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Archive for February 2015

Makings Apps, Coding and Saving the World

Want to learn how to make an iPhone app?  Or maybe you want to learn computer programming?  Either way I highly recommend checking out this episode which is just packed with great information.  We go over the basics on how to make and release an iPhone app and how to teach your self programming or really anything.

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  • How to make an iOS APP
    • The first thing is to have an idea
    • As soon as you tell people you are an app developer people come to you and tell you all their ideas
    • Your first app should be your own idea, beacause you will push through the hard parts
    • Then you should wire frame out what it should look like
    • Wire framing is just recording the flow so it is not in your head and to show it in a visual way
    • His first app was to check how old eggs are
  • How Do You Learn How to Code
    • When he started his project he had zero knowledge of how to program
    • You have to learn some more basic things before you can actually make a program
    • You need to learn how to interact with the inputs and outputs
    • You can teach yourself anything
    • Google and patience are your best friend
    • It took him a year to build his first app
    • You need to check out stack overflow as well
    • Then there is interface builder as well
    • You can wire frame from interface builder
    • The next step is you have to be a paid developer, which is $100 a year
    • Then you have to bundle it and get it ready to be released as a real app
  • Mistakes
    • Beginner coders, and app designers try to do really complicated apps at first
    • At first just have your app do one thing
    • The first time you do an app just have one feature then you can go back and add things
    • You need to put the minimal viable product out first
    • You can push updates
    • By the end of the project you will be embarrassed by the code you wrote at the beginning of the project
    • Don’t get frustrated by this just go back and fix it
  • How Does Coding Works
    • Variable is a way to store a piece of information
    • Think of it like variables back in 7th grade math
    • You want to be able to save your results
    • Give your variables good names
    • Objects and Methods are a little complicated
    • Your object could be car, and then it has attributes that are things like color, number of doors
    • Then you can also sub class the vehicle
    • If and else is super powerful and my favorite
    • You also have else ifs
    • Else is a catch all and if nothing else fits
    • Everybody does this logic every day wether they think they do or not
    • For loops are made for when you went to do something a bunch of times
    • Loop lets you execute a block of code a bunch of times
    • For instance a for loop for 100 times do something
    • A while loop checks to make sure that a condition is met and keeps the code running
    • API is a formal way to get information from something
    • It is a program that has certain inputs and outputs
    • API’s don’t have to be public
  • Will’s Non Profit
    • It is a non profit that helps other non-profits
    • His company helps other non profits market themselves
    • They do one day creative marathons
    • They do very little fund raising
    • Why help non profits, because it feels to good to be helping someone
    • It also feels more like a creative outlet

Break The Trance, Invest in Yourself and Achieve Your Goals

Are you in a walking trance?  Break out of it with this episode, and learn some of the secrets on how to succeed outside the corporate world.  James Schramko joins me and he shares some of his best secrets on how to succeed and accomplish your goals, including the important aspects of investing in yourself.

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  • Meet James
    • He is a master of online marketing
    • In school he started in accounting
    • He then got sick but took it as an opportunity to travel around Australia
    • He then had to go get a job, and his job was in debt collection
    • After that he did telephone collections
    • He then joined a tech startup doing tech telephones
    • He started having kids so he needed to start making some money
    • He got a job as a sales man, and quickly rose through the ranks
    • Around 9 years ago he started an online business
    • He started in affiliate marketing
    • He then started doing SEO and other service type business
  • What Route to Take
    • When he was in his twenties he couldn’t do the online business because it wasn’t around
    • He would say that probably its best to just skip the regular jobs and start in the online world
    • But make sure you have someone to help you along
    • Don’t fall into the system of thinking you need to be single
    • You should get involved in selling results not selling your time
    • A taxi driver or school teacher etc. need to trade their time for money
  • What do you recommend getting into
    • There is a lot of different fields that you can get into
    • Even non online things such as being an athlete or training animals
    • A good way to figure out what you are interested in is, what magazines do you read
    • If your interested in it you will be better at it
    • Use the existing knowledge you have
    • Invest in the bit between your ears, invest in your brain
    • Look into self-improvement books, they are just great
    • The best return on investment is buying and reading books
    • Live events are another great way to learn
    • Try a creative pursuit that might not be montetizable but that interests you
    • Give yourself some fun time
    • Masterminds use to be a rich guy that pays people to think about his problem
    • Now it’s a group of equals that come and talk about each others problems
    • Don’t go for the free ones usually, you get what you pay for
  • People are in a trance
    • People don’t take responsibility for their outcomes
    • People grow up with their parents patterns
    • These patterns are not always the most helpful
    • There is no choice involved with the current traditional path
  • Don’t set one or two year goals
    • Shorten your deadlines and goals
    • It is all about honesty to yourself
    • Figure out what you want out of life
    • Figure out your reason why
    • There are external and internal motivators
    • You have to think about why you want something
    • Figure out where you want to go
  • Online Business
    • How to get value from your current customers
    • Harvest your current customers, you don’t need to constantly be hunting
    • James like to set up billing to be recurring
    • People need to pay to keep enjoying
    • Most people don’t
  • Procrastination
    • When you are procrastinating maybe you’re not serious about your goal
    • It is all about habit forming
    • Schedule things, and work on difficult things in the morning
  • Other Things
  • Read the book willpower

Whiskey A Brief History Of Classiness

A guide to drinking whiskey, and be classy while doing it.  In this episode we learn how to properly drink whiskey, what whiskey is and how it is made.  We also mixed in a little bit of history about whiskey as well.  So if you like George Washington and being classy this episode is for you.

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  • Intro to Rachna
    • Why Whiskey
    • She kind of fell into whiskey, not whiskey but the lifestyle
    • She found a job in whiskey and just loved it
    • The first time she had whiskey it felt like a warm hug
    • There is a lot of history behind whiskey
    • It takes a lot of care to create a good whiskey
    • In fact George Washington helped out the whiskey trend
  • Whiskey is Magic
    • It can change tastes, and tastes different to different people
    • She gave people an orange to smell and just smelling the orange changes the flavor of the whiskey
  • Where to start
    • It depends on what you like
    • If you are a wine drinker you should try out a macallan or highland park
    • Breen is also a great place to start with whiskey
    • Bllet burouon is also a good place to start
    • You can always start with a manhattan or an old fashion
  • Whiskey, Bourbon, Scotch Whats the difference
    • They are all whiskeys
    • Scotch is from Scotland
    • Bourbon has rules and so does whiskey
    • Scotch also needs to have had something else in the barrel before the scotch was there
    • Whiskey is kind of a big name that everything is under it
    • Makers Mark is another whiskey that she likes
  • Other tips
    • You shouldn’t put your nose right above the glass when you are smelling it
    • You can also drink the whiskey in a special way
    • You shouldn’t let anyone tell you how to drink your whiskey
    • Some whiskeys, if they are smooth can be drunken neat
    • Water actually opens up certain flavors
  • Infusing
    • You can infuse whiskey to give it flavor
    • However usually its just the barrel
    • Usually it’s just the barrel that gives it the flavor
  • Blended Whiskey
    • Single malt just means its from one distillery
    • Blended scotch can have whiskey from all around
  • Craft Whiskey
    • Is just like craft beer
    • There is a lot of interesting craft whiskey out there
    • There is some bad craft whiskey out there
    • Experiment with whiskey and don’t be afraid

Sex, Hilarity, Inspiration and Most Importantly Unintentional Celibacy

Unintentionally Celibate Star, Olive joins me and we talk all about sex, her hilarious stories and she shares some words of wisdom.  Olive is an amazing person, and this episodes is one of my favorite episodes yet.


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  • Olive’s Story
    • She has a blog called unintentionally celibate
    • She started to help promote the book she wrote
    • She teaches professionals how to communicate
    • Everybody asks the question what do you do?  But that isn’t always a good question
    • The question what do you do can be such an ego driven question
  • Is Sex Overated?
    • Well she isn’t having sex so that is a hard question
    • Does society put a little emphasis on sex?
    • She feels like you should just do you, whatever makes you happy go for it
    • A lot of people contact Olive and feel so embarssed that they are not having sex
    • There is a little bit of weird stigma around sex in society
  • Sex Questions
    • Is it akward to tell someone that you havn’t had sex?
    • There is a little bit of a double standard that guys should be sex more than women
    • She goes to tell a guy she is dating that she has the smallest vagina because she hasn’t had sex in so long
    • A awkward conversation ensued and the guy she was dating was ultimately happy because he thought she had herpes
    • She made the mistake of not telling one of her friends
  • What guys wish girls knew and vice versa
    • The whole I am fine thing when a girl says it doesn’t mean she is fine
    • However usually if a guy says it, it means he is fine
    • So guys need to realize that I am fine doesn’t mean I am fine
    • And vice versa girls need to realize I am fine, means I am fine
    • Communication is the key to happy relationships
    •  If you can be honest and speak your truth it empowers you
  • Summer of no Fear
    • A summer where she did things she was afraid of
    • Such as asking out guys that she thought were out of her league
    • It felt like the walls were crumbling around here
    • Her roommate told her that she was really hard to be around
    • She found that work was corrupting every part of her life
    • She was physically sick
    • She cashed in her 401k to get the money to take some time off
    • You have to take a bet on your self
    • She gave speeches on the subway to get over that fear
    • The speech she gave was all about “You are going to be okay”
  • Other Questions
    • She has only been blogging for 6 months
    • 3 years writing and 10 years of giving a speech
    • She has been really busy with the book
    • She tried dating her friend
  • What Her parents Think
    • She feels like as an artist she has to speak the truth
    • Her mom doesn’t care, in fact her mom was doing way crazy stuff when she her age
    • Nobody wants to her a boring story where you felt okay
  • Advice for someone looking to start a blog
    • Just start writing
    • Your followers are just going to increase over time
    • Speak your truth
    • You can always use a pen name, and you don’t have to tell anyone about it
  • Book
    • She didn’t start out with the intention to write a book
    • She just had so many good stories that she had to write a book
    • She started choking from a hot dog, and Heimliched herself at a bar