Perfect, SwiftyGPIO and Unique Uses for Swift

I’ve been spending a lot of time working with Swift lately. I’ll be teaching another class in January and likely others in coming months as well. As a result I’ve been putting a lot of effort into learning as much as I can in my spare time. To keep things interesting, I’ve been researching alternative uses for Swift beyond iOS and macOS.

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Millennials Didn’t Kill the Economy. The Economy Killed Millennials.

Income inequality compounds generationally and so do other problems as well, it seems.

Is it any wonder that Millennials are eager to overthrow a system that has duped them into a story of permanent progress, thrown them into debt, depressed their wages, separated them from the trappings of adulthood, and then, for good measure, blamed them for ruining canned tuna?

3D Printed Guns Will Soon Be Legal In The USA

This is quite possibly the most dangerous thing the Trump administration has done and there is barely a peep about it online. The end of any chance at reasonable gun legislation.

Beginning on 1 August, Americans can download a blueprint for and print, 3-D guns thanks, in part, to a court ruling and a settlement by Donald Trump’s State Department.

Hilton Falls Hike

I’ve been slowly working on getting my daughter interested in the outdoors this spring. I’m hoping to take her camping for the first time near the end of the summer. We purchased her first sleeping bag this week and she’s absolutely ecstatic about it.

I found out about Hilton Falls a few weeks ago when looking for short hikes that a 3-year-old could accomplish. They have a really nice waterfall and there is a fire pit nearby that the public is welcome to come and cook food on. I had packed some hot dogs and crescent rolls for pigs in a blanket as well as some s’mores cones I also wanted to try out Geocaching, which seems like a really fun thing to do with kids.

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Stuffed Fables and the Psychology of Play

I don’t play a large number of board games. I have a few in my collection but I’m more of a card and role-playing game fan. Through the card game Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn, I was introduced to the game developers Plaid Hat Games. Plaid Hat Games’ latest release is Stuffed Fables and is designed by Jerry Hawthorne. I’m a big fan of Jerry’s Mice and Mystics line of games, which include Mice and Mystics, its expansions and Tail Feathers.

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The Vikings-Saints game was so crazy, Apple Watches told fans they might be having heart issues

The New Orleans Saints played the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday to determine which team would make it to the NFC Conference Finals. The Saints were down 17-0 at the end of the first half but they rallied together to take the lead 24-23 in the last few seconds of the 4th Quarter. With time for one play left, Vikings running back Stefon Diggs was able to beat the New Orleans defence and secure a win for Minnesota.

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CryptoKitties – Blockchain in Gaming

I found out about this today

Cryptokitties is a game that allows you to buy, sell, breed and trade virtual cats. How Cryptokitties is different is that the cats are created and registered using Etherium, a blockchain based distributed computing platform. Blockchain is also the technology that powers the infamous Bitcoin currency.

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Childhood Game Design Memories

While lying in bed sick today, I saw a clip of the old Disney Gummi Bears cartoon (1985 – 1991) on Reddit. This was one of my favourite shows when I was around age 10 – 13. There wasn’t really much medieval style fantasy on TV at the time and being obsessed with wizards and warriors, this had to do. I started searching around for more related nostalgia and a flood of childhood memories came back to me. Embarrassingly, at one point I had attempted to write my own Gummi Bears rpg, so this reminded me of all my horrible attempts at game design back then. Allow me to take a walk down memory lane…

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How a Fish Tank Helped Hack a Casino

While hilarious, add these guys to the list of IoT manufacturers who simply do the bare minimum to keep their products secure.

The hackers attempted to acquire data from a North American casino by using an Internet-connected fish tank, according to a report released Thursday by cybersecurity firm Darktrace.

The fish tank had sensors connected to a PC that regulated the temperature, food and cleanliness of the tank.

More information can be found in the Darktrace report mentioned in the article.

Top 10 Influential Albums From My Teen Years

So I’m going to take a stab at this. On Facebook people have been posting their top 10 most influential albums from their teen years. For me that’s 1988-1994. After writing up the list, I notice that 50% of the albums were released in 1992. That was a good year for music. So many more I could have added. The list is a little light on Hip Hop. Wish I could have fit in Pete Rock and CL, Tribe, Del, De La Soul, Funkdoobiest, Boogie Down Productions/KRS-One and so many others.

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