A brief note on Open and Closed Standards

It has not been a great spring, for web apps, at least, not for me. A number of services that I use will be discontinued, or changed in a way that is incompatible with the ways I operate. Of note, Google Reader, to be cl

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You are not special

It's true. Really. You are not a special unique snowflake. I'm not trying to bring anyone down, it's just a fact, so let's get it out of the way. By no means am I special either; didn't want anyone out in the audience to

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One Year at Willet Inc.

I wouldn't say that I'm a sentimental kind of person. But, when a year comes up at a place of employment, I think that's a good a time as any to look back and reflect on how things have gone; what has changed; those sort

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Rankings and Jobmine - The Math

Last week, I started talking about jobmine, and generally opened this question: How do multi-offer candidates affect jobmine matching? I can't say that I've fully brushed up on my graph theory, but let's walk through t

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Rankings and Jobmine - A primer

I find the problem of hiring good candidates for a company fascinating. I'll just get that out in the open. As much as I am a software developer, finding talented people and evaluating them just seems like an exciting ex

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Immersion in Games

I'd say that it's safe to say that I am a gamer. I was raised on the classic NES, and think fondly back to days when we would rent (yes, that's right, rent) a SNES for a weekend just to play greats like Earthbound and Se

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The Trade-offs of Startups

I can't claim to be an expert on how startups work; Not just because my combined startup experience only covers a bit more than a year, but also because, I imagine, it's difficult to say how startups work when you aren't

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How to write in fifty-thousand words or more

I'll be honest. I'm not the best for keeping schedules. It's something that I am (constanly) working on. I have a tendency to find other things to do, a tendency I am sure many others share as well. This year, for what a

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Living in America - Driving

Living in America has been different to say the least. Only slightly different, of course, but that's a matter for a different post. What I've found the most peculiar is how different driving is. The laws aren't differen

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Uprooted and in California

I'd like to think that I'm not shaken easily. I'd like to think that I adapt when the time comes. I'm a tech-savvy person, and in my field it is necessary to adapt and change. That was what I had thought before recently,

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Why I am a Hacker

Quite the title eh? If you're confused, and you probably are, let's take a step back. What exactly is a hacker? If you believe everything you see in movies and TV, a hacker is a person who sits in front of a half dozen c

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Life at a Startup

I am not an entrepreneur. That's not to say that I couldn't learn; entrepreneurs are a very special kind of person. There's nothing wrong with entrepreneurs, they just deal with a specific set of problems that I don't ha

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The Other Side of the Table - Part 2

After sitting on the other side of the table, I've got to say that it's hard. For both sides really. Power is definitely shifted to one side of the equation (the employer), and it's really hard to assess people in such a

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A Day in the Life - Voice Actor

I don't typically get up early, certainly not before 7am. Today, though, I had a special opportunity, something that might actually be worth getting up near sunrise. Today, I would have the opportunity to see what a typi

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The Other Side of the Table - Part 1

I may have mentioned before that I've had the opportunity to interview folks before. This is true. After a phone call today, I realized exactly how long it had been since such an ocassion. To put it lightly, assuming tha

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Reputation Systems are Awesome

I am a bit of a geek; that's an understatement. I'm so much of a geek, if I could, I'd quantify it; I'd try to make a science behind it, figuring out and measuing the relevant stats that make up 'geekiness'. Heck, in hig

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Don't Beat Yourself Up

When working on things, there are often setbacks, distractions, detours, roadblocks, whatever. These things are understandably a nuisance, but for the most part are unavoidable. Sometimes, you fall off the horse, so to s

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The Importance of Doing

I've been working on a side project with a few friends, and progress has been slow. Not to say it hasn't been exciting thus far; in fact, I would hazard to say it has been the most fun I've had working on a side-project.

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Getting a Job the Hard Way - Job Harder

Search for a job is a pretty hard thing to do. Last post, I mentioned some of the prep work the needs to be done (that's right, there's even more prep that you ought to do, but I digress). I'm now going to focus on the a

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Getting a Job the Hard Way

The hard way? Yes, you're reading that right. Why not the easy way? When it comes to the job search, there is no easy way: There is only the hard way, and the very hard way. I'm just trying to set your expectations corre

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