April 19, 2024

Illustration of Werner reading with a stack of books

The months main into re:Invent are thrilling (and infrequently exhausting). I spend most of my time doing analysis, assembly with good engineers, and creating tales to share with you on stage. It’s fantastic. But it surely doesn’t depart me with a lot time to learn solely for pleasure.

So, within the weeks that comply with re:Invent, I attempt to make time to work by way of the ever-growing pile of books accumulating on my nightstand and all through my workplace. It’s a shedding battle. Then once more, when was it ever value doing one thing simple?

Right here’s a brief listing of issues I’ve began, completed, and lately added to the pile…

  • An important factor I’ve learn lately was Right/Wrong: How Technology Transforms Our Ethics by Juan Enriquez. It clearly lays out how our ethics and morals change beneath the affect of expertise in a reasonably quick period of time. For instance, utilizing gene enhancing expertise resembling CRISPR to change a baby’s genome could also be unethical proper now, however our grandchildren may really feel in a different way, realizing that we may have eliminated or edited a gene recognized to trigger breast most cancers. At a time of utmost polarization, this guide challenges us to consider how rapidly mainstream opinions can shift and why.
  • In mild of current election outcomes worldwide, and the upcoming presidential race in the USA, I made a decision to re-read The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies by Susan Jacoby. It offers superb historic perception into how politics and the politicians that symbolize us have shifted away from rational and mental debate to who can shout the loudest. It’s fairly startling to see how a lot public language has devolved prior to now few a long time. If it is a subject you’re focused on, I urge you to learn Douglas Hofstadter’s 1964 Anti-Intellectualism in American Life.
  • I lastly had an opportunity to complete Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain by Charles Leerhsen. As a fellow world traveler, with the same view of tips on how to stay, I’ve all the time been impressed by Bourdain’s storytelling skills. He was an empathetic narrator that targeted on folks and their experiences. This guide is concerning the man behind the tales that helped carry these narratives to life.
  • As a lot of , I’m a lifelong AFC Ajax supporter, so I actually loved Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s biography Adrenaline: My Untold Stories. Zlatan began his profession at Ajax and his spotlight reel from these days will do extra justice than my phrases can:

  • I picked up Atlas van een bezette stad 1940-1945 by Bianca Stigter, which covers the German occupation of Amsterdam within the type of an illustrated Atlas. It’s mind-blowing to see the ways in which the Nazi occupation nonetheless haunts the town. The guide is in Dutch (sorry for now to my English readers), but it surely was tailored right into a four-hour lengthy documentary by Stigter’s associate Steve McQueen, known as “Occupied City” which debuted at Cannes final 12 months.

  • I began studying Rust for Rustaceans: Idiomatic Programming of Experienced Developers by John Gjengset, but it surely’s a bit extra superior than I want in the intervening time, so I picked Command-line Rust: A Project-based Primer for Writing Rust CLIs by Ken Youens-Clark and it seems promising thus far. I’ll present an replace as I progress.
  • Only for enjoyable, I purchased the fourth guide in John Burdett’s Sonchai Jitpleecheep sequence: The Godfather of Kathmandu. When you’ve got ever spent any prolonged time frame in Bangkok, you’ll get pleasure from this sequence. The writing is completely good. I’m not completed but, however thus far, it’s nearly as good because the earlier three books.
  • The very last thing I’ll depart you with is a paper I lately learn from the Netflix Know-how Weblog, “Rebuilding Netflix Video Processing Pipeline with Microservices” by Liwei Guo, Anush Moorthy, Li-Heng Chen, Vinicius Carvalho, Aditya Mavlankar, Agata Opalach, Adithya Prakash, Kyle Swanson, Jessica Tweneboah, Subbu Venkatrav, Lishan Zhu — It goes into element about rebuilding their video processing pipeline on their microservice-based platform Cosmos.

If there’s one thing that you just’ve learn or are studying that you just’d advocate, let me know on Twitter or LinkedIn.