What MeetMe is reading this month…

For the last few months, we’ve been collecting book recommendations internally to present at our monthly all-hands engineering meeting.  It started out as work related material, but in the processes of collecting everyone’s recommendations it became very apparent that people are far more excited to share their non-work-related picks.  It turned out those books were also the more interesting ones to discuss.  Of course, the tech books were also solid picks and show what our engineers are excited about on a professional level.  The list seemed too good to keep to ourselves… So we thought we’d share it with everyone. We hope you enjoy these as much as our team has. Leave us a comment if you’ve already read or plan to read any of these.


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hackers

“From the days of the early MIT hackers to the explosion of the personal computer and software industry revolutions, Hackers explores the history of the subculture of tinkerers and creators that made it happen. The stories are testimonials showing that when you give people access to tools and infomation, they are capable of great things. This book is inspirational not in the mushy sense, but in a very direct way that makes you want to grab a soldering iron, some microcontrollers, and start compiling code.”

David Slabonik


 wholenewmind

by Daniel H Plink

“Lots of random ideas. Seems like the author went out and did a bunch of cool travels and reading then found a way to tie it in to how right-brainers are becoming super important. Not many take-aways, other than for how to design tools to be holistic, beautiful, and meaningful.”

Brian Herbert

haskell

by Bryan O’Sullivan

“The Haskell book was quite mind blowing as an approach to programming.  I found Haskell appealing because it combines static typing, compile time checking, functional programming, and a powerful type system, among other things. Usually you only get two or three of those in a language.”

Peter Eisentraut

flashboys

by Michael Lewis

“If you want to know the power of a milli-second and at the same time pissed about the going ons in the financial industry read this.  It’s really a story about the power developers have over the world.”

Rich Friedman

javascript

by David Herman

“Between web and node.js, we are using JavaScript.  This means needing to really understand JavaScript.  This is an excellent book on the topic.”

Jason Lotito

by Nate Silver

“Nate Silver dives into a diverse set of topics to explore the statistics and methods for making predictions within each of those areas.  The topics vary from Major League Baseball to weather prediction to chess.  It’s a longer book, but the diversity of topics keep it seeming relatively fresh throughout.

Matt Kemmerer    

Article by Bret Victor

“Great thoughts on getting the initial process of coding beyond minds and into hands. Written by a powerhouse in UI design.”

Brian Herbert

supernormal

Super Normal

by Dave Morin

“The blog post details the Japanese design philosophy of “Super Normal,” which means that when you are trying to create a new product, instead of reinventing the wheel, you take a product or concept that is “normal” to the world and improve upon it.  I recommend this article because people often fall into a position of comfort and settling for experiences that seem to be just what we want when they can often be better. We accept a product’s shortcomings, like the cold, difficult-to-hold bucket mentioned in the article, because it gets the job done and/or no one else has done or conceived of anything better yet. The more friction we can remove in all aspects of having our members achieve their goals, the better, and that’s something we should continuously strive toward.

Anton Djamoos

by Dan Ariely

“Discusses how humans aren’t always as rational and logical as we might expect.  The book uses interesting experiments and case studies to highlight these irrational behaviors.”

Matt Kemmerer

by Brandon Sanderson

“Book 2 of the Way of Kings series. EPIC fantasy.  EPIC AWESOME”

Jason Lotito

by Roger Lowenstein

by Stephen King

“Three bios –  What they all had in common, was they had a passion for what they did, they were driven to do it, and were not in for fame and money.  They were willing to spend an inordinate amount of time and energy following their dream, though it often impacted personal relationships.  The Buffet one was good in that he always boiled everything down, no matter how complicated, into simple things. The King one, likewise, he had a straightforward process and stuck to it diligently. The Richards one, just because I’m amazed he’s still alive.

Peter Steinheuser

by Mark Bowden

“Three takeaways:

  1. there’s a lot going on at a low level on the internet that I don’t know much about
  2. the guys that do are pretty scary smart 
  3. we’re all gonna die 

same author as Black Hawk Down 
(point 3 might be hyperbole)”

Michael Glaesemann

by Michio Kaku

An interesting blend of biography and science.  Offers up some insight into Einstein’s life and his revolutionary theories.

Matt Kemmerer

by Rob Lowe

“It’s actually fascinating. lots of cool Hollywood stories”

Corky Brown 

by Neal Stephenson

Snow Crash predates the Matrix movies and the .hack series of games, and its influence on the subject of virtual-reality in fiction is obvious. A sword-wielding, code-slinging pizza-delivery driver working for the mafia is fired from his job, and begins to uncover the mystery of a new virtual narcotic, “Snow Crash” – which is both a computer virus and a degenerative nerve disease in the real world.”

David Slabonik

 

by Matt Galloway

“It’s a great book on Objective-C. I find I can go back to those books and learn and relearn.”

Jason Lotito

by Nir Eyal

“A typical and ok book about how we get hooked into habit forming products.  Interesting but if you read something similar probably not worth your time.”

Rich Friedman

2 thoughts on “What MeetMe is reading this month…”

  1. Just a heads up that most of the images are broken, as they’re linking to confluence.meetmecorp.com which isn’t publicly accessible.

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