Write Code for Humans, Not Computers

By on January 17, 2021 in Coding with 0 Comments

When you’re writing code, you’re writing it primarily for other people and only secondarily for the computer. For any given problem, there’s generally a myriad of solutions that produce the desired output, with varying degrees of computational efficiency, but, with few exceptions, the optimal choice is the one that’s clean, clear, and easy for human beings to reason about.

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Cyberpunk 2077: Dum Dum is Missing (Second Conflict Solution)

By on December 20, 2020 in Ramblings with 1 Comment

If you’re working on the Second Conflict mission and you’ve arrived at the Totentanz only to find that Dum Dum is missing and there’s no way to progress, you’re in luck. Read on for a solution.

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Marketing Courses and Certifications

By on June 15, 2019 in Business with 4 Comments

Looking to break into digital marketing? Explore a variety of vetted courses and certification programs from the most reputable names in the industry.

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Connecting to a Heroku PostgreSQL Database with DataGrip

By on February 18, 2019 in Coding with 0 Comments

If you’ve ever tried to use DataGrip to connect to a Heroku PostgreSQL database, you’ve learned that it doesn’t work out of the box. In this post, I’ll show you how to adjust your settings to have it working properly in no time!

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Learning to Code? Don’t Major in the Minors.

By on February 13, 2019 in Coding with 2 Comments

You’ve been thinking about coding for a while and, these days, it seems like everyone is learning how to do it. You carve out some time on a Saturday afternoon, sit down at your computer, and decide that today is your day: you’re going to embark on a journey to become a programmer. Now, you stare blankly at the screen.

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Bloomberg’s War on Millennials

By on April 20, 2017 in Ramblings with 1 Comment

Today, Bloomberg continued riding on the anti-millennial bandwagon and published a new post entitled “A Quarter of Millennials Who Live at Home Don’t Work – Or Study.” For the past several years, we’ve seen a growing trend of media outlets opting for sensationalized headlines that drive clicks, shares, and comments, rather than ones that seek to genuinely inform their audience. I decided to investigate whether it is, in fact, true that 1/4th of millennials who live at home don’t work or study – here’s what I learned.

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A Catalog of Information on GMOs, Monsanto, and Related Topics

By on January 2, 2016 in Science and Medicine with 5 Comments

There seems to be a prevalent myth that, when it comes to GMOs, Monsanto, and related topics, there is an “information gap,” that is, that these issues simply haven’t been studied enough, or that they haven’t been studied in any truly comprehensive or long-term manner. The Internet has become a sort of “Wild West” when it comes to information: Anyone can publish anything they like. Sensational headlines trend. Dense scientific papers don’t. Conflicts of interest can be hard to identify. Charlatans, snake oil peddlers, quacks, and people who don’t realize that anecdotes don’t qualify as evidence, have free reign to produce articles that prey upon some of your deepest fears and appeal to the less-than-logical elements of the human brain, leading you to make potentially fatal decisions.

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On the Practice of Medicine and Humanity

By on December 19, 2015 in Life Lessons, Science and Medicine with 0 Comments

Being a medical practitioner, I think, is much more than being able to diagnose an illness and create a treatment plan — it’s about tapping into the very essence of what it means to be human.

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How to Future-Proof Yourself

By on November 6, 2015 in Business with 0 Comments

No industry is immune to advances in technology – and far too many people learn this the hard way. Whether you’re looking to enhance your job security, climb the corporate ladder, or even make yourself a more competitive applicant in the hiring process, taking the time to future-proof yourself can have significant returns now and in the future.

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Wasteful Department of Defense Spending

By on November 5, 2015 in Current Events, Politics with 2 Comments

There’s no question that the Department of Defense is an egregiously wasteful organization. Whether you’re looking at the big picture (like occupying a country for more than a decade for no good reason) or zooming in a bit (to local recruiting offices, individual projects, or even military advertising), there’s no shortage of waste to be found. In a country where 610,042 people are homeless, the outstanding student debt balance comes in at more than $1.2 trillion, more than 16 million children (22% of all children in the country) live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level, and millions of people can’t afford health insurance, surely there is no shortage of worthy causes for taxpayer dollars. However, the Department of Defense is seemingly unconcerned about education and child poverty – because it continues to burn taxpayer dollars in some of the most outlandish ways possible.

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