Now

This page was inspired by Derek Sivers Now pages project. It is a guide (mostly for myself) about where I want to go, and describing what I’m doing now.

The Goals

  • Use my skills in technology and data to positively impact the world
  • Do work (both professionally and not) that fulfills my diverse interests
  • Pursue my various intellectual interests wherever they take me

The Plan

The plan is that there is no set plan.

I’ve had a lot of success just doing the things I find interesting and am passionate about that aligns with those first two goals. From that I’ve met incredibly, wonderful people and have had amazing experiences/opportunities.

For the last goal, I love to consume books like there’s no tomorrow. I don’t like to contain myself to one subject or genre, but I just pick up whatever interests me that day, week, or month.

My belief is that as long as I continue on this semi-meandering path, good things will continue to happen.

The Now

Education

Right now taking a break from my degree but I plan to resume this September. I want to refocus my remaining terms more specifically on biostatistics, computational biology and economics.

I also like to take online courses outside of school but I’m not taking one right now.

Work

I am currently working as a data analyst at Destination Ontario, a provincial agency that supports tourism in Ontario. Although doing analysis was what I was hired for, most of my efforts have been in developing larger strategies and infrastructure to support data in the entire organization.

Non-Work Work

I am the volunteer tech lead at the Open Democracy Project. I support day-to-day tech operations, as well as developing an online course platform based on the open sourced Open edX code base.

Additionally, I am the co-founder of a project called Chalmers Cards which distributes information resources to the homeless in the form of laser-cut wooden cards.

I am also assisting a small research team at McGill University studying the human visual perception of mental/emotional states. The project is being led by Ian Gold, the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy & Psychiatry, and Gunnar Schmidtmann, who works in eye and vision research at the University of Plymouth.

Side Projects

Outside of the above, I am building a web-base demo of Google’s sg2im neural network that builds photorealistic images from scene graphs.

Reading

Current books I’m reading:

  • Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan
  • Exponential Organizations: Why new organizations are ten times better, faster, cheaper than yours (and what to do about it) by Salim Ismail, Mike Malone, & Yuri van Geest
  • Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio García Martínez