Malcom Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers forces you to think about how we understand people we don’t know through several high-profile case studies. Moral is: human beings are not transparent—they don’t telegraph the truth, we think they do, but the science says otherwise. This means that we are bad a detecting liars. My takeaway from all this is that you can’t assume anything about people based on your snap perceptions or assumptions about their behavior. What is the book is missing is what to do about it…

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We adopted Go on our team at Expedient a little over a year ago but my hands-on experience and knowledge was a little uneven. I thought I would round it out with a little light reading. Go has fast compile times, built-in dependency management and strong opinions on things like code style. It favors composition over inheritance. The concurrency features, Goroutines and channels, are straightforward yet powerful. I’m looking forward to using Go for several upcoming projects.

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