Data Science

The Inevitable is not Gloomy

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.

Fiction

In Darkness there is still Humor

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!

Comics

Wonder Woman: a Captivating story of Prowess

In anticipation of the new Wonder Woman movie being released, I re-read “Wonder Woman Vol. 1: Blood (The New 52)”. As with the first time, this story did not disappoint. The action captured in the artwork of Cliff Chiang kept me enthralled throughout the story. This is a new and contemporary take on Wonder Woman, that is a real page turner!

Pop-Psych

The Common Sense Point

I picked this book up upon the recommendation of a friend. With an ongoing curiosity about the world around me, this book sounded a good fit. As someone who works with data, I am well aware how something small can be magnified or have larger implications to an entire procedure. As Malcolm Gladwell (2003) states, “sometimes big changes follow from small events” (p.19).

Business

Grit and Success

Years ago in college I would sometimes receive the compliment, “you are really smart”, to which I would reply, “No, I just work hard”. “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth is a journey through various anecdotes about people and studies exemplifying success, not due to innate talent but hard work. The path to success is to be mindful, deliberate and strategize long term. Even though I consider myself to have certain higher level of grit, this book has been insightful and certainly relatable.

Fiction

The Best Norse Mythology ever told

Last month I had the pleasure of getting a copy of this book and meeting Neil Gaiman! I was part way through another one of his books, but in my excitement I had to temporarily put it down to get started reading this one. I meticulously went through the pages, so as to savor every moment of it. My journey through “Norse Mythology” is one that was funny and memorable.

Graphic Novel

The Disappointing Game

Several years ago I watched the movie “The Imitation Game” in theaters, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch. I enjoyed the movie both for the acting and the historical aspects. The blend of seeing a different side of World War II off of the battlefield and learning more about Alan Turing was delightful. Seeing geeks (like myself) utilizing their analytic abilities for the war effort was relatable. I was excited to get a better glimpse of Alan Turing’s life as the one of the most brilliant mathematicians to have lived, by now reading a graphic novel biography.