In this episode, we have the pleasure of chatting with developer, author, and dedicated learner, Ian Felton. We start off the conversation talking about Ian’s background and learning how he got into technology. He tells us about his experience in college, playing in a band, and recording music. We also get some insight into how he got into NASA with some help from a college professor. Then we spent some time understanding how Ian dealt with the pressures of his figure job.

We also get to learn more about Ian’s book, The Code of the Samurai. Ian tell us where he got his inspiration from to write the book and some of the historical research he had to do. Richie asks Ian to tell us how writing books compares to writing code. Moving forward, Cecil asks Ian about his musical past.



Ian Felton has more than twenty years of professional experience writing software for organizations such as NASA, Mayo Clinic, Thomson Reuters, and many more. He is the author of, “The Coding Samurai – The Way of the Computer Warrior.” His blog, The Psychologist Coder, explores IT through the lens of psychology. Ian is also a published author of haibun, a prosemetric Japanese form of writing, mainly centered around travel and journies to far-off places. In addition to writing and wildlife photography, his interests include running his nonprofit organization, which puts musical instruments into the hands of children  who need them, and practicing meditation, Chinese, and several Chinese martial arts. He’s also a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Psychology and Counseling Services.

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3 comments on “Episode 74: The Samurai’s Journey With Ian Felton

  1. Hey guys!

    Super excited to see this posted! Wow, you two do a great job at bringing out the best in people.

    A few things have changed since we first recorded this.

    First, I changed my blog’s name to “The Coder Counselor.” I’m offering career counseling and coaching to those in I.T. I’m trained as a counselor and career counselor (graduating with my Master of Counseling and Psychological Services this year).

    Also, after 10 years of running my nonprofit, I had to take a break from it since my practicum is beginning and I’ll be working what is essentially another job. That’s why you don’t see a web site up at my Marching Mountains web site. I haven’t closed shop, just taking a break until things stabilize after graduation.

    If you want to reach me for career counseling or coaching, you can reach me at

  2. Jessica Fluharty Jan 19, 2018


  3. Thank you from your site

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