Adam Kaump

iOS development, TV, music, movies, games, and Oxford Commas

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Pebble Time

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The fact that this Kickstarter has been funded over 7x its 500k goal in only a couple hours speaks volumes about the pent up demand for high quality smart watches. The Watch is undoubtedly responsible for a large amount of this excitement.

The always on e-ink display is really interesting, and I wonder how it’s going to stack up against the Watch’s “Turn on the display when we detect that you’re looking at your wrist” technology.

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Smoke + Mirrors

Imagine Dragons’ followup to 2012’s Night Visions is finally here. For the most part, I’m very happy with how the record turned out, but only time will tell if it has the staying power that Visions did.

The album art is sexy as hell, and so far “I’m So Sorry” is my favorite track.

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Alto’s Adventure

Best $2 I’ve spent in the App Store in a while. Go get this game.

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The Fire TV is now my go-to set top box

Jason Snell:

Honestly, I didn’t think it would happen, but it has: the Amazon Fire TV has taken over my living room.

My wife and I have been using a Fire TV Stick to watch TV while on our new treadmill for the past week or so and we love it. The Plex Integration is super nice, it was only $40, the remote doesn’t have to be pointed at the TV in order to work, the Fire TV isn’t visible since it’s just a little stick plugged into the TV - the list of benefits this device offers goes on and on.

We still have two 2nd generation Apple TVs that we use pretty much daily elsewhere in the house, and we haven’t really had any problems with bugs or performance. The lack of app support is becoming less and less acceptable with each passing month, though. And if somebody asked me today what media box device they should buy, I would tell them to get the Fire TV stick.

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HOC Season 3

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Today is the day.

Looks like Netflix made some episodes available before they were supposed to. February 27th is the day!

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Furious 7

I’m not usually one to go for these kinds of movies, but this looks super fun. Also, I wanted to try out imbedding videos.

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Truncation

I really wish that Svbtle had the option to not truncate blog posts. Other than that and a few other niggles, it’s pretty much exactly what I need from a blogging platform.

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Glue

Loren Brichter, in an interview for objc.io:

You’re known for building great apps all by yourself, combining many tasks that often would be done by different people. What draws you to this way of working, compared to working in a team?

We draw lines between disciplines as a way to divvy up work, the same way you split up programs into modules or objects or some other thing. But whenever you split something in two, the pieces inevitably diverge, and it gets harder to piece them back together when you go to build something. I find that after a while, you actually spend more time dealing with “glue” than the actual thing itself, dealing with impedance mismatches or what-not (both at an architectural/engineering level, or at an interpersonal level). So my little cheat is to try and build things in a more holistic way. It’s not actually much more work, because you only have to build the...

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“Continue”

Svbtle really should be able to tell when posts are shorter than the Continue Threshold and just not display that button. It really clutters things up.

Or maybe I should just write longer posts.

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Half Life 2

Hard to believe that Half Life 2 is nearly 10 years old already. Jim Rossignol’s PC Gamer review from Nov 2004 sums the game up quite nicely:

Sell your grandmother, remortgage the cat, do whatever you have to do. Just don’t miss out.

I didn’t play HL2 for the first time until maybe 5 years ago, and it still held up incredibly well. If you haven’t checked this game out yet, now’s as good a time as any to see what all the fuss is about.

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