Innovation and the Liberal Arts: Guest Post for Hillsdale College

Central Hall, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI Ah, guest posting. It’s something that you’re supposed to do as a blogger. They give you access to new, bigger audiences who are eager to find new authors. Sometimes I find the right outlet difficult. The economics of blogging allows your voice to be so niche and unique that the […]

Lessons Learned at Wordcamp Kent

I spent this weekend at Wordcamp in beautiful Kent, Ohio. I really enjoy Wordcamps: the lessons learned, the cheery demeanors, and the motivation to keep growing the blog. After each Wordcamp I like to share a few notes from some of the sessions. It helps me solidify some thoughts from the weekend. It’s also my […]

Out of the Hot Seat: Reimagining Code Forums

I’ve picked up an unusual habit lately — when I am about to make a programming-related internet search, I open a private tab in my browser. What am I up to? Just trying to keep my cool. You see, StackOverflow ranks very highly on searches for programming help. If I use my regular browser to visit StackOverflow, […]

Was It A Give-A-Damn Mistake?

I just watched this excellent lecture about “The Myth of the Genius Programmer” — and yes, Excel users, you are programmers.  One anecdote that really got me thinking is around the 14:45 mark. I found a copy of the anecdote online at The Happy Manager: Tom Watson Jr., CEO of IBM between 1956 and 1971, […]

Peter Drucker: Keep on Learning

All management theory is a footnote to Drucker. I’m reading my first Drucker book. What took me so long? Expect more on the blog. But I could not wait to share this quote from Innovation and Entrepreneurship: “The correct assumption in an entrepreneurial society is that individuals will have to learn new things well after they […]