Harry Potter and The Glory of Trade Schooling

For some reason that I can no longer comprehend, Harry Potter is the cultural root of most people on the Internet. Many on Twitter seem to only understand complex topics in terms of the books and movies of J.K. Rowling, and they read whatever they feel into those books. In that same spirit, I

Thought for the Day

If it goes without saying, someone should probably say it. How often has this simple advice saved my bacon! No matter how much we share backgrounds, training, and experience, there will always be things we assume other people understand or think of because it's so natural to us. However, we also know the old saying

Pokemon Go Bots: A Case Study

Pokemon Go is a very popular game, and I don't need to say any more than that. What's truly interesting is the hacking community dedicated to developing third-party applications around it. Around the time of release, several clever people reverse engineered the basic API, allowing for the development of useful maps and a number of

My Sentiments, Exactly!

The Supreme Dark Lord posted a sort of open letter to the kind of guys I see at conventions (and online) all the time. I don't mind that you're overweight, intelligent, and less attractive to women than you'd like to be. What do I care about any of that? I'm not going to pretend to

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 of particular

About the Slack

I've been quite lax the past few weeks posting any content, and I thought it high time to delve a bit into why. Side Projects Of late, I've been wondering a bit whether it'd be possible for a terse, no-fluff writer such as myself to craft a novel. I spent many of my usual writing hours

I Hate Airports

When you read the title, most of you probably thought I hate the lines, or the cost of the food, or the not infrequent changes in flight time or gate number, but those are incidental to me. No, I am an engineer; I hate the inefficiency. First, we have the check-in system. I most often

Mentorship: You Want and Need It

According to legend, Mentor was a wise man who tutored Odysseus's son Telemachus. Though Telemachus was surrounded by friends and rival suitors for his mother's hand, Mentor spent his valuable time ensuring that Telemachus lived a good life and filled his head with wisdom. So wise was Mentor that Athena, goddess of wisdom, used

Degree Comparison in the Computer Field (A Structured Rant)

It's a question that I've considered for as long as I've been a legal adult: what do the various computer-related degrees actually mean? What is their value, and which degree is best for which kind of person or job. Today, I'm going to attempt to break down my perspective on four common degrees and