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Hire for the first derivative

posted: March 17, 2018

tl;dr: It matters more how fast one learns than the knowledge that one has...

Storing database records that lack a unique ID

posted: March 10, 2018

tl;dr: The unique ID is to a database record as the soul is to a person...

Book review: Polio: An American Story, by David M. Oshinsky

posted: March 1, 2018

tl;dr: Enjoyable overview of the politics, fundraising, and (mostly) science behind the fight against polio...

The best sales interview question ever

posted: February 24, 2018

tl;dr: You’ll stump a good percentage of sales candidates by asking them this one question...

Sell what’s on the truck

posted: February 18, 2018

tl;dr: I’ve never met a salesperson who couldn’t sell something that doesn’t exist...

What programming is actually like and why programmers seem weird

posted: February 10, 2018

tl;dr: My attempt to bust the myth of the introverted, antisocial programmer...

Book review: The Best American Short Stories 2017, ed. by Meg Wolitzer

posted: February 4, 2018

tl;dr: This year’s collection is heavily weighted towards modern-day bodice-ripper stories...

Why Jeff Bezos should choose Chicago for Amazon’s HQ2, and why he won’t

posted: January 25, 2018

tl;dr: Chicago is the best choice in all areas except the one that matters most to Bezos...

Chicago: at the center of it all (well, at least the U.S.)

posted: January 20, 2018

tl;dr: Being positioned (nearly) in the middle has many advantages...

Book review: The Best American Essays 2017, ed. by Leslie Jamison

posted: January 13, 2018

tl;dr: Continues the theme of last year’s volume by focusing on painful life experiences...