Author Archives: The Fatalist Marksman

Hacker School Month [2:]: Not a Boot-Camp, But…

I’ve been putting off writing a post on my third month at Hacker School for some time, because I really wanted to write about how I achieved my goal of working as a professional programmer as a result of my … Continue reading

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Hacker School Month[1]: My AI Is lambda x, y: x > y Than Your AI

My one criticism, if you would call it that, of Hacker School is that there are no good measuring sticks around here.  This seems intentional, and there’s wisdom in nurturing the idea that programmers are not across-the-board “better” than other … Continue reading

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Hacker School Month[0]: Lessons For Beginners

Changing careers is a daunting idea.  It is a special sort of blessing to know one’s vocation on the outset of his or her adult life, regardless of whether that vocation is a heartfelt yearning or whether it has been … Continue reading

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How I Discovered I Want to Be a Computer Programmer at 31 Years Old

Note: This essay was written for an application to NYC’s Hacker School.  They don’t require an essay, but I write essays. When I was in middle-school, we were made to buy TI-82 calculators for Algebra.  Our Math teacher quickly taught … Continue reading

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No Longer A Fatalist Marksboy

It’s been a while since my last post, but I have been busy. Mostly it’s because of this. What is this?  Well, it’s an audio recording of my Bar Mitzvah speech, complete with the TFM-style images I used as projections … Continue reading

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Counterparting the Proverbial Sea

The first thing one should understand about Binaryism is just how prevalent binary concepts are in the universe.  Most of the things we think of as having “opposites” have binary counterparts, and the “opposite” is often not an opposite at all, but … Continue reading

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Remedial Math

The time has come to start talking about something I developed years ago, with the original aim of weaving it into a sci-fi/fantasy series of novels.  I’m talking about a branded philosophy, and whether or not I ever finish those … Continue reading

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Buying the Bridge Between Reason and Compassion

People trust what they know.  We get used to something, and we trust it to continue being and behaving the same as it has been.  We tend not to think about the fact that nothing on this Earth will be … Continue reading

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Disciplinary Action

This post is merely to state that I have several real posts in the works, which should be ready soon.  With pictures. Now that I am unemployed, and should theoretically have all the time I could ever want to write … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad, and The Gross

I read a recent article in Time Business which summarizes several experiments on cheating and stealing, giving clues regarding the psychological distance between “no, I won’t” and “ahh, why not?”  It’s a short article, and pretty interesting, but one thing in particular … Continue reading

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