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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2008 Smiley Award

On September 19, 1982, CMU’s Scott E. Fahlman posted a message on the department’s online bulletin-board system proposing that we use :-) as a symbol for “I’...
January 21, 2009

Intellectual Infidelity

I’m a long-time reader of New Scientist (I even wrote a few articles for them back in the 1980s and early 1990s), but having browed BBC’s new Knowledge Magaz...
January 21, 2009

Text Is Still King

Text is still king—or at least “evil overlord”. Over on his Fastware blog, Scott Meyers (of Effective C++ fame) has been explaining why he’s writing his nex...
January 21, 2009

Graduate Students

Along with students doing course-sized consulting projects, I have a metric passle of graduate students who are starting to converge on thesis topics: Aran...
January 17, 2009

When the New Shows Start

For Canadians who are as frustrated as I am by how hard it is to find out when TV shows restart this winter: Battlestar Galactica premieres tomorrow (Frida...
January 15, 2009