Q-Step Festival & Geosilhouettes

Sep 10, 2019 - 1 minutes
On the 11th, I’ll be speaking at the Q-estival at the University of Exeter’s Q-Step Centre. The Q-Step program is a program to promote a “step change” in quantitative social science skills in the UK. I’m the Bristol Geography lead for the program. I’m real excited to take my first trip out to Exeter, see the place, and talk about some interesting computational social science! In my talk, I’ll present some work I’ve done with Eli Knaap & Serge Rey on urban social boundaries. Read more ...

Deep work and the reverse todo list

Jul 24, 2019 - 5 minutes
I recently finished reading Cal Newport’s Deep Work: rules for focused success in a distracted world. While it’s pretty reasonable advice (like the nugget “When you work, work hard. When you’re done, be done.” p. 154), there are a few really powerful parts that I found very affecting and reasonable. Since I bet most folks take one message from Newport’s very well-publicized media appearances, and that’s his digital minimalism message. While that’s a pretty important concept, it actually isn’t the main message in Deep Work. Read more ...

Open Code is Not Enough

Jul 15, 2019 - 5 minutes
Towards a replicable future for geographic data science Levi John Wolf, Sergio J. Rey, & Taylor M. Oshan Over the next few days, I’ll be attending the Conceptualizing a Geospatial Software Institute Workshop at SESNYC. The original submission is here. In it, I detail how important it is to ensure that open source community is built along side open source software. Given the role open source plays in Open Science and the Open government initiative at the NSF, my collaborators and I felt it was critical to represent this perspective at the workshop. Read more ...