Category Archives: Philosophy

Become a Better Persuader: Hypnotic Words

(Originally Published at Evermore Instructional) Neuro-Linguistic Programming. NLP. Only a handful of people have ever even heard those words, much less studied the topic. However, NLP is at the heart of all persuasion. Advertisers, Politicians, and all skilled persuaders employ NLP on a daily basis, whether they know it or not. NLP is the study […]

How to Identify the Obvious Scams

Forbes magazine just made a major admission of incompetence recently. A few months back, they assessed entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes’ value at 4.5 billion dollars, but in the past few days they dropped that rating to zero. The reason was very simple: the amazing technology she claimed to have developed was simply not real. The scam […]

Questioning the Infinite

(I had a lot on my mind this weekend, so I took a brief hiatus from “Me Programming”. Enjoy a speculative theory, instead.) We have a problem with the concept of infinity, as it is mathematically defined: it is not finite. It’s a question that has puzzled many a philosopher, and I wish to demonstrate […]

Series: Me Programming

I’m fascinated with potential. When I am given a new task I’m focused on the potential of the idea. When I’m writing code I’m focused on the potential for reuse and maintentance. When I’m debugging I’m focused on the potential speed or functionality improvements I can create. It’s all about drawing out maximum potential. In […]

Particular Brand of Lazy: What Makes Engineers Unique

I’ve alluded previously to a particular brand of laziness that separates a good engineer from the average person. It sounds disparaging at first, but there is an aspect to engineering laziness that is absent from almost every other kind of laziness: Engineering laziness encourages progress How can laziness encourage progress? When we think of laziness, […]

Rant: Why we need fewer coders

“In fifteen years we’ll be teaching programming just like reading and writing … and wondering why we didn’t do it sooner.” Words cannot begin to describe how angry everything about this poster makes me. First, let me get the subjective part out of the way: I deeply dislike Mark Zuckerberg. Not only does his social […]