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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

And Then… A Preview

A free preview of And Then…, the children’s book Ellen Hsiang and I created, is now online. We hope you enjoy it (and there’s still time to order a printed c...
December 02, 2011

Direct Reports and Self-Directed Learning

Imagine you’ve just been hired for a creative, thinking-intensive job, and then you discover that your boss has 19 other people reporting to her as well. How...
December 01, 2011

Where’s My Shell?

My first programming language was PL/1. (Look it up if you need to, kid.) My second was Pascal, and then in the summer of 1982 I was introduced to two more: ...
November 30, 2011

Good News and Bad News

The good news is, the Khan Academy has finally added some lectures on programming. The bad news is, the lectures build toward Fibonacci sequences and sorting...
November 30, 2011

The Greatest Story Never Told

A good TV drama needs heroes and villains, romance, momentum, crackling dialog, and the occasional chase scene (gunplay optional). Which makes me wonder: why...
November 30, 2011