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  1. Ernest Cline - Armada

    Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and video games he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

    But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

    And then he sees the flying saucer.

    Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

    No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

    It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

    At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.

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  2. This Developer’s Life - 1.0.7 Audacity

    John Resig, Creator of jQuery, decided to write yet another javascript framework when there were already quite a few to choose from. Not only did he succeed, he changed web development forever.

    Alex Payne, former API Developer Lead at Twitter, talks about the (somewhat insane) move to leave Twitter, and (somewhat more insane) choice to 'reinvent banking' with BankSimple.

    Miguel de Icaza, founder of the GNOME project and creator of Mono talks about creating a clone of the .NET framework - all because he didn't like what else was out there at the time for Linux.

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  3. Debug 32: John Siracusa on Copland 2014 | iMore

    John Siracusa of Hypercritical and the Accidental Tech Podcast shows up to fight with Guy over Copland 2014. That is, the idea that Apple needs to embrace elements of higher level languages and figure out what comes after Objective C.

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  4. 012 Lonely sandwich magic and a place for the soul with Merlin Mann

    Merlin Mann was part of You Look Nice Today. That show is so good, he could have just stoped making cool stuff after it was finished. He didn’t. He keeps making awesome things. We talked about them. And other stuff. Whom is Casey Liss?

    You can read about how and why this podcast came to be here and subscribe here. You can also support this show and a great podcast network here.

    Any and all feedback is very welcome! You can reach me on Twitter or email at hello(at)stormingmortal.com

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    Show notes:

    1. Back To WorkDan Benjamin

    2. You Look Nice TodayAdam LisagorScott Simpson

    3. Roderick on the Line

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    Technicaldificulties.usRadiolab

    Bionic

    MashMonty PythonMary Tyler MooreBob NewhartSpinal TapWaiting for GuffmanIdiocracy

    Florida.

    Hardware:2006 Mac Pro2010 Macbook AiriPhone 5SiPad MiniApple TV

    Software:TweetbotReederEditorial1passwordOmnifocusInstacastInstapaperComixologyCalendar 5FantasticalChunky

    Favorite piece of tech: Black and white TV

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