Summary of recent reading(July-September 2020)


Tiassa by Steven Brust: Part of the Vlad Taltos series. This one was really good. It is written from the perspectives of different characters in the story– not first-person like the other books in the series, but the focus shifts between different different people in each chapter, and you get to learn about other characters. The story itself is also pretty cool. The Jhereg cook up a really large hoax– an imminent Jenoine attack– just to rope in Vlad, but Cawti prevents that from happening.…
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Summary of recent reading(April-June 2020)


Deep Work(Audiobook) by Cal Newport: Somewhat of a re-read. I read most of the book a few years ago but never finished it. Like most of the books in the category, most of the value from reading this book comes just from getting nudged into assessing the things you value and improving your current systems even if just by a smidge. Jhegaala by Steven Brust: Entertaining read but I found the ending to be a bit unsatisfying.…
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Summary of recent reading(January-March 2020)


The Start-Up of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha: A career book by a LinkedIn cofounder. Emphasizes networking as an essential tool to advance your career; unsurprisingly advocates using LinkedIn to do this. Ultralearning by Scott Young: The book describes an approach to learning by immersing yourself in projects which will teach you the skills you are interested in. It also discusses incorporating techniques like retrieval practice, spaced repetition into the projects to speed up your learning process.…
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WebAssembly branching instructions, by example


I have been familiarizing myself with WebAssembly by writing small WAT files and looking at the WASM output for some simple C functions. WebAssembly Studio is a great tool for doing this kind of exploration. Branching in WebAssembly takes some getting used to– for one thing, the target of your branch instructions are relative to the current scope. That is, the target of the br 1 refers to the scope one level up from the current scope and the same target will be referred to as different indices depending on where the branch is being called from.…
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Summary of recent reading(October-December 2019)


Issola by Steven Brust: [spoiler]The Jenoine, the alien species that created Dragaerans and who once ruled the earth, kidnap Morrolan and Aliera in order to try to get Vlad to kill Verra. This turns out to be part of a bigger plan to use the earth’s Lesser Sea of Chaos to create their own Orb. Lady Teldra gets killed in a battle between gods and Jenoine, and Spellbreaker turns into a Great Weapon where Lady Teldra lives on.…
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