Brad Lucas

Programming, Clojure and other interests

Turtles All The Way Down

September 17, 2017

A nice 5 minute lightening talk on why Clojure is great. Recomended.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=Gkwc3332L-0

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Open Workspaces

September 16, 2017

I've never been a fan of making offices more and more open for engineers. I find the more open the workplace becomes the less productive I've become due to distractions.

It appears that some Apple employees think along the same lines.

https://www.dezeen.com/2017/08/10/apple-park-campus-employees-rebel-over-open-plan-offices-architecture-news/

Search on "open workspaces" and see how many of the tops posts are negative on the idea.

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Music Theory For Hackers

September 15, 2017

Jordan has done a very nice job mapping the ideas of music theory to patterns that a programmer would understand.

https://medium.com/@alwaysbcoding/an-intro-to-music-theory-for-hackers-8969ad4c1231

If you've never explored music from a theory or analytic stand point I think Jordan's article is a very good place to start.

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Quick Clojure

September 14, 2017

Found a new introductory book on Clojure and have decided to read it. It's called Quick Clojure and on first inspection it looks good. If you are curious see the links that follow.

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Dunning–Kruger Effect

September 13, 2017

I was reading some articles on interviewing and came across the Dunning–Kruger Effect. It describes how there is a cognitive bias in people of low ability where they mistakenly assess their ability as greater than it really is. In interviewing the concept points to how some unqualified people will over confidently present themselves. It also explains how those with average ability will appear less confident. This is a problem and one to be aware of because you may if not aware end up picking people based more on false confidence rather than actual ability.

The paper:

Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments

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