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.

Boom boom, boom boom

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.


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