About Me
Jan 2024 - Alex Alejandre

tl;dr: I analyze topics, deconstruct problems into smaller tasks, organize teams, delegate and act. I’m Alex btw I’m a software engineer, in finance and the cloud. I like Lisp, Forth, Plan9, Go.

Contact me: public@alex… I’m always happy to chat. I earned my first paycheck coding Runescape bots in 2004, quickly graduating to paid projects. At 18, I left the US for Europe, leveraging my network of Eastern European developers to outstaff on industrial, financial, and e-commerce projects. I have experience onboarding and coordinating 70+ heads on multiple continents. Nowadays, I focus on cloud infrastructure and tooling for commodity companies.

My professional dream’s to make this HTML 2.0 compliant. I’m fascinated by cohesive development environments and explore what paradigms with disruptive primitive sets (e.g. Plan9, Elixir, Smalltalk) can unlock for individual productivity and creativity, where fault-tolerant systems, observability, CI/CD etc. come automatically.

I have worked with Glencore, Narraduct, Pireactor, Disney Streaming, Mechel, D.TEK, American Apparel, BBVA, Avallon Labs among others.

I will expand the literary side of this site in due course. I also like to write poetry, read history and learn languages. I speak Russian, German, French, Spanish and read many more.

I want to learn more about:

  • type driven development (Haskell, Rust)
  • relational DBs
  • solvers, state machines, expert systems
  • DSL design, construct programming (cell-lang.net, Winglang, Shuttle.rs, Klo.dev, Pulumi)
  • Forth, Factor
    • DuskOS
  • APl, J
  • SPIN (OS in Modula-3)

Cool Books:

  • Comp Sci:
    • ✅ SICP (w/ 1986 Lectures) (Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs)
    • ✅ PAIP (Paradigms of AI Programming)
    • ✅ SICM (Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics)
    • CTM (Concepts, Techniques and Models of Computer Programming)
    • Art of Prolog
    • ✅ nand2tetris
    • Concepts, Techniques, and Models of Computer Programming
    • Computer Science Distilled
  • Software Engineering:
    • ✅ Designing Data Intensive Applications
    • ✅ Learning Domain Driven Design - Vlad Khononov
    • ✅ Philosophy of Software Design - John Ousterhout
    • 🔲 Web Scalability for Startup Engineers old but gold
    • Software Engineering for Internet Applications
    • 🔲 The Pragmatic Programmer
    • ✅ The Practice of Programming
    • 🔲 Etudes for Programmers
    • Philosophy of Software Design
    • 🔲 Continuous Delivery
    • Fuzzing Book
    • ✅ Release it! - Michael Nygard
    • ✅ Pattern Oriented Software Architecture I, III, IV, (🔲 II)
    • ✅ Fundamentals of Software Architecture: An Engineering Approach
    • 🔲 Software Engineering at Google
    • ✅ About Face: Essentials of Interaction Design - Alan Cooper Full of insights. The concepts can be applied to API designs and architecture. Remember, developers are users too!
  • Go:
    • ✅ Learn Go with Tests
    • ✅ Cloud Native Go - Titmus
    • Lets Go
    • ✅ Lets Go Further
    • 🔲 101 Go Errors
    • ✅ Go Programming Language
    • ✅ Go Design Patterns - Mario Castro Conteras
    • ✅ Concurrency in Go - Katherine Cox-Buday
    • ✅ Distributed Services with Go Cool, but tests don’t pass. Becomes pure reading experience or struggle session.
  • Lisp:
    • Lisp in Small Pieces
    • ✅ Little Schemer
    • ✅ Seasoned Schemer
    • Little Typer
    • ✅ Little Prover
    • ✅ Reasoned Schemer
  • OS and DB:
    • Linux from Scratch
    • Intro to OS Abstractions Using Plan9
    • Operating Systems - Deitel, Deitel & Choffnes
    • Linux Kernel Development - Love fantastic
    • UNIX Systems for Modern Architectures - Schimmel
    • ✅ SQL and Relational Theory - Date
    • Introduction to Database Systems - Date
    • Database Design and Relational Theory - C. J. Date
    • Database Design for Mere Mortals - Michael J. Hernandez don’t Google author nor write his name in comments
    • Understanding Relational Databases with Examples same guy
    • Practical Issues in Database Management
    • ✅ 3rd Manifesto: Databases, Types And the Relational Model
    • SQL Performance Explained - Markus Winland
    • Database in Depth: Relational Theory for Practitioners - Date
    • 🔲 Relational Theory for Computer Professionals - Date
    • Principles of Transaction Processing - Bernstein
    • Seven Databases in Seven Weeks
  • Math & Finance:
    • ✅ Elements of Mathematics for Economics and Finance Good refresher
    • ✅ A Programmer’s Introduction to Mathematics Teaches intuition and proofs
    • Quantitative Economics with Julia
    • Behavorial Finance and Wealth Management - Michael M. Pompian
    • Statistics with Julia
    • ✅ Basic Math Course for Electronics - Henry Jacobowitz
    • ✅ Non-Random Walk Down Wall Street - Andrew Lo, Craig MacKinlay
    • Primer for the Mathematics of Financial Engineering - Dan Stefanica
    • ✅ Poor Charlie’s Almanack - Charlie Munger
    • Foundations of Technical Analysis: Computational Algorithms, Statistical Inference, and Empirical Implementation - Andrew Lo
    • ✅ Value Investing From Graham to Buffett and Beyond - Bruce C. Greenwald, Judd Kahn et al. My favorite
    • ✅ Acquirer’s Multiple - Tobias Carlisle
    • ✅ Deep Value - Tobias Carlisle
    • ✅ Inteligent Investor - Benjamin Graham 2nd edition’s best
    • ✅ Security Analysis - Benjamin Graham, David Dodd
    • Quantitative Analysis of Investor Behavior - 2000 QUAIB Report 70% of underperformance due to investors withdrawing during market crisis. Then fund fees…
    • ✅ Financial Shenanigans: Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud - Howard Schilit
    • ✅ Asian Financial Statement Analysis: Detecting Irregularities - Chinhwee Tan, Thomas Robinson
    • Mechanics - Irodov
    • Basic Laws of Electronmagnetism - Irodov
    • ✅ Mathematics of Financial Modeling and Investment Management - Fabozzi, Focardi Refresher on linear algebra, calculus, PDE to stochastic calculus and methods in financial mathematics.
    • ✅ Advanced Algebra & Calculus Made Simple - Gondin-Sohmer
    • Detecting Regime Change in Computational Finance - Chen, Tsang Just uses HMM, GMM, Bayes
    • ✅ Finding Alphas: Quantitative Approach to Building Trading Strategies - Igor Tulchinsky Best
    • ✅ Quantitative Portfolio Management: Art and Science of Statistical Arbitrage - Michael Isichenko
    • ✅ Optimal Trading Strategies - Robert Kissel, Morton Glantz
    • Quantitative Momentum - Gray, Vogel
    • Primer for Financial Engineering: Financial Signal Processing and Electronic Trading
    • ✅ Stochastic Calculus for Finance Vol 2 - Steven Shreve Selfcontained, effective!
  • Commodities
    • ✅The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World - Yergin
    • ✅Energy and Civilization - Vaclav Smil
    • ✅Oil 101 - Morgan Downey
    • Oil A Beginner’s Guide - Vaclav Smil
    • ✅ The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World - Mark Levinson
    • ✅ Making the Modern World Materials and Dematerialization - Vaclav Smil
    • ✅ Growth from Microorganisms to Megacities - Vaclav Smil
  • Management
    • ✅ Flawless Consulting - Peter Block
    • ✅ Managing the Professional Service Firm - David Maister
    • ✅ The Manager’s Path - Camille Forunier
    • ✅ The Mythical Man Month - Fred Brooks
    • Phoenix Project - Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford
    • ✅ Radical Candor - Kim Scott A summary suffices
    • ✅ Managing Humans - Michael Lopp
    • ✅ Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
    • ✅ Engineering Management for the Rest of Us - Sarah Drasner
    • ✅ An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management - Will Larson
    • Coaching Habit - Bungay, Michael Stanier
    • ✅ First 90 Days - Michael D. Watkins
    • ✅ Seeing like a State - James C. Scott
    • ✅ Law for Computer Scientists - Mireille Hildebrandt Many flaws
  • Slavic History
    • Revenge of the Past: Nationalism, Revolution and the Collapse of the Soviet Union - Ronald Grigor Suny
    • Empire of Nations: Ethnographic Knowledge and the Making of the Soviet Union - Francine Hirsch
    • USSR as Communal Apartment - Yuri Slezkine
    • ✅ Biography of No Place - Kate Brown Amazing.
    • ✅ Invention of Russia: The Rise of Putin - Arkady Ostrovsky
    • ✅ Putins People - Catherine Belton
    • ✅ Reading of Russian Literature in China - Mark Gamsa
    • ✅ Affirmative Action Empire: Nations and Nationalism in the USSR 1923-1939
    • ✅ History of Russian Thought - William Leatherbarrow, Derek Offord Emigration
    • ✅ Russian Roots of Nazism: White Émigrés and the Making of National Socialism - Michael Kellogg
    • Black Sea - Ascherson
    • ✅ Gates of Europe - Plokhii
    • ✅ Reconstruction of Nations - Snyder
    • ✅ Nothing is True - Pomerantsev
    • ✅ Essays in Modern Ukrainian History - Rudnytskii
    • ✅ Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation - Yekelchyk
    • ✅ Formation of Muscovy 1304-1613 - Robert Crummey
    • ✅ Galician Villagers and the Ukrainian National Movement - John-Paul Himka
    • Breaking the Tongue - Matthew Pauly
  • American History
    • ✅ The Southern Dreams of a Confederate Empire
    • ✅ Knights of the Golden Circle: Secret Empire, Southern Secession, Civil War by David Keehn
    • Slavery, Race, and Conquest in the Tropics: Lincoln, Douglas and the Future of Latin America - Robert E. May
    • ✅ Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy - Matthew Karp
    • ✅ Our Sister Republics - Caitlin Fitz
    • ✅ The Cultural Life of the American Colonies - Louis B Wright
    • ✅ American Scripture - Making the Declaration of Independence - Pauline Maier
  • Language History
    • Language Planning and National Identity in Croatia - Keith Langston, Anita Peti-Stanti
    • ✅ The study of foreign languages in the Middle Ages - B.B. Ischoff
    • ✅ Lingua d’oltremare: Sulle tracce del ‘Levant Italian’ in età preuni-taria - Francesco Bruni
    • ✅ Lingua franca in the Mediterranean - John Wansbrough
    • ✅ La lingua di cui si vanta Amore: Scrittori stranieri in lingua italiana dal Medioevoal Novecento - Furio Brugnolo
    • Small Books and Pleasant Histories: Popular Fiction and Its Readership in 17th. Century England - Margaret Spufford Literacy was very common already
    • Literacy in the Persianate World
  • Mediterannean and Boats
    • Braudel Revisted: Mediterranean 16-1800
    • ✅ The Napoleonic Mediterranean: Enlightenment, Revolution and Empire
    • ✅ Arabic into Latin - Charles Burnett
    • ✅ A Crusade from the First: The Norman Conquest of Islamic Sicily 1060–1091 - Chevedden
    • Refugees, Exiles, and Other Forced Migrants in the Late Ottoman Empire - Dawn Chatty
    • Conversion and Apostasy in the Late Ottoman Empire - Selim Deringil
    • The Last Ottoman Generation and the Making of the Modern Middle East - Michael Provence
    • ✅ Greek Thought, Arabic Culture - Dimitri Gutas
    • Shock of the Ancient - Larry F. Norman,
    • Portuguese Seaborne Empire 1415-1825 - C.R. Boxer
    • ✅ Foundations of Portuguese Empire 1415-1580 - Diffie, Winius
    • ✅ Rise of Merchant Empires: Long Distance Trade 1350-1750 - James D. Tracy
    • ✅ Spain in Italy - Dandelett
    • ✅ Inheritance of rome - Chris Wickham
    • ✅ Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean - Chris Wickham
    • World of Late Antiquity - Peter Brown
    • Some Lesser Officials in Latin Syria - Jonathan Riley-Smith
    • ✅ Criticism of Crusading 1095–1274 - Elizabeth Sibbery
    • Crusades - Thomas Asbridge
    • ✅ Medieval Muslim Historians and the Franks in the Levant - Alex Mallett
    • ✅ The French of Outremer: Communities and Communications in the Crusading Mediterranean - Laura Morreale, Nicholas Paul
    • ✅ Learning in a Crusader City - Jonathan Rubin
    • ✅ Letters from the East: Crusaders, Pilgrims and Settlers in the 12th-13th Centuries - Malcolm Barber, A.K. Bate
    • Twilight of a Military Tradition: Italian Aristocrats and European Conflicts 1560-1800 - Gregory Hanlon
    • Mediterranean Emporium - David Abulafia
    • ✅ Imperial Spain 1469 -1716 - J. H. Eliot
    • ✅ Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World - Stephan R. Brown
    • ✅ A History of Venice - John Julius Norwich
    • ✅ Dutch Ships in Tropical Waters - Robert Parthesius
    • Storia dell’età barocca in Italia - Benedetto Croce
    • Spanish Rome 1500-1700 - Dandelet
    • ✅ Agents of Empire: Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World - Noel Malcolm
    • Brokering Empire: Trans-Imperial Subjects between Venice and Istanbul - E. Natalie Rothma
    • Italy In The Nineteenth Century: 1796-1900 - John A. Davis
    • Global City: on the Streets of Renaissance Lisbon
    • ✅ Dutch Republic - Jonathan Israel
    • Embarrassment of Riches: Dutch Culture in the Golden Age - Simon Schama
  • Austria-Hungary
    • ✅ Kidnapped Souls: Battle for Children in Bohemian Lands 1900-48 - Tara Zahra
    • Hopeless Struggle: Austro-Hungarian Army and Total War - John Schindler
    • Collision of Empires: War on the Eastern Front 1914 - Prit Buttar
    • Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in WWI - Alexander Watson
    • Dualist Character of the 1867 Hungarian Settlement - Laszlo Peter
    • Stellung Ungarns in der Monarchie - Peter Hanak
    • Balkans - Misha Glenny
    • Victims’ State: War and Welfare in Austria 1868-1925 - Ke-Chin Hsia
    • Politics of Ethnic Survival: Germans in Prague - Gary B. Cohen
    • Budweisers into Czechs and Germans 1848-1948 - Jeremy King
    • Forging a Multinational State - John Deak
    • Habsburg Empire - Pieter Judson
    • Guardians of the Nation: Activists on Language Frontiers of Imperial Austria - John W. Boyer
    • Oil Empire: Visions of Prosperity in Austrian Galicia - Alison Frank Johnson
    • Habsburg Empire - Paula Sutter Fichtner
    • Mad Catastrophe: Outbreak of WWI and Collapse of the Habsburg Empire - Geoffrey Wawro
    • History of the Habsburg Empire - Jean Berenger
    • Nobles and Nation in Central Europe: Free Imperial Knights 1750-1850 - Willian D. Godsey
    • Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand und Conrad von Hötzendorf: Strategien zur Stabilisierung der Donaumonarchie - Birgitt Morgenbrod
    • ✅ The Afterlife of Austria-Hungary: The Image of the Habsburg Monarchy in Interwar Europe - Adam Kożuchowski
    • ✅ Decline and Fall of the Habsburg Empire - Alan Sked
    • ✅ Limits of Loyalty: Symbolism, Allegiance, State Patriotism
    • ✅ Europe on Trial: The Story of Collaboration, Resistance, and Retribution during World War II - Istvan Deak
    • ✅ Beyond nationalism: Habsburg Officer Corps - Istvan Deak
    • Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften - Robert Musil
    • ✅ Embers - Sándor Márai
    • ✅ Radetzkymarsch - Roth
  • Other History
    • ✅ Nationalsozialismus und die Antike - Johan Chapoutot
    • ✅ Hitler’s Collaborators
    • Military Experience in the Age of Reason - Christopher Duffy
    • ✅ The Path to Victory: The Mediterranean Theater in World War II
    • ✅ Death and Exile: The Ethnic Cleansing of Ottoman Muslims 1821-1922 - Justin McCarthy
    • ✅ History without Borders: Making of an Asian World Region - Gunn
    • Pursuit of Glory: 5 Revolutions that Made Modern Europe
    • Campaigs of Napolean - David G. Chandler
    • Right Wing in France: From 1815 to de Gaulle
    • ✅ Konservativerevolution in Deutschland - Armin Mohler
    • ✅ Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Very pertinent to our struggle today
    • ✅ Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature - Reynolds, Wilson
  • Literature
    • ✅ Prague - Arthur Philipp
    • ✅ the Count of Monte-Christo - Dumas
    • ✅ Eastward to Tartary - Robert Kaplan
    • ✅ la tabla de Flandes - Perez Reverte Arturo
    • ✅ An Artist of the Floating World - ishiguro
    • ✅ The File on H - Ismail Kadare
    • ✅ iPhuck 10 - Виктор Пелевин
    • ✅ Unsong
    • ✅ the pleasures of literature - Powys John Cowper
    • ✅ die verlorene Handschrift
    • ✅ Die Schrecken des Eises und der Finsternis - Ransmyar
    • ✅ Демоны - Достоевский
    • ✅ Дети Арбата - Анатолы Рыбаков
    • ✅ Обломов
    • ✅ Taugenichts
    • ✅ Juden auf Wanderschaft - Roth
    • ✅ die Idealisten Vllt. mein Lieblingsbuch
    • ✅ Scherz, satire und Ironie
    • ✅ Catch Me If You Can
    • ✅ 3 Musketeers
    • ✅ Club Dumas
    • ✅ Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
  • Philosophy
    • ✅ Über die ästethische Erzheiung des Mennschen - Schiller
    • ✅ The Act of Creation - Arthur Koestler Bisection
    • ✅ Die Kunst, Recht zu behalten
    • Grundriss_der_Geschichte_der_Philosophie
    • Deutsche Geistesgeschichte aus dem Leben der Dichter - Carstensen
  • Unsorted
    • Syriac World - Daniel King
    • To Train his Soul in Books: Syriac Asceticism
    • Students of the Bible in 4-5th Century Syria
    • ✅ The Scattered Pearls: A History of Syriac Literature and Sciences - Ephrem Barsoum, Matti Moosa
    • Empires of the Silk Road - Christopher Beckwith
    • ✅ Inside central Asia a political and cultural history of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Iran - Dilip Hiro
    • ✅ Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain - Dario Fernandez-Morera
    • ✅ From Hellenism to Islam Cultural and Linguistic Change in the Roman Near East
    • ✅ The Afterlife of al-Andalus Muslim Iberia in Contemporary Arab and Hispanic Narratives - Christina Civantos
    • Medieval Sicily, al-Andalus, and the Maghrib Writing in Times of Turmoil
    • ✅ The Sultan’s Renegades: European Converts and the Ottoman Elite - Graf, Tobias
    • ✅ Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuam Yew
    • ✅ Open Society and its Enemies - Karl Popper
    • ✅ Coup d’État: Practical Handbook - Edward Luttwak
    • ✅ Im Stahlgewitter - Ernst Jünger
    • ✅ The Landscape of History - John Lewis Gaddis
    • ✅ The Politics of Authoritarian Rule - Milan W. Svolik
    • ✅ They Became What They Beheld - Edmund Carpenter
    • ✅ Amerika ist an allem schuld
    • ✅ Verge: Reformation, Renaissance - Patrick Wymann On institutions which fueled the Great Divergence
    • ✅ From Dawn to Decadence - Jacques Barzun

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