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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Security Humor

One of my students posted a suggestion for a book title that made me think of this XKCD cartoon:
February 12, 2009

PyCon 2009 Schedule Posted

http://us.pycon.org/2009/conference/schedule/ — I doubt I’ll make it (I’m going to ICSE’09 in Vancouver this year, which is all the travel I can afford), but...
February 12, 2009

How Dare They Hold Us Accountable?

According to the Great Beyond, several prominent British scientists have called for a revolt against new rules that require them to “include a two-page summa...
February 12, 2009

Fluid Kickoff

I discovered Jakub Linowski’s “Wireframes” blog a few weeks ago—it’s exactly the kind of thoughtful exploration of a micro-topic that I think blogging is for...
February 12, 2009

Brian Hayes Thinks Aloud

Brian Hayes writes a very engaging column for American Scientist on matters mathematical and computational. In a recent length blog post, he revisits the que...
February 12, 2009