Want to Stay Employed? Be Indispensable

Most people who get fired deserve it. They almost never think that they do, but it’s true and here’s why: they didn’t make themselvesĀ indispensable. Employers don’t have an obligation to keep employees on the books. In fact, I believe that good companies cut waste regularly – including personnel. When an employee isn’t delivering your company […]

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The Myth of the Hero

A lot of people assume that when you want great talent, you need a hero; someone who will rush in, destroy every barrier, and magically carry his team to victory. Unfortunately, heros like this are mostly mythical beings. Here’s why heros are an unrealistic myth I play for a couple casual beach volleyball teams here […]

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Presentation: Intro to Object Oriented Code Design

On Friday, March 14th I’ll be giving this presentation to the developers-in-training at StartupInstitute here in Chicago. In this presentation I’ll be covering the basic terminology of object oriented programming, examples of how they work in Ruby, and a coding challenge. The presentation slides are available here: If you have any questions or you’d like […]

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Why I’ve Decided to Go Vegetarian

Why I’ve Decided to Go Vegetarian

There was a time not too long ago when swearing off meat put you in a very strange, die-hard, animal-praising class of people. In 1970, only 1% of Americans self-identified as vegetarians. Since awareness of the health and environmental issues surrounding modern meat production has increased though, the number of vegetarians has risen dramatically (somewhere […]

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