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Anders

aaspnas@kirja.casa

Joined 9 months, 1 week ago

Reading books of various genres, mostly Nordic Crime, Information Technology, Science and Fiction, Science and whatever I happen to find. I like to read mostly from paper, either pocket or hard cover, but also occasionally finish reading an e-book. I read books in Swedish, Finnish, English and German depending on what is available.

My reading history is available over at Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/user/show/76763164-anders

I work as a Technical Architect in a large Information Technology corporation and live in Turku, Finland.

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2024 Reading Goal

6% complete! Anders has read 2 of 30 books.

T. Kingfisher: Nettle and Bone (EBook, 2022, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom) 4 stars

After years of seeing her sisters suffer at the hands of an abusive prince, Marra—the …

Dark, funny and complex

4 stars

A fantasy book that somehow deals with subjects that are not all that far out there at all in a way that makes imagination flow. Quite dark and macabre, but surprisingly funny and full of compassion. Could be triggering, but still a great book.

reviewed Distrust by Gary Smith

Gary Smith: Distrust (Hardcover, 2023, Oxford University Press) 4 stars

The book argues that science's credibility is being undermined by tools created by scientists themselves. …

A call of warning

4 stars

We are constantly bombarded with claims on how artificial intelligence, big data and other advances in technology and science is going to improve our everyday life. These claims oversell and underdeliver the actual capabilities. This book explain the mechanisms at work and attempts to provide actionable advice on how to to improve. One example of the advice provided is to improve education around the known pitfalls of our current technology. An other example and perhaps the most useful advice is stated in the title: Distrust!

The book goes from one topic to the next a bit without any clear direction. I would still recommend this book to everybody in technology, especially if you are in to artificial intelligence, big data or blockchain technology.

Amy C. Edmondson: Right Kind of Wrong (2023, Atria Books) 4 stars

Book number 2 on psychological safety

4 stars

Although the book itself is not all that challenging to read, I found this to be a tough book to read. Failure can be a triggering subject and my motivation for reading anything non fiction is not what it used to be.

The book itself feels like the next in a series continuing from the book "The fearless Organization" by Amy Edmondson that i liked. The book discuss psychological safety at work (and life in general) as well as how to handle failure, take intelligent risk, avoid dumb mistakes and behave in a way that allows others to experience intelligent failure. The book contains lots of examples and "case studies" (in lack of a better word) exemplifying where taking risks can lead you.

Still i would recommend "The Fearless Organization" over this book, but if you wish to consume everything available about psychological safety, as it is a term quite …

Teppo Eskelinen, Eeva Jokinen, Lilli Aini Rokkonen: Tehostamisyhteiskunnan jäljet (EBook, Suomi language, 2023, SoPhi) 4 stars

Tehostaminen seurauksineen lienee yleisimpiä aikalaiskokemuksia. Se merkitsee työtä jota ei ehdi kunnolla tehdä, repaleisempaa palvelujärjestelmää, …

Tehostamisen seuraukset

4 stars

En yleensä lue tämän aihealueen kirjoja. Tehostaminen aihealueena ja varsinkin tehostamisajattelun sivuvaikutukset kiinnostavat, ehkä siksi että yleensä tuodaan ainoastaan muutoksen puoltavat seikat esille. Tämä kirja käsittelee myös tehostamisen nurjapuolen ilmiöt.

Kirja oli yllättävän helppolukuinen, poikkeuksena kuitenkin toinen luku joka oli täynnä uusia termejä joka saattaa pelottaa joitakin lukijoita. Kappaleet muodostavat kaikki erillisiä kokonaisuuksia tehostamisajattelun ympärille. Suosittelen luettavaksi kaikille lähihistoriasta ja politiikasta kiinnostuneille.

Brandon Sanderson: The Way of Kings (Hardcover, 2010, Tor) 5 stars

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings, book one …

Over 1200 pages of fantasy

4 stars

This was a thick pocket book. Over 1250 pages of fantasy and adventure with a fair bit of violence, deception, magic and conflict. This book, or was it series of books has been compared to those by Tolkien although I would not go that far.

I found the story a bit confusing as it consists of many different threads, that only at the end of the book starts to come together.

I would recommend the book to anyone who is not intimidated by its thickness and weight, and likes good fantasy world building.

Gerry Mcgovern: World Wide Waste: How Digital Is Killing Our Planet-and What We Can Do About It (2020) 5 stars

Useful perspective on resource usage

5 stars

The progress in information technology has a significant impact on the energy use and climate impact. This book outlines just how significant and provides a good list of references for further reading.

The book provides pragmatic ways to reduce our own digital impact on the environment.

The book is well written, engaging and easy to read. I would recommend this book to anyone who uses digital devices and services.

Shuli Branson: Practical Anarchism (2022, Pluto Press) 4 stars

You may not realise it, but you are probably already practicing anarchism in your daily …

Not all that practical

3 stars

Don't know what I expected when I bought this book from Pluto Press but somehow it was a struggle to read this e-book.

The annotated list of other books and works to read is perhaps the best aspect of this book.

Becky Chambers: Record of a Spaceborn Few (Paperback, Hodder & Stoughton Ltd) 4 stars

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a …

Maybe triggering

4 stars

Again a great book in the series. Having recently read the previous book in the series this did not engage as much as the previous book. Somehow I was not in the mood for reading it just now.

The book gives a unique perspective of systems, humanity and culture. Not to give too much of a spoiler, but some of the topics could be seen as triggering, perhaps mostly due to the compassionate tone that the author uses.

Stephen R. Covey, L. David Marquet: Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders (2013, Portfolio) 5 stars

Leadership in contrast to followership

5 stars

This is a quick read. The book contrasts the traditional leadership model (leader - follower) with a distributed model where leadership is found at every level (leader - leader model). The book has interesting stories illustrating the different styles and the problems the model create.

This should be mandated reading for anyone that would like to call themselves a leader. The book is also useful for anybody as leadership affects us all.