Making Blocks

Apple, parenting technology, and overall tinkering.

About the show

Making Blocks is a podcast about Apple, parenting in the world of technology, the life of software developers, and overall tinkering. Hosted by TJ Barber and Shane Cowherd.

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  • Episode 24: #HashtagTheCowboy

    March 31st, 2020  |  46 mins 48 secs

    Shane and TJ discuss their changing habits now that we're working remotely (because quarantine), the National Cowboy Museum's Head of Security running their Twitter, country music, NASCAR and more!

  • Episode 23: An Aluminum Online Experience

    March 23rd, 2020  |  49 mins 32 secs

    TJ and Shane talk about coronavirus (we're tired of the self-quarantine, but we're doing it anyway) the new iPads we wish we could program on, and WWDC moving to an online experience.

  • Episode 22: We're Getting Pancakes After, Right?

    March 16th, 2020  |  47 mins 11 secs

    TJ and Shane are joined by Austin McDowell and have a recording in person! We talked about our in-person podcasting setup, Alexa devices, HomeKit, and more! And yes, we did get pancakes after.

  • Episode 21: The Worst Haggler in the World

    March 9th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    TJ and Shane discuss Shane's loss of internet, companies tracking you online (it's creepy), preparing for baby, and Shane's acquisition of!

  • Episode 20: Gluing the Beak to the Eagle

    March 2nd, 2020  |  1 hr 5 mins

    Shane, TJ, and Scott discuss TJ's stolen AirPods case, their home theater setups, the Magic Keyboard, iMovie, and more!

  • Episode 19: Going Off the Rails

    February 24th, 2020  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Shane and TJ discuss Coronavirus, Google Stadia, the Ruby programming language, picking a marketable development stack, and more.

  • Episode 18: The Appreciation Episode

    February 17th, 2020  |  45 mins 44 secs

    TJ and Shane discuss how we can anticipate questions from our users, appreciation of the Mac and iPhone, and applying the KonMari method to our digital lives.

  • Episode 17: We'll Force Everyone To Be Friends

    February 10th, 2020  |  58 mins 10 secs

    TJ and Shane are joined by author and conference producer, John Wilker! We discuss his introduction to the Mac ecosystem, the origins of 360iDev, his book series Space Rogues, and where he's headed next.

  • Episode 16: After Dark

    February 3rd, 2020  |  40 mins 22 secs

    TJ, Shane, and Scott kept the momentum going and ended up recording another episode after we finished Episode 15! We discuss Drafts, Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, and domain names.

  • Episode 15: Proverbial Horse Betting

    January 27th, 2020  |  1 hr 1 min

    TJ and Shane are joined by a good friend of the show, Scott Jann! We discuss marble simulations, internet connections, parenting, Bitcoin mining, and more.

  • Episode 14: "RIP Little Caesar's App"

    January 22nd, 2020  |  1 hr 2 mins

    TJ and Shane discuss their AppleCare, their first downloaded apps, and gigabit ethernet.

  • Episode 13: Everything is New

    January 14th, 2020  |  46 mins 22 secs

    Shane and TJ return after a month to discuss their many life changes, new hardware, and fun things at CES.

  • Episode 12: The Pre-Thanksgiving Episode

    December 23rd, 2019  |  33 mins 35 secs

    TJ and Shane recorded an episode a few days before Thanksgiving that we wanted to share. We hope you enjoy it!

  • Episode 11: A Bunch of Tiny Walled Gardens

    December 16th, 2019  |  41 mins 41 secs

    TJ and Shane discuss the wonderful world of Mac applications and cycle of "free and open" to "closed walled gardens".

  • Episode 10: Maclunkey!

    November 18th, 2019  |  40 mins 55 secs

    Shane and TJ have a special guest on the show and then discuss office setups, the new 16" MacBook Pro, and Disney+.

  • Episode 9: I Want My URLs!

    November 11th, 2019  |  44 mins 52 secs

    Shane and TJ discuss disappearing URLs in Google, Firefox, and the history of web browsers.