A Book on a Video Game

Posted in Games, Reading

There aren’t that many books on video games; I’ve probably read most of them. For a medium and industry that pulls in almost $100 billion, it’s still seen as little more than a casual diversion, …

Herding Software Engineers

Posted in Management, Work

I’m officially giving engineering management a shot. Common cynicism would cite the Peter Principle as relevant when an engineer decides to shift their role into the less technical. And it’s true: I code a lot …

The Hardest Problems

Posted in Technology, Thoughts

Recently my friend and colleague Jack Danger tweeted this question: We engineers say we want to work on “hard problems.” Know what’s the hardest problem, though? Building a product that’s worth a damn. — Jack …

Flowers for Algernon

Posted in Reading, Thoughts

I just finished reading Flowers for Algernon, a sci-fi novel written in the 60s about a mentally retarded man who undergoes a surgical procedure to become a genius. I never got the chance to read …

Rediscovering the Joy of Reading

Posted in Reading, Thoughts

My love of reading comes in phases. Like most knowledge workers, a big chunk of it in the day comes in the form of email and wikis and tweets and looking for things online; at …

Reflecting on the Absence of Privilege

Posted in Technology, Thoughts

I had written about privilege previously, but this article by Philip Guo on his experience in college really tells of how powerful silent privilege can be and how utterly unnoticeable and indeed unremarkable its recipients …