Selected Technical Talks and Writings

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2015-12-18: Abstraction, or, The Gift of Our Weak Brains

An essay about how our brains are naturally limited. This can be a curse, or it can be a gift, depending on how you look at it.

2015-05-28: why you're in the right place at the right time

A talk given to CUNY students and recent grads about the importance of community in shaping a career.

2014-10-10: Agile Inceptions 101

An internal "Core Practice" talk given at Pivotal Labs.

2014-05-06: Immersion

"Nothing is hidden, everything is transparent, and you are in the driver’s seat."

2013-10-02: enterprise-fu, or, How To Succeed in Business Like A Ninja Samurai

A tour de force braindump of my learnings from enterprise jobs at Bloomberg, Telerate, USPG, and Benchmark Solutions. Some of my best subversive content.

2013-09-20: History of Nokogiri (slides) (video)

The history of a successful OSS project, along with humorous stories and lessons learned. This talk, given multiple times, is presented here in its final version from GoGaRuCo 2013.

2010-03-09: Stupid XML Tricks

Introduction to OSS projects Loofah, Lorax and McBean to modify, compare and transform HTML and XML documents. Presented at NYC.rb.