I’ve been fairly lackadaisical about updating things here – which is a shame as some really cool stuff has been going on lately.
First, I suppose, I had a daughter. I like her. It’s weird being a parent in public, people keep coming up to me and saying “Oh my! What a lovely daughter! She’s beautiful!” This is weird in and of itself, but when I respond “Yeah, she’s ok/alright/various non-committal phrase,” they seem upset and confused. Yesterday, I was told I needed to be heaping praise upon her as a father. The thing is, I do. When she sits up or pulls herself up for the first time, when she rolls over or makes a new sound that she hasn’t made before – those are times when I’ll excitedly heap praise upon her. When she does something. I want my daughter to value herself for the things she accomplishes, not because random strangers find her particular combination of my wife and I’s genes visually appealing.
And that’s my first rant on fatherhood.
Also, the collaboration between Josh and I continues to bear fruit as Josh has been killing his side of things lately. Head over to Mapvocate.net to check out nTweetStreamer. We have something really cool in the works right now, it should be out in the coming weeks.
The short blog post I wrote for the Antipode Foundation a few years ago led to a couple of exciting press appearances. I was interviewed in the Atlantic, which is cool, but, even more exciting, I got to live out my child hood fantasy of being on NPR when I was interviewed on On The Media.
Finally, Joe Eckert, Andy Shears, and I are organizing an alt.conference to take place during the AAG. We’re very excited about it. There will be a series of lightning talks, a panel by senior researchers, and demos of new research tools available for the geoweb and big data. If anyone out there is interested (and you should be) the cfp is here.