Ash Furrow


Exploring the Pain Points of iOS

The Complexity of Evil

Alan Rickman, one of the most talented actors alive today, often plays villains: Professor Snape, Hans Gruber, Tybalt, etc. What I admire about his portrayals is the gravitas with which he approaches these characters. He understands that no one is one-dimensional or "just evil." Instead, people are complex creatures with histories and beliefs and motivations that sometimes make them do evil things.

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The Alchemist in Hollywood

I was browsing through Youtube when I saw this amazing video from 1940 explaining the “modern marvel” of black and white motion picture production. The video covers the complete production of a motion picture, from capture in the camera to projection onto the silver screen, and describes not only the machines used to facilitate this process, but the actual chemistry by which photography is accomplished. It’s a wonderful watch and I highly recommend it.

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Technology Meets Art

I’ve done a lot of photography over the Christmas holiday – and I don’t mean that I’ve taken lots of photos. My wife and I have spent a lot of time walking all over Amsterdam, discussing plans for photos we wanted to make, visiting galleries, and developing film. It was just the kind of relaxing time-off that I needed to start off the new year fresh and ready-to-go. It was all kind of kicked off by a really awesome Youtube series discussing the history of photography.

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5 Years of iOS

In December, 2009, I started doing iOS development. That means that this month – almost to the day – I’ve been doing iOS for five years, meaning I’m finally qualified for an entry-level corporate job requiring 5-7 years experience. Kidding aside, I thought it would be nice to look back on the past half-decade of my life and pick out some events that were important to getting me where I am today.

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The State of Photography in 2014

In 2014, the photography community is in turmoil. Instagram is destroying photography as we know it and professional photographers struggle to differentiate themselves from amateurs. It’s a dire time for anyone in the photography industry – artist or professional.

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Workcation 2014

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve travelled a lot this year, and I’ve just returned home with my wife from our last trip of 2014. It was a whopper of a two-week jaunt starting and ending in Amsterdam and stretching through three other countries. It started a bit over two weeks ago when I left for New York and my wife Ashley left for Nova Scotia to visit her family. We met up a week later in Halifax, drove to my hometown in New Brunswick for a few days’ visit with my family, then back to Halifax for a flight to Reykjavik for a three-day vacation in Iceland. Phew!

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Blog Transition Retrospective

About a month ago, I wrote about transitioning from Squarespace to my own maintained site. A month has passed, and I thought that I would describe the technical aspects of the site: its migration, what went well, and what you should be on the lookout for if you decide to host on S3.

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ReactiveCocoa and Swift

The talk for my presentation at MBLTDev is up now – while a few things (like CocoaPods Support) have changed since I have the talk, it’s still very relevant. Give it a watch if you’re interested in working with ReactiveCocoa and Swift.

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First Art Auction

Last night I experienced my first ever art auction, which was even more exciting because it was the first time I ever got to see real users using the auction kiosk app I’ve been working on for the past few months. It’s a very magical experience to see someone browsing artworks, see one they like, place a bid, and swipe their credit card all with software that I worked on. Very cool.

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Lessons Learned Travelling Europe

Almost a year ago, my wife and I decided to move from Toronto to Amsterdam. Why? I can’t really remember anymore, but when people ask me I tell them we moved because we wanted to see more of the world and have an adventure.

Well, we certainly have seen more of the world and we certainly have had an adventure.

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