The Art of Rapid Disambiguation

I gave my first talk at Seattle’s Code Writers Workshop¬†this past Friday titled The Art of Rapid Disambiguation, i.e., how to learn and do unfamiliar shit while under time pressure. Here are the presentation materials. ūüôā Video Audio   Slides Summary: Technology is exploding, and we are scrambling just to keep pace. When you’re constantly […]

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Blooper Reel vs Highlight Reel

“Don’t compare your blooper reel to someone else’s highlight reel.” There are many variations of this quote, and I don’t know who said it first, but I fell in love with it the moment I heard it. This is one of my new favorite emergency mantras to grab at in the face of insecurity, jealousy, […]

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GHC16 Hacking Like a Champ: Introduction to Capture the Flag Competitions

I came in to this Grace Hopper Conference session with no idea what to expect. Hacking Like a Champ: Introduction to Capture the Flag Competitions, it said. The abstract promised a workshop to “prepare participants to enter Capture the Flag (CTF) cyber security competitions.” “In one hour?” my inner skeptic raised an eyebrow to that. […]

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My “drinking game” words

A few months back I was going through some kind of quarter life crisis in which the only solution that made sense was to get wine and chocolate cake with my roommate. Clearly! After rapid-firing my entire arsenal self-pitying shame sludge at her, my ever-patient roommate made a simple observation. “You say ‘should’ and ‘silly’ […]

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I’ll NOT have what you’re having

Has this ever happened to you? You go out to dinner with some friends. After picking up the menu, your eyes make a first pass. You immediately pick the one you like. Let’s say it’s chicken parmesan. Yes, tonight is definitely a chicken parmesan kind of night. You close the menu. The waiter approaches. He […]

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Asking for help when you don’t even know what to ask

Five months ago, I embarked on a glorious adventure, the next step¬†in my technical¬†development with¬†a new team at Microsoft. You could have¬†almost¬†seen the stars in my eyes as I daydreamed about what would surely be nonstop learning, rapid advancement, and the future of an all-star developer in the making.¬†I would understand everything with confidence by […]

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Why don’t you just write something crappy?

I’m the type of person who¬†tries to say things in as few words as possible but has no problems making¬†gratuitous use¬†of pictures. I like pictures. They say things for you, are quick to produce, and aren’t intimidating.¬† I take pictures of myself, my friends, my cat, my work, my play, my travels, and my food. […]

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