How A Simple Algorithm Goes Straight To Hell

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Several years ago, the Oatmeal did a fabulously hilarious poster that showed how a website redesign starts off on the right foot– only to become completely derailed into a horrible abomination by client feedback and endless revisions.

Web Development is more efficient. We don’t let client feedback mess up our code. Instead, we screw it all up by ourselves.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the “FizzBuzz Problem.”

Disclosure: I went through a job search in 2014, and no one asked me to solve the FizzBuzz problem in a job interview. The only reason I’ve heard of it is because it was mentioned on Quora. Personally, I think it sounds condescending and alienating, but it makes a great example of “HOW A SIMPLE ALGORITHM GOES STRAIGHT TO HELL!”

Shall we get started?

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Why I <No Longer> Write?

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(with apologies to George Orwell)

I get ideas for blog entries sometimes– perhaps when reading that Salon piece about Jessica Williams and the “impostor syndrome” flap, you know?

And because something there resonates within me because of my past experiences, a voice inside of me says: “You should write about this.”

Then, a moment later, a different voice inside of me says:

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