The Ninth Metal

After reading a review somewhere this past week of Benjamin Percy’s forthcoming book, I checked out his last book The Ninth Metal from the library this morning. It is quite the page-turner, and I am already over halfway through it.

What I can’t decide yet is whether it is actually a good book. The plot is compelling and Percy knows how to string the sentences together and hit all the right beats. However, the characters are all pretty thin, and I am not sure there is much story to hold it all together. The book reads like it was written to get a Netflix deal.

Apparently the new book is something of a sequel, and the third in the trilogy will be out later this year.

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UGH. The person who looks for topics to fill the remaining time in the meeting “since we’ve got it.”
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This was fascinating. For starters he
learned that pigs, like white people, were an invasive species from
Europe.

— Neal Stephenson, Termination Shock

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I will miss having The Expanse to watch. I should probably go back and start reading the books again. I got through the first few and enjoyed them, but the I found myself with two small kids and little attention or focus for anything.
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I am finally getting around to watching Midnight Mass on Netflix and it is so good.
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There is no magic solution to the problem of having a lot of things to do.

What It’s Like Working at a Large Company:

We’d love to do it all, but when you have 2,000 1 week tasks, that’s 2,000 weeks worth of work. When you account for code review and other work time, that’s probably 3,000+ weeks of dev man-hours. Even with an army of 100 devs, that’s still 30 weeks to do everything in our backlog.

I work at a large company—as well as several other large companies before this one—and Matt is 100% spot-on here.

The answer to this problem is either “Don’t have large companies,” or figure out how to accept it and move on. The former, while enticing, is probably not practical, so we’re stuck with the latter.

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