Maria Klawe is awesome -- it's hard to make headway on messy issues like gender inequality in CS, but she does it with aplomb (and w/o resorting to divisive identity politics). I had dinner with her once when she was a dean at UBC and it was clear she was going places.
I love the anecdote that she recently learned how to skateboard. Also the "second-body problem" inversion with her husband Nick [who taught me how Turing machines work back in 1999].
If you want an average successful life, it doesn’t take much planning. Just stay out of trouble, go to school, and apply for jobs you might like. But if you want something extraordinary, you have two paths:
1. Become the best at one specific thing. 2. Become very good (top 25%) at two or more things.
Last night I met a script supervisor. She works with directors to make sure a movie has the right continuity, and one scene fits the next. It’s a fascinating job, hobnobbing with top directors, writer...
Reading Daniel Kahneman's new book "Thinking, Fast and Slow" (on the recommendation of Michael Lewis). I think it's great, but I also think that behavioral economics in general is supremely fascinating.