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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In My Better World

In my better world, programming language designers have been studying usability since the 1960s, and every new language worries as much about usab...
March 13, 2016

Complexity vs. Subtlety

I gave a lightning talk on Software Carpentry for the OICR yesterday, and in discussion afterward, Jonathan Dursi made an observation that I’ve been thinking...
March 05, 2016

A Modest Proposal

I had the pleasure of meeting Denia Djokic on Tuesday evening, and during the conversation we came up with a modest proposal: put 10% of the national ...
February 25, 2016

Books Away

Earlier this week my mother gave away the last of my father's books: 67 boxes containing 1,969 volumes, or about half of what he owned when he died. ...
February 24, 2016

More of a Difference Than You Realize

We received this after an online instructor training workshop earlier this week, which reminded me that small differences for some people can be large ones f...
February 19, 2016