2023 November. Splunk

Starting up a new role at Splunk

Blogs Posts #

Midlife: A Philosophical Guide by Kieran Setiya.

Books I'm reading #

Howling Dark by Christopher Ruocchio. The Sun Eater series second book. It has even better reviews than the first book so my expectations are pretty high.

How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett. I heard about this book so many times that it was time to finally read it. I'm 25% in, but I'm getting more and more skeptical as I read. It's not what I expected at all.

Books I've read #

Midlife: A Philosophical Guide by Kieran Setiya. The book is focused more on philosophy than practical advice, but it was still interesting to read. See Goodreads.

Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio. It's the first book in the The Sun Eater series. I haven't read good sci-fi in a long time, but this series looks promising. The first book was a little more focused on the backstory for my taste, but the book universe is so interesting that it makes up for it. I can recommend it.

Elsewhere on the Web #

If you missed all the OpenAI drama, then the board changed but Sam Altman had a week off

Nick Bostrom: How AI will lead to tyranny | UnHerd.

Elon Musk's Dealbook Meltdown | Dave Karpf

Why software ends up complex

Code is run more than read. Interesting, but the call to action is wrongly put on developers. The only way that can work is Whistleblowing. I recommend reading more about Enron.

Lessons from the Enron Debacle: Corporate Culture Matters!

Staff members who questioned the wisdom of some of Enron’s decisions and practices were either ignored or silenced. Senior management cared more about self-enrichment than the needs of employees. They showed little regard for meaning and ethics beyond the bottom line.

I Learned the World's Simplest Language | Oats Jenkins. If you're into toki pona.

Personal Thoughts #

Excited about the new job at Splunk. Interestingly I might be working for Cisco next year, which is a huge unknown, but as it's entirely outside my control it's not something I plan to worry about.

November summary: #

Plans for the next month: #

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