preparation before the procedure. Also, a classic jingle, Jon Stewart on the PACT Act, Victoria's Secret, Christian Nationalism, Whittling the world down, Maggie's link to a Raintree Cafe tour, and a celebration of CPAN.
July 26, 2022
On doing nothing worth reporting. Also, a bunny in the backyard, digital art, Obama's summer reading list, sewer posts, sarcasm, Maggie's link on overnight delivery, and Chuq's new eBook.
July 19, 2022
It takes so little so stand out in this "not giving a ----" Economy. Also, a classic "Get Down", Emmanuel, two Oldenburg pieces, solar car racing, Maggie's link to proper names for relatives, and our place in helping climate change.
July 12, 2022
Why I don't participate in CFPs. Also, driving for two, hearing others, time-lapse new in Swift, an India Workation, Maggie's link to a video on the game Hangman, and Quinn the Eskimo keeps you safe.
July 5, 2022
When rights become alienable. Also, a trip to the ballpark, Girl Dads, #WeToo, NPR's reads the Declaration and Michael Moore makes his own, enjoy old school techno, pasta molds, and Maggie's link, and shudder at both-sidesing Japanese incarceration.
June 28, 2022
Digging in as things get dark. Also, porchfest, a drunken pitch for Wind in the Willows, religious freedom, time for men to stand up, Maggie's link to bathing sheep, and iOS Dev UK.
June 21, 2022
Why do we value an immediate response. Also, the Floppotron 3.0, a classic Ze Frank, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, a beautiful father's day article, Maggie's link to 10 Bizarre coasters, and Adele Goldberg's keynote.
June 14, 2022
Finding just the right size goal. Also, 1000 miles, Headis highlights, Madison's bat dog, the confidence to begin, car insurance compensates for STDs, Maggie's link to the basketball basket that moves to the ball, and try! Swift dub dub.
June 7, 2022
The joy of fresh seasonal food. Also, my posts on cars past and my current car shopping, a new take on stupid, an animated earworm, whitenoise in your pocket, a museum visit, a Scary classroom, Maggie's link to snakes on a plane, and Craig Hockenberry's WorldWideWeb.
June 5, 2022
I've narrowed down my choices for my next car (I think) to the MINI SE and the Bolt EUV. Here's a bit of my thoughts why.
June 2, 2022
It's the week before Apple's developer conference. Instead of predictions, this year I seem to be mostly happy but whining about some small things I don't expect to get for dub dub.
June 1, 2022
As I prepare to purchase or lease my next car I look back at more than forty years of cars I've owned.
May 31, 2022
Understanding the active time required in a task. Also, empty chairs, iPhone plant identification, Dough Temp app update (still free!), back to school, trip tik, Maggie's link featuring Maggie, and App Dev Con.
May 30, 2022
I've updated my bread baking app for achieving the desired dough temperature in your home bakes with the top requested features.
May 24, 2022
Maggie's Masters and the future of teaching. Also, test my dough temp app, plant a tree, House in 7 minutes, King Crimson on Harp, Guns, Keyboards, Maggie's link to Garfield's Dark Ride, and SwiftUI Traits.
May 17, 2022
The way of the world. Also, a short animation from InDaviduall, David Pepper shows both sides of history, Strandbeest, Maggie's link to Mouse Cursor History, Sherrilyn Ifill's reminder, modern serenity, and testing @Published properties.
May 10, 2022
Thoughts on risk and responsibility. Also, a family of geese, a story of humanity, Robert Reich on freedom, Chris Hayes on being famous, Maggie's link to a math trick and a bunny trick, and Apple employees on working remote.
May 3, 2022
Get back up if you can. Also, an awesome science teacher, the Muppets minifigures, understanding iCloud, your itty bitty committee, the FBI's guide to internet slang, Maggie's link to the Cal band ABBA show, and Khoa's Environment values.
April 25, 2022
Guard rails on what we say. Also, Daffodils, getting rich, banning books, defensive driving, Maggie's links about animal investment advice, and the Hoctors' new podcast.
April 19, 2022
Rediscovering a love of music. Also, April snow, preaching to the choir, contrachrome, animal security video cameos, libraries, Maggie's links for travelers, and Khoa's Twitter advice.
April 12, 2022
Is profit the goal? Also, European dinner times, DALL-E, small scale recycling, Dan Rather's Texas, John Pavlovitz's Christianity, Maggie's link to a new ride for me, and James Dempsey's Cavalcade of Profitless Pursuits.
April 5, 2022
On having two birthdays. Also, pizza pics, the SAT, where marbles come from, the seder plate, Maggie's link to a blinking instructor, and Ben Sandofsky on the transform matrix.
March 29, 2022
When things are a little easier. Also, homemade matzah, changes to the Dem primary, Geometry and people, not engaging, Maggie's link to Newton's cradle, and Ellen Shapiro captures a moment.
March 22, 2022
On baking bread. Also, my thoughts on swift.org, reward for reporting idling trucks, monitoring McDonald's Ice Cream Machines, Maggie's link to a piano that talks, and MacPaw's SpyBuster.
March 21, 2022
Apple is open sourcing Swift.org. I have a few thoughts based on my experience launching and editing a site for the Java Programming Language nearly twenty years ago.
March 20, 2022
Spring is here and so is the release of "A Bread Baking Kickstart". This book will taking you from wherever your bread baking skills currently are to a serious home baker.
March 15, 2022
On doing it yourself even when it's cheaper or easier to buy. Also, a Pi day demonstration and a composition by Vi Hart, COVID predictions, reports from Ukraine, Maggie's link to filling a piano with water and playing it, and Gui Rambo on a Mac bug bounty.
March 8, 2022
Using the words your audience understands. Also, a dramatization of a guilt trip, characteristics of pseudoscience, a math article, Maelstrom on Apple Silicon, Maggie's link to the cutest video ever, and Joe Heck on DocC.
March 3, 2022
The third beta of the Bread Baking Kickstart features recipes for kneaded breads that use yeast as their leavener including recipes for English Muffins, Pita, Pizza, Bagels, Hamburger Buns, and Challah.
March 1, 2022
Connections to Ukraine. Also, English Muffins, the leader of Russia's first democracy, a comedy sketch from Zelensky, Dee Snider says "no", Kleon on spiraling out, Maggie's link to greek letters, and MacPaw's Mac museum.
February 22, 2022
Why people do the right thing. Also, the béchamel test, how women rise, color blindness, masks, When the Levee Breaks, Maggie's link to drunken ice cream, and SwiftUI layout.
February 20, 2022
Checkout the second beta of the Bread Baking Kickstart with recipes for focaccia and three no-knead breads. You'll learn to scale recipes and add steam to your bake.
February 15, 2022
When a question isn't a question. Also, test my new music app, Prince's halftime show, understanding the harassment that women face, punching back on inflation, Mickey Mandelbrot, Shannon Sharpe on black friends, Maggie's link to Interstate numbering, and Hammelman's benefit for Ugandan bread bakers.
February 8, 2022
On strength, aggression, and competitiveness. Also, on fighting trolls, seeing the Mandelbrot, the funding of Fermat's last theorem, naming MN snowplows, Maggies link to a Harry Potter movie marathon, and Apple Localization Glossary.
February 1, 2022
Who tells the stories we read. Also, Qiktionary, a fun film on current events, blocking folks on social media, How not to know things, Anonymous Sex, Maggie's link to the Succession theme, and iFixit.
January 25, 2022
I've released the first beta of my Bread Baking Kickstart. These first chapters focus on non-yeasted breads - everything from pancakes and crepes to muffins and Irish soda bread. You'll make tortillas, crackers, and a sourdough starter.
January 25, 2022
My third word for 2022 is "Today". Also, FOMO, a hair freezing competition, dog stuff, two macOS posts, a very brave video, Lunar New Year movies, Maggie's link to contented cat sounds, and iOS Conf SG videos.
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.
January 4, 2022
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.
October 19, 2021
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.
July 27, 2021
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.
June 8, 2021
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.
June 1, 2021
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.
May 25, 2021
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.
May 18, 2021
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.
May 11, 2021
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.
May 4, 2021
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.
April 20, 2021
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.
April 13, 2021
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.
April 6, 2021
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.
March 30, 2021
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.