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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...

My most challenging field failure ever, part two

posted: Januaru 6, 2018

tl;dr: I wouldn’t believe this story if it hadn’t actually happened to me...

My most challenging field failure ever, part one

posted: December 27, 2017

tl;dr: I wouldn’t believe this story if it hadn’t actually happened to me...

Book review: Kubernetes Up & Running, by Kelsey Hightower, Brendan Burns & Joe Beda

posted: December 23, 2017

tl;dr: A must-read for anyone seriously experimenting with or starting to use Kubernetes...

College admissions game theory

posted: December 16, 2017

tl;dr: Today’s college admissions process demands that game theory be applied, alas...

The dangers of the FCC’s TitleII Internet power grab

posted: December 9, 2017

tl;dr: Unconstrained FCC control of the Internet is not a good idea...

Book review: Learning Selenium Testing Tools with Python, by Unmesh Gundecha

posted: December 3, 2017

tl;dr: Would benefit from a second edition, as the world has changed a lot in three years...