Hello World: Computers. How Do They Work?

One of my first Macs of my very own.

One of my first Macs of my very own.

I’ve decided to learn to program. I want to be a Swift programmer building on Apple’s platforms.

I’m going to chronicle this adventure at hello.ablaze.co, so you can follow along and offer me your words of wisdom. My only hope for this blog is that it puts me in deeper contact with the Apple developer world and generates new leads for me to follow in my studies. Maybe it’ll also be an interesting document of learning to code that will help others. And hey, maybe I’ll succeed, and then the story of how I became a programmer will already be written down.

Hello, world.

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A Changing of the Guard at Burning Man

Will Chase and Communications Director Megan Miller. Best bosses ever. (Photo by Brenna Geehan)

Will Chase and Communications Director Megan Miller. Best bosses ever. (Photo by Brenna Geehan)

After 13 years working on Burning Man’s technology, art, and communications teams, Will Chase — who has always preferred the job title Minister of Propaganda — has accepted an offer to join Maker Faire as their inaugural Director of Content and Community. This is the perfect job for him; he has a chance to do for Maker culture the same thing he did for Burner culture. I‘ve always thought of Will as a guardian of language, a keeper of the magic words that give life and form to Burning Man culture and community when they are spoken. Maker Faire is lucky to have him.

I‘ve been working for Will on staff for more than two years, and before that as a volunteer for four more. Two years before that, I was getting ready to go to Burning Man for the first time, reading newsletters from Will Chase to learn what I was getting myself into. I don‘t even know what a Burning Man without Minister Will Chase is like, but I’m sure gonna find out.

Will‘s departure from the Burning Man Project is the end of an era. Over in the Burning Man Journal today, I‘m grateful to have the opportunity to say thank you to Will, and to talk about what‘s changing on the Comm Team and my own job in his wake.

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Welcome to the Burning Man Journal, Our New Paper of Record

Welcome to the Burning Man Journal, Our New Paper of Record

It is my pleasure to unveil the Burning Man Journal, the second Burning Man website redesign on which Ablaze Interactions has had the honor of working.

As much as the burningman.org redesign mattered to me, the Journal is closer to my heart. Volunteering on the Burning Blog was how I got my start with the Burning Man organization.

When we launched burningman.org last year, we re-skinned the blog to match and called it Voices of Burning Man, but that was just to buy time. As soon as burningman.org was stable, we started a design process for a full-fledged Burning Man web publication that would become the Burning Man Journal. I couldn’t be more proud to show it to you.

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