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.

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Long Thoughts

When’s the last time you had a long thought? I remember having thoughts that stretched on for hours as I worked through basic physics problems or wrote my fi...
September 13, 2017

Bridge and Evolution

I hate the phrase “thought leader”. It’s the epitome of self-congratulatory business-speak, meant to sound vaguely inspirational without providing any afford...
September 08, 2017

MSR Books

Back in 2010, Andy Oram and I edited a book called Making Software: What Really Works, and Why We Believe It. In it, some of the leading lights of empirical ...
August 01, 2017

Too Soon and From Unexpected Directions

Alvin Toffler once wrote, “The future always arrives too soon and in the wrong order.” After thirty-five years in tech, I would add, “And from unexpected dir...
July 21, 2017

Hunter S. Thompson, Football, and the GOP

Hunter S. Thompson is remembered today for his gonzo style: frequently imitated, rarely matched. What is often forgotten is how brave he was, both in what he...
July 20, 2017