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Please Learn to Write

The language you can learn is your own


There’s been lots of buzz on the topic of whether or not you should learn to code. As an engineer, I don’t have unbiased thoughts on the matter. I tweeted Jeff Atwood’s piece because, well, I agree that it’s pretty silly to think that the world is going to be a better place if the Mayor of New York City…


Seven Plus or Minus Three

A common question I am asked, “How big should the team be?” My immediate response: Seven plus or minus three. There is a not a lot of hard theory behind this…


The Great (Incorrect) Disappointment


First day of the new gig. You walk in the building knowing practically no one. Everyone is pleasant and nice… almost too nice. Everyone (including you) are not quite themselves because everyone understands the power of the first impression so they’re watching every single move and attempting to interpret how these moves might be perceived. It’s…


The Builder’s High

It needed to exist


When I am in a foul mood, I have a surefire way to improve my outlook — I build something. A foul mood is a stubborn beast and it does not give ground easily. It is an effort to simply get past the foulness in order to start building, but once the building has begun, the foul beast loses ground.


Please Learn to Write

The language you can learn is your own


There’s been lots of buzz on the topic of whether or not you should learn to code. As an engineer, I don’t have unbiased thoughts on the matter. I tweeted Jeff Atwood’s piece because, well, I agree that it’s pretty silly to think that the world is going to be a better place if the Mayor of New York City…


I Choose Superman


My family has a disproportionate love of Superman and I never quite understood why until recently.