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

July 27th, 2014
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.

Learning a New Language...

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.


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
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?


The Basement Coders welcome Heath Kesler aboard!

October 13th, 2011
Heath Kesler, Guillermo Castro and Jeff Genender
We have a new Basement Coder! Heath Kesler (the guy on the left) has been a long-time friend of the podcast and will be coming aboard to help increase the number of casts. With such busy schedules, the Basement Coders sometimes find it tough to synchronize Swatches so having an extra hand on deck will definitely help. Heath not only brings his vast SOA knowledge to the table, but also his GWT expertise, something us Wicket-snobs look forward to debating with him.

So from all of us at the Basement Coders, we'd like to welcome you aboard Heath!



Clojure Training Nov 6-8 2011

September 16th, 2011

Clojure Training Nov 6-8 2011

Back in our Jfokus cast, Neal Ford was really passionate about Clojure. This made me very interested as well. Our friend over at MavenThought is delivering Clojure training up here in Wonderful Winnipeg! For all you Minneapolis folks this is a simple drive, just head North until you see something resembling a City. In Fargo or Grand Forks? Even closer. Elsewhere in the world? We have an International Airport as well.

I'd really like to pack the rafters for this session so my company, Grind Software Inc. will be giving away two tickets to our new (old?) NHL Team The Winnipeg Jets vs. the Florida Panthers on Thursday November 10th! These tickets are unattainable, all games for the season are SOLD OUT. Once you register for the course, you'll be entered for the draw which will take place in class to those able to attend the game.

Register over at MavenThought, or email if you have questions. Group discounts available upon request.

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Episode 42 – Steve Jobs Resigns, Linux turns 20, HP TouchPad

August 29th, 2011

In this Episode Craig has former cast member Alex Demko on to speak about Linux turning 20 years old and the sad news that Steve Jobs is too sick to continue in his role as visionary CEO at Apple and resigns. Joe Brockmeier over at ReadWriteWeb asks, which is more influential? What Jobs has done with Apple or what Linus has done with Linux?

As well, what is up with Hewlett-Packard these days? They are selling off their consumer PC business and liquidating their entry into the tablet space, the HP TouchPad, all without a buyer lined up! Already there is a bounty setup for anyone that can get the Android OS up and running on the $99 TouchPads. It's a mad, mad world.

To Steve Jobs: All the best. Truly. You have the best medical care money can buy, however it's your drive and determination which has gotten you this far, and it will push you through to whichever end is yours.

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