Making Laundry Less Terrible with Machine Learning

Since my son was born, I’ve been doing a lot of laundry. An infant’s laundry needs are small (well the clothes are) but frequent so to be efficient you might as well do the whole family’s the laundry. When you do enough laundry, you’ll notice those little tags. Each garment has a set of shapes […]

The Westworld Software Team is bad at XP and DevOps

While watching Season 1 of Westworld, I spent the entire time annoying my wife. I would bug her about the anti-patterns I saw the software teams at Westworld using.  Of course, the anti-patterns were for dramatic effect. It wouldn’t be interesting if everything went right. But, since it’s rife with bad practices it can be a good […]

Molasses! A feature toggle library for Elixir

Early this year when I read about Erlang in Seven Languages In Seven Weeks, I mentioned that Elixir was a language I intended to explore this year. At Maxwell Health, we also started to investigate Elixir for new projects because we wanted a functional language in our arsenal and we liked it’s concurrency story. So […]

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business By Charles Duhigg

At my old job, we used to have cans of Coca-Cola available in our fridge. I remember every day I would start to drag around 3 PM, and then the lovely sound of someone else opening a can would cause me to get up, drift to the fridge, open my own and drink it as […]

This Is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon by L. Jon Wertheim and Sam Sommers

I like sports but I think I love the human side of sports more. I read Deadspin, when I had cable I watched Outside The Lines and 30 for 30 and I listen weekly to Only A Game on NPR. Sometimes it feels like professional sports are its own universe where outlandish behavior is acceptable […]