Four-Finger Shotguns: Code Dreams with Ahmad Zubair Faras

Welcome to Four-Finger Shotguns, where we talk with a friend from work, Ahmad Zubair Faras. Learning how to speak all the languages and why it matters.

Cyberpunk and bicycles: inseparable.

Quick: Look Busy. We make friends based on what apps we have open on our computer at any moment of the day.

Barry’s House of Berries: The Healingest Berry.

Blessed Ramadan to all and to all happy Spring.

From the the rain-slicked streets of the Seattle Metroplex, this is Four-Finger Shotguns: released May 16, 2018.

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Bicycles are an ever-present theme in cyberpunk.

They represent the loss of car-culture mobility in the dystopian future, and the indomitable human spirit to remain mobile in the face of it.

In post-cyberpunk future Seattle, we tangle with traffic on neon green electric ride-shares, yearning to be free in our protected bike lanes.

Amazon is paying out of its own pocket to furbish the Cascade Arcology with beautiful, safe, and connected bike lanes; while Seattle Department of Transportation slow-walks infrastructure that might give us a basic bike network.

In the new frontier, it’s difficult to tell the good guys from the bad guys just by the color of their hats.

In the Gig Economy, we all wear many hats.

Tech Folks are often derided for being too libertarian. Not unfairly, for Libertarianism has gotten a bad name.

We used to be civil libertarians; now, most are just plain hostile.

But the lure of tech still seduces eager young minds to idealistic fields of dreams bound only by the sense of curiosity and application of endeavor.

We get that first taste when we find we can etch brilliance on the unforgiving canvas of a dumb terminal, and we’re ruined forever.

Our lives become — to paraphrase Camper Van Beethoven — an obsessive search to rediscover through the detours of the computer sciences, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence our hearts first opened.

Our guest today is one of those kids, grown now — with a kid of his own — but still pursuing that dream.

His story starts in a high school classroom in Pakistan, far from his home; and a clear, clean line is drawn from there to Seattle.

Think you have to work hard to make your dreams come true? This guy raised that bar.

Hey Ahmad, welcome to our humble show.

Impact Hub Seattle’s New Podcast Produced by Zip! Bang! Wow!

Our first client, Impact Hub Seattle, releases their second episode of “Coming Up! at Impact Hub Seattle” podcast.

The show is a five minute community update, delivered in the Friday afternoon and Monday morning newsletter, giving readers and listeners a fun and informative way to plan for the week ahead.

You can listen to episodes on the Coming Up! at the Impact Hub Libsyn page, or subscribe to their RSS feed.

Four-Finger Shotguns: Digital Hooliganism with Darby Cox

children under the age of 18 will be
the only ones who get the jokes
and should be discouraged from listening
thus assuring they will listen unsupervised
so they can laugh without feeling ashamed

Digital media, marketing, and public relations wizard, Darby Cox, lounges with us in the grey tower overlooking Second Avenue in Pioneer Square.

She’s a recovering addict, a member of Narcotics Anonymous, and a good friend of the show. She’s also incredibly witty and ascerbic, like the daughter we never had, bless her.

Four-Finger Shotguns is a production of Zip! Bang! Wow! in Seattle. For more information abut this podcast, please visit our website at

Shoebill Hamerkop joins us from our real news news studios for a feelings check-in.

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These links got mentioned on the show and you can’t click on sound waves:

From the the rain-slicked streets of the Seattle Metroplex, this is Four-Finger Shotguns for April 25, 2018.

This week has been filled with hippy druggie holidays like “Bicycle Day” the day Abbie Hoffman first took LSD intentionally, “420” after the cop code for pot smoking, and Earth Day or “cool arbor day”.

We’re recording on the day, 2770 years ago, of the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus — two crazy kids from the semi-mythical city of Alba Longa. They cut the ribbon on the site they, as infants, were suckled by a she wolf.

Like I said, drugs and hippie shit all week long.

So, I figured it was only appropriate that we interview a recovering addict.

I’m Jonnie Wilder, and in the Improvised Impact Hub Isolation Booth with me is my friend Darby Cox.

She’s a marketing and public relations wizard, an artist and musician, and she worked for The Stranger back when it didn’t suck — promoting amazing events throughout the city, through Stranger Tickets. She’s worked in and is currently the digital communications … what … the digital communications coordinator for … uh, what is it? … uh Chihuly Inc, Chihuly Studio? Augh, she’s worked in and is currently the digital communications coordinator for Chihuly Studio. She’s the co-owner of Ox Red Marketing, a business development and media strategy agency.

Lush gigs, each and every one of ‘em.

Welcome to our humble show.