I felt like reading some fiction, and decided to finally cave in and read something by Brandon Sanderson. I was recommended this one by Laia and a friend, and it’s a very entertaining, short book. It reminded me in some subtle ways to Jasper Fforde’s Shades of Grey, which is another dystopian book I enjoyed greatly.
This half is formed by Shadow of the Torturer and The Claw of the Conciliator. Wasn’t sure what to expect, starts slow and weird, then slowly picks up pace and gets you coming for more. Now for the other half
Well, that worked until becoming a manager. I also like the slight jab at Cal Newport’s Deep Work at the end. I have said it on occasion: what’s preached in Deep Work is actionable and realistic when you are a researcher at a University.
Not bad. The main issue with shells (for me) is the lack of typing and testing, ignoring the elephant in the room which is how horrible writing anything large is in bash. I have tried alternatives (the one I prefer is writing shell scripts in AWK, but that has no typing and no better testing), like Haskell’s turtle and Scala’s ammonite, but they are somewhat too verbose. This looks better.
Roy has many interesting posts. In this one, he frames communication as changing the internal state of others (idea based on a book he read many years prior). I find that this framing has the advantage of being external to the communication itself, as well as to those communicating. By thinking it in such terms you can plan better what you want to say.