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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There are some threads right now on Twitter and on various forums I belong to about life after grad school—more specifically, about how little support grad s...
March 24, 2019

Twelve Weeks, Twelve Tools

Suppose you have a group of junior developers who have built moderately complicated web applications using Express and React, but don’t really understand how...
March 21, 2019

Educational Paramedics

Garrett Grolemund and I just wrapped up a couple of days of instructor training for RStudio staff, and one of the things I learned from participants’ questio...
March 20, 2019

Christchurch and Shopify

Man I can’t honestly tell if it’s just transference because I don’t know what to do with my anger and pain about it, but it sure does fucking suck that ev...
March 15, 2019

Keep Me In Your Heart for a While

Shadows are fallin’ and I’m runnin’ out of breath Keep me in your heart for a while If I leave you it doesn’t mean I love you any less Keep me in your heart ...
March 14, 2019