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.
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.
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.
As a “Data Enthusiast” I have been excited about the growth of data availability and utilization for years. In my opinion, the democratization of data accessibility is just in its early stages. Visualizations that bring data to life are making it so actions can be taken with a quantified approach. This revolution with the utilization of data for all business has just begun, which will improve the quality of life.
I have a flair for dystopian novels, movies or comics. I suppose they bring my worst nightmares to life in detail, which in a strange way is exciting. Based on the genre’s popularity I suspect the same for a large portion of the population that it appeals to. Offred, the protagonist of this book tells her story as a Handmaid, where she lives an almost enslaved life of servitude in a not so far dystopian future.
It’s Neil Gaiman and the DC Universe! What else could I ask for? Of course this book is fantastic! In anticipation of seeing Neil Gaiman live at the end of the month, I blazed through this comic collection all at once with excitement.
Some people find the sheer amount of data now available terrifying or boring to look at. What others find mundane or scary about it, I find exciting. Aggregating a large set of data and making sense of it in a clean and colorful graph brings me joy! This book, Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking), brings in the human side by aggregating the results of human interest, as it relates primarily to the world of dating.