Life’s a Party: Analyzing Party Compositions for Combat – Encounters in Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition through Monte Carlo Methods

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My son, Mason Starr, is a grad student at Georgia Tech in astrophysics or something similar that I can’t understand. In any case, he recently co-wrote a final paper for his graduate-level stats class with Michael Hauge. There’s a lot of math, but keep going. There are histograms with the word “Barbarian” in them for […]

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Testing Azure ARM templates is easier with ARM-TTK

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Editing Azure ARM templates can be a bit monotonous and especially so when you are deploying the template after each change just to see if your changes worked. ARM-TTK (ARM Test Toolkit) is a tool designed to help make that process a bit easier. Written in PowerShell, the scripts run a set of tests against […]

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2021 PC Build List

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I haven’t built a machine in probably 15 years because laptops have been enough to function as my primary machine. While this has remained largely true, there are some high-end jobs my laptop just doesn’t have the horsepower to drive some workloads that I would like to work with. Example workloads include model training, data […]

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The Rise of App Stores for Commercial Software

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App stores for mobile devices are ubiquitous. Few people think of heading to a software company’s website to download an app. They head for their mobile platform’s app store and they certainly don’t think of calling up a sales department to make an app purchase. The commoditization and disposability of apps is a significant part […]

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Agile in non-software development teams

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I’ve had some great opportunities working with teams applying lean and agile techniques to domains beyond software development. Along with other areas, I’m having lots of conversations around applying Scrum in HR teams. This is fairly unique because the core usage model for Scrum is to apply it when the work is fairly unknown and […]

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