IronFit

I finished this book this week. I was interested how you can prepare for an IronMan or a normal triathlon. I like to have a training plan for different levels of commitment. And the planning for the race itself. I have learned some tips to improve in the three sports. At some point I would like to try a triathlon (I need to join a swim gym and get a heart meter). My only concern for a bigger challenge is the left knee. But, step by step.

Doctorow-Tor

I finished this book yesterday. This was my first book from Cory Doctorow, I have heard about him for some time about his support for digital freedom and his blogging (never read it though). Somehow I decided to read something from I chose this book as it seemed the latest. And to be honest, I am glad I did it because I liked it. I didnt know what to expect the four novellas really hit the nail on the head in the main issues of our society:

1- Immigration – Digital freedom – Social connection – Social classes – Youth against injustice

2- Racism – even superpowers can “fix” it – America blind eye (and the whole world to be honest)

3- Healthcare (cost, politics, etc), Brutal-capitalism, Radicalization, Guilt, Mental Health.

4- Clean water, Global instability, Violence, Social disconnection

I have the feeling that you can see the current work in each history. In one part you think we are doomed but there is always a spot of hope. And it is just “having hope”, it is taking action.

And I learned that the DMCA was signed by a Democrat…. good b-job Clinton…

And I want to use more often Tor more often. Just for browsing it is really easy.

WisdomOfInsecurity

I finished reading this book last night. To be honest, it has been hard to read and digest. Very hardcore philosophical for my level. To put things a bit on perspective, the book was written on 1954… and half way the book you realize that things he talks about are still pretty valid nowadays. Without noticing, he is taking a approach to Easter philosophy (Buddhism) in contrast to the Western one. We are very focus in the “I”, in the material world, etc. We try to get things defined as something static and we need that for security. Our brain is the one leading the shots but taking a different approach, accepting the insecurity (you can’t control everything, you can’t know everything) you can live a less stressful and meaningful life.

Again, this is the typical book I should read 30 times to get really a full understanding.

ADHD

Finished this week this book. ADHD is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. I didnt know it was like your brain madurates more slowly than normal. of Something that is getting more diagnosed these days. Maybe we were like that when younger or even our parents still are. It quite interesting to see how strict is the society when you are not 100% fit for purpose. The education system is built for a common type of child even the interaction with others. If you are not one of that class, you are going to have a difficult time and the future is not going to be very bright neither. So quite challenging to be and live with ADHD. But there are ways to move forwards if you want. The author follows the 5 Cs to deal with this “challenge”:

  • self-Control: If you lose your temper…. breath, meditate, step back.
  • Compassion: Think how the person in the other side feels.
  • Collaboration: Get the other side involvement in the decision making process.
  • Consistency: The process is not just day. It is a long, slow process.
  • Celebration: Yeah, acknowledge the good things. So the other Cs get stronger.

At the end of the day, you are not stupid, you have a different path for madurity and other skills.

At the same time I was reading this book, one day in the radio was this program about dyslexia. It was socking to know that about 50% of USA inmates were dyslexic… And again, it seems the end of the world… but in the program was an interview to one director from GCHQ saying that he was dyslexic and they were hiring for them. Why? Because they see and approach things in a different way.

So, at the end of the day, whatever you have, you can still move forwards in life. You dont need to be in the “normal” range of population/people.

BGP-StockMarket-EGB

I was reading through my backlog and noticed too close by incidents. A BGP hijack on 30th September from Telstra and Tokyo Stock Exchange outage on 2nd Oct. At the end of the day, small mistakes/errors (on purpose or not) can cause massive impact (depending on your point of view). For BGP, RPKI is the security framework to make sure the advertised routes belong to the real owners. Yeah, quick summary. But at the end of the day, not all Internet providers are using RPKI, and even if you use it, you can make mistakes. This is better than nothing. For the exchanges, thinking that a piece of hardware can cause a stop to a 6 trillion $ market is crazy. And it seems is just a 350 servers system. That tells me that you dont need the biggest system to hold the biggest value and you will always hit a problem no matter how safe/resilience is your design/implementation/etc. Likely I am making this up and I need to review the book, but one of the conclusions I took from it, via Godel, it doesn’t matter how many statements you use to declare your (software) system, you can always find a weakness (false statement).

Evolved-Indiana

This week I realised that Juniper JunOS was moving to Linux…. called Evolved. I guess they will still be supporting FreeBSD version but long term will be Linux. I am quite surprised as this was really announced early 2020, always late joining the party. So all big boys are running linux at some level: Cisco has done it sometime ago with nx-os, Brocade/Extrene did it too with SLX (based on Ubuntu) and obviously Arista with EOS (based on Fedora). So the trend of more “open” network OS will be on the raise.

And as well, I finished “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” book. Indiana Jones films are among my favourites… although this was was always considered the “worse” (I erased from my mind the “fourth”) I have really enjoyed the book. It was like watching the movie at slow pace and didnt care that I knew the plot. I will get the other books likely.

Drive

No, it is not about cars. I just finished reading Drive from Daniel Pink. I quite liked it as it is mainly focus in the daily working life. And you can find a summary at the end of the book of each chapter. Plus specific advises for different circumstances.

The books is about what is motivation, what motivate us, etc. Funny enough, again, there is a reference to “Thinking fast and slow” as a proof that we are not as rational as we think making decisions. As well there are a lot of references to “flow” from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Quite interesting and central to the book too.

Initially our motivations are survival and reproduction like any other animal. That heavily changed with the Industrial revolution and the move to a workforce based in offices were the motivation was based on carrot/stick policies. That works for repetitive tasks but not for creative ones.

And I feel identified about that. I am looking for that motivation, drive in myself. I want to enjoy my job, want to learn, want to see things happening due to my actions. And I dont want a massive salary, neither bonuses as it would be more a burden that a help. Just a decent salary (I am not going to become rich working) so you can remove the money from the table and focus in what is really fulfilling. But most of the work environments are not like this. Although the books shows some punctual places where they have applied a different approach and have produced results. This one is quite radical and motivating

As well, another thing I discovered in the book, it is the term B companies. Several links about it: definition1 definition2 example1 example2

So they are for profit-companies but with some soul. Really like it. And to be honest, as a consumer, want to support that. Even maybe one day work in one of those or even set up one (related to IT, but have no idea)

The author says the new motivation/drive for this century is based on your personality. If you are not influenced much for external things, then your drive is based on: autonomy, mastery and purpose.

If your goal is external things: money, promotions, power, sex, etc. Maybe you will not have enough.

You want to take responsibility if you want to give your best so you need to have the voice to choose how, when , with whom to achieve that. You want to master your task, that’s never a quick path, but slow and sometimes hard, but that makes it worth it. And finally, you want to see a meaning for all that.

You have those 3 ingredients in your life (and they are not going to come to your), you are in a fulfilling trip.

The Art of Resilience

One day when I was a child, I recollect an interview (TV or radio not sure) about a basketball player who have been playing for a long time without an injury. And that was reported as something extraordinary. I think the interview said the moto of this player was “My body and mind are a temple so I look after them very well”. I can’t say who was the player, if it was NBA or something else. I dont think it was a famous player neither. Or maybe this is something that my mind made up from something. Not sure, but that sentence has been with me since them although it has taken years to fully understand. For many years, I have been trying to look after myself (body and mind) as best as I can. And there is always way to improve and things not to forget.

For that reason I read this book. I have already read Ross’ first book back in 2018, so the new one was appealing .

One of the central subjects of his adventure is taking stoicism as a philosophy base. And that is something I feel quite close lately.

Apart from the philosophy, there are many points important for succeeding in such a challenge (without being sick!)

  • preparation: getting wintered
  • control your pace
  • strength training / stress
  • manage pain
  • manage fear
  • humor
  • importance of food (hunger)
  • importance of digestion
  • sleep
  • your pyramid of needs (Maslow’s)

As the author says, there is no superpower or birth gift. It is just you and the cocktel above to achieve whatever you want.

Never split the difference

Just finished this book. I heard about it from my goland training… and actually it is quite good. You see the extrapolation of negotiation techniques from a FBI negotiator to the business world. One the first things I noticed is how he highlights the importance our the lack of rationality based on “Thinking, fast and slow” when making decisions.

I dont consider myself a good negotiator or bargainer but you can always learn something new like about how to negotiate a pay rise 🙂

It is interesting the focus in:

  • Mirroring the other side: create rapport
  • Labelling: create trust reusing words. Proof you are listening.
  • Look for the “No“: This is quite unusual as you are always pushed for the “yes”. The “No” provides a lot info for getting to the real deal.
  • Use “How”, “What”. Avoid “Why”.
  • Body language is very important and how you say things. Keep feelings at bay. Remember the night show’s DJ voice. Be ready to take a punch.
  • Create the illusion of control in the other side
  • Find the lair/time-waster. Ensure the next steps.
  • Ackerman Bargaining: start at 65% of your target price. Increase to 85%, 95% and 100%. Use empathy and different ways to say “no”. Use precise, nonround numbers for the final offer.
  • Not all is about the money. You can use non monetary items to get the deal (free publicity, etc)
  • Find Unknown Unknows (aka the black swan)

As the author says, it is better “no deal” than a “bad deal”.

I hope I can remember things for the next time I am in negotiation situation.

Breath and Cold

I finished this book. It is quite good, I have read about Wim Hof through another book that mentioned the benefits of cold for physical recovery in sports. And after a bit of more searching I was interested in reading more.

The book shows the benefits of breathing and how disconnected we are from our environment. And we have the tools to change that.

In other books about depression and trauma, mentioned the disconnection from our environment as one main cause, and getting back to it (nature) gets improvements.

I have never been a strong swimmer neither have a big lung capacity but I remember that when I was swimming as a teenager in my hometown, after doing the breathing exercises I could hold much longer. And the second day I tried the breathing exercise from the book, I managed 4 minutes. I was quite surprised. So I am adding this to my meditation practice too.

Regarding the cold, the days I am going for a run, I finish my shower with cold water (based on the fittest book) so I can give better recovery to my legs (and knees). And to be honest, It feels very good afterwards. If you don’t fight the cold (don’t shiver) it is interesting how your body relaxes and heartbeat slows down.

So I will carry on with the cold and breath exercises.