In my memory Nate Silver has been in the news quite often since the 2008 election. I first learned about him due to his FiveThirtyEight.com Blog and accurate forecasts of the election. As an Analyst who frequently works with forecasting and ironing out prediction model, this book was right up my alley. Being as he is a highly respected Statistician, I wanted to get his take on analysis and perhaps how I could utilize his insight in my own work.
I picked up a copy of “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy” by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant in hopes to get a continuation of sound advice as I had received in Sanderg’s prior book, “Lean In”. Having this book as the upcoming read for my company book club gave an extra nudge of motivation. Early on it was made clear that this was a book not just for those who have encountered loss in the form of spouse, but rather grief of any sort. Grief, is something almost all people share and often do now know how to handle.
“The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet” is a masterpiece of a Space Opera. Set in the future, perhaps not too distant, a young human woman is setting forth into the world in her first job after college. While this is relatable, the adventures she leads are not conceivable in the current era. She ventures off into deep space to live amongst an inter-species crew that makes tunnels in space to connect the galaxy. The friendships, obstacles and humorous miscommunications the crew encounters, creates a captivating read.
Berger, J. (2013). Contagious: Why Things Catch On. New York: Simon & Schuster
I always find the topic of what makes something go “Viral” or in this case “Contagious” actually catch on fascinating. If you were to tell someone 15 years ago that a video had gone “Viral”, they would have looked at you in confusion. But now, a video or a hashtag spreading like wildfire is a common occurrence. With the globe connected and expression enabled to reach many in mere seconds to a wide audience, it seems only natural that this is possible. Netflix television shows, Taco shops for Taco Tuesday, mundane cleaning products or fan fiction jokes are all subject to become contagious.
I decided to give this a read since I have been planning to rent the movie on my Apple TV. Isn’t it true that the book version of a story is supposed to be better than the movie? I have no way to compare for this specific one yet since I have only read the graphic novel. But, I do hope that the movie presentation lives up to the bright journey I was treated to when reading.
The futuristic stories I tend to enjoy reading and watching are dystopian in nature. Whether it is a story about an authoritarian society or the rise of the machines, neither tends to be depicted pleasantly. In “The Inevitable”, a free flowing set of predictions are given about a future in which the machines do rise, but it is not gloomy.
Myfanwy Thomas finds herself in a complete state of amnesia in the middle of a park, during a raging storm. Adding to the mystery is that she find herself surrounded by bodies all wearing latex gloves. She herself appears to have taken a beating, but of course survived. With no memories, all she has left are letters written to herself, with detailed instructions on how live her life. This new beginning for Myfanwy Thomas makes for a page turner right from the start!