Weekly Links – 1/13/2020

Well its officially 2020, and this year wasted absolutely no time getting moving. My kids activities started ramping up, and life moved at a sprint speed out of the gate.

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So for this week, its nothing in nerd pop culture, but a fascinating video I saw. This was recommended by a friend, and it sparked a lot of research for me around personal growth (blog post coming soon). But the video is “What does game theory teach us about war?” and there are a lot of parallels that you can draw to how your own life functions in terms of finite vs infinite games.

Return of weekly links – 12/30

Hello all, so I know that I totally fell off the wagon when it comes to weekly links. December has been a crazy month, I had three business trips, getting ready for Christmas. Due to family coming to town we effectively had 3 Christmas’ and on top of that I got sick.

I’m not complaining just explaining what happened. The holidays are a rough time for a lot of people, and we’ve all had experiences we have to carry with us. So remember in all the craziness that some might be suffering in silence. If you find yourself in this position, please reach out. You are not alone and there are people to help you.

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So as always I have a post here about something fun. And this week I wanted to post about how my wife blew me away with her gift this Christmas. We had our 11th anniversary at Dave and Busters, we decided to double down on stupid fun. When we walked in, they were having a silent auction for MakeAWish and when I was in the bathroom she bid on this item and won.

This is a picture from the Dark Knight, my favorite movie of all time, signed by Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger.

Weekly Links – 11/25

Hello All, So this week marks 2 cool things in my mind. First is that we are 30 days to Christmas Day, which is awesome. I know this is the holiday season for a lot of different religions.

So I wish you and you’re a great holiday season. I am a big fan of the time of year because… it’s crazy, it’s busy, and its a great time filled with great moments. So please make sure to take a moment and enjoy it. This is a big-time for my family, as my wife and I were married 11 years ago this month.

The other big thing this week is a moment I’ve been waiting for since my kids were born. Last night I introduced my kids to Star Wars, watching the first movie together and my kids loved it. The Best revelations being the following

My daughter had the following revelations:

  • Princess Leia is awesome, she doesn’t need anyone to save her and she fights back.
  • The Millenium Falcon is an ugly ship.

My son had the following revelations:

  • Darth Vader is the best thing that ever happened.
  • Storm Troopers should have lightsabers.
  • Chewbacca is the best pilot ever.
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So enough of all that, and down to business:

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Ok, I sort of did this at the top, but what the hell, let’s do another one. I’m a comic fan, we all know this. And I’ve enjoyed the CW Arrowverse, and the big event, Crisis on Infinite Earths is going to be premier Dec 8. I’m super excited about this. There are going to be a lot of interesting things including bringing back fan favorites and a lot of interesting events.

Weekly Links – 11/18

So things have been a little crazy this month, but overall they are finally getting to a place where I can manage. I didn’t say they were slowing down, just that things were manageable.

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So Disney+ launched, and I think its a toss-up as to who was more excited, me or my kids. But along with it came “The Mandalorian”, which mixes the western / crime genre with star wars. What’s not to love. Going to watch the mandalorian tonight. So excited!

Weekly Links – 11/4

Hello All, so I goofed and we missed last week’s post. I actually was at the International Association of the Chief’s of Police conference. Which is always a whirlwind and crazy experience.

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So that being said, down to business.

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  • Build Great Xamarin Apps with App Center : As you probably know by now, I’m a big DevOps fan, and firm believer in its value. So this is a great description on how to use App Center to implement DevOps on your Xamarin Mobile Apps.

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So I’m a big fan of the Witcher books, honestly for as much as I enjoy games like Dungeons and Dragons, I’m usually not a fan of fantasy fiction. Honestly in general I find most of the genre to be overly slow in its story telling, and I get bored. But one of the exceptions to that is the Witcher, which tells engaging and dynamic stories really quickly. Geralt is a great character who lives in a really fascinating world. So when I heard NetFlix was adapting it, I was hopeful but concerned. Well the trailer dropped, and I’m really excited, this looks great.

Weekly links – 10/14

So this past week, I spent every free moment working on a shed in my backyard, and like any constructive project its had a slew of delays. But we are powering through:

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So as always I’m a big comic fan, and I’ve said before I’m a fan of the CW Arrowverse. For as much as DC movies are terrible, their TV shows are quite excellent. And the standout last year was Supergirl, it really tapped into what makes for the best Superman / Supergirl stories. The best stories are all based around problems that they can’t “super power their way out of”. Last season tackled real topics like trust of the media, xenophobia, racism, and others. This season is already moving towards tackling technology and its ability to change the way that we view reality and connect with each other.

Weekly Links – 10/7

So this week was a little crazy with family obligations, work travel, busy work schedules, etc. But overall it wasn’t bad kind of week. We are officially into full on October. Right now I’m busy prepping for our monthly game today which should be a lot of fun

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I’m a big comic fan, and Greg Rucka is one of my favorite writers. And StumpTown was one of his pet projects, and really the book plays out like Jessica Jones more for the real world. And I gotta say, I watched the pilot and was really impressed.

Weekly Links – 9/30

So this week was a lot of travel in the middle of the week, thanks to delays it took me 12 hours to get from Atlanta to Pennsylvania, which is absolute insanity. But I made it, and all is good at the end of the day.

The important part is that its almost Halloween, and my kids have literally started a full on countdown to Halloween. My daughter is obsessed and we kicked off the week with a visit to Spirit Halloween to see the “fun scary stuff” and has started playing the Nightmare Before Christmas on repeat.

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So down to business:

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So as I mentioned, this week was .NET Conf, and we got a bunch of cool announcements:

  • Announcing .net core 3.0 : Pretty exciting to see the new version of .net core finally get a GA release. Really excited to start building with it.
  • Xamarin Announcements at .net conf : So excited about this, Hot Reload, that’s amazing. Compiling in mobile is a very time consuming process and this is a huge timesaver.
  • ML.Net updates : A bunch of new updates that help with use of ML.Net to bring new functionality to your app. Specifically Feature engineering is pretty huge, and removes what I saw as a major limitation.
  • Free .net, C#, and ASP.NET Training : Who doesn’t love free training!

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  • Azure Sentinel GA: Very exciting offering in the security space. A SIEM in the cloud is amazing.
  • How to Develop your service health alerting strategy : One of the most critical parts of running a cloud application is your monitoring and alerting strategy as this defines how much information you have for debugging and ensuring your service is running.

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And finally the fun stuff, being a comic fan it should surprise no one that I’m a fan of the CW Arrowverse. I was skeptical in the beginning but Arrow, Flash, and Supergirl all turned out to be really amazing shows, and every year their crossover is something I look forward to. And this year they are adapting the “Crisis of Infinite Earths” storyline, and we will see a battle that affects the entire multi-verse. And I give the producers credit that they really reached out and are pulling in every DC property today or in the past. Including the TV show that started it all Smallville. So I’m very excited to see that Tom Welling and Erica Durance will be coming back as Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the crossover. Read more here.

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Weekly Links – 9/23

So I know I’m a little late this week, but here they are. I was away at a conference in sunny Las Vegas for the week, and it was quite the week.

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But anyway down the business:

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  • Cascadia Code is live: Normally don’t care about a font, but this is pretty cool because of its support of ligatures. Makes code much easier to read which is pretty awesome.
  • .NET Conf: Really cool virtual conference with more materials and announcements. Next week should have a lot of new annoucements.

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As always to live up to our name, here’s a nerd topic for the links. I’m a big batman fan, always have been. I’m pretty sure my kids knew who Batman was long before they knew Big Bird. With that I’ve been enjoying the current comic run, with Tom King as the writer, and it is coming to an end and they announced the new writer, James Tynion IV, who is a great writer who wrote Batman Eternal, so I’ve very excited. To read more, look here.

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Weekly Links – 9/16

Hello all, its another week. Been really busy as we are approaching the end of a quarter. Been doing a lot of code work this week on a project that has been delayed for too long. So really enjoying that.

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Now here we go with the business:

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So as I said last time I’m a bit of a gamer, and as this comic points to, I’m a well documented nerd. Lately I’ve found myself getting pulled back into tabletop gaming, specifically Dungeons and Dragons, and have a good game going (we play monthly, right now we’ve been done about 8 sessions). So as I get deeper into this, new things are announced all the time, and the new one is Unearthed Arcana, which is basically “Beta” content for the game for players to use.

The latest are two new sub classes Aberrant Mind sorcer, and Lurker of the Deep Warlock.