I Am Finley

How to Be a Man with Art of Manliness

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To be a man means being virtuous, excellent in all aspects of your life.

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Hope in the Ballads

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In our regular office jesting of camaraderie, my love for heavy music has been poked quite a few times. In response to my coworker saying that the lyrics could never be heard in metal music, I reminded him of the ballads present in most metal albums.

I’m here again
A thousand miles away from you
A broken mess, just scattered pieces of who I am
I tried so hard
Thought I could do this on my own
I’ve lost so much along the way

Working on a review for the latest Red album, I am once again reminded of how much I love their ballads. I got their first album back in 2006. With my girlfriend— now wife— with me, I popped the CD into my car’s player. With the screaming and distortion coming hard, we both looked perplexed when Pieces came halfway through the album. This is still one of my favorite songs.

I’ll never be the same
I’m caught inside the memories
The promises, our yesterdays
When I belonged to you
I just can’t walk away
’Cause after loving you
I can never be the same

Before proposing to Nikki after a Red concert in 2009, Never Be the Same was playing non-stop on my iPod. This album is still one of my favorites overall.

Slowly fading away, you’re lost and so afraid
Where is the hope in a world so cold?
Looking for a distant light, someone who can save a life
Living in fear that no one will hear your cry

I worked for a church, what I considered my dream job, between the end of 2009 and the start of 2011. As I have mentioned before, that didn’t end too well. Until We Have Faces came out less than a month after I lost my job— along with half the staff— and a little more than a month before I got married. Not Alone and The Best Is Yet to Come helped me get up and out of my broken will.

Sometimes I need to scream out my terror, my rage, my fear. But sometimes I need something to hold onto. Hope in Christ echoes through the words of Red’s ballads. These songs have gotten me through a lot. So I thought I’d share them with you. You can listen to them on Spotify or buy their albums on iTunes and Amazon.

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Instagram Introduces Photo Sets… For Businesses

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It's a shame this feature is rolling out first to brands, because photo sets like these would likely be a hit with average users. They're hugely popular on Tumblr, generated automatically by Facebook's News Feed, and have more recently been adopted by Twitter. And users are already hacking photo sets onto Instagram using third-party apps that group multiple photos into a single image.

The Verge

That is a shame. I don’t know about other users, but I always feel bad when I rapid fire a few shots off on Instagram. My typical setup is that I shoot in Camera+ or Apple’s Camera app, edit in Camera+ sometime later, and then post to Instagram. This happened a few weeks back when we took Charlotte, my daughter, to the Shedd Aquarium. I’m not the type to stand there and post to Instagram while my family waits to move on to the next exhibit. No, I shoot a few dozen shots and then edit while my wife is in the bathroom or as we are walking to the car. To be able to post 4 shots as a set would be delightful without bombarding my followers.

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Apple Mustn’t Know the Midwest

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[T]he iPhone maker was recently awarded a patent for a potentially useful feature that could help you avoid areas with weak cellular coverage when planning your trip with navigation in Maps.

9to5Mac

I would never get home. Interstate 55 from Chicago to St. Louis has way too many deadzones.

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Spider-Man Moves to the Country

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The farmboy in me loves this. It was always something I pondered. How would Batman get around in the country? No skyscrapers works better for Superman. Everything works better for Superman.

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Pebble Time Steal

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I said last week that the new Pebble watch was functional, not pretty. Well, looks like they fixed that. This looks like it was designed by a company that understood watch design.

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Questions About Martian Babies

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So much information and things we’ll need to consider as we move towards possible colonies on other planets.

She wonders if the intent to be the first to conceive on Mars is even “ethically responsible.” “We don’t know what the impact of partial gravity would be, but evidence from microgravity strongly argues against pregnancy and post natal development without significant problems and risk,” Bishop told Forbes.

New York Times

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Preprocessor Macros and User-Defined Settings in Xcode

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As I have built more iOS apps over the last couple of years one of the biggest struggles I have had is the switch between development and release server APIs. More than a few times I have released an app pointing at the dev API. Not only is this an embarrassment, but it creates a logical nightmare in trying to redirect traffic from the dev environment to the live. Needless to say, there has to be a better way.

Over the weekend with a bit of research— which has me kicking myself for not doing it sooner— I found the best solution in Preprocessor Macros and User-Defined Settings. They are easy to set up and easy to use.

  1. Go to your Build Settings
  2. Go to the Editor menu, Add Build Setting, Add User-Defined Setting
  3. Give your setting a name, mine is called APIURL
  4. These settings have a Debug and Release value: set both
  5. Search in Build Settings for Preprocessor Macros
  6. Add APIURL=\@\"${APIURL}\" to both Debug and Release

You will now have a variable available anywhere in your code called APIURL. When compiling your app in Debug mode, you get the Debug value. When compiling your app for Release, you get the Release value. No more mistakes.

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Facebook Obsession

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Is Facebook stifling your prayer life? Great article from Desiring God.

For creatures like us, created to adore glory, we must find an object worthy of our worship. The cure for boredom is not diversion or distraction, but substantive enthrallment, says John Piper. We must encounter God, “to be intellectually and emotionally staggered by the infinite, everlasting, unchanging supremacy of Christ in all things.”

Which means that trying to silence our boredom with the compulsive habit of pulling the lever on the slot machine called Facebook is a habit that can be broken. But that will only happen if our compelling vision of God is grand enough to see him as beautiful and “infinitely creative,” so creative, that for those who worship him, Piper says, “there will be no boredom for the next trillion ages of millenniums.”

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Google is about to label your site “slow”

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“Slow” is a powerfully repellant word. People hate to wait. We’ll visit a site less often if it’s slower than a competitor by just 250 milliseconds. This behaviour is hardwired, and it’s unlikely to change. And as one survey from Tealeaf/Harris Interactive shows, when pages are slow, especially on mobile, we don’t react well.

Web Performance Today

Looks like Google is starting to label sites as “slow” in search results, just like they have been labeling “mobile-friendly” sites when searching from a mobile device for a while now. Web developers, like app developers, should focus on performance. Form follows function. A pretty site that is slow is no longer pretty to the user.

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