Review of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
The other day I finished reading Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb.📚 I’ve noticed this book due to a mention on micro.blog and checked it out as it sounded interesting.
One significant helping against readers block I found for myself this year is to always have multiple future sample books inside the Kindle App. So I never run out of a book. And if one does not fit me, I can go to the next sample book until I find my next book.
I’ve also stopped reading books that don’t grab me, as interesting as they may seem and as acclaimed as their recommenders insist. If I’m reading something and I find myself daydreaming or wanting to check my phone or switching to an episode of something on Netflix, that’s a sign that I should put it down and find another book. The only problem with this is that some of my favorite books (Infinite Jest for one) did not grab me in the beginning but picked up in a major way later, sometimes hundreds of pages in. Great books sometimes do not hand everything to the reader on a silver platter and the hard work they demand becomes part of their reward.
That is the main issue I still fight with. I cannot stop a book once I’ve started it, not mather that I would instead like to read something else. And I know sometimes you need to give a book one hundred pages until it starts to get interesting. So I always fear that I would give up on the title to early.
Review of The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1
I just finished The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1 by N. K. Jemisin.📚
I just started reading The Obelisk Gate: The Broken Earth, Book 2 by N. K. Jemisin.📚
Airplane over a tree.
I’m working on some spaghetti code today. Let’s see if I can make the code a tiny bit better – without breaking anything.
I’ve learned something new today. I’m using the term algorithm wrong. In the context of a system, predict the next movie to watch on Netflix; for example, it is not the Algorithm that is responsible for the result.
An image of a creature drawn by my daughter. She was using her tape dispenser as a template for the shape.
The episode is highly exciting, and I’ve now also listened to some of the other episodes as well.
I just started reading The Fifth Season: The Broken Earth, Book 1 by N. K. Jemisin.📚
Review of Composing Software
For a long time, I wanted to learn about the theoretical background of functional programming. But I always waited to do it. So, when I stumbled over a blog article by Eric Elliott (Composing Software: An Introduction), I decided to buy and read his book - Composing Software by Eric Elliott📚.
Meeting: A unicorn and fish meet a dinosaur.
I just started reading Born of Embers (The Valdir Chronicles Book 2) by RA Lewis.📚
I bought the hardwood flooring for my bedroom today. Let the project begin.
The candle is a concept for a smart home that does not phone home and does not need an internet connection. The only downside is now that you need to build the parts yourself.
These articles have an exciting concept, showing the duality of the future development of technology and our world. I usually tend to only think about the harmful outcomes of all these developments. But not everything needs to be bad. Unfortunately, I feel that the amount of people enjoying the beautiful sides will be smaller then the number of humans left out of this new world.
Review of Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life
An article about exploding Amazon batteries. And who produces these products and where. I enjoyed this text a lot as it’s interesting how Amazon starts to create it’s own products while also selling products for other producers.
While reading the chapter about transducers, I had quite some difficulties understanding how it works. So I made a cheat sheet of the concept.
Review of The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale
I decided to read The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood📚 after not being sure to read a book which looked for me like an unneeded sequel after the TV show. But I’m happy that I did read it because my fears did not come true. And you do not have to read the original book to enjoy this book.
I just started reading Composing Software by Eric Elliott.📚
I certainly know the situations described in the first half of this article. The fear of refactoring. Or the problems with integrating a big feature branch after some time.
But what I’m missing in this article is how to work with features which change your data model in a big way, I have the feeling, that a feature toggle sounds easy in theory but creates quite some cost and complexity in the actual code.
A face made of water and other items from my desk.
I just started reading Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life by Peter Godfrey-Smith.📚
Review of Skyward
I finished reading Skyward: The Brand New Series by Brandon Sanderson.📚This book is so good; I could not stop reading it!
What a week
What a week, went to the hospital for the first time in my life - planned surgery and everting is fine - now I’m waiting up that everything heals again. And at work, we had release week.
The sky this morning. Amazing colors, I’ve never seen it so purple.
Review of the Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1)
I just finished reading The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, Book 1) by Brandon Sanderson.📚This book is good, and the pages are just flying past me while reading.