Category Archives: Working

“I, Genius,” by Abstruse Goose

“I, Genius,” by Abstruse Goose, shows what it takes to be a genius. In Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell writes that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill. Geniuses practice harder than most.

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Do Developers (and Data Analysts) Need a Second Monitor?

On Datamation yesterday, Eric Spiegel asked, “Do Developers Really Need A Second Monitor?” The discussion rages on at Slashdot. There is no such thing as too much desktop, as far as I’m concerned. In my experience, all software developers can increase … Continue reading

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Advice for Job Hunters

wickline, who is leaving her or his current job, provides good advice today at blogs.perl.org about how to organize a job search. I have one piece of advice (based on a recent experience while reading résumés) for Perl developers who are looking … Continue reading

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Achieving Mastery

In a massive and deeply thoughtful essay, Bosco Ho writes about how connecting deliberative practice, neural plasticity, individual strengths, and the “joyful connection of flow” into a  loop can lead to achieving mastery over an activity. Highly recommended.  

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No One Is Good at Multitasking

Multitasking is a topic that is popping up on the blogs I read. Recent studies are demonstrating that no one is good at multitasking—especially the people who think they are good at multitasking. (I know that I’m not.) On Wednesday, … Continue reading

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Lack of Sleep Makes Us Stupid

This weekend’s New York Times Magazine contains an eye-opening article by Maggie Jones, “How Little Sleep Can You Get Away With?” A quick summary of the results: Eight hours of sleep each night for two weeks: No cognitive impairment. Six hours … Continue reading

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A Maker’s Lament

I spend a lot of time trying to figure out why I’m more productive when I work at home than when I’m at work. Paul Graham has an answer, which he describes in a post from 2009, “Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s … Continue reading

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