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The end of the bond market

posted: July 23, 2021

tl;dr: A market that is not allowed to function eventually ceases to be a market...

Returning to the office

posted: July 17, 2021

tl;dr: One permanent change wrought by the pandemic is likely to be the end of the daily office commute for some workers, myself included...

Movie review: Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard

posted: July 15, 2021

tl;dr: A pleasant enough diversion and a welcome return to the in-person cinema experience...

Flying the unfriendly skies

posted: July 10, 2021

tl;dr: Hiding people’s faces in a tense, dense, anxiety-inducing setting leads to bad outcomes...

The packet bomb

posted: July 3, 2021

tl;dr: Systems can run perfectly for months or years, until an unexpected piece of data shows up...

The emoji test 😀

posted: June 26, 2021

tl;dr: A fun test that quite often surfaces character encoding issues across a software systems...

All I really need to know about business I learned in business

posted: June 19, 2021

tl;dr: Keep your eyes open in a small company, ask questions, dive in and do stuff, and you can learn a lot about business...

Censoring and controlling Internet content

posted: June 12, 2021

tl;dr: Sadly, government control of Internet content is growing everywhere, the U.S. included...

Book review: Dying of Money, by Jens O. Parsson

posted: June 9, 2021

tl;dr: A nearly fifty year-old, out-of-print book about the last great American inflation, which reads like today’s headlines...

Book review: When Money Dies, by Adam Fergusson

posted: June 7, 2021

tl;dr: Edifying explanation of what happened in Germany one hundred years ago during the hyperinflation years of the Weimar Republic...

Who would buy a negative real yield bond?

posted: June 5, 2021

tl;dr: How badly do you have to fail Econ 102 to buy a negative real yield bond?...

Consider the source: social media

posted: May 29, 2021

tl;dr: A lesson I was taught as a child helps counteract the emotional manipulation of social media...

Consider the source: email

posted: May 22, 2021

tl;dr: A lesson I was taught as a child helps avoid several types of online scams...

Don’t sell past the close

posted: May 15, 2021

tl;dr: Read the audience to know when to shut up and take the money...

Leading with the ask

posted: May 8, 2021

tl;dr: On one very important occasion in my life, the sales technique of leading with the ask worked perfectly...

Book review: Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life, by Ada Louise Huxtable

posted: May 8, 2021

tl;dr: A concise overview of the fascinating life of the U.S.’s most renowned architect...

Where I don’t go for investment advice

posted: May 1, 2021

tl;dr: I avoid paying too much attention to advice from people without skin in the game...

Why I’m not a Bitcoin HODLer

posted: April 24, 2021

tl;dr: Even if governments don’t move against Bitcoin, the free market will...

Self-driving cars can’t get here fast enough

posted: April 17, 2021

tl;dr: Some people dismiss self-driving cars, whereas I say: bring on the robot chauffeurs...

The growing importance of psychology in software engineering

posted: April 11, 2021

tl;dr: As computers become more integrated into human life, psychology has become a more critical aspect of software...

Aliases vs. IDs

posted: April 3, 2021

tl;dr: Especially in non-table-oriented databases, it can help to have multiple aliases for each record...

Sequential IDs vs. UUIDs

posted: March 28, 2021

tl;dr: Software developers love UUIDs, but there is often a challenge convincing users...

Distributed systems: vaccines, websites, and vaccine websites

posted: March 21, 2021

tl;dr: A widely distributed system can have the best performance and reliability, for both websites and vaccine distribution...

Timezones, DST, UTC, and database time

posted: March 14, 2021

tl;dr: The more you program computers, the more you love UTC...

A solution to the newsletter@namecheap.com email spam scam

posted: March 7, 2021

tl;dr: Fighting back, with 80 lines of Python...

The newsletter@namecheap.com email spam scam

posted: February 28, 2021

tl;dr: The shady companies that Warren Buffett and GEICO use to send spam...

Speeding up baseball games

posted: February 21, 2021

tl;dr: The pandemic is bringing about some positive changes to speed up the game of baseball...

Use a password manager, for your own good

posted: February 14, 2021

tl;dr: My humble attempt to convince everyone to use a password manager...

Where I go for investment knowledge

posted: February 7, 2021

tl;dr: Since I’m not an advisor myself, here’s where I turn to learn about the world of finance...

Investing the MMT way

posted: January 31, 2021

tl;dr: An attempt to glean the investment advice within Stephanie Kelton’s MMT book The Deficit Myth...

Book review: The New Great Depression: Winners and Losers in a Post-Pandemic World, by James Rickards

posted: January 26, 2021

tl;dr: An evidence-based, reasoned view of the pandemic and the future, that runs counter to the mainstream...

Government-centered startup business models, part four

posted: January 24, 2021

tl;dr: A final set of examples where government is crucial to the success or failure of startups...

Government-centered startup business models, part three

posted: January 17, 2021

tl;dr: Some more examples where government is crucial to the success or failure of startups...

Government-centered startup business models, part two

posted: January 10, 2021

tl;dr: Some examples where government is crucial to the success or failure of startups...

Government-centered startup business models, part one

posted: January 3, 2021

tl;dr: Startups used to be able to ignore the government, but today government is often crucial to the business model...