Making Use of My YouTube Account

For the last few years, I’ve wanted to create a YouTube channel. But just never prioritized it, until now. Last night I recorded an intro video for my channel and I plan to keep it updated weekly.

Initially it is going to be a semi behind the scenes of the process of building out additional features for Kernel. But my oldest son is also wanting to learning some iOS development this summer, so I am hopefully going to figure out a fun way to make that a series on the channel as well.

Feel free to check out the intro video and let me know what you think:

https://youtu.be/rYMxfUDnUog

I want Xcode for iPad!

Dear Apple,

Look I know it’s most likely not going to happen this year, maybe not even next. I also know if I had to program full time on an iPad it’d probably drive me crazy, but I still want it!

After building Kernel, which I wrote fully as I do all my other stuff on my 2016 15in MacBook Pro (no external monitor, keyboard or mouse). I also had to do some web stuff for the sharing feature of the app. So I turned to my 11in iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard Folio, and Coda. There were some pain points, but mostly it was just fun.

Yes, it was different, so that may have been a lot of what made it more fun, but still it was fun! And after developing for iOS for the last 8+ years anything that can bring a little more fun into my work life is a welcomed addition.

So, I am one of the (probably) many developers who cant wait for Xcode on the iPad and I am willing to take it in whatever form you (Apple) is willing to provide, as soon as they can provide it and when you (Apple) do. I plan to challenge myself to only use Xcode on the iPad for as long as I can. I am always jealous of all the iPad only people, I wanna try that so badly, but right now there just isn’t a reasonable solution for that.

Going fully iPad may not be in my future for a while, but even just the thought of being able to leave my laptop at home while I go on a trip or vacation. And use the iPad for any possible fires that arise while I’m gone would be the dream!

So Apple, Please Please give me Xcode for iPad.

Forever your fanboy,

– Brian 🤓

Tweaking my 2019 Resolutions

So even though last year I didn’t hit all my resolution goals I still kept fairly good track of them. This year however I’m a little more concerned with missing more of them.

I’ve been so busy with my day job and working on Kernel. So, I am going to be tweaking all my remaining goal for this year a setting up new more realistic ones. Kernel has done so well that I want to be able to focus on it the rest of this year. So an additional app this year will not be happening, but I do still plan to show Obtain some love before the year is over. So here’s the current progress and the new plan:

✅ January – Improving Obtain

❌ February – Waking up at 5am

✅ March – Have read 2 books

❌ April – Under 200lbs

✅ May – Released Kernel

June

My June goal was to start a YouTube channel, but I honestly don’t have time to focus on creating what I wanted to do, but I would still like to share some things while I build out features for Kernel. So I am hoping to still get a channel up and going, just not the same as I was originally planning.

July

This one too has stayed the same. My oldest is really wanting to learn to code and I am looking forward to trying to find the best way to help him learn it this summer.

August

Goal was to pay off a card. We have already cut back and eliminated a large chunk of debt, but the new goal is to pay off both of our phones. Currently we are in Apple’s monthly payment program and I am ready to just get out of it.

September

Old goal was to release a 3rd app. Now it is my new under 200lbs goal. 💪

October

Old goal was to draw something everyday, I really don’t want to give this one up, but I haven’t had time to draw anything in months, so new goal is just to draw a few things, and also focus on adding some needed features to Obtain.

November

Read 2 more book. I want to have at least 4 books read this year apart from my Bible and comic book reading, Hopefully I’ll get to more, but with how busy I’ve been, we will have to wait to see.

December

Family month. I really want to try and reduce my side work during this month and really relax and enjoy the holiday.

So there you go, Not a massive change, but enough to help me not stress as much about hitting them all.

2019 Resolutions

Ok since last year worked out pretty well, I figured I’d give this a go again and set some new goals for this year, so here they are:

January

For January the focus is going to be on improving Obtain. with releasing it last month I am even more pumped to work on it. My goal for this month is to finish expanding out the complication and also get version 1.2 out before the month is over.

It’s not going to be easy, but I think I can do it 🤔

February

Will be all about getting to bed earlier and waking up at 5am 😴. With doing that I can focus on a few things. I can get back to working out more regularly, reading my bible in the morning rather than at midnight and work on personal project before switching over to my day job work.

Right now I am lucky to get up by 7am, so that could give me an extra 2 hours each morning.

March

Have read at least 2 books. Last year I had this goal in April, but I am going to be more mindful about pushing myself with reading. 🤞

April

Get under 200lbs. My birthday is the the middle of April, so before then I want to be under 200lbs. The last time I was under 200lbs, I was at least in Jr High, possibly even elementary school. (Honestly don’t know). So getting down below has been my ultimate weight goal since forever. So might as well make it my birthday gift to myself.

May

Release a second app through Minorbits. I am hoping to finish up one sooner, but giving myself a bit more time. I have a list of ideas I think I know the 2 I want to focus on for this year, but that may change, either way I want to have the second one out by May.

June

Start a YouTube channel. This is another one of those, I want to have it started before this time, but at the very least by June I want to have my own YouTube channel that focuses on the AppleWatch. It’s my favorite device Apple makes and developing for it these last few weeks has had it’s ups and downs, but has mostly been a ton of fun. So I want to focus on a bunch of stuff the watch can do and maybe even dive as deep as developing for it videos, cause the content for it is lacking.

July

Teach my boy to code. My son turns 8 this year, so I feel its a great time to learn to code and better yet he wants to learn. So all this year I want to focus on teaching him, and hopeful have him release his own app this year. I have an idea on a good starter app.

August

Pay off a credit card. Another main focus for this year is to make wiser financial choices and in doing to get in a better place financially. I’ve been watching a lot of Dave Ramsey’s videos and plan to read at least one of his books this year and use the EveryDollar app (even though I’m not a fan of its UI). Looking forward to one day having everything paid for and not being so stressed about money and this is the year all of that begins.

September

Release my 3rd app. It’s gonna be a busy, but fun year. Releasing Obtain has been so much fun, so looking forward to coming out with 2 more ones this year.

October

Last year I had a goal focusing on learning to draw. I don’t feel that I fully tackled it and I do enjoy it. So I am continuing that this year and in October I want to participate in Inktober where I draw something new each day. This is going to be a major challenge for me and I plan to build up to it by drawing something at least every other week to continue to improve before then. I am not sure if during Inktober you’re allowed to draw digitally, but that’s my goal. I love my iPad and plan to always use it for drawing.

November

Catch up month. I’m not going to hit all my goals so this month will be all about playing catch up on whatever I missed and if I do happen to hit them all then. This month can be a more restful one, not that I’ll be resting much with waking at 5am, having 3 personal apps in the store, a YouTube channel, and a full time job. Holy cow what am I getting myself into this year 😂.

December

Family month. Like last year I want to just focus on getting things all set for Christmas and enjoying the Holliday with my family.

So theres the goals. 2019 is gonna be a fun one!

March update – 2018 Resolutions update

So for March I was suppose to finish reading another book, sadly that didn’t happen. I am about half way through 2 separate books tho. So I guess that is something 🤷‍♂️.

I am currently reading Jony Ive and Screwtape Letters, in all honestly if I was dedicating the time to read that I should be, I would have finished both, but March was pretty busy and I just didn’t prioritize it. The goal is to finish at least one if not both next month, cause I know I won’t do it this month.

This months goal is to get an app in the store and I don’t think I touched the code for it once last month 😬. Hopefully I can do it 🤞. In my mind I don’t feel like there is a ton left to make it a decent 1.0 product, but I am sure all the little things will take way more time then I plan for. I am also still not sure what to charge for it or how to charge (up front, ads, IAPs)

All that being said I and making decent progress on all my other resolutions and I am hoping to make time to blog more as well in the future, I’m still doing it fully on the iPad (I love this thing). I am still contemplating getting the Smart Keyboard, but right now I think I am going to hold out to see if they do another major update on it this summer, before I spend any more money on it.

So how’d my January resolution go?

So last month I started using my iPad Pro 10.5 more again. I really do love this thing, but after getting the iPhone X, I was blinded by its newness so I was using it for everything.

Here are a few things I’ve been using the iPad for again:

  • Reading – I just finished one of my books for my April resolution 🎉
  • Work – I use the iPad as a second screen from time to time and it’s amazing (see image below). The duet app with the Mountie+ is a great combination.
  • Entertainment – Using it for watching YouTube videos and an occasional Movie or TV show when working out.
  • Taking notes – I’ve been taking my iPad to church on Sundays and using it to take notes of the sermons. It’s really helps keep me more focused as well. 👍
  • Writing – I’m using it for this blog. All articles I’ve posted so far this year have been writing on my iPad. Currently I am using it with an external apple keyboard, but I am tempted to eventually try out the Smart Keyboard cover.
  • Reading – Ha yeah a second time, but I also love using it for reading comics it’s great.

So yeah I feel like January has been a pretty big success and I am looking forward to taking it on my vacation with me in the very near future. I also hope we eventually get some version of Xcode on this thing, so I could be even more productive on it then more of a cunsumption device.

My Dual Screen setup:

30+ days with no sweets

So to help with hitting my July resolution (getting healthier). I’ve been avoiding sweet. So far I’ve gone 32 days without any candy, chocolate, juice…, which is a major milestone for me at least. I’m pretty horrible when it comes to snacking and sweet.

You always hear how addicting sugar is, but you never feel it until you greatly minimize your intake (sugar is in pretty much everything). Crazily, It took about 20-25 days before the cravings for it were reduced, fruit has been a great replacement.

It’s not been easy, I starter right after Christmas, so I’ve had to go through New Years and 3 birthday parties thus far. Along with many #donutfridays for the kids. And we also keep a stock pile of candy and cookies for the boys (which we limit of course), but it’s also always been there ready for me when/if I wanted it. Does my keeping track prove I have a pretty bad sweet tooth?

I don’t plan to continue this streak forever. The current goal is to keep it going until our Disney trip in a few weeks, break it with a Dole Whip (of course) and possible a few other Disney snacks (in crazy moderation) and then try to beat the streak I had set when I get back.

I feel like overall it’s still to early to say I feel way better without or any claims like that. But just the accomplishment of going without feels pretty great.

Hair update.

So after 3.5 month most of my bald patch has grown back 🎉. I could probably even grow my hair back out at this point and be able to hide the remaining spots.

However, I am not sure what I am going to do right now. I actually enjoy having short hair, it takes no time in the morning to style and I can wear hats off and on throughout the day. My old hair style didn’t allow that.

Shaving my head is a paint hough and I am not a fan of the feeling of a fully shaved head. So, I gotta figure out sometime soon what I want to do. I am also not looking forward to the awkward stages that will come with growing my hair back out. 😬

Just to remind you this is the bald patch I had before I shaved my head on Oct 1st 2017:

And here is my hair today:

Today I shaved my head. 😮

Back in June of this year after getting caught in a down pour at Disney, Tiff (my wife) noticed that I had a small bald patch in my head.

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It bothered me, but unless my hair was soaked it wasn’t noticeable at all. Sadly it didn’t stay like that the patch continued to grow until it reached my hair line which made it annoying to try to cover up. My old hair style too me less then 30 seconds each morning to style, now I was spending a few minutes just trying to cover up the spot in hopes that it would eventually grow back.

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I did see a doctor about it who confirmed it was Alopecia areata, She also told me that my hair follicles were still there and that it should grow back. Then she  gave me cortisone injections in my head (ouch), and I get to go back at the end of the month and do it again. However in the mean time I am done trying to cover it up so after Church this morning I went ahead and shaved it all off.

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So for now this is the new me. I don’t mind it. I’ll probably be wearing a lot of hats because my head is really cold already and it 70 degrees right now. So this winter is gonna be fun!

 

One good thing about it all is I was able to have a mohawk again for a couple minutes.

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