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Corey Porter
Works at Oblong Industries
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I love that "copy bits from stdin to stdout" is the FizBuzz flavor of the week. Who comes up with these things? (Of course "exec cat" is the correct answer.)
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It was mentioned in an article on Java...
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I am amused to watch the never-ending stream of fractional Emacs clones roll in and out of popularity.
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Oh, they're (presumably) going to try to sell it? A text editor? Good luck with that.
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Gas station tire repairs just got a lot easier.
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Ooooooh.
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A well-used door needs no oil on its hinges. 
A swift-flowing stream does not grow stagnant. 
Neither sound nor thoughts can travel through a vacuum. 
Software rots if not used. 

These are great mysteries.
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Does a good farmer neglect a crop he has planted? 
Does a good teacher overlook even the most humble student? 
Does a good father allow a single child to starve? 
Does a good programmer refuse to maintain his code? 
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Had a great time today judging at today's +FIRST Tech Challenge tournament at the Webb school in Claremont. The next generation of talented and dedicated engineers is indeed alive and well, and wow are they a gracious and professional bunch of young women and men.
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Wait, when did "Gets Shit Done" change from a hiring positive -- half of Joel's "Smart and Gets Things Done," which make perfect sense -- to a management style? Seems like pushing people to "just get shit done" as opposed to, you know, carefully considering what it is you're trying to do, is the best way to indeed not get anything done.
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Now we just need positive way to describe a "death march" project.
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I spent a good chunk of yesterday implementing this. (Though not as nicely: I made a list of indices and exploded that inside of a boost::get in the termination case.) Wish I had seen this video earlier.  Andrei's method is, per usual, better.
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+Andrei Alexandrescu does have a talent for making it all look easy though eh?
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I wanted to say something about the great Richard Sachs being a hopeless retrogrouch, but then I realized that I feel the same way about software and its current "just npm/gem/etc. install whatever and cargo-cult your way to MVP!" thinking. (Then I realized that Sachs probably is a hopeless retrogrouch, and that's a good thing.)
Nothing stays the same. Dealing with change is now my full time job. When I look in the mirror, I often think, “It’s not you, it’s me.” So, for personal growth, do I get rid of me, or do I get rid of everything else? It's clear that some of my things ...
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Is your npm/gem/etc. complaint that "these kids couldn't fix a broken package compile if their lives depended on it"?
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It looked like four to me as well.
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I for one welcome open-plan offices. They provide a bulletproof excuse -- I can not get a damn thing done with all the noise and distraction here -- to skip the commute and just work from home.
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Favorite quote: "In a recent study of more than twenty-four hundred employees in Denmark, Jan Pejtersen and his colleagues found that as the number of people working in a single room went up, the number of employees who took sick leave increased apace. Workers in two-person offices took an average of fifty per cent more sick leave than those in single offices, while those who worked in fully open offices were out an average of sixty-two per cent more."
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The robotics team I mentor is currently swapping SolidWorks diagrams and debating design choices on Facebook in a very distributed and very real-time way. This future that we live in is pretty cool.
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Will the +Suit Bots FTC Team 4628 be able to replicate the majesty of last year's robot? I believe they will.
 
The old #robot  
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  • Oblong Industries
    g-speak Engineer, 2010 - present
  • First Quadrant
    Associate Director, 2006 - 2010
  • Yahoo!
    Senior Software Developer, 2002 - 2006
  • Visualize, Inc.
    Senior Software Developer, 2001 - 2002
  • Idealab
    Prototyper/Developer, 1999 - 2001
  • First Quadrant
    Programmer, 1996 - 1999
  • JPL
    Student Intern, 1995 - 1996
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  • Occidental College
    Math, 1994 - 1996
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