Episode 59 – On Bitcoin and kids gaming

September 5th, 2014   Comments for this post
On this episode Guillermo and I don't do much development talk, but instead we chat about Bitcoin and how Guillermo's mining machine is doing.

Also, what is the appropriate time to get your son or daughter into some of the more "adult" games like Call of Duty? Guillermo and I have differing thoughts on at what age a kid should try certain games, and what the consequences might be.

Of course the chief topic on people's minds when it comes to games is "will the violence transmute itself to real-life". We have many examples of kids acting out violence in our society, but did "video games make them do it"? Anita Sarkeesian thinks so, thunderf00t doesn't.

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Episode 58 – Make Code not War… The battle of the sexes in Tech

August 8th, 2014   Comments for this post
On today's show Guillermo, Heath and I talk about everything from be "careful not to offend" and sexism in the workplace to my startup and the Scala-based technology stack I chose.

Heath brought up a good point, when we speak at conferences these days we have to be *really* careful not to offend anyone. The advent of social media provides a soap box for anyone who feels even slightly offended by what you say. We've seen this play out over the past few years in extreme cases but it has slowly evolved itself into a "you can't offend *anyone*, however the slightest".

Attendees of these conferences aren't exempt, as evidenced by the public outting of a couple of developers who were making sexually suggestive jokes. To the subsequent firing of one of those developers.

Github
Finally, sexism in the workplace is nothing new, it has plagued our female friends ever since they hung up the apron to bring home the bacon. However, we're hearing more of it in the Tech sector as more women are involved in tech jobs. I remember being in university, out of a class of 200 Comp/Sci students I could count the number of women on one hand. That's changing, and it's a hard adjustment for some guys. Granted, what a lot of people overlook in the case of Github vs. Julie Ann Horvath is the fact it appears to be at its core a problem between two women (Julie and a co-founder's wife). That being said, GitHub sounds like high school all over again. One of the complaints Julie had was that some male coworkers were "gauking inappropriately" at some female coworkers while they hula hooped in the office. Hula hooping in the office? WHAT THE FUCK. That's your problem right there.

*Sigh* maybe some day things will get easier between the two sexes...

Until then, enjoy!

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Episode 57 – And we’re back! EVE Online, Japanese and Conferences

July 27th, 2014   Comments for this post
Well remember when we told you folks we were just going to go down to the corner store for a pack of smokes, and then kind of never came back? Well we're back! Hopefully we can be friends again.

EVE Online Hacking

EVE Online
In today's episode JavaGeek and I talk about his facination with the MMORPG EVE Online. Charactarized as "Spreadsheets in Space", EVE requires a lot of attention and learning. Being a programmer, JavaGeek of course had to develop a set of tools to give him the upper hand.

If you are at all interested in trying EVE yourself, please use JavaGeek's referral link. That way, he'll get a bonus (which he'll share with you, just hit him up on twitter). The credits he can give you through the referral help tremendously as a new player.

https://secure.eveonline.com/trial/?invc=c4149a14-20f1-4f2d-b7dd-fb49f2676170&action=buddy



Learning a New Language...

Nihongo
Ever want to learn another language? I'm not talking Ruby, I mean an actual spoken language? Well, I'm currently learning Japanese, and I've drawn some interesting parallels to it and Programming.
Human Japanese
I also discuss a really awesome tool called "Human Japanese" I picked up for iOS and MacOSX. The teaching style used in this courseware is exactly how I learn things myself. I fail terribly when I try to learn a language conversational, I need to know rules and why things are the way they are so I can then reason my way through a conversation.


Conferences...

QCon SF
And finally, Conferences. I bitch a bit about JavaOne from a speaker's perspective, wax prophetic about this curious "Diversity Scholarship" that Strange Loop has going on and express my desire to checkout QCon SF.

Sit back, relax and enjoy!

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P.S. Hey, look at who Mayumi and I met up with after JavaOne 2013!

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Apple: Good artists borrow, great artists steal

September 28th, 2013   Comments for this post
Online MBA produces some interesting articles and I was sent this video the other day. Thought I'd share it with you. One thing I'd like to mention about the iPod is it was the first player that could actually fit your *entire* music collection. other players at the time would let you put maybe 50-100 songs?

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Episode 56 – Google I/O 2013 Recap

May 28th, 2013   Comments for this post
Google I/O 2013
Today we discuss Guillermo's Google I/O 2013 adventures. He's also blogged about the conference over at JavaGeek.org!

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