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 33: Pulling a Fast One and Building Apps... Kind of.

    August 21st, 2020  |  48 mins 33 secs
    appclips, shortcuts, swiftui

    Shane and TJ discuss the future of automation on iOS. Shortcuts and App Clips create an alternative to traditional app development.

  • Episode 32: We Now Have A/C!

    August 11th, 2020  |  48 mins 7 secs

    TJ and Shane discuss Shane's new puppy, his air conditioning situation and preferred temperature, and how we wish we had Xcode on the iPad.

  • Episode 31: Jenni and TJ had a baby!

    July 29th, 2020  |  54 mins 51 secs
    baby, books, email, podcasting, spacex

    Shane and TJ discuss the stigma of using your phone vs reading a book and the incredible SpaceX launch.

  • Episode 30: Hammock Podcasting

    June 30th, 2020  |  1 hr 34 secs
    ipad, scambaiting

    Shane and TJ discuss online tech support scammers and their tricks.

  • Episode 29: It's Just Laziness

    June 9th, 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins

    Shane and TJ discuss Shane's broken microphone and new haircut, why TJ hates social networks, email, conferences, and more!

  • Episode 28: Tiled Living

    April 28th, 2020  |  53 mins 47 secs

    Shane and TJ discuss email providers, AR, new apps, and modifying macOS.

  • Episode 27: Puppies and Video Games

    April 20th, 2020  |  35 mins 37 secs

    Shane and TJ refuse to give into the negativity and unending discussion about COVID-19 and talk about the only two things that actually matter: puppies and video games.

  • Episode 26: She Just Wants to Play Minecraft

    April 13th, 2020  |  49 mins 27 secs

    TJ and Shane discuss N95 face masks, TJ's faulty mouse, Shane playing Minecraft with his 4 year old, and more!

  • Episode 25: Giving Up Privacy for Meat

    April 6th, 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins

    TJ and Shane discuss their lives in quarantine (sigh), puppies, Dark Sky being bought by Apple, meat in a post-COVID world and more.

  • 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.