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My trip to Germany and back

When I last drove to Munich and back, in order to visit my family and girlfriend, I decided to do something especially geeky: track my driving progress. The reason behind me tracking myself was two folded. For one I wanted to see if I could write a full app, front- and back-end to track myself across Europe, but mostly I wanted to keep my folks in the loop of where I am. Usually this was done by repetitively calling or, when having a break, posting or texting many to notify them of my progress. But this is neither live, precise, nor is it a pretty solution. Over a few posts (still to come) I will show you how I:

  • designed the iOS app (in Swift with MVC paradigm),
  • made a horribly insecure web server to track the (sometimes out of order) data, and
  • displayed the entire journey (in correct order) on a Google Map on my webpage.

But for now, here are the tracking results and me waffling about my journey.

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My Sister the Architect

My sister recently graduated and is now a full blown Bachelor of Art, having completed her architecture degree with a final year project of 2764 pages she’s definitely made a larger publication than I could ever master. For a very long time, and especially during my undergraduate years, I have always seen engineering as the epiphany of difficult. The reasoning behind this was, that it does not only require abstract thinking and problem solving but also the ability to bridge the gap from theory to reality so that solutions can be implemented. Whilst we celebrated my graduation in a very British and traditional manner (with Pimm’s and what not…) my sister’s graduation was accompanied by an exhibition that showed the blood, sweat and tears that went into their degrees.

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