Author Archives: Chris

Money Can’t Buy Happiness…

While money can’t buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.

~ Groucho Marx


Yep, Pretty Much

From my experience most devs think they are quite awesome except when they think they totally suck. This is the same person from minute to minute.

~ Mark Flory via Quora

Not Eldon Tyrell

The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long.

~ Lao Tzu, Te Tao Ching

Passionate Hatred…

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.

~ Eric Hoffer

Miracle Max

You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.

The Fastest Code is Code You Don’t Write

I guess this is kinda-sorta like YAGNI.

Clever Coding

Never show me how smart you are in code.

It should be understandable to a precocious five-year-old.

Granted, there’s some stuff — like trig when you’re using map APIs — that might be a little bit challenging, but…

Good artists copy; great artists steal.

Good artists copy; great artists steal.

He probably paraphrased T. S. Eliot…

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90% Fail Answer

Today on LinkedIn, I saw this:


Here’s my (correctly formatted) answers:

The following assumes:

  • + is the arithmetic addition operator
  • x is the arithmetic multiplication operator
  • Standard order of operations: multiplication takes precedence

Given no line has operators joining them, an answer (in decimal) is:

  • Line 1: 5
  • Line 2: 5
  • Line 3: 2

However, if one were to concatenate the lines (assuming whitespace is ignored), this gives:

1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 11 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 11 + 1 x 0 + 1

Since there is no indication of which base is used, here are some answers:

  • binary: 1110
  • octal: 33
  • decimal: 35
  • hexadecimal: 2A

Yeah, I kind of geeked out on this…