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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

Bad News and Good News

The bad news is, retractions of scientific papers have risen tenfold since 1990. The good news is, the rate has gone from 0.0007% to 0.007%. Going back to ba...
August 24, 2009

Shop Class as Soulcraft

I just finished reading Crawford’s Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work. It’s a rare thing: deeply reactionary, yet (mostly) well argue...
August 24, 2009

The Delight Is In The Details, Too

They say the devil is in the details, but so's the delight, because it's the details that determine whether something works or doesn't. So let's take a look ...
August 23, 2009

Tools for Teams

Last year, Jordi Cabot and I interviewed the creators of several web-based software project management portals to find out whose needs they were trying to me...
August 21, 2009

The Big Picture

One of the lessons we learned at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the 1990s and early 2000s is that most scientists don't actually want to learn how to prog...
August 21, 2009