Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

Recent posts

Slide-Drive is Live

I had the privilege this summer of working with Jeremy Banks, a Google Summer of Code student whose project, Slide-Drive, explored what a web-native presenta...
August 16, 2012

Alpha Test of Driver’s License Exam

As we announced back in June, we're working with the Software Sustainability Institute to create a "driver's license" exam for the DiRAC supercomputing facil...
August 16, 2012

Is This Really Necessary?

I was very excited by today's announcement that the Khan Academy is going to start offering programming courses—until I read the whole post. I'm not a ...
August 15, 2012

Cover Stories

I told someone earlier today that I don’t miss academia, but I do miss teaching. Upon reflection, though, that’s not quite true. The ache I feel when I think...
August 14, 2012