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Erik McClure
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An applied mathematician who makes games and music.
An applied mathematician who makes games and music.

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Software Optimizes to Single Points of Failure
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Migrating To A Static Blog
I've finished constructing a new personal website for myself using hugo, and I'm moving my blog over there so I have more control over what gets loaded, and more importantly, so the page doesn't attempt to load Blogger's 5 MB worth of bloated javascript non...
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How To Avoid Memorizing Times Tables
I was recently told that my niece was trying to memorize her times tables. As an applied mathematician whose coding involves plenty of multiplication, I was not happy to hear this. Nobody who does math actually memorizes times tables, and furthermore, forci...
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Ignoring Outliers Creates Racist Algorithms
Have you built an algorithm that mostly works? Does it account for almost everyone's needs, save for a few weird outliers that you ignore because they make up 0.0001% of the population? Congratulations, your algorithm is racist! To illustrate how this happe...
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I Used To Want To Work For Google
A long time ago I thought Google was this magical company that truly cared about engineering and solving problems instead of maximizing shareholder value. Then Larry Page became CEO and I realized they were not a magical unicorn and lamented the fact that t...
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Sexist Programmers Are Awful Engineers
Men and women are fundamentally different . So are white people and black people and autistic people and gay people and transgender people and conservatives and liberals and every other human being along every imaginable axis of discrimination. Some of thes...
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Why I Never Built My SoundCloud Killer
While the news of SoundCloud imploding are fairly recent, musicians and producers have had a beef with the music uploading site's direction for years. I still remember when SoundCloud only gave you a paltry 2 hours worth of free upload time and managed to c...
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Integrating LuaJIT and Autogenerating C Bindings In Visual Studio
Lua is a popular scripting language due to its tight integration with C. LuaJIT is an extremely fast JIT compiler for Lua that can be integrated into your game, which also provides an FFI Library that directly interfaces with C functions, eliminating most o...
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Discord: Rise Of The Bot Wars
The most surreal experience I had on discord was when someone PMed me to complain that my anti-spam bot wasn't working against a 200+ bot raid. I pointed out that it was never designed for large-scale attacks, and that discord's own rate-limiting would like...
Discord: Rise Of The Bot Wars
Discord: Rise Of The Bot Wars
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Programmers Should Take Linguistics
The older I get, the more I realize that 90% of all disagreements or social drama results from a miscommunication of some kind. Every time I wind up having to resolve a dispute, I'll try to get both sides of the story, only to realize that they're the same ...
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