TheJoyOfHack

For people who like to make things

Who’s Your Child?

If you’re a parent, you’ve either been through this, or will soon: At some point you stop being known by the neighbors by your own name, and start being identified by your kids’ names. You become “Adam’s Dad” or “Sarah’s Mom.”

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Tipu Sultan and James Joyce

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I have been posting different pictures of doors that I saw in Dublin. When researching one of the buildings I was surprised to learn of the connection between a house that James Joyce visited (and wrote about) and Tipu Sultan, the ruler of Mysore.

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The Most Relevant Story

As I child I read a lot of European stories like those from the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen. As I’ve grown older I’ve come to realize that if there were one story I would want to make sure I share with my children it would be “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

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Optionals In Swift

I’d like to share with you the way I teach optionals in Swift. I’m pretty sure I’m not the first person who thought of this method, but since I haven’t seen anyone else write this up, I’ve taken it upon myself to do so.

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Giving Back

Different people have different gifts. Some excel at their profession, others are talented at various arts, while yet others are blessed with strength or wealth. Once you know what your gift is, it’s time to consider using it to help others.

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The Library

One of the most beautiful places I visited during my recent trip to Dublin, Ireland was the Trinity College Library. The long, two-storey high grand hall with stacks on each side was breathtaking. The smell of old books filled the air.

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A Change of Scenery

I had been taking the same path to work for the past ten years. Sure, there were minor variations - I could turn this way a block earlier, go that way a block later - but essentially the walk was the same. I started recognizing the people I’d see on the street (and secretly naming them in my head), the doors on buildings, and even the various imperfections on walls and on sidewalks. I am an amateur photographer and, in a word, I was bored. On a typical walk to and from work, I could look at anything and feel I knew every visual facet of it. Leisurely photo walks were always different, but were few and far between. And then, I moved to a new job.

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