What I’m Crunching — June 11, 2023

Book I’m Reading

This summer I have the privilege of working with five engineering interns. I and four other teammates are meeting one-on-one with them and going through Xplore by Via.

The seven-week Bible study focuses on the theme of the Great Commission throughout Scripture. It makes the case that God’s plan of redemption is active and visible in the biblical text from Genesis to Revelation. It has been an excellent study so far.

The discussion around the Scriptures has been illuminating and challenging. As disciples of Christ, do we actually believe Revelation 5:9-10 and Revelation 7:9-10?

9 And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
    and with your blood you purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
    and they will reign on the earth.”

9 After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”

Are we living like we believe these promises, that people from “every tribe and language and people and nation” will be around God’s throne at the end worshipping Him? If our actions don’t align with our beliefs, we should evaluate both.

Articles I’m Reading

Forbes Future Of Work Summit 2023: Leaders Talk Change In The Workplace

Twitter Under Elon Musk Is Starting to Look Like SpaceX (WSJ)

The Illusion of Moral Decline (Nature)

Podcasts I’m Listening To

Lex Fridman is one of the all-time greats of podcasting. I love how personable and down-to-earth he is, even interviewing some of the greatest minds of the last several decades. Zuck doesn’t disappoint in this one. The AI discussion is interesting here, especially around Meta’s LLaMA: a foundational, 65-billion-parameter large language model.

The Happy Rant is a weekly staple for me. It’s not productive, it’s purely entertaining.

I got the hardest laugh on the bit about how, for Gen Z, getting coffee is like a part-time job. “They do it multiple times a day. It takes forever. It’s an activity. It’s a destination thing. If your order is simple, you’re ‘less than’. Your coffee order is like a personality test. It’s like the Enneagram. It’s paragraph length; it says some things about you.”

Tweets I’m Reading

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