Ash Furrow


iOS, Design, Photography

The Wrong Binary

In a binary, anything is either zero or one. Right? Maybe not.

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Letting Things Lapse

When iOS developers ask me for advice on how to get a job, something I often tell them is that they need a presence on the App Store. They need something with their name on it, to show prospective employers that they have the skills and grit to follow-through with an idea, from inception to polish. Having an app, even a simple one, on the App Store demonstrates an ability to ship software, which is what employers are interested in.

I know this because of my experience getting my first few jobs writing iOS software. Having a few apps on the store – simple ones, mind you – really helped me in interviews. I could point and say “look, I built this.” Those apps helped launch my career.

So you can imagine the mixed emotions I have about choosing not to renew my account.

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Expectations for Open Source

There’s kind of an unwritten rule in startups, that you pretty much have to follow your employer’s CTO on Twitter. Lucky for me, I have the distinct joy of following dB, the CTO of Artsy, a very thoughtful person, and someone who has thought a lot about open source.

So imagine my surprise when I saw them tweet this.

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Kintsugi for Code

Have you ever heard of wabi-sabi? It’s a complex idea from Japanese culture that surrounds the appreciation of the impermanent and the imperfect. I heard about it a few years ago, and finally took a deeper look by reading Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers.

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Feels Antipatterns

We developers spend a lot of time thinking about what good and bad code looks like, but we don’t often take time to discuss what good and bad code feels like.

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Just Say No

In the autumn of 2009, a young undergraduate student named me had taken on too many commitments. Way too many. In addition to a full course load, I was working two part time jobs, tutoring, leading a student association, and was (no joke) the Research in Motion “campus ambassador.” Too bad I was driving myself crazy. What was the problem? Well, whenever someone asked me if I was interested in doing something, I’d say “yes.”

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Perfectionism

I always thought that perfectionism is a compulsion to do things perfectly, and I guess that’s true. And you know how the phrase “Haha my greatest weakness is that I’m a perfectionist” is a common thing people say in job interviews? That’s pretty messed up, eh?

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Normalizing Struggle

When you interact with someone online – GitHub, Twitter, whatever – you don’t often see them discuss struggle. They’ll be witty, or share something cool they’ve done, or maybe a recording of a talk they gave. But they don’t normally talk about struggling to write their pithy tweet, or falling out of love with their side project, or pushing against writer’s block. I think that’s a shame, because those struggles are normal.

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Small Steps

So the other night, I saw Steve Streza tweet about the new Star Wars film, specifically about JJ Abrams’ style in directing the film.

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MVVM is Exceptionally OK

Last week I saw a blog post float around called MVVM is Not Very Good, and I specifically avoided reading it because I was having a not-great week and I was afraid I would take the blog post personally. Well, this morning I read the article and here I am writing a response to it.

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