Yevgeniy Brikman

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Yevgeniy (Jim) Brikman loves programming, writing, speaking, traveling, and lifting heavy things. He does not love talking about himself in the 3rd person. He is the co-founder of Gruntwork, a company that provides DevOps as a Service. He's also the author of two books published by O'Reilly Media: Hello, Startup and Terraform: Up & Running . Previously, he worked as a software engineer at LinkedIn, TripAdvisor, Cisco Systems, and Thomson Financial and got his BS and Masters at Cornell University. For more info, check out ybrikman.com.

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Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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As with most of Taleb's books, this one is poorly organized, full of childish insults and bravado, and makes some totally absurd claims. But this book also contains some startling, deep insights and ideas. It's frustrating to have to wade through a ...more
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Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
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* It's Thrawn!

* And Darth Vader!

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* Thrawn seems to know everything and makes no mistakes, making impossible mental leaps, leaving not just the other characters behind, but the reader too. Instead of brilliant strategic battles,
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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
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Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy by Bret Contreras
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- An excellent, comprehensive list of bodyweight exercises that covers every part of the body. I was especially impressed with the variety of lower body exercises (often a weak point of bodyweight training books), the discussion of different
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You Are Your Own Gym by Mark Lauren
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- Badass intro. Talks about how humans have trained with bodyweight (with no gym) since ancient times (e.g., ancient Greek Olympic athletes and Spartan warriors) through today, where the author trains special operations forces.

- A decent list
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Fearless by Jack Campbell
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A decent follow-up to the first book. Lots of massive space battles, strategy, tactics, troop morale, and the reveal of a few more details on the big mystery underneath it all. The romance in the story is exceptionally cringe worthy, and there's not ...more
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
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A book written from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy named Christopher who has some sort of developmental disorder like Aspergers or autism. Technically, this is a mystery story, but the mystery is not particularly interesting, and it takes a ...more
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Summer Frost by Blake Crouch
Summer Frost
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Recursion by Blake Crouch
Recursion
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A fantastic sci-fi read that explores memory and time. Great writing, interesting characters, and exciting plot with tons of unpredictable plot twists.




I saved a few of my favorite quotes:

“Because memory…is everything. Physically speaking, a memory
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Pines by Blake Crouch
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More of Yevgeniy's books…
“The best thing you can do to come up with a lot of new ideas is to learn a lot of old ideas. Because new ideas are just connections between old ideas, the more ideas you have in your head, the more connections you’ll be able to create between them.”
Yevgeniy Brikman, Hello, Startup: A Programmer's Guide to Building Products, Technologies, and Teams

“Boyd’s Law: speed of iteration beats quality of iteration.”
Yevgeniy Brikman, Hello, Startup: A Programmer's Guide to Building Products, Technologies, and Teams




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