This was a fun and reasonably quick book to read. Norse Mythology was something I was vaguely aware of (Thor, Loki et al), especially with the resurgeThis was a fun and reasonably quick book to read. Norse Mythology was something I was vaguely aware of (Thor, Loki et al), especially with the resurgence of the Marvel universe in popular culture. There were quite a few themes I was not aware of. Worth a read. I'm curious to see what my 10 year old's reaction is....more
Working in groups is hard, and the biggest challenge is getting people working towards common goals. Many groups form without spending any time considWorking in groups is hard, and the biggest challenge is getting people working towards common goals. Many groups form without spending any time considering some basic questions, like what their purpose is, or how the goals of the group fit with the goals of the people in the group. _Extraordinary Groups_ presents a framework that can help you understand why understanding these issues is so important, and it provides exercises that you can use to help yourself be a better leader, as well as exercises for the team to use. I got this with the idea of considering the ideas in the context of the various work groups I'm involved in. I realized that the framework is also applicable in other circumstances, including family (why shouldn't you think of the main relationship in your life as an "extraordinary group of 2"), and ad-hoc Facebook issue groups. Definitely work a read. ...more
A readable overview of how Docker works and how you can use it. The bulk of the book is about using and modifying existing docker images, but it alsoA readable overview of how Docker works and how you can use it. The bulk of the book is about using and modifying existing docker images, but it also covers custom images, compose, swarm, and machine.
If you have been wanting to learn about Docker but haven't found the time to understand what it is and why it can be useful, this book is a good place to start. ...more
This book kept me turning virtual pages on my Kindle throughout. Real characters, and a story that kept be guessing, though not in the obvious way thaThis book kept me turning virtual pages on my Kindle throughout. Real characters, and a story that kept be guessing, though not in the obvious way that some stories do. ...more
I got a copy of this book for my 10 year old. Then I decided that I needed to read it myself, in part as a reaction to having been in far more conversI got a copy of this book for my 10 year old. Then I decided that I needed to read it myself, in part as a reaction to having been in far more conversations around recent political events where some of the arguments made no sense to me. The book helped me understand how to recognize and address those kinds of arguments. It also has helped me to take a step back in discussions in other domains, including technical discussions at work.
Having a framework for understanding these kinds of fallacies can help you to put a conversation in context, and be able to (more) calmly address the issues people are raising, rather than react emotionally and perhaps commit the same kind of fallacies yourself.
While I can’t speak fully to the thoroughness of the discussion of the fallacies (maybe if I had either taken the forensics class in High School, or considered the Debate Team!) I found this to be a really good bit of background. Some of the examples are a bit strained, but the message gets through.
I still plan to share the material with my 10 year old so that he can learn how to have good discussions -- something it’s never too early to learn!
Reading this book is a tool that can help you navigate conversations (especially political ones) be they on Facebook or in person....more
This is an excellent resource to use if you want to refresh your memory of how to solve problems on basic concepts that may come up in interviews. (ItThis is an excellent resource to use if you want to refresh your memory of how to solve problems on basic concepts that may come up in interviews. (It also is a good resource for identifying good interview problems if you are looking to hire.). Don't let the size of the book intimidate you. The second half is mostly tips and solutions to the problems earlier in the book.
My only complaint is that, while I acknowledge that finding good interview problems is hard, it's unfortunate that there are so many interviews that consist mainly of very basic data structure and algorithm problems that may have little to do with day to day work. But the reality is that you'll need to have the ability to solve the problems in this book accessible when you're interviewing for any technical role, and any level. And this book contains a good set of problems. And the approach of having "hints" makes solving the problems on your own very much like an interview scenario....more
As an engineer I tend to think that the best way to argue a point is with facts and data. This doesn’t aways work, especially in political discussionsAs an engineer I tend to think that the best way to argue a point is with facts and data. This doesn’t aways work, especially in political discussions, even when the data are clear, quantifiable, and not disputed by reasonable people, because the words are sometimes framed in a way that reenforces their existing view point. _Don’t think of an Elephant_ explains the concept of framing and the importance of framing in discussion and debate. Lackoff emphasizes that this book is more action oriented than academic, and he points to more scholarly works on the topic for those who are interested.
While the book is about political advocacy, and geared at Progressives, it can be useful for a number of audiences. For Progressives, you can better understand how to frame your arguments when trying to influence others. The book also has a discussion of what the Conservative mindset is, and awareness of the perspective of someone who thinks differently that you can help bridge gaps. Conservatives who are interested in having better conversations with their more progressive friends and associates might also get some insights from the book.
I would not suggest getting the book unless you have political discourse in mind, but the concept of frames and framing is something you can apply to communicating your perspective in various contexts.
As I write this, there are a lot of people having some tense conversations about politics. This book might provide a guide for Progressives to make their points in a more effective, less reactive way, and to have more productive conversations with their Conservative friends....more
This book was a good mix of theory (what is Cassandra, how does it differ from an RDB, why would you choose to use it), and practice (how to set it upThis book was a good mix of theory (what is Cassandra, how does it differ from an RDB, why would you choose to use it), and practice (how to set it up, how to use it, and how to maintain it).
O'Reilly books used to be one of my favorite sources for how to use new technologies, but after reading a number that were a bit too focused on "how" and not at all on "why," I was less positive about them. This book is closer to the right mix for me.
My only (minor) complaint was that the book text itself didn't work through an example that seemed to need Cassandra (as opposed to Cassandra as a more distributed, higher throughput RDB.) I got what I wanted out of the book, and I thought it was a great was to understand what Cassandra is, how to start using it, and the things you need to consider when you deploy it....more
Because I had written reviews of Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success and other some education related books Lee David Daniels sentBecause I had written reviews of Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success and other some education related books Lee David Daniels sent me a review copy of his short book _Grit for Kids_. While the title would have caught my eye, I’m not sure that I would have stumbled upon it otherwise, and I’m glad that the author brought it to my attention. While the book, by nature of its length, leaves out quite a bit about the concept and its application of Grit to parenting, it does provide a useful, actionable, introduction to concept.
Grit for Kids is a short, application focused short book that can provide some needed guidance to parents who are struggling with how to help their kids follow through in the face of challenges, or just boredom. It says a minimal amount about the theory of “grit” and dives into scenarios and techniques you can use to encourage the right combination of endurance and passion with children in your care. The examples are realistic and address children of a variety of ages from later elementary to high school.
The author captures the essential parts of grit, including the subtlety that gets lost in many interpretations which focus on "persistence" over all else. As Angela Duckworth describes the concept of “grit,” it also means understanding your limits. I would recommend reading _Grit_, but that is a larger time commitment, and this book might just fill a gap. It will give you ideas to get started, as it is easily readable during a couple of short waits.
The book would be better if the author pointed to resources to go more deeply. And it is a bit simplistic, but if you are looking for a way to understand how to help your kids get on the road to being grittier, then this is worth a look if the price is right. But do follow up with the original book, or at least the TED talk....more