So.. I left Cisco after a long and memorable stint. My friends were extremely nice about it and gave me a lovely sendoff. That included a ton of goodies, such as:
- A Razer gaming mouse
- A book (The Authenticity Project, by Clare Pooley)
- A Calligraphy set
- Boxes of cupcakes
- An eco-friendly set of notebooks, pencils and pens: the kind that you can plant once you’re done using them
- A set of plants
- A gift voucher
That’s quite a lot ! Given my attachment to taking notes, reading, gaming, and nature, I’d say they know me quite well and knew exactly what to get.
A big heartfelt thanks and farewell to the entire team there.
The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Cambell
A beautiful synthesis of several major world myths. If you like going down the TV Tropes rabbit hole, this is for you.
Civilization, by Niall Ferguson
I suppose I’m not enough of an expert to comment, but the tendency to pigeon-hole vast swathes of history into a few fixed theories seemed too forced to me.
Hamlet, by William Shakespeare
I read the Penguin edition as part of a collection called Four Tragedies. The annotations are quite extensive and extremely useful to new readers. That apart, it’s Shakespeare, of course it’s great.
Continuing my tradition of drawing from the video game I’m currently playing, here’s Arthur Morgan From Red Dead Redemption 2.
The game is exquisite. I’m loving the slow pace, the open world and the activities you can partake in.
My first time using watercolours so let’s assume this is a stylistic take on the cover.
The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, by Vincent Van Gogh
My wife got this as a birthday gift. It is a tragic look at Van Gogh’s suffering but passionate and all too brief life. The editor’s notes before each section were quite helpful in setting the context. Before reading this, I saw Loving Vincent, a beautiful tribute to the same author. So I’d recommend folks to watch that movie first, and dive into the week if they crave more.
The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande
I’m been tweaking my productivity tools, and this seemed like a well-recommended book in that space. It is quite nice although a bit light. The summary is that in high pressure and critical jobs, experts usually look for corner-cases but quite often miss the basics. And a good checklist serves as a reminder for a group of people to coordinate tasks well.
Pomodoro Technique Illustrated, by Staffan Noteberg
Continued my productivity investigation with this book. Again, a light, enjoyable read. I read the book using the Pomo technique itself and quite liked the approach. I have too many meetings at work these days to be able to use this as often as I’d like. But it seems like a nice way to pace your work without getting swamped by distractions.