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Tech Job Hunting

In late October of 2021 I completed a five month job search. At the start of this search I had a difficult time just getting the interview. After significant changes in approach, in the last two months the volume of companies I was late-stage interviewing with on a was nearly overwhelming (okay, it was four […]

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JavaScript is Joyful

When I introduce people to programming they sometimes feel overwhelmed by having to make things just right. They find that you have to be much more explicit with a computer than they are used to—in addition to the countless cryptic compiler messages. When you start throwing additional concepts at them, like type systems and memory management, […]

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Predicting Magic: The Gathering Card Rarity With Machine Learning

Introduction Magic: The Gathering (MTG) is a collectible card game released in 1993 and improved and expanded ever since by Wizards of the Coast (WotC, a subsidiary of Hasbro since late 1999). The game is notable for its complexity and design, a recent paper demonstrates that optimal play is at least as hard as the […]

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Forms of Rejection Letters

Please try again “Thanks for applying. We have decided that you are not a good fit here. We encourage you to apply again in the future even though we have not told you what was wrong with you as a candidate or application.” The data collectors “… We will keep your resume in our records—a […]