Birthday Resolutions

Today is my 31st birthday, which means I’m officially an adult.

I’ve been a bit of a hermit since 2011, doing a poor job of maintaining relationships (IRL or online) and avoiding social events, mostly due to burn out from my days as a startup founder.

I’ve also been tying a lot of my self-worth and identity to my job, and I think there is a better balance to be had there.

So my resolutions:
1. See or write a friend every week.
2. Blog twice a week.
3. Lose 10 pounds.
4. Travel to Asia.
5. Teach more (currently teaching a 10 week course on Product Management, so fun and feels great to give back).
6. Be a better active listener.

Here’s to a new year!

Dave

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Ok, that was legit. Well put.

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The emerging problems highlight another challenge: bridging the “Grand Canyon,” as Mr. Lazer calls it, between “social scientists who aren’t computationally talented and computer scientists who aren’t social-scientifically talented.” As universities are set up now, he says, “it would be very weird” for a computer scientist to teach courses to social-science doctoral students, or for a social scientist to teach research methods to information-science students. Both, he says, should be happening.

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The Agent-based modeling Sociology course I took while getting my CS graduate degree was awesome. Ended up publishing a paper based on the simulation we built that studied the effects of different social network topologies on the spread of fads.