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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How the Year Went

I wrote a post on New Year's Day about things I probably wouldn't do this year. Here's my score card: Turn Software Carpentry into a book: no...
December 06, 2015

Does the Stage Create the Actor?

A lot of coding workshops have sprung up in the last ten years, ranging from one-day events to teach people the basics of HTML to months-long internsh...
November 30, 2015

How I Handle Email

These are a couple of folders in my personal mail account: and these are a couple of folders in my work account: That come...
November 23, 2015


Alfred North Whitehead once said that civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking abou...
November 20, 2015