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Jamillah Knowles | 18:11 UK time, Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Hello Outriders!

We're back and this week on the podcast I have a nice way to get out of an old habit for the new year, a deeper look into gaming and inspiration from a coder who is half my age or less.

Youth - coming for you with their innnovation

To begin with, we meet the young and hard-working. Cameron Cohen is thirteen years old and he makes iPhone apps. He's been donating money from his profits to his local children's hospital. I spoke to Cameron two years ago when he started his work and it was wonderful to catch up and find out more about what he has learned. So, what were you doing at his age? I doubt so many of us manage to be quite so accomplished.

Stop spamming yourself

New Year is usually a time where we try to kick old habits. You may have made and already broken your New Year's day resolutions, but this is no reason to give up and you can always try something new as we get further into 2012.

One of my particular bad habits is a form of spamming myself. From my phone or mobile device I often end up emailing a link to myself to dig up later. This of course ensures that I have an inbox that even the best filing clerk would blanch at and that I have trouble getting through it all.

It looks as though I am not the only one. Josh Gross is the chap behind Hopper - which is something that may help to save me from the habit of spamming myself. Josh explained how and why he chose to build the drag and drop or cut and paste application.

Game theory

When you last sat down for a session with your gaming console or when you were idly playing a round of a casual mobile distraction, how deeply did you think about your actions?

I would guess maybe not too much as gaming is often a nice light way to pass the time. However, if you're not into thinking hard about gaming, then rest assured that there is a group of people who are doing this for you with some surprising and very interesting results.

Dr Olli Leino is an assistant professor at the city University of Hong Kong school of creative media where he teaches games studies and new media theory. He explained the Game Philosophy Initiative and we talked more about the organisation's forthcoming event.

Hands up if you wish that the philosophy of gaming was available as a course when you were at University?

Yeah, thought so.

Well, that's all we have time for this week, but of course on the various and assorted channels, you can get in touch about pretty much anything electrical or web related that you like.

What would you like to hear more about? Are you creating something that we should know about? Or would you like to comment on the subjects that we discuss?

If so, then get in touch, you can email me at outriders at bbc dot co dot uk, tweet at me on twitter where we are @BBC_Outriders or search for Outriders on Facebook to add our notes to your feed. You can even follow us while we explore Google plus too - so there's no excuse for not saying hello.

Until next week! ~ Jamillah


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