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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We Still Can’t Have Nice Things Together

Last year I used YAML and Norway to explain why why we can’t have nice things. We’ve just stumbled over a problem that has forced us to re-do some of the wor...
September 05, 2016

What I Didn’t Learn in a CS Degree

I recently stumbled across The Imposter's Handbook, which describes itself this way: For the longest time I would remain silent when discussi...
August 26, 2016


Contents include: a copy of The Portable Curmudgeon a joke book from Australia from the late 1940s or early 1950s a toy fish a piece of bro...
August 26, 2016

Ten Ways to Turn Off Learners

PLOS has published a very useful set of articles called Ten Simple Rules that covers everything from effective statistical practice to winning a Nobel Prize....
August 19, 2016