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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

The Art of Cutting Corners

According to one of my students, I tell the same jokes, the same way, every time I lecture. I apparently make them sound fresh each time, though, so I guess...
September 16, 2004

Knowing What You Know

With time, and a little luck, almost anyone can do something once. The only way to know whether you actually understand how to do it, though, is to see whet...
September 16, 2004

All work and no play makes a dull team

In the summer of Hippo, we managed to completely drain half a dozen whiteboard markers. Meetings alone wouldn't have accomplished this: it was the combined ...
September 14, 2004

Accidental Horizons

A quarter of a century ago, in The Mythical Man Month, Fred Brooks pointed out the difference between intrinsic complexity and accidental complexity. Intrin...
September 14, 2004

Guards! Guards!

I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchet. How can you not be a fan of someone who dedicates a book to "the Palace Guard, the City Guard, or the Patrol... Whatever th...
September 13, 2004