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Computers are amazing.

You plug them in, tell them what to do, and as long as they have consistent power and good data they will keep doing that over and over.

And over.

And over.

Humans are not computers. Humans are biological beings with attention spans and distractions.

Also, don’t forget those icky things called feelings.

No matter how exciting something feels, or how interesting a topic is right now, at some point, that interest and excitement will fade.

Think about it.


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Today Intel took the wraps off its long-awaited GPU platform.

Arc.

Technology is great, wonderful, and amazing, and all of that jazz. The best news here is that there is more competition in the gaming space.

Once we get beyond that aspect of this announcement, I find myself just shrugging my shoulders and moving on with my day.

Don’t get me wrong — I have spent more than my fair share of time reading articles about transistor counts and CUDA cores and ray tracing.

Even having done more research and reading than most, what stands out here is watching a…


The rumor mill churned out another doozie this week as it came out that the Pixel 6 is not going to come supplied with a charger.

This should not come as a surprise to anyone.

As soon as Apple led the way, Samsung soon followed and it only made sense for Google to fall in line.

There are a couple of reasons from a sales standpoint to do this.

First — it saves money.

How much is very debatable, but the types of chargers supplied with phone purchases probably run somewhere on the order of $2-$10 in bulk quantities.

How…


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Boom!

Right smack dab in the middle of my day I get a fresh, unsolicited email dropped into the middle of my inbox.

Dear Mr. Wanke,

So-and-so listed you as a reference and I wanted to reach out and ask you some questions. Can you please provide detailed responses to the following 12 questions about this person for me?

Thanks,
Corporate Recruiter

Wow. Yeah, that is just what I needed. More work to do today. At least they said please.

My initial gut response to this was one of frustration and exasperation. I wanted to lash out and tell them…


Finding the way to regain momentum and motivation when adrift and listless in the sea of creativity

Computers are amazing.

You plug them in, tell them what to do, and as long as they have consistent power and good data they will keep doing that over and over.

And over.

And over.

Humans are not computers. Humans are biological beings with attention spans and distractions.

Also, we have those icky things called feelings.

No matter how excited something feels, or how interesting a topic is today, at some point, that interest and excitement will fade.

Think about it.


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Resumes are one of the worst inventions ever.

Not only do you have to look up what special keyboard keys are needed if you want to type the word resumé correctly (stupid accented é!) but there is also that tiny little detail of boiling down who you are as a professional and a person into one or two pages of formatted text.

Ugh.

Could we have come up with a worse system to try and fill a job?

Even online dating profiles are (just barely) better than this. At least there the goal is to sell yourself as a person.


Get your penguin on!

Photo by Bubble Pop on Unsplash and Penguin Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

The command line is awesome.

Seriously — if you have only ever used a mouse to navigate a computer then you are missing out.

Way back in middle school I had a teacher for an anthropology class. One of the lessons from that class that has stuck with me all these years is how amazing and useful the human thumb is.

To illustrate this concept, one day he would have all of the students tape or wrap their thumbs so that they couldn’t use them and then try to complete the school day like that.

Let…


How high can you jump?

The answer doesn’t really matter — the whole question is theoretical in any case.

The real question is — when your boss tells you to jump what initial thrust is needed and at what angle to achieve the desired flight path while sailing through the air.

It might also just be the case that your boss doesn’t even want you to jump at all.

Sit down. This isn’t about leaping about all nimbly-bimbly here and there.

What this is about is a discussion about professional development as a software developer.

The jumping metaphor is a…


Before writing any words on this piece, let me state that I am fully aware of how polarizing Fortnite can be.

It may be that the whole premise is flawed. Fortnite is so yesterday. Fortnite is so teenage. Nobody plays it anymore.

So let’s just get it out in the open.

Fortnite is holding gaming on Linux back.

Now with that out of the way, let’s step back and please put your personal vitriol on hold for a second.

This isn’t about Fortnite.

Well, it kind of is because I keep mentioning it. …


I can’t stand cats.

This is because I am allergic and the second reason is that cats are a-holes.

Yes, this is an honest admission that I am a dog person. Having a pet that will love you unconditionally and will get just as excited upon your return no matter if you are out of the room for five minutes or five days is pretty awesome.

Cats, on the other hand, are pretty much 1/2 second away from clawing your face off at any given moment.

It is a good thing that cats are lazy. Their sun-sleep-recharge cycles mean that…

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