Media Diet, End of 2017
A quick review of media since the last installment. It was a quieter second half of the year for media consumption. Books Oathbringer: Brandon Sanderson’s latest. Third in his Stormlight Archive series. As always a very enjoyable read. I felt that he did a good job really expanding the world and characters on this one.…
Convenience is where the HomePod shines for music. I don’t want to fuss with menus, or having to look at my phone (especially trying to keep a one year old from seeing too many screens). Siri is good enough at music. For the price (and size) the HomePod sounds excellent. I’ve listened to much more…
Tim Carmody on Kottke
Recently Tim Carmody had a run as a guest editor on kottke.org. I get a sense Tim and I are at least similar in age, and I found myself with multiple posts just nodding my head in agreement. It is worth linking to a few of these: The hidden heart of Howl’s Moving Castle Howl’s…
Great Thoughts on Diversity in Hiring
A really great discussion on diversity hiring in tech. Much more to think about and actually apply from it than my post.
Visual Guide to Discworld
A neat visualization about the Discworld series. I’m slowly re-reading it myself.
Brief Thoughts on Diverse Hiring
It has been two weeks since the former Google employee’s diversity memocame out. I’m sure you’ve likely read it, or a lot about it (or maybe just the satire).I’m not going to make any points on that directly, but the one of the bestthings I’ve read is Cynthia Lee’s article on Vox. I saw a…
Media Diet, First Half of 2017
A quick review of the various media I’ve enjoyed the first half of the year. Not an exhaustive list, just hitting the high points and where I’ve spent the most time. Video Games Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: I checked the Switch’s play time: 140 hours. I regret nothing. Takes everything great about…
Book of Bad Video Game Translations
This be book bad translation, video games!: A book collecting classic examples of bad translations in video games. Lots of pictures, and examples from a long period of time. A fun read, and given it is just $15, well worth it for anyone who wants a few more examples beyond “All your base”.
NSURLSession delegateQueue Silently Fails if Passed The Main Queue
Of important note: If you want your callbacks to come on the main queue, youcannot create an NSURLSession withsessionWithConfiguration:delegate:delegateQueue: and pass[NSOperationQueue mainQueue] as the delegateQueue argument. All requestswill silently fail, and never return if you do. Instead you must continue to us dispatch_async(dispatch_get_main_queue(), …) or [[NSOperationQueue mainQueue] addOperationWithBlock:…].