Last year, I wrote up the software and hardware tools I use. I am still using a lot of that stack, so I thought this year I would just highlight the changes:
2017 is almost over! What's happened?
Quite a few things. Surviving the year feels like an accomplishment, for a bunch of reasons. And I have by no means experienced the worst of it.
The primary text in church this morning was Romans 15:22–33 — Paul's travel plans, in which he hopes to visit Rome on the way to Spain after delivering a relief gift to Jerusalem. Our bishop is visting this weekend and gave the message, and some of the things he said got me thinking about how to live a good academic life.
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings denial of tenure.
— Litany Against Fear, from Dune by Frank Herbert, adapted by yours truly.
There are a a couple pieces of advice, or rather a piece of advice and a short manifesto, that have stuck with me throughout my academic career.
I'm travelling next week to Belgium and the Netherlands, and have several talks scheduled; I'd love to see you at one of them.
- Brussels, June 14, 6:30–8:30 pm at the Big Data and Ethics Meetup. I'll be giving a short talk titled ‘Why Recommend What to Who?’, based on my RecSys 2016 paper with Martijn Willemsen and some additional work.
- Mons, June 19, 2–4 pm, a research seminar at UCL Mons.
- Den Bosch, June 20, 12:30 pm, research seminar at JADS.
- Delft, June 26, 2pm, a research talk at the Delft RecSys Meetup; Julián Urbano will also be speaking.