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I am Thomas, I am Tech Consultant based in South of France. I enjoy cooking and eating and looking at beautiful landscapes.
Here are my own answers to my 6 intro questions:
- what are 3 sites or pieces of online content that you have seen recently and still have in mind?
- what are 3 books you really like at the moment and would recommend to me in a heartbeat?
- what are 3 podcasts you'd recommend listening to?
- what are 3 music tracks you can't do without?
- what are 3 everyday carry items you wouldn't go without or that is especially dear to you? (and why those specific ones ?)
- could you share 3 recipes (their name and a brief description are ok) you can cook ? one that you'd cook to celebrate, one that is the epitome of comfort food for you, and one that is for you what madeleines were to Proust.
3 sites and pieces of content online:
- https://leaddev.com/ a great source of food for thoughts for tech leaders
- https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/09/covid-may-have-pushed-a-leading-seasonal-flu-strain-to-extinction/ : one flu strain potentially gone due to covid
- Valve New Employee Handbook: look for it on a good search engine, the first edition of 2012. It's a great little read with some Valve nuggets but also great leadership and management nuggets.
3 books I like and would recommend:
- Tools of Titans, Tim Ferris: I'd not recommend everything in the book but there is plenty to pick, check out and adapt to your own life
- Essentialism, Greg McKeown: A great one to read, and think about
- Meditations, Marcus Aurelius: I have spent years ignoring recommendations, I recently started listening to an audio version of it. It's great, one chapter at a time.
3 podcasts I would recommend:
- Tech Lead Journal by Henry Suryawirawan: it's a great listen for junior, senior and leaders in the tech industry
- FT News briefing: short, early morning bites about what's happening. It's made by the Financial Times so it has its angle but I like it to get the gist of what's happening while showering
- How I work by Amantha Imber: a very different thing; great to hear about ways to work, organise work, books and so on.
3 music tracks I can't do without:
- Lake Shore Drive; Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
- On the nature of daylight; Max Richter, Lorenz Dangel
- Existensberättigande; Blomma
3 every day carry items:
- Kaweco AL Sport fountain pen: compact, built almost all in metal, less stylish than a Montblanc, way cheaper than a Montblanc and still great to write with even with my relatively big hands
- Crumpler chronicler bag: just enough space for laptop, notebook, pens, charger, cables, phone. It's not too small nor too big, so I have to make choices and only take what I need.
- Decathlon 20L MH500 hiking backpack: beats my Arcteryx backpacks by its practicality and conception on many points. A great day hike pack that I can also use to go to the gym without worrying it's too big.
3 recipes (1 to celebrate, 1 for comfort, and one that is to me what madeleines were to Proust) :
- celebrate: bell peppers in a tomato, cumin, and red beans sauce with some additional veggies depending on what's around and at hand
- comfort: ramen, with plenty of vegetables, a just cooked egg, and some gyoza
- memory: soft boiled eggs with fresh, countryside loaf of bread; in the morning, although my memories of them come from evening meals with my parents