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Book review: Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, by Paul Dickson

posted: April 21, 2018

tl;dr: The definitive Bill Veeck biography, but Veeck’s autobiographical books are even more engaging...

The Empire’s Mothership: a journey to Vail

posted: April 14, 2018

tl;dr: A true world-class ski resort that aims to be the absolute best, yet is not my ATF...

The CARFAX + insurance company conspiracy, part two

posted: April 6, 2018

tl;dr: Insurance companies can lie with impunity, except (hopefully) in a court of law...

Write for readability

posted: March 31, 2018

tl;dr: Readability (by humans) is the most important attribute of good software...

Spreadsheets (arch.)

posted: March 24, 2018

tl;dr: Spreadsheets had their day (actually decades) in the sun, but night is falling...

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...