May 18, 2024

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Up to date: March 6, 2024

The months main into re:Invent are thrilling (and infrequently exhausting). I spend most of my time doing analysis, assembly with good engineers, and growing tales to share with you on stage. It’s fantastic. Nevertheless it doesn’t go away me with a lot time to learn completely 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 record 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 below the affect of expertise in a reasonably brief period of time. For instance, utilizing gene modifying expertise reminiscent of CRISPR to change a baby’s genome could also be unethical proper now, however our grandchildren may really feel in a different way, figuring out that we might have eliminated or edited a gene identified to trigger breast most cancers. At a time of utmost polarization, this e book challenges us to consider how shortly mainstream opinions can shift and why.
  • In mild of latest election outcomes worldwide, and the upcoming presidential race in the US, I made a decision to re-read The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies by Susan Jacoby. It gives wonderful 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 up to now few many years. If this can be a subject you’re occupied with, I urge you to learn Richard 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 an analogous view of learn how to dwell, I’ve at all times been impressed by Bourdain’s storytelling talents. He was an empathetic narrator that targeted on folks and their experiences. This e book is in regards to the man behind the tales that helped convey these narratives to life.
  • As a lot of you already know, I’m a lifelong AFC Ajax supporter, so I actually loved Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s biography Adrenaline: My Untold Stories. Zlatan began his worldwide 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 town. The e book is in Dutch (sorry for now to my English readers), however it was tailored right into a four-hour lengthy documentary by Stigter’s companion Steve McQueen, referred to as “Occupied City” which debuted at Cannes final 12 months.

  • I began studying Rust for Rustaceans: Idiomatic Programming of Experienced Developers by John Gjengset, however it’s a bit extra superior than I would like in the meanwhile, so I picked Command-line Rust: A Project-based Primer for Writing Rust CLIs by Ken Youens-Clark and it seems to be promising thus far. I’ll present an replace as I progress.
  • Only for enjoyable, I purchased the fourth e book in John Burdett’s Sonchai Jitpleecheep sequence: The Godfather of Kathmandu. In case you have ever spent any prolonged time period in Bangkok, you’ll take pleasure in this sequence. The writing is totally 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 go away 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.

Reader suggestions

Unsurprisingly, it turns out my readers are well read. I got recommendations on Twitter, LinkedIn, and from fellow Amazonians, on nearly each subject possible. And with the hopes of getting by way of greater than a handful of those this 12 months (those I haven’t already learn), I’ve created a consolidated record.

Right here’s what you’ve all beneficial as of March 6, 2024: