The Heart Sutra: The Womb of the Buddhas Translation and Commentary by Red Pine
It's shorter than his commentary on the Diamond Sutra (which is quite the tomb), so I'm hoping this will be a good starting point for me to dive into a focused study of the sutras in 2021.
#NowReading Hemingway's the Sun Also Rises.
I enjoy reading the modernist novels because they remind me that America's had over a hundred years of these schmucks.
#NowReading on my reading list is Jack Vance's the Dying Earth. I picked up a battered copy of it at an antique store for $2. Vance is often referenced as a big influence on Gary Gygax and early Dungeons & Dragons. But I've never really seen his books in print.
One chapter in. The style seems very much like a modern take on some of the Irish, Welsh or Arthurian era writing -- e.g. things happen very fast, details largely up to your imagination. In a couple pages, the wizard infiltrates the prince's inner sanctum, steals the amulet, teleports back to his master. RR Martin would've take 700 pages to get that done.
Next up is The Night is Short, Walk on Girl by Tomhiko Morimi.
I really enjoyed Maasaki's take on the novel, so I'm looking forward to the (translated) original.
Wrapped up Mona Lisa Overddrive today. Gibson is... I forget that he can be a bit difficult to read. The narrative is so embedded into the world that he creates that you have to really just give into the imagery and stop trying to force it to make sense.
Been re-reading/skimming through Domain Driven Design by Eric Evans again and refreshing my memory on some of these concepts.
Part I is pretty much selling you on the idea + the concept of naming things what the business calls them. Nothing controversial here.
Part II seems to really be my bread and butter for a lot of my work these days. Entities, Value Object, Services, Modules, Aggregates, Factories and Repositories -- occasionally Strategies pretty much covers 95% of anything that I do. Trying to get more team adoption of just this section would be great.
Part III has a few nice ideas. Closure of Operations being the best.
Part IV, I've yet to really work on a project where most of this even started to come into play. I can see this being useful maybe in a multi-team company. I certainly practice some of it when integrating with outside APIs.
#NowReading Deep Work
So, I'm on a chapter of yet another productivity book that goes on at length about managing your e-mail.
Has my entire career been some kind of weird outlier? Because I don't get e-mails from anyone. They're about as special to me as getting a hand written letter.
I do get 30 or so log reports and cron jobs each morning which takes all of 15 seconds to click through and see that no exceptions were raised last night.
I do get slack messages. But even then when I check the stats -- I'm at around 200-300 messages in a month. People are talking about hundreds of e-mails in a DAY.
Nabbed The Master and the Margarita on my layover in Denver and read the first two chapters on the flight down to Phoenix.
So far, good stuff. Love the subdued sense of humor.
The rare woolly mountain hacker
Reluctant software engineer
One eye always on the road
With dreams of escape
to the dirt bag again
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.