The Weekly Edition - Issue 6

07 January, 2018

So, it's the end of the first week back to work after the holiday period. I must admit it took me a few days to settle back into the routine, after spending a significant amount of time laying on my parent's sofa over Christmas.

I'm a creature of habit, though, and, as great as it was to take some time off work, I am excited to get back into a productive routine.

Continuing on from my tradition of setting a yearly reading goal on Goodreads, I set myself the challenge of reading another 55 in 2018.

The first book I've finished this year is Norse Mythology, a retelling of the classic Norse myths by Neil Gaiman, the author of American Gods. I've long been fascinated with the histories of the Norse gods, and this book was an extremely well-written and entertaining retelling of the original stories.

Interesting Reads

A short collection this week, but here are some of my favourite links and articles from the past seven days.

  • The Year in Illustration 2017, by The New York Times. Every year The Times commissions thousands of original illustrations from independent artists around the globe. The collection features some of the best from over the past year.

  • Unsplash have collected their best and most viewed photos of the year. Some of these shots are really incredible, and I'm always amazed at the great work the community are sharing on Unsplash.

  • Productivity tracking app, RescueTime, share some interesting data about what they learned from the information they collected on their users over 2017. What I find particularly interesting, is that, on average, their users were logging only 12.5 hours of productivity every week. This fact begs the question, where is all that other time being spent?

  • Inequality is under attack - but what should equality really look like? A thought-provoking piece from Jo Littler in The Guardian about how inequality has been highlighted in the recent past, and how we can determine what a more equal world looks like.

  • Japan's endless search for modernity, by Michael Auslin on The Atlantic.

  • It’s time for innovators to take responsibility for their creations. Susan Wu gives her opinion on about how Silicon Valley’s executives are no longer merely startup founders; they’re societal leaders, too and must take responsibility for this.

Around the Web

  • The latest issue of my favourite print magazine, Offscreen, is out now. Offscreen is a magazine that genres on the "Human side of technology". It features numerous interviews with incredibly talented creatives, from the world of design and development.
Offscreen mag, issue 18.
  • In my attempt to spend more time learning various web technologies, I started a Udemy course called "Modern React with Redux by Stephen Grider. The course gives a great introduction to the React/Redux tooling, and is currently on the New Year's sale so I definitely recommend checking it out.

  • Gatsby.js, a blazing-fast static side generator for react.

Thanks for reading. 👋

Header photo by Mohammad Alizade on Unsplash, from the Editor's Choice: 2017 Photos of the Year.

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