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What I have been studying since re:Invent


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Up to date: March 6, 2024

The months main into re:Invent are thrilling (and sometimes exhausting). I spend most of my time doing analysis, assembly with sensible engineers, and creating tales to share with you on stage. It’s great. But it surely doesn’t depart 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 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 price doing one thing simple?

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

  • Crucial factor I’ve learn lately was Proper/Mistaken: How Know-how 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 corresponding to CRISPR to change a toddler’s genome could also be unethical proper now, however our grandchildren may really feel otherwise, understanding that we may have eliminated or edited a gene identified to trigger breast most cancers. At a time of utmost polarization, this guide challenges us to consider how shortly 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 Tradition of Lies by Susan Jacoby. It offers superb historic perception into how politics and the politicians that signify 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 a long time. If it is a subject you’re enthusiastic about, 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 Lifetime of Anthony Bourdain by Charles Leerhsen. As a fellow world traveler, with an identical view of the way to dwell, I’ve all the time been impressed by Bourdain’s storytelling skills. He was an empathetic narrator that centered on individuals and their experiences. This guide is concerning the man behind the tales that helped convey these narratives to life.
  • As a lot of you understand, I’m a lifelong AFC Ajax supporter, so I actually loved Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s biography Adrenaline: My Untold Tales. 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 the town. The guide is in Dutch (sorry for now to my English readers), nevertheless it was tailored right into a four-hour lengthy documentary by Stigter’s associate Steve McQueen, referred to as “Occupied Metropolis” which debuted at Cannes final yr.

  • I began studying Rust for Rustaceans: Idiomatic Programming of Skilled Builders by John Gjengset, nevertheless it’s a bit extra superior than I want for the time being, so I picked Command-line Rust: A Challenge-based Primer for Writing Rust CLIs by Ken Youens-Clark and it seems to be promising to date. 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. You probably have ever spent any prolonged time frame in Bangkok, you’ll take pleasure in this sequence. The writing is totally sensible. I’m not completed but, however to date, it’s pretty much 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 simply’ve learn or are studying that you simply’d suggest, let me know on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Reader suggestions

Unsurprisingly, it seems my readers are nicely learn. I bought suggestions on Twitter, LinkedIn, and from fellow Amazonians, on nearly each subject conceivable. And with the hopes of getting by greater than a handful of those this yr (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:



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