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Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

I’ve been busy — really busy.

Much of that energy obviously has been going in to running Springs & Struts, my Mac and iOS consulting business. I’ve been using the Springs & Struts name for over two and a half years now and 2011 has been our best year yet. I’ve shipped several apps for happy clients already this year. I’ve also begun to experiment with using subcontractors (and being a subcontractor myself), an effort which has been quite successful. In fact, I no longer think of Springs & Struts as just another name for myself — instead, it has become its own thing. I couldn’t be happier.

I’ve also been on a few podcasts. I recently made an appearance on my friend Kanen Flowers’s new podcast, Scruffy Thinking. I was on the episode “I Do All My Writing in Latex” with Kanen, Ron Brinkmann and Merlin Mann (holy shit) talking about Markdown and text documents and text editors and things like that. I think I did a pretty good job of pretending to sound intelligent. Additionally, some clips that were cut from that episode (and other Scruffy Thinking episodes) ended up on “The Real @cbarrett” — including the Dirk Gently–esque story of how Kanen and I met.

You can also hear me on the teasers for the upcoming Postmodem podcast, with my friends Phillip Bowden and Patrick Thomson. It’s a little more free form than Scruffy Thinking, but we discuss things of general interest to nerds — movies, comics, music, tech, and so on. So far we’ve only released a couple of lower quality clips to whet the appetite, but we have a few full episodes in the can waiting on editing. Eventually they’ll see release, and we’re already planning to record more.

Also worth noting is that Nullary Sources, the link blog I co-host with ‘Ili Butterfield, is still going strong. We’ve been posting a lot of great content that’s tough to sum up in one go — instead I recommend just going and checking it out.

And of course I’m on the usual cadre of social networks. I recommend my venerable Twitter account as well as my activity on Quora — a relatively new Q&A service that I’ve really been enjoying lately. I’ve written over 300 answers about a wide variety of subjects.

All of this is my very roundabout way of saying that while I haven’t necessarily been writing as much here as I’d like to, I’ve been putting content out there if you know where to find it.