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A Review of 2015

In years past I've been reticent to record a retrospective like this, as it reminds me of all the things I didn't accomplish. One of the quirks of being Zack...

Total Compensation

Recently there was an article making the rounds describing the massive "total compensation" benefit of working for a large company over a startup.

The Power of Incremental Work

Quite a while ago, I wrote a review of The New Turing Omnibus. A very clever book whose double entendre title reinforced the wit with which the subject matte...

The Dark Side of Why I Write Software

Motivation is a big part of programming for me. Why I do what I do...why write programs when there are many other options for what to do with the hours in w...

An Amazon Story

This last week I was sitting with friends around a campfire and told the following true story. They found it rather interesting, so I figured it was worth r...