Finished The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. Chinese science fiction novel, taking place largely in the present day with a few flashbacks. Has some top-notch hard SF elements, very cleverly worked out. Also liked the depiction of the long term research project, and the flashbacks to the Cultural Revolution were fascinating.
I didn't realise though that it was the first book in a trilogy, and the plot doesn't have much of a resolution. Also has the traditional hard SF trait of not terribly convincing characters, though I did like the earthy policeman Shi Qiang.
Overall though, excellent science fiction, well worked out and original. Will definitely be looking out for the sequels.
Socioeconomics. Plan to make the Eurozone work. House prices chart: "housing appears to be more than 40% overvalued in Australia, Britain and Canada". Demystifying the Gender Pay Gap: Evidence from Glassdoor Salary Data.
Things been a bit tricky at work. There's an application I hadn't really touched that's supposed to provide real-time information on our main application. It was basically hacked out with no thought for performance, which is both disastrously bad and seriously hampering our main application by constantly hammering it for data. Somehow I've been given the job of sorting all this out as several customers are panicking and threatening rollouts.
Have finally got out all the "sticking plaster" solutions that might help in the short term. But we'll need some major architectural changes to have a hope of a long-term solution. It may not even be possible to give the customers what they were promised and think they have: real-time information on a system that's big enough to rely on overnight batch processes to get shit done.
So, been stressed out by that and of course the endless grind of childcare. Toddler's been moved to a new room at nursery and was upset about that for a few days, been teething again too.
Apparently they want to toilet train him as well (he's 2 years and a few months). Hopefully they know what they're doing, but he doesn't seem ready to me. He doesn't show the main signs of being ready: he's not interested, he doesn't seem to be aware of when he's pooping, and he doesn't have any kind of regular schedule. He's also pretty energetic: some of the potty training guides talk about making them sit on the potty "for an hour or so" until something happens; unless we chain him to the damn thing we'll be lucky to get 30 seconds. Will give it a go but think we might have to call a halt if he won't cooperate.
Politics. Why the Government's academisation plan is flawed. Britain sacrifices steel industry to curry favour with China . Conservative MPs ‘broke the law to win the 2015 general election. The Brexit muppet show. Final polling error report summary, in full. Jeremy Corbyn interview. George Osborne: Four radical reforms which show what this modern, compassionate Conservative Government is all about.
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