The dangers of strictly following mental shortcuts in the world of No-Limit Holdem.

Everyone has mental shortcuts, from remembering phone numbers to multiplying two numbers together to approximating tail-risk in derivatives trades. All is fine and dandy until your shortcut fails. The interesting questions here, already answered somewhat by the emerging field of cognitive psychology, are why we have these shortcuts and how some people have a strange ability to correctly approximate small probability but high-impact events. In the world of professional no-limit holdem, tail-risk is abound and shortcuts are many. [...]
November 26, 2014 Comments Loading...

Blog transformation, life changes, my first steps in becoming a software developer.

I have decided to transform this blog and the Studtor project. I debated between starting an entirely new blog to keep track of my progress and life at the Turing School of Software Design and just transforming Studtor. At the end of the day, I really felt personal about my blog posts and content here on the Studtor project and so I decided to just keep the content but transfigure the blog itself for personal use. I recently joined the Turing School of Software Design! I first found out about the school through coworkers of mine at Kitchensurfing who enrolled in an earlier iteration of it years ago called Hungry Academy out in DC. Oh DC, how I miss your grits and fried chicken/waffles. The school originally was a collaborative project between Jeff Casimir and the kind folks over at LivingSocial who were in need of software engineers. The school enrolled 20-something 20-somethings and hired all of them immediately after they graduated. At face value, the school seems like a fantastic investment of time and effort. While doing further research, I had the opportunity to meet and speak with several former Hungry students while at Kitchensurfing and they not only seemed like fully competent programmers with past careers in software consultancies and startups, but also they were helpful, open, kind, and way more conversational and creative than my former coworkers in finance. They noticed my interest in Python and encouraged me to take the next step forward in my life/career. [...]
November 16, 2014 Comments Loading...

Some mentorship I received from programmers, my thoughts on programming schools, what I want to do next.

It’s odd to me that in the age of technology, there doesn’t exist an institution of higher education like law school or business school for programming. It’s interesting that law school didn’t become a kind of default graduate school option until this past century. A lot of what Wikipedia describes about the early stages of law sounds a lot like programming today [...]
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