Books I read in year 2017

2017 is not a easy year for me, therefore I read so many books to comfort myself. The books show above are just the top-10 books I rated.

I can’t remember how many times I have read “The old man and the sea”. This time, I read it for my daughter because she want to hear some “fantastic and powerful” stories. After I told her the whole story (of course, I changed some parts of the story for child), she is a little puzzle. Hmm, it’s hard to understand for a girl, even the story is truly “powerful” πŸ™‚

At the beginning of 2017 (about February), my old colleague Jian Mei asked my help for building an Bird-Classification-Application. I accept his requirement and start to learn knowledge of Deep Learning from beginning. Actually, this task makes me “alive” again: I begin to learn new frameworks (MXNET and Tensorflow), read papers (I haven’t read paper for many years) and thick books (such as “Deep Learning“). Finally, we have completed the application for classifying Chinese birds, and I begin my new career on Deep Learning area. Thanks to my old colleague again.

When I was a child, I read a small comic book about a family living in a isolated island. At January, I found a English book in bookshop, which named “The Swiss Family Robinson”. Suddenly I realized this must be the original version of that old comic book. So I bought it. It only cost me 20 RMB (about 3 dollars, book is desperately cheap in China). In the following weeks, I read this book chapter by chapter and tell them to my daughter. This time, she can understand, and became interesting about this old story.

In 2015, I traveled to Boston to give my presentation on Linux Vault Conference with my colleague Coly Li. In MIT book shop, I bought many books, include a history book named “Ancient Rome” (I have read a lot of books about ancient Rome, but none is English version). But year 2015 and 2016 are very busy, and I only have enough time to read the book over in 2017. This book contains many pictures, which is good for children too. Maybe in future, I could read it for my children.

Books I read in year 2016

Here comes the last day of 2016 year. And it is also the time for me to review my harvest about knowledge, or books.

Frankly speaking, the book “All hard thing about hard things” literally frighten me, and cause me to give up any idea about joining a startup company in China. Maybe this is the best consequence, for many startup companies failed in this end of year and I fortunately avoid this tempest.

Diving more deeper into the ocean of “Hadoop Ecosystem”, or “Big Data”, I find out Spark is really a convenient and powerful framework (compare to MapReduce) which could implement complicated algorithm or data-flow with a few lines of code. Surely, Scala is also a key element for Spark’s efficiency and concision.

Today, even normal person could imagine a sci-fi story about how modern people will fight with Alien invaders. But, what will happen if Aliens attacked the earth in the ancient time? What about Medieval age? Then comes the funny and bold sci-fi novel “The High Crusade”. A group of Medieval army defeat the invader of Alien, and did even more: occupied a frontline planet of a gigantic Alien Empire. It is really out of my imagination πŸ™‚

Books I read in year 2015

Illustrated Network Hardware Famous Cases for DataCenter Mysql Internal: Innodb Engine The Martian Antifragile

The first book is about network hardware, like router, switcher. As a coder, I usually use servers on cloud, therefore haven’t see the real high performance routers (I have sought bare server, 1Gb switcher). This book open my eyes.

The second book is about how to build Datacenter. It’s really a work for architecture, not IT guys.

About two years ago, I worked with Mysql team in my company as a kernel developer. We have used PCIE-card of NAND and flashcache as our solution for Mysql to process hight throughput pressure. But util this year, I have read over the architecture of InnoDB Engine which is the most powerful and effective engine in Mysql. Actually, it’s not so difficult to have a overview of the InnoDB Engine in a book. But, it is still very hard to understand the code of it πŸ™‚

I haven’t go to cinema to watch “The Martian” because I have read it in my Kindle on my commute everyday. It is really a sci-fi story for Geeks who like do research on Computer,Chemistry,Physics,etc. The only question I want to ask the author is:” How could you invent so much troubles on Mars to torture Mark Watney?”

Trip to Boston

Last week, I flight to Boston, MA to attend the Vault Conference 2015. This is my first time for coming to Boston.

The Boston Common

The Charles River, from MIT side.

The Hall of MIT

In the Havard Square

The well-known Havard Book Store

The Old Corner Book Store, it used to be a real book store about 100 years ago πŸ™‚

Books I read in year 2014

Fantastic Mr Fox Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae Interstellar ε€ͺι˜³δΈ‹ηš„ι£Žζ™― 周国平散文集

I have watched “Fantastic Mr Fox” four years ago, but just read its novel this year. It’s really a interesting story even I am not a child anymore. The three bad farmers want to kill Mr Fox and his whole family, but Mr Fox just steal their goods without hurting anybody, which is a good idea to me πŸ™‚

“Interstellar” is no doubt the most amazing science fiction this year. This is a story about a father travel a very very long time and space to rescue his children, and also, his descendants. The most attractive part of this novel for me is not those fashion or professional words like “wormhole”, “black hole” etc, but the struggling of the lone father (or the human being). It also give me much power and courage to scrabble out of the traps in my own life.