Category Archives: Professional

Data Visualization and LinkedIn

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As a tool for professional networking, LinkedIn does many things very well, but I’ve never found lists of contacts or friends (a la Facebook) to be particularly compelling. Over at LinkedIn Labs can be found some tools and experiments that look to expand what LinkedIn is capable of. I finally had a chance to play […]


You’re More Skilled Than You Think

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When you’re in the trenches slinging code, it’s very easy to become disillusioned about your skills. Without a frame of reference, tasks you think should be easy become mind-bendingly difficult and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. That’s certainly been my experience developing for the web and also in designing games. In […]


Process Buzzwords and Gemba Walks

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Looking out the window where I work, my co-workers and I can see the steady progress on the construction of Amazon.com’s new buildings in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Today, safety-vested and hard-hatted troop of people came parading through in the rain, presumably on a tour to see the progress being made. Since we use […]


The Anti-Resume

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The term anti-resume is used in several different senses, most commonly refer to a narrative resume in the fashion of Anne Sexton’s Resume 1965. The other sense of the term is that mentioned in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book The Black Swan where the author comments, “People don’t walk around with anti-resumes telling you what they […]


Why Blog?

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I enjoy reading Steve Yegge’s blog. In his most recent post, he said: “Even if nobody were to read my blog, the act of writing things down helps me think more clearly, and it’s engaging in the same way that solving a Sudoku puzzle is engaging.” “You should try it yourself. All it takes is […]


Erlang or What I Learned at No Fluff Just Stuff

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I just wanted to hit some of the high points from the No Fluff Just Stuff Java conference I attended over the weekend in April of 2008. A presentation I attended was on improving code quality and the presenter specifically commented that sending people to conferences is a good option. But he also made the […]