I’ve a confession to make.

When I interview people, I absolutely love “writing code on a piece of paper” kind of puzzles.

And before you start throwing rotten apples at me while righteously screaming, “I can be so much more productive in my favourite IDE,” let me explain why.


If you draw a graph of how the effort you put into doing something relates to the result you get out of, it looks more or less like this:

No hard science involved here, merely empirical knowledge drawn from experience.

When you do nothing, you get nothing. …

I was preparing to write reviews for my team, and in the process of it I’ve got an idea that might be super-stupid, but at the first glance looks cool.

So, here is the idea. You’re evaluating Joe. As a thought experiment, imagine that you have two Joes. No, not…

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One of the most exciting lessons during the study in the Imperial High School was a part of the Introduction to Battlefield Command course that was given to prepare the graduates for competent leadership not only during peacetime, but also at war, should such unfortunate necessity arise.

The lesson itself…

Asocial badger left behind his hole
One that he dug himself below oak tree.
Bade no farewell to rabbit or to mole,
Just hit the road and strolled towards the sea.
He is asocial badger, after all.

He packed few jars of honey to his bag
From bees who gather nectar…

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There is a long-standing tradition in the Imperial High School that each of the four best graduates of the year is free to choose the place where he or she wants to begin the career.

So, the best graduate of that year applied for the Prefecture of Q, a major…

Ivan Appel

Writer of code, developer of stories, drinker of coffee, runner of marathons, dreamer of the better world

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