July 18, 2024
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. Nevertheless it doesn’t go away me with a lot time to learn completely for pleasure.

So, within the weeks that observe re:Invent, I attempt to make time to work by means 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 price doing one thing straightforward?

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

  • A very powerful 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 underneath the affect of know-how in a reasonably brief period of time. For instance, utilizing gene modifying know-how akin to 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 recognized to trigger breast most cancers. At a time of maximum polarization, this ebook 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 america, I made a decision to re-read The Age of American Unreason in a Culture of Lies by Susan Jacoby. It offers wonderful historic perception into how politics and the politicians that characterize 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 previously few many years. If it is a subject you’re excited 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 Life of Anthony Bourdain by Charles Leerhsen. As a fellow world traveler, with the same view of the right way to dwell, I’ve at all times been impressed by Bourdain’s storytelling skills. He was an empathetic narrator that centered on folks and their experiences. This ebook is concerning the man behind the tales that helped convey these narratives to life.
  • As a lot of , 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 the town. The ebook is in Dutch (sorry for now to my English readers), but it surely was tailored right into a four-hour lengthy documentary by Stigter’s accomplice Steve McQueen, referred to as “Occupied City” which debuted at Cannes final yr.

  • I began studying Rust for Rustaceans: Idiomatic Programming of Experienced Developers by John Gjengset, but it surely’s a bit extra superior than I would like in the intervening time, so I picked Command-line Rust: A Project-based Primer for Writing Rust CLIs by Ken Youens-Clark and it seems to be promising up to now. I’ll present an replace as I progress.
  • Only for enjoyable, I purchased the fourth ebook in John Burdett’s Sonchai Jitpleecheep collection: The Godfather of Kathmandu. In case you have ever spent any prolonged time period in Bangkok, you’ll get pleasure from this collection. The writing is totally sensible. I’m not completed but, however up to now, 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 suggest, 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 conceivable. And with the hopes of getting by means of greater than a handful of those this yr (those I haven’t already learn), I’ve created a consolidated checklist.

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