I write code. I ride my bike. I've got great friends. Life is good.

Podcast & Audiobooks Role Call

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My bike trip across China taught me how great audio entertainment can be. I listened away hours of the day, while simultaneously rode hours of the day away on my bike. Now I often use Audio as a filler for not watching much TV but still wanting an escape from what I need to do. Podcast make doing the dishes enjoyable, Audiobooks make 8 hour bike rides something I look forward to. 

Development Podcast

First and foremost to this list are my tech podcast. ATP is my favorite thing to listen to on a weekly basis, the others provide lunchtime entertainment that keeps my mind close to my work but not quite "in" my work. I like these because I feel like I am bouncing ideas of the host instead of listening to them because they all seem to think like me.

History & Politics

History was always my best subject and the reason is simple, I find it very interesting and after hearing something once or twice I remember it pretty well. Fiction isn't always necessary for great stories, history is where all the seeds of great stories truly began.

Pop Culture

Just because I need to laugh and think like an American sometimes.

Game Podcast

Heres where I get a little weird from the regular Podcast listener I guess. I like Dungeons and Dragons podcast. I was first introduced to it by the Acquisitions Incorporated podcast (best found on Youtube now) But these Podcast are updated weekly instead of yearly so I've now started following their stories. Critical Hit and TPK are great because the actors in the story don't know whats going to happen next, its like listening to an Audio book as events are being written. I think we will see a new art form in time from Podcast like these.

Podcast Client

Overcast has one great feature that makes it stand out from the crowd, "Smart Speed" after listening to a podcast like Critical Hit using "Smart Speed" I knew I would never go back. Smart Speed took an otherwise 1 hour podcast and shortened it down to 35 min. Critical Hit's content is great but due to the nature of the Podcast, a bunch of friends playing a Roleplaying Game, there are many long pauses where players are making decisions. "Smart Speed" makes all these phases instantaneous, and now previously thoughtful players become confident decision makers, that are much more interesting to listen to. Most importantly, I save time and can listen to more content.


I get all my Audiobooks from Audible, here are my favorite books from the last year and a half. 


Swift Presentation

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I did a little presentation for Cocoaheads Shanghai on Swift on June 12th

Swift Resources

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This is a living document of Swift resources I find noteworthy, every few days I'll try to categorize my growing list on links about Swift. I hope its helpful to whoever might find this on the internet but like most things on this site I'm writing this just for myself.

Apple's Resources

  • Splash Page
  • Swift iBook
  • Swift iBook on the web
  • Using Swift with Cocoa and Objective-C
  • WWDC Videos (You should be a Developer to read these)
    • 401 What new in Xcode 6
    • 402 Introduction to Swift
    • 403 Intermediate Swift
    • 404 Advanced Swift
    • 406 Untegrating Swift with Objective-C
    • 407 Swift Interoperability in Depth
    • 408 Swift Playgrounds
    • 409 Introduction to LLDB and the Swift REPL
    • 410 Advanced Swift Debugging in LLDB
    • 411 Whats new in Interface Builder

Other High Level Resources

Cheat Sheets

Github Projects and Sample Code

Edward Snowden should learn from Davos Seaworth

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Edward Snowden is stuck in Russia. In his mind he cannot return to America because he will be tried for treason and he doesn't want to face the US Government's retaliation against his leaks. There is a lot of talk about weather or not Snowden is a patriot. 

John Kerry doesn't think he is a Patriot and I have to agree with himn:

“If Mr. Snowden wants to come back to the United States today, we’ll have him on a flight today,”... “We’d be delighted for him to come back. And he should come back, and that’s what a patriot would do.” ... “If he cares so much about America and he believes in America, he should trust in the American system of justice. But to be hiding in Russia, an authoritarian country, and to have just admitted that he was really trying to get to Cuba, I mean, what does that tell you, really? I think he’s confused. I think it’s very sad.” (found via the Wall Street Journal)

To me patriots fight for the nation as a whole, not just the government of the nation, but to be a patriot you must believe in the system for which you are fighting. Snowden no longer trust his own nation to do the right thing, so I don't count him as a patriot, just a man who made some patriotic acts. However, I think he does have the potential to be a great patriot with the right political moves.

There is a lot to be said about Snowden's patriotism. Firstly we the public all must confirm that Edward Snowden has done some serious wrong doing along with his whistle blowing. Snowden was a spy, that is certainly not a 'good' person's job, part of the job description is crossing the line and still living with yourself, thankfully he couldn't live with it, but he still was a part of the problem. Conversely, Snowden also shed light on some of the greatest civil right's injustices of my generation. As a techy I think of him like I thought of Martin Luther King Jr as a child, "wow he is so right", "wow he has guts", "Obviously he is going to jail for that". I am so thankful to Snowden for bringing light to these massive flaws in the American government, but he will go to jail! Not that he should go to jail, not that going to jail would be justice for him, just that our Government has no better way of dealing with people like MLK Jr and Snowden. The US Government doesn't have a good whistle blower protection. Our laws are flawed and sometimes we must break the laws to expose the problems with them.

Heres my advise to Snowden, read A Song of Fire and Ice or watch Game of Thrones, then find your Stannis Baratheon so you can play the role of Davos Seaworth. Realize that you need to be punished as well as praised. your action were not without fault, own up to your actions both good and bad. Don't forget, your actions probably got American spies killed. Leaks at that level usually cause strange side effects, be mournful! Realize that what you did was a category well above MLK Jr's civil disobedience then face the music. I think the American public will love you all the much more for it, and it will show others that you are a true American patriot. You'll do some time in jail but then you'll get pardoned because of the public outcry in your defense. Kids might not get the day off of school in your name, but the nation as a whole might be called to action in such a way that you will never be forgotten.

My recommendation for Snowden is also to wait for calmer seas. The Obama administration hates Snowden because he made them look so terribly evil. I thought Obama was doing alright until I heard about these leaks. Snowden should wait for a new administration that will work for the changes he championed.