年代小說‧記住香港

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每一個作者,同一個人物名字,寫每一個年代。

起初有點不太適應,因為每一個作者有他們的風格。

但當學懂了讀完每一個年伐,停一下,想一想,才開始讀另一個年代,就好很多了。

也許就如人生,每一個年伐(或每一件事),先停,回想,才繼讀前進吧。

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Unlike the author who was able to explain so eloquently everything about how we human react to the world, all I can say is that this is one of those books that you know you will think more clearly and you are a more knowledgeable person after you read this book.

Highly recommend.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Astrophysics, to me, is a topic reserved for some really smart people.

My initial motivation to read this book was to make myself appear to be smart by able to explain astrophysics to my peers. As I was going deeper into the book, I turn my motivation from being selfish to fascination and excited about our universe.

After reading this book, the cosmos is no longer as mysterious as it sounds. (Of course, there are a lot of unknown.) I am more equipped to understand whenever a topic about our universe are discussed.

The Box

It does not matter where you live, you must have seen one of the container boxes on a truck flying through the highway. If you ever visit a major port, you will see hundreds, if not thousands, of these container boxes stacking on top each other sitting on a huge ship that is moving slowly on the ocean. (I still don’t know why did such ship can float in the ocean).

From the dock, dock workers, transportation, just in time development, to commerce between countries, this box was part of them.

Little did I know these boxes that I see everyday is so important until I read The Box by Marc Levinson.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You

I think I should call myself a fan of Cal Newport.

After I finished reading Deep Work, I started another book by Dr. Newport, “So good they can’t ignore you”.

If I could only take one lesson from the book, it would be the lesson of having a craftsman mindset over having a passion mindset towards my view in career.

A person with a passion mindset is to expect what a job can do for him. It’s passive. In contrary, a person with a craftsman mindset is to explore what she can do in her job.

It’s not unusual for a passive person to jump from one job to another in short intervals because a job was not what they were “expecting”.

It’s interesting that in a research, people who used non-default browser are better employee. It’s because these employees are most likely find something that works for them instead of using something given to them.

When I was going through this book on craftsman mindset worker, it reminds me about the documentary, Jiro dream of sushi. I remember in the film, Mr. Jiro said he chose his career, stick with it and be the best of it. And that, is the craftsman mindset.

Well, I have chosen my career, let me the best of it.

Hit Refresh

Hit Refresh written by Microsoft’s third CEO Satya Nadella is a very good read.

In the past decade, Microsoft was viewed as a big company with decreasing impact in the software industry. Google started to take over Microsoft’s productivity suite in the educational space (where Microsoft was strong at) and increasingly more company, especially in the startup, prefers to use Google’s G Suite over Microsoft Office 365.

In recent years, Microsoft has stopped or slow down the pace of Google take over. I think it’s because of Satya Nadella’s leadership.

I think Microsoft is making a come back. Microsoft is now energized. If you recently take a look at the love received from developers over their Visual Studio Code and the improvement of Office 365 application or on the web.

In the book, Mr. Nadella reflected how how he get Microsoft “refresh” from his personal story and his journey in Microsoft. After hearing the stories, I believe that your life experience affects the way you do business.

Mr. Nadella reflected on why chose “Refresh” as the title of the book. It’s truly a good fit of his plan with Microsoft. When you are looking at a page in a browser, sometimes, you need to hit refresh to get new content. After refresh, the main structure of the web page still retain, but you might get some new content. This is a good analogy with Microsoft. Microsoft is not building from scratch, it’s has hit refresh to give their customer new content with the past intact.