Sep 19, 2016

Don't Take Questions From the Stage

Here are a few things you can do to improve the odds of rocking your next conference talk: Limit scope. Explaining three points clearly and memorably is far better than cramming a comprehensive

Sep 1, 2016


Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people.-Psalm 82For all

Aug 4, 2016

Emma in Brooklyn

A huge consideration in our decision to move to Brooklyn was Emma’s experience (she’s about 20 months old now). Before we visited here, it would have been easy to imagine that

Jul 5, 2016

Last Days in Chicago

Last week we moved to Brooklyn after a decade of living in Chicago. I had the privilege of spending our last few days hanging out with old friends and re-exploring what might be

May 29, 2016

City Living

A few weeks ago my parents flew to Chicago for an extended weekend. Living in Phoenix, they don’t get nearly as many opportunities to see Emma as we’d all like. On

Mar 23, 2016

My Chicago Birthday

Today is my eleventh Chicago birthday. I moved to Chicago on March 22nd, 2005. But that’s not the day I celebrate. I celebrate March 23rd: the first day I woke up on

Mar 16, 2016

New York City in March

Earlier this month we took a trip to New York City. Some would say that New York is the Greatest City in the World. Those who disagree haven’t seriously considered the question.

Mar 2, 2016

Why and How I Get Up At 4:30

2020 Disclaimer: I don’t do this anymore. It worked great until it didn't. Six hours of sleep isn't sustainable for me, and getting to bed by 9:30pm is harder than getting

Feb 23, 2016


About 15 years ago, my parents bought a timeshare in Hawaii. About every year since, they’ve spent a week on Maui and a week on Kauai. They have enough points to get

Dec 29, 2015

HN Comments on Kids and Coding

In my post on programming BASIC on the TRS-80, I lamented how much harder it is for kids to start coding today than it was in the 80s. Wanted to capture some of

Dec 27, 2015

Programming in BASIC on the TRS-80

I started programming when I was five years old. If that sounds impressive to you, it’s only because you don’t realize how easy it was to get started in the ’80s.