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How I Make My Films

I’ve been into filmmaking, especially editing, ever since I was in elementary school. Here’s a clip from my early editing days when my brothers, our friends and I made advertisements for spoof products we just made up: In college, I had a film company that produced engineering highlight reels, my cousin’s “how we met” wedding more »

When Push Comes to Shove

20% of U.S. high school graduates learn a second language, compared to 92% of Europeans. The data reported from Eurostat and the American Councils for Internal Education should beg a few questions in the mind of the average American: Are Western European children smarter than our American children? (No) Do they spend more time studying? more »

The History of Madison

We live in a society where economic prowess dictates political and societal power. The United States is the most powerful nation in the world, not due to sheer size of it’s land, population or military, but due to it’s ability to govern international trade, to subdue “disobedient” nations through economic sanctions and to derive favorable more »

On The Middle East

I spent considerable time in the Middle East in 2018. I traveled to four different countries in the region, Isreal, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia (with Egypt technically being in northern Africa). I learned a lot. I’m writing this to share my experiences in the Middle East, the good and the bad, so that if the more »

In God We Trust; All Others Bring Data

One of my responsibilities in producing software at Epic is planning for projects. This involves considering: Man-hours required to complete a given project spread across stages of design, development, code review and testing A projected deadline based on the project’s scope and number of full time employees This is not something that my company has more »

Veteran Affairs Signs Epic Scheduling

The election of our new President, Donald Trump, has greatly impacted the day-to-day life at work for my team and I. Once-sidelined plans for the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to contract with Epic to support their Medical Appointment Scheduling System (MASS) were placed back on the table in February 2017 when the new Secretary more »

The Fig Tree

Do you know that feeling when you find a quote that just speaks to you? I recently came across one while watching the Netflix original, Master of None. This quote is from Sylvia Plath’s only novel, which is a semi-autobiographical story of her life, with the names of real people and places altered. Wikipedia states that, “The book more »

My Quotes Collection

At Epic, where I work, quotes can be found all around. Our internal website Guru, which incidentally is managed by my friend Alex Meyer, features a different quote each morning (I’ve added many since I started). The quote is notable because it is the first thing one sees, at the very top of the page. more »

Positions

People always talk about politicians’ positions. I’m not sure why they do that. Followers and opponents alike post articles describing a candidates’ detailed views on subjects from finance to Roe v. Wade. The reality is that many of those views are not those of the candidate. They are the views that special interests have paid more »

Don’t Call Yourself a Programmer

Prior to graduating college I read a great post from Patrick McKenzie, who is a self-described “ex-Japanese salaryman who currently runs a small software business”. I liked it so much I spent the better part of an hour formatting the article in word and printing it out for my “Important–save and read for later” binder. more »

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