I ran my first 4-hour workshop yesterday

It’s been a long time in the making but yesterday was the first out of two runs of my Core Data workshop. I’m hosting the workshop together with Jeroen from AppForce1, and it was awesome. I really had a good time and based on the feedback we’ve received, the attendees had a good time too. And more importantly, they got everything they hoped for in this workshop.

What more could I ask for, right!?

I had never done a 4-hour workshop before, and I can tell you it’s exhausting but extremely rewarding. I’m already looking forward to doing it again next week.

As i was winding down from the workshop, and as I was getting ready for bed yesterday something terrible happened that snapped my right out of the workshop high.

I dropped my phone.

On the bathroom floor.

And as the phone hit the floor I know what had happened. Or at least, I though I knew.

I fully expected the back-panel of my precious iPhone XS to be shattered. Unfortunately, when I checked the screen it had three bright lines that stretched all the way from the top of the device to the bottom. Two green lines, one purple line. The timing couldn’t be worse considering we’re pretty much 5-6 months away from a new phone announcement but repairing this device would be too costly in my opinion.

So I ordered a Graphite iPhone 12 Pro that I picked up from the Apple store a few hours ago. It’s an amazing device and it really softens the sadness from ruining my XS. The XS’ camera still works fine so I’ll probably use it as my webcam from now on through the Camo Studio app.

Anyway, have a good weekend folks! I’m going to have some with that awesome new camera in the 12 Pro.

Cheers, Donny

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