Read: Red Rising

Read: Red RisingRed Rising (Red Rising, #1) by Pierce Brown
Published by Del Rey (Random House) on January 28th 2014
Pages: 382
My Rating: four-stars

"I live for the dream that my children will be born free," she says. "That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them."

"I live for you," I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. "Then you must live for more."

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

I wanted to take a break from YA, but then two people recommended this book to me. I’m glad they did.

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My Digital Archival Strategy

I’ve always had a slight obsession with organizing the paper and digital “stuff” of our family life. Only recently have I found a workflow of organizing all this stuff that I’m comfortable with and is easy to do. We’re now a ‘paperless’ house and here’s the system I use to keep that up.

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Read: The Name of the Wind

Read: The Name of the WindThe Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss
Published by Penguin Group DAW Hardcover on March 27th 2007
Pages: 662
My Rating: five-stars

Told in Kvothe's own voice, this is the tale of the magically gifted young man who grows to be the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen.

The intimate narrative of his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city, his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, and his life as a fugitive after the murder of a king form a gripping coming-of-age story unrivaled in recent literature.

A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.

This book introduces a very interesting world and a super likable protagonist in Kvothe.

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WooConf 2016

The second edition of WooCommerce’s flagship conference brought more of everything and did not disappoint! Everything from the venue to the speakers and after party were top notch.

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Why learn to code?

Recently I went to two events related to programming that were on opposite ends of the “coding experience” spectrum. On one end of the spectrum are experienced programmers and on the other are inexperienced coders on a quest to learn.

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2015 Annual Review

Every year I like to take a look back at the year to see how things went and reflect on the successes and shortcomings. Overall 2015 was a great year and I am very thankful.

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Two choices that changed my life

Recently two guys who run large companies blogged separately about topics related to their companies. I respect both of these guys and loved reading these posts because they resonated with two choices I’ve made that changed my life.

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