Brian Buchanan

Telling A Story

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There’s been a constant theme with some of the guest lecturers and speakers I’ve been able to learn from over the past few months. That constant theme is “Story”. As I’ve thought about it and looked back on my life I think I’ve figured out the “why I do” behind the “what I do”. I’ve formally studied broadcasting (Radio and TV Production), I’ve self-taught myself graphic design, I’ve been been on staff or served on the production and design team at some of the largest and most influential churches in…read more

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A great tool for designers and developers (and everyone who tries it gets $1 for free)

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I’ve been a big fan of Square ever since they launched their credit card processing app a few years back. I’ve used it as a designer and concert promoter to take payments and never really had an issue. Now they’ve launched Square Cash which is a way to request money or send money via email for free. No credit card processing fees! The money is delivered straight to your visa/mastercard debit account. They’re offering to deposit $1 into your bank account for free just to show you how fast it…read more

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Sponge Season

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This season of my life I feel like I’m just supposed to be a sponge… The mind is like a sponge, soaking up endless drops of knowledge. – Robert M. Hensel This past week was too busy to even take time to blog during! It’s been awesome getting to sit in on amazing lectures and talks from people at the pinnacle of the creative/developer world. Last Tuesday we had a guest speaker in our class named┬áDavid Loewenthal. David is the lead mobile developer at Starbucks. He shared his experience at…read more

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A Lesson From Sports

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For a project this week I’ve been working with the ESPN API. I’m a huge sports fans. Unfortunately being from Ohio that means I’m a huge fan of Ohio sports teams (Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals, and Ohio State Buckeyes). It’s been a tough decade or so to be a fan of any of those teams. For this project I’ve designed a Chrome Extension that pulls headlines from ESPN and spits it out in a pop-up when you click the icon in Chrome. Sports for me is an escape. Watching a…read more

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The 5 Tools I Use to Manage My Social Media Presence

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The Coding Academy I am in takes up 50-60 hours of my life a week and I work 20 hours a week on top of that… so how do I have time to keep up with social media? I have a few tools and tricks I use to make it seem like I’m constantly online… 1. Twitter for iPhone // I use this app primarily to read tweets when I’m on the run. If I’m waiting in line at a store or a passenger in a car or even just…read more

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Teamwork

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We should not only use all the brains we have, but all that we can borrow. ~Woodrow Wilson This week we started teamwork. I’ve learned how much more I learn when I’m on a team. The other students in this program are so diverse that when a group of us get together to work on something we bring so many different experiences and knowledge to the table. My group decided to build an app that helps you pick the perfect date night. Yes you read that right… I’m in the…read more

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Pride

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As I’ve gotten older I’ve noticed how much more I struggle with pride. It’s become evident as I go through this class and I find my self really struggling to admit I need help figuring out what’s going on. Ever since The classes are so fast and the new material has been over my head… so I found myself at a crossroads where I was just lost. The “prideful guy” inside of me said “give it a few days and you’ll figure it out”. I listened to that voice. I…read more

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A “Blah” Day

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Today was a “blah” day. I seriously considered staying home today because 1) I wasn’t feeling great and 2) I barely got any sleep last night and 3) the forecast all day was rain. When my alarm went off early this morning it took a few extra minutes for me to get myself out of bed… but I got up. The motivation to succeed and make my wife and family and myself proud is what got me up. That motivation pushed me to get ready and take my normal 60…read more

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Fresh Start

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Two weeks ago my wife and I made a commitment to a better life. With her blessing and support I began classes in The Iron Yard‘s Code Academy. This 12 week intensive school will teach me everything I need to know about Front End Engineering to get a job in this fast growing industry. It’s been a scary journey. The financial aspect of cutting work from 50 hours a week to 15 while figuring out how to pay for the school is something we still don’t have 100% worked out….read more

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