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Andrew Parker
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Makena checking out a Makerbot Replicator. First time she's seen 3D printing. You can almost see the ideas churning in her head!
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very cool! can't wait to see what this next generation comes up with
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Moment of inspiration: heat lamps for the domestic kitchen. Or we can just turn off the TV and internet when breakfast is ready. 
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The best objective measure of how awake my brain is? Typing speed and accuracy.
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I don't know, I can type even when I'm just about ready to pass out. Like right now.
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Oculus Rift? Minecraft? At a birthday party? That's a formula for awesome! Thanks James and Lily!
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Sorry things were too crazy to talk much (I never even got to try the 'Rift) but we are glad you guys were there!
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OK, thinking about setting up an "interview laptop" at work to do simple coding problems in Python. The problem is, what editors should I install so that 99% of candidates are able to use their preferred editor? (I will try not to judge them based on their choice of editor... but I secretly will). Oh yeah, this is a Mac laptop.

* Emacs
* Vim
* Sublime
* Textmate
* PyCharm??
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BTW based a bunch of candidates that I've observed, those who pick dynamic languages tend to do a LOT better than compiled/statically-typed languages. Also, those who are prepared and launch their IDEs ahead of time have a huge (and unfair) advantage over those who use non-context sensitive editors -- they see common errors instantaneously without even having to run/compile.

Anyways, please let me know how your interview process goes. I'd recommend fizz buzz as the first question, it filters out 50% of the good talkers already, believe it or not.
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Glad to see the "Best Buy" employee is now working on web server programming. 
 
One error; it's true that Eratosthenes measured the circumference of the earth, but I don't think we have reason to think he was the first to say it was round. There are other good arguments even before you've measured it; for example, the shadow cast on the moon during an eclipse.

But also, knowledge that the earth was round didn't vanish at all; that's a myth. Educated people always knew the earth was round.
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Not a fan of node, but that said, you don't hear anyone praising the performance of Apache over Nginx, and Nginx uses an event-driven architecture.
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Love this video!
 
Once again, I want to thank everyone for their support of this video.  I would LOVE to respond to each and every comment, but unfortunately can't keep up.... 1,000+ comments? WOW!
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Flash mob dance at the  #ziprecruiter  holiday party!
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Question for Software Developers: If you were to apply for a developer job, how would you feel if the employer asked that you take an online "quiz" consisting of some simple programming exercises? Would you find that it's kind of beneath you? I've had some applicants who refused. Not sure what to make of it.
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I've given and taken these before.

When I give them, it's usually 6 "fill in the body of this function" problems, and it just differentiates those who can follow instructions and write a program from those that can't. Not one of the 15-20 people I've sent it to has ever refused. When people ask how they did, I give them my honest assessment of their code, comments inline. Because even if I don't want to hire them at that moment, it's better for everyone if they know how to improve.

Other tests I've taken have believed they were asking for more in-depth results, but which I determined to be a bit over the top. One gave 30 minutes for 10 questions, all online. I recently took a test that required building a basic app - backend using Python, Django, and MongoDB, along with a frontend that let you manipulate data using drag and drop. Hilariously enough, neither of those companies offered me a job... which makes me wonder: what the hell are they trying to hire for?
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Want to learn how to make some cool things with 3D printing? The MIT Club of Southern California is hosting a workshop (limited to 15 people) at Deezmaker Hackerspace in Pasadena, Saturday 10/26/2013, 1pm to 6pm. 

I accidentally reserved an extra spot -- I thought I was I updating a registration, but instead it created a brand new one. So I can take another person. It's $75. Let me know!

  
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Next game night??
 
Probably the best prize awarded at the Google LA Scavenger Hunt.
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Go Engineers! :)
 
We're ranked number 1 in basketball!
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  • ZipRecruiter
    Data Scientist, 2013 - present
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    Software Engineer, 2011 - 2013
  • Google
    Software Engineer, 2010 - 2011
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Academic Part-time in Engineering, 2009 - 2009
  • Akamai Technologies
    Software Engineer, 1998 - 2002
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Computer Science, BS, 2001
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Computer Science, PhD, 2010
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