I’ve been continuing to watch Season 4 of the The Expanse, 4 episodes in currently. I’m definitely enjoying it, but I am also a little frustrated. There seems to be a lot of backstory that is missing, I’m told it’s in the books. There are a couple places where it seems like important plot points depend on characters doing unusually stupid things, which I personally find very annoying. But I’m willing to give the show the benefit of the doubt for now, and will see how I feel at the end of the season.
Thanks to Andre Garzia I came across The StoryGraph. It lets you track books that you’ve read and recommends new books based on them and your supplied interests. Yes, it’s similar to GoodReads, but cleaner and more community-oriented, and without the ties to Amazon (all of which I consider a good thing). There are some things I don’t like about it: it’s more focused on recommendations than tracking, the process for adding things I’m currently reading is clunky, and there are no native mobile apps, so I can’t just point my camera at a book’s barcode and have it added to my profile. I also don’t seem to have a public profile page, so I can’t share what I’m reading with someone who isn’t on the site. All that being said, the service looks like it’s in active development, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
I came across Oxide Computer’s new website which also describes their in-development product in some detail. It tickles the part of my brain that loves to tinker with hardware and bare metal computing. In an alternate life, where I didn’t decide to move up the abstraction layers to programming languages and tools, I would definitely be interested in working at a place like Oxide, and more generally doing the kind of co-design that they are.
That in turn led me to Bryan Cantrill’s talk about the coming golden age of hardware/software co-design. Lots of interesting things seem to be coming in the near future, I just hope we put it to use running something other than invasive machine learning algorithms on biased datasets. Time will tell I suppose.