Passive dismissals and the “impossible”

This is an internal memo I wrote in the earlier days of Reliable Robotics. I’m sharing it here publicly in case others find it useful. Werner von Braun has this quote, “I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest of caution.” I’ve gone searching for the context

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Cherish the rigorous job interviews

Three times in my career I’ve rejected job offers because I didn’t feel the interview process was rigorous enough. Straight out of school, the company did not ask me any challenging interview questions. I walked away thinking: “They’re not going to challenge me. I’m not going to grow working here.”

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Be Excellent To Each Other

In California, employers with 5 or more employees are required by law to provide at least one a hour of sexual harassment and abusive conduct prevention training for employees every two years. We recently went through another round of this training at the office. A recurring theme from our team

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Sodium Citrate Macaroni and Cheese

Recipes abound for sodium citrate based mac and cheese, but the ratios of cheese/water/sodium citrate are all different. Having tried several recipes with several different types of cheeses it’s been a bit perplexing that I always end up tweaking the recipe somehow, either by adding more cheese or adding more

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Pellet smoker pulled pork

This recipe is so simple I feel silly writing it down, but it needs to be written down because so many recipes out on the internet for pulled pork are just wrong. Good pulled pork should be tender and juicy. It should almost melt-in-your-mouth. The smoke and pepper flavors should

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Bread machine hamburger buns

In the spirit of Bread Machine Baguette, here is a simple shortcut recipe that automates most of the work with making hamburger buns from scratch. The extended poolish time isn’t required here (with the milk you don’t want it anyways), so the recipe only takes about 3 hours and requires

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Quick Camping Beef Stew

An umami-rich beef stew, ready in about 30 minutes. 3 russet potatoes, diced 4 large carrots, sliced 1/2 large yellow onion, diced 1 C portobello mushroom, diced 1 1/4 lb ground beef 85% lean 2 C chicken stock 1/4 C soy sauce 1/3 C tomato paste 2 tsp anchovy paste

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Spaghetti with Veal and Bacon

For the last year I’ve been subjecting my family to spaghetti sauce experiments just about every weekend. It’s been an interesting challenge striking a balance between something that is rich enough to be paired with a robust wine, simple enough that my kids will eat it, and quick enough to

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Restoring nVidia 3D Vision on Windows 10

nVidia ended support for the 3D Vision system on April 11, 2019. I didn’t learn this until I updated to a newer driver today, which then sent me on a long journey trying to figure out how to install a driver newer than I had before but old enough to

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