2019 Year in Review

Let's go back to a simpler time. Before coronavirus became a household name. When you didn't have to wear a mask into the grocery store. When you didn't have to second-guess a decision to attend a family gathering because of fears of contracting (or unknowingly spreading) a disease. Let's go back to 2019. A first... Continue Reading →

2018 Year in Review

What a year! My life changed quite a bit during this trip around the sun. Here are some of the highlights of 2018. A New Family Member On January 28, 2018, Mallory and I welcomed Daniel Keith MacEachern into the world and into our hearts. He arrived 16 days ahead of schedule but both Mama... Continue Reading →

My 2017 Year In Review

2017 might be over, but I won't be forgetting it anytime soon. Here are some of the things that I will remember the most about the past year. A lot of running I trained for and ran in my first marathon, and achieved my goal of finishing in less than four hours (3:59:39). The training... Continue Reading →

Remembering Donald MacEachern

Donald MacEachern was the son of Norman Angus MacEachern and the brother of Kenneth MacEachern (my grandfather). Donald fought in the Battle of the Falaise Gap (also known as the Falaise Pocket) during August 1944 as part of the Second World War. He was injured when his tank was destroyed and he was briefly taken... Continue Reading →

Mac Spotlight Text Input Not Working? Kill it.

Every few weeks the macOS Spotlight refuses to accept keyboard input. It happens infrequently enough that I always forget how to get it working again, but maybe writing about it will help me remember: Open Activity Monitor Search for Spotlight Open the Spotlight entry Select Quit H/t: Tom Harrington on Ask different

Jump to Definition Shortcut in Xcode 9

The most frustrating change I've found between Xcode 8 and the Xcode 9 betas was the default remapping of the ⌘-click shortcut to open the Code Structure menu instead of the Jump to Definition command. Thankfully, there is a way to change it back. Go to Xcode → Preferences → Navigation → Command-click on Code, and select Jumps to Definition.... Continue Reading →

A Search For Our Ancestors

The following is a transcription of a document written by Norman Angus MacEachern, my great-grandfather. In it he writes about a trip he and his wife took to Scotland sometime on or before 1959 in search of information about his ancestors and the history of the name MacEachern. The original scanned document is available here (68mb). I've... Continue Reading →

Slowing It Down and Speeding It Up

I recently learned that it's possible adjust the speed property of CALayer objects to slow down (or speed up) the animations on that layer and all its sublayers. Applying it to an app's window will slow down every animation. // Slows down all animations to 10% of regular speed! [[[UIApplication sharedApplication] windows] firstObject].layer.speed = 0.1; It's also... Continue Reading →

Unboxing JSON with Unbox

John Sundell has put together a really handy Swift library called Unbox. It provides a straightforward interface for marshalling JSON data into Swift data models and it supports all the standard JSON types out of the box. I like it better than the approach taken in ObjectMapper because Unbox supports immutable (let) properties whereas ObjectMapper currently... Continue Reading →

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