Still Coding, Still Listening, Still Existing.

I have been hard at work at developing my iOS and Swift development skills, and it’s now reaching the point where I’m getting into the weeds. Concepts are quickly becoming more complex, and lines of code are increasing. It’s quite a bit of fun, but also quite a bit of work. I am still enjoying it quite a bit, and I continue to find parallels to Swift development and much of the more advanced scripting I have been involved with in the past. So much so that I don’t think I had fully realized how much I had taught myself over the years.

I am eventually going to have to focus more on what I can funnel this into, as in, I need an app to make. I may start off by just developing some random apps, just to get myself in the mode of creating things to a goal in code. Once I have completed a few of those, I will be able to consider most of the mountain scaled. I just need to put in the time and effort. Hopefully it will be worth it in the end.

I continue to be amazed by Jacob Collier. It’s funny, I’ve been aware of his existence for years now, but I recently rediscovered his music, and it seems to be on a different level now. It seems that I find something in his recordings that I didn’t hear before, every time I listen to him, which sounds so cliche, but hey, it’s true.

For example, this live performance with Metropole Orkest is dumbfounding:

Happy 4th of July. Let's observe greatness.

I had a chance to watch an MIT produced documentary about Jacob Collier’s week long residency at MIT from a couple years back. He’s a giant. Simply incredible mind, and just amazing to watch. So I’m posting it here, maybe a few more people will get a chance to see him do his thing. It’s otherworldly.

Computer Nostalgia, So Much Fun

Recently found a series of videos of a guy who reviews and collects old Macs. He also tells a bit of the history, but keeps it entertaining. At least I think so.

In particular was this machine, which near and dear to my heart:

A lovely remembering of the story of this amazing and legendary computer.

I knew what I was getting into. Damnit.

I own a 2015 VW Golf GTI. I love this car.

I’ll say it again, I love this car. Even though I also hate it.

It seems like ever since I crossed the 36,000 mile mark - also the same time my warranty ran out, a once reliable car has become an increasingly frequent pain in the ass.

At 36,000 miles and change, it started with a check engine light. An O2 sensor went bad. The dealer took pity and replaced it for free. Not so bad I suppose.

Then both headlights died. And that’s when I learned that headlight replacements require you to take it into the shop. Or disassemble the front end of your car if you’re so inclined. Ok, but I’m fine, it’s fun to drive, and I can accept this.

The gas cap lid has an electronic actuator that lets you open and close it. That died. I haven’t been able to bring myself to pay the $260 bucks to get that replaced, so my gas cap cover is slightly open at all times. Oh well.

Last summer, I had to take my car in three times to fix a leak in the A/C refrigerant lines. That still isn’t fixed though, because I’ve already had to charge the system myself once this summer.

And then last night, I drove home from work. I then had to run out to the store. I go to start my car, and lights start flickering, weird noises start going off. I was just driving this thing 10 minutes ago. What happened? Some googling, and it turns out my battery flat out died. Wouldn’t even charge, couldn’t even jump it. I replaced the battery myself, even though you are apparently supposed to see a certified mechanic for that too, and my car is back to normal again.

I do love this car. When it works. I guess I’ll just stick it out until I have to buy something to replace it. It’ll probably be German, and I’ll keep having these problems, but I knew what I was getting into, and it’s till not quite enough to convince me to get something else.

Walking In A Sea of Chickens

As many people may already know, I work for a medium sized premium chicken company. I’ve been here for about a year and a half, and it’s nothing like any company I’ve worked for before. For comparison, I’ve worked in IT departments that are bigger than the entire office staff here. That being said, the company is very tech forward, so I haven’t been too bored yet.

Yesterday, I we were asked to take a tour of a few of the company chicken farms. It was kind of surreal. The houses that hold the chickens are absolutely gigantic, each one holding a maximum of 34,800 chickens. Our company is known for the ethical treatment of our animals, and I know why now. These chickens are always no less than 5 feet from food or water, and everything in the house designed for their health and comfort. It’s quite remarkable.

Anyways, one of the houses had about 33,000 chicken in it when we visited, and we got to walk through the chickens, literally. As you walked they would clear out the space in front of you, almost in a liquid like fashion. Very surreal, and surprisingly amazing to witness in person.

I know it’s not for everybody, but when I got into IT, I would’ve never imagined myself being asked to tour a chicken farm as part of my job. Amazing where a job can take you sometimes.