Book: Han Solo (Liu)

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Leia: That crazy fool.

A lovable fool

Han Solo popped up in my Amazon recommendations. It caught my eye me because it’s written by Marjorie Liu, whose Monstress I absolutely loved.

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Book notes: Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Book 1

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It's not mere hooliganism. It's a revolution.

The new Black Panther, vol 1, in a nutshell

The first volume of the new Black Panther reboot is my first completed book of 2017.

I am not a huge fan of Marvel super-hero comics, but I’m always curious about comic books by interesting authors. A graphic novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates certainly qualifies as intriguing. I was not disappointed.

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My 2016 in books

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Some of the books I read in 2016

Some of the books I read in 2016

2016 was the first year that I took the Good Reads reading challenge.

I’m suspicious of New Year resolutions. They tend to be overly optimistic and, thus, unrealistic. And unrealistic resolutions lead to disappointment and self-blame.

At the same time, I’m a fan of goal-setting. So in early 2016 I thought, well, what if I take the challenge, but with a modest, easily-achievable goal? And so I signed up for the Good Reads challenge, with a goal of 25 books for the year.

Turns out that was a very modest goal, indeed.

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…and we’re back

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Maybe?

I’ve blogged on and off since 2003. That’s about thirteen years. Sometimes the posts flow easily, and sometimes not so much.

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How I found my startup job

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The first thing I had to learn when leaving Google was how to find a job.

Back in 2005, when I was about to graduate from college, I didn’t get the chance to develop any job-searching skills. Instead, my first full-time job found me. Someone referred me to Google, a recruiter contacted me, interviews were organized, and I got a job offer.

I was terrified at the time. I wasn’t sure I wanted to have a purely technical career (I’ve always had a strong interest in organizational behavior and management of development). I didn’t think I would fit in the computer-geek paradise that Google marketed itself as (I didn’t code in my free time, I didn’t contribute to open source, I wasn’t a “real hacker”). But I didn’t have anything else lined up, and I thought it would be madness to reject a perfectly fine job offer without having an alternative. So I accepted.

As a consequence, when I quit Google I had to learn to find a job. This is how I went about it.

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