I did not write a program to generate this book; I am that program.

Jul 072017

Problem, n.  In mathematics: A problem. In social science: A state of affairs with which one is unhappy.

Jun 012017

We immediately recognize excess precision as a sign of lying, except in a statistic.

Mar 092017

We have a lot of use for computers, but they will not have much use for us.

Dec 232016

You don’t build machines smarter than the designer for the same reason you don’t write novels with characters smarter than the author.

Jul 112016

We measure first-order effects, guess at the second order, and the third order is like the third bottle of wine — all bets are off.

May 202016

It is said that people are impressionable: in fact they are programmable.

Jan 192016

Principles of Software Diagnostics

1. The error is simple.
2. The error is your own.