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Take my online survey about music listening habits!

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:24:29 +0000

I am writing an article (and eventually a book) on music listening habits. For this article I prepared this survey (which should take about 8-15 minutes to complete). As an aside, I am curious exactly how hard it will be to recruit people to fill out this survey. I plastered the URL on my other […]



“Must Have 5+ Years Experience” Fallacy

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:07:56 +0000

I originally wrote this article in Spring 2002 — during a long and painful bout of unemployment). I have more up-to-date thoughts on the topic which I will  post eventually. Why does every job ad require 5 years of experience? What does this mean anyway? 5 years experience with the same job title? That is […]



Are Meetings Productive?

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:00:29 +0000

This is one of the first articles I created for the Internet on my idiotprogrammer.com domain. I wrote it July 2001. I’m reproducing it here. While working at Dell, I spent an an extraordinary amount of time at meetings. A good number seemed to be a waste of time or could have easily taken place […]



Ok, what happened to my old stuff?

Tue, 16 May 2017 11:59:00 +0000

In 2000 or so I bought the idiotprogrammer.com domain. I had intended it to be my professional portfolio site, with some bloggy articles on it. This would contrast that with my personal domain imaginaryplanet.net which would contain my (nonpseudonymous) personal/creative stuff.    About 5 or 10 years ago, I decided not to renew the domain […]



Life Lessons In Leadership (Book Review)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:37:21 +0000

Title:   Life Lessons in Leadership: The Way of the Wallaby: For Leaders Ages 8 to 88 Author:  Ann McMullan, Michael Barrett, Lisa Breshears (Design) Publisher:  Createspace Genre: Nonfiction, Hybrid Genre.  ISBN:  978-0325053011 Publishing Date: November 2016 Where to Buy:  Author’s Web Site. Amazon.com, BN Price: $14.95 for print book (no ebook is available) Summary: light-hearted way to […]



Let’s Not Demonize Hilary

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 20:11:20 +0000

I am proud to say that I voted for Hillary Clinton — a principled woman who had to put up with a lot for over 25 years of her public life. I know people are going to nitpick about what a flawed candidate she was — that’s only natural. But she is what she is. […]



REVIEW: Netflix Documentary “Making a Murder”

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 18:53:23 +0000

(A few months ago I wrote this response to the Netflix documentary, Making a Murderer and forgot to post it). Some random thoughts: Family members were the stars of this series. We saw so much of them! They were strange to look at, and not particularly interesting. Like mole people. Nice but dull. The series […]