Reading books and watching movies are two of my favorite pastimes, and I’ve got a few favorites that I return to from time to time. What I love noticing is the new insights I gain on my work and outlook when reading some of the same passages and watching some of the same scenes in my favorites works, years after I’ve initially experienced them.
My current fascination is learning the nature of systems and how simple components fit together to form something complex. This deals with such concepts as purpose, efficiency, adaptability, and interoperability. From bicycles to servers to social science, there are lessons and insights all around us.