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!
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).
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.