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A 46-post collection

Sounds Delicious #3: Picture Perfect

In this episode, I'm joined by Ashely Rodriguez of Not Without Salt, an absolutely gorgeous website where she expertly combines three of my favorite subjects: food, family and photography.

Ashley and I discuss the importance of creativity in the kitchen, her food photography techniques, some great sources of inspiration for developing recipes, and finding joy in cooking for your family.

Sounds Delicious #2: Smoke Signals

In this episode, I'm joined by Shawn Blanc, a full time technology blogger and barbecue enthusiast who currently resides in Kansas City; a city renowned for it's unique form of barbecue.

Shawn and I cover the fundamentals of great smoked barbecue, how to hack your own smoker, and uncover the mystery that is "burnt ends".

Outside My Comfort Zone

Public speaking is an area that I've always considered myself to be a bit lacking. I've never taken one of those personality tests, but I'm pretty confident that I'd land on the mildly introverted side of the spectrum. Left to my own devices, I can very easily spend an entire workday without interacting with anyone verbally.

In an effort to break out of this self-built shell, I've been forcing myself to step outside my comfort zone and participate in several speaking engagements over the past year. Among these included a few presentations at my local CocoaHeads chapter and multiple guest appearances with Jim Metzendorf on The Comic Shack podcast. And even though I still haven't quite conquered the pre-flight jitters I feel before each of these talks, once they're over I'm always happy I participated and contributed.

An unintended side effect of these speaking engagements is that they've lead to some additional opportunities and projects I never would have considered a year ago. I'm very happy to announce two upcoming projects I'm extremely excited about:

  • I've have accepted an invitation to be a speaker at CocoaConf in Raleigh where I'll be presenting along with some amazing featured speakers like Bill Dudney, Aaron Hillegass, and Daniel Steinberg.
  • Last week, I launched my own podcast, Sounds Delicious!, which will be a weekly interview show where we explore the topics relevant to the home cook and moving beyond the boundaries of the everyday cookbook.

Am I nervous about being listed alongside some of the most well know Apple developers in the industry? You bet.

Do I realize that despite being pretty accomplished in the kitchen, I'm a complete newbie when it comes to producing a podcast? Absolutely.

It's still not easy for me to completely ignore all my lizard brain reservations, but thanks to a conversation I had with a very smart Mann, I realized I don't have to. By setting them aside, ever so briefly, some pretty amazing things can happen.

Just Move

Merlin Mann, Back to Work Episode 78

Sometimes we can think ourselves into doing pretty much nothing.

Why?

Because we think there are so many things to do, that we can't do one thing. There are so many things we're doing badly, that we can't do one thing well. There are so many things we've failed at in the past, there's no chance in the world we're ever going to do anything cool again.

So what do you do? You MOVE. Almost any kind of movement is better than doing nothing.

The Comic Shack #7: Snakt!

As episode 6 of The Comic Shack was wrapping up, Jim announced that the guest for the next episode would be none other than 5by5 host and Internet legend Merlin Mann. Later in the week, I jokingly mentioned to Jim via twitter that I'd be willing to forego a princely sum of money to simply sit in on the live recording.

What I wasn't expecting at all was that Jim would invite me back to be a second guest alongside Merlin. Once I regained consciousness and pulled myself off the floor, I immediately accepted his offer.

The result of our conversation can be heard in the aptly named "Snakt!" where we discussed the X-Men, Lee vs. Kirby, Merlin's public affections for Jean Grey, and our shared opinion that Kurt Wagner, aka Nightcrawler, would be a cool guy to hang out with.

The Comic Shack #6: Pulled Back In

As a recovering comic book collector and long time listener of the 5by5 Network, I was excited and honored when Jim Metzendorf invited me to join him on this week's episode of The Comic Shack. In this episode, we covered my comic book collecting "origin story", how I wandered away from comics, and the series of events that got me interested in collecting again.

Despite this being my first time participating in a podcast (please excuse all the "umms", "you-knows", and referring to Joss Whedon as "Josh"), Jim did a great job of making me feel comfortable and guiding the conversation.

CheatSheet

Just hold the ⌘-Key a bit longer to get a list of all active short cuts of the current application. It's as simple as that.

Quite a simple, yet incredibly useful utility. Hat tip to Ben Brooks

Old Farts Know How to Code

So many developers my age have had plenty of chances to ditch coding and move into management, but we've stuck with coding because it's what we love to do. We'd earn more in management, but writing software is in our blood. We wouldn't stop doing it for anything.

When I was thirteen, I saved up enough money to buy my first computer, a Commodore VIC-20 with a tape drive connected to a 9 inch, black and white TV. Yet despite those humble beginnings, I was captivated from the moment wrote my first line of BASIC code.

Nearly three decades later, the allure of software develop continues to beckon me. Along the way, I've had to double back a few times after following paths I wish I'd never gone down (ASP.Net anyone? ugh.) However, the tides of technology and software development are ever changing and opportunities continually present themselves to those willing to take the chance on something new.

Coding isn't something I do — coding is what defines who I am. I, like Nick, wouldn't stop doing it for anything.

⌘+1 (How I Blog with Keyboard Maestro and TextMate) — The Brooks Review

I realized that I could use the same trick to post linked list items from TextMate on my Mac. I decided that even that experience could be improved upon and took it upon myself to write a Keyboard Maestro macro that will create a linked list post in TextMate — with even greater ease than the MarsEdit bookmarklet can.

Great tips for optimizing your Octopress workflow with TextMate & Keyboard Maestro