TheJoyOfHack

For people who like to make things

Pulling into the Station

Pulling into the Station

This photo was taken in ‘stealth’ mode: shooting from the hip, no audio, no display on the rear LCD. I had no idea what the composition would look like.

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Evolution of Objective C Database Code

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One of the features of Qur’an Memorizer, my first iOS app, is the ability to highlight a verse (ayah) when it’s tapped. To do this I access a database of verse x and y locations and retrieve the 4 coordinates I need to draw the resulting polygon.

The first version of the code released to the App Store looked a little bit like this:

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When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall

This is an Oak tree that I planted in my front yard about five years ago. I’m glad it’s survived all the storms we’ve had since then. I hope to see it grow into a Mighty Oak.

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Using Octopress as a Photo Blog

As an amateur photographer I like displaying my photos on my blog, especially when there are particularly interesting stories behind them. In this post I’ll show you how to modify the default Octopress theme and add a type of layout that highlights a single photograph. You can see an example of this in this sample blog.
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Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

The Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona is a place of breathtaking beauty. Located in Navajo country, it’s best viewed at around noon when the angle of the sun’s rays makes for very dramatic lighting.

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The Bean

The Bean

Cloud Gate” - fondly known as The Bean. Millennium Park, Chicago. Looking East, half an hour before a sunrise that was hidden behind clouds. more ...