My Current Media Diet - January 2019

  • January 5, 2019

In the vein of the wonderful and prolific Jason Kottke, I’d like to start sharing my current media diet on my blog. I’m not going to keep track of everything I read, watch, or listen to, but I do think a general review of what I’m consuming would be interesting to others and myself in the future.

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Context Powers Brand Safety at Studio71

  • April 9, 2018

Have you heard about the brand safety concerns on YouTube? Maybe you’ve heard it described as the “Adpocalypse”? Even if you haven’t caught wind of the madness over the last 12 months, surely you understand that anything mixed with “apocalypse” isn’t a good thing. As is common in “whatever-pocalypse” situations there was a fair bit of freak out, but Studio71 went to work!

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I Went With the iPhone 8

  • September 18, 2017

According to the press, and especially the fawning Apple bloggers, I don’t exist. Well, maybe I exist a little but I’m cheap, or stupid, or maybe confused…and cheap and stupid. No, I didn’t leak the iOS 11 Gold Master (I’d hate to be that guy and run in to John Gruber at a well lit Philadelphia craft cocktail bar), I’m just the only person in the world that ordered an iPhone 8 (Plus)…on purpose.

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Apple Watch Series 2 - A Short Review

  • July 1, 2017

Yes, I finally got an Apple Watch as I’m currently using an iPhone 7 Plus for my daily driver phone. Yes, I got the Series 2 mid cycle because I got a good deal and I don’t really care enough about potential new features…and yes, I’m going to review it in an effort to reset the nearly year-long content gap on my blog.

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Strange Loop - Exploring Conversational Interfaces with Amazon Alexa and Go

  • September 17, 2016

Nothing hums like the Strange Loop conference machine! I just spoke at the conference yesterday in St. Louis and already the video of my talk is up and has 150+ views on YouTube! Here is the YouTube video: Here are my slides: Thanks, Strange Loop! It was an honor to be included in this year’s roster of speakers at such a great conference.

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The Nodejs CA Bug From Hell…and Mozilla

  • June 18, 2016

Can I tell you about this doozy of a bug we just resolved at Studio71? When I say doozy, I mean a total mess and the path led us down to some questionable npm package decisions and eventually to Mozilla…and thankfully nothing overly stupid that we did! Lets back up though…

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My Gopherfest Talk on go-alexa

  • May 15, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to perform a “lightening talk” at San Francisco’s Gopherfest 2016, a conference about the Go programming language, about my go-alexa library to create Amazon Alexa skills. Still no word on when the video of my talk will be released, but I’ve embedded my slides below:

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The Studio71 Office Screens

  • March 14, 2016

Update: I forgot to mention it in the post, but if there is any interest I could release a generic version to the store and/or the source code to the app. Let me know: @thatmikeflynn I love screens. You love screens. Developers love screens! We have at least two or three on our desk and when that’s not enough we like to hang them all over the place so no matter where we look there’s a screen in there somewhere.

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This is How You Comedy Hack Day

  • January 25, 2016

We can all talk about my Comedy Hack Day 10 / Sketchfest later, but for now lets check out this git log from this weekend. This is how you Comedy Hack Day!

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An Ode to My Work Laptop

  • January 21, 2016

I started at Collective Digital Studio (now Studio71) in 2012 as the month of December awoke from it’s yearly slumber. I was handed a computer. A Macbook Pro Retina. That Retina part was new, as was how thin and light it was. Instantly I realized it was the best computer I had ever used.

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Security Best Practices for Collective Digital Studio Talent - 2016

  • January 13, 2016

With YouTubers becoming larger celebrities every year, 2016 has started off with a hacker group getting access to YouTuber’s social, financial and management account and sharing their data via their Twitter feed. This obviously has some of talent very worried. Theories were flying: “They must have cracked 2-factor authentication!” “No, I bet the MCNs are getting hacked.

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Building Lego WALL-E

  • January 4, 2016

I got a Lego WALL-E for Christmas and I’m not sure there’s ever been a better use for time lapse than watching me in my basement workshop play with Legos on a Saturday night.

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