The bad news is that I’ll be in the hospital most of next week after surgery to remove part of my digestive system, but the good news is that I just received the first proof of Hello, Scala, and I should have time to review it.
Bill Gates has a great story about Leonardo da Vinci. I haven’t bought Walter Isaacson’t book on da Vinci yet, but Isaacson is a terrific writer, and I will either buy the book or audiobook soon.
“Wherever you have friends, that’s your country; wherever you receive love, that’s your home.”
~ an old Tibetan saying, as read in The Book of Joy
As a brief note this morning, I’d just like to offer a “thank you” to the people who have purchased my new book, Functional Programming, Simplified, as sales have certainly exceeded my expectations. I first offered the idea to the people at O’Reilly, and when they turned it down I was concerned that maybe they knew something I didn’t. But sales and feedback have all been very positive, so thank you for that.
I just received a BrainFood email with this recommendation about this new book about Tiger Woods:
“Even if you don’t like golf, this book is hard to put down. One of my working hypotheses is that people with extreme abilities are not balanced. Attempts to address the imbalance usually cause them to lose some or all of their advantage, which contributed to the outlier success.”
There’s probably a well-known psychological theory about this, but I had the same thought many years ago. A recent example for me is that Bobby Petrino was once considered an offensive genius in college football, but since his personal scandal he seems much more human. A “balanced” life seems to take away from the obsession that makes certain people great about what they do.
“In engineering, people have a big margin of safety. But in the financial (investing) world, people don’t give a damn about safety.”
~ from the book, Charlie Munger, The Complete Investor
When you look at Functional Programming, Simplified on a dolly, it’s not that big. ;)
“He realized then that history is a wave that moves through time slightly faster than we do.”
~ from the book, Green Mars
Spent the last few hours dreaming of living in a colony on the Moon. Every moment was a new experience – bad pay, canned food, watching a movie in a makeshift theater, but also several different beings and cultures that I found fascinating. Then I suddenly had the idea for a new book that I wanted to call, “Moon’s First Murder.” I started scribbling down some notes, but knew I didn’t know enough about the cultures, so I recruited a friend to help me with that. After a short bio-break I need to go back to sleep so we can get to work on it.
~ a note from April 2, 2014