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Pierce Brown - Golden Son and Morning Star These are books two and three, respectively, of the Red Rising trilogy, which as a whole are a very entertaining piece of science fiction. Taking place about a thousand years from now, people have colonized other planets and the human species has h group: ideal specimens of …

About Michael Cordell

I am a technical leader by way of self-taught full-stack developer. I try to adopt a beginner’s attitude by continuously pursuing new skills and working to improve upon my existing set. My overarching philosophy and goal in any project is to ship robust software in a timely fashion. With this in mind, I strive to …

Black Edge

Sheelah Kolhatkar’s Black Edge tracks the insider trading case against the hedge fund SAC Capital and its founder Steven Cohen in the mid 2010s. Interesting bits: You might want to just watch the PBS Frontline documentary To Catch a Trader if you aren’t interested enough to read the book. The complete lack …

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Podcasts How did this get made? Lovett or Leave It The Jeselnik & Rosenthal Vanity Project Podsave America Hardcore History The Weeds Slow burn Software Backup solution: Backblaze Password manager: 1Password macOS multi-tool: Hammerspoon Email: Airmail Airmail has lost product focus and botched a subscription …

Flash Boys

Lewis is a masterful story teller, and I find the topics he picks to be fascinating His tendency to lionize his characters feels problematic at times. In the big short you had Steve Eisman, in Flash Boys you have Brad Katsuyama. The portrait painted is of David v. Goliath The HFT programmer, Sergey Alynikov, is a …

Showdown at Gucci Gulch

Showdown at Gucci Gulch chronicles the tax reform effort in the early-mid 80s during the Reagan administration. This was a notable law making effort as it closed many tax loopholes while removing roughly 4M lower income people from the tax rolls. All of this occured during a repbulican administration who had recently …

The Color of Law

The Color of Law is an examination of the explicit policies and laws that lead to segregation in American housing. Often times, the policy failures were as much about the actions not taken, such as a failure to Withholding of permits for developers unwilling to enforce segregating policies Sometime the author …

The Spider Network

Manipulation of the LIBOR (London Inter-bank Offered Rate), a summary of the situation can also be found here Sometimes called the most important number in the world because so many financial attributes use it as a level for their own rates.

The Undoing Project

Thinking, Fast and Slow

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