Over the past year a lot of things have driven my extracurricular passions and interests. I thought that after a year of no new posts I’d attempt to synthesize the types of things that have been driving my mind in the past year (or so).
- Congressional data: Congress has been a treasure trove of data with regards to how it operates, the life of an office and lobbyist, and how much candidates spend and devote to getting elected to office. I’m been interested in mashing up these bits of information and data pieces into something that could be utilized by individuals/organizations to do, we’ll, whatever they want with it.
- Airports: I’ve had a long interest with the functional and operational design of airports and general airline operations. For example, I’m absolutely fascinated by how different airlines load an aircraft; some by zone, some by row, others a free-for-all. JFK’s terminal 5 is a beautiful new and efficient model in a post 9/11era of airline travel. Last year SFO reopened terminal 2 (home to Virgin America and American Airlines) as one of our nations newest terminal renovations. For me though, it’s also about the data. The FAA/DoT publishes a ton of raw data on airline performance including on-time performance which I find enthralling.
- The Stock Market: I’m very new to investing but have really taken an interest in how the market reacts to news, quarterly reports, analyst expectations, etc. I’ve been tracking a few stocks over the past 6-9 months that IPO’d and, well, currently thankful I didn’t invest in them. I have very little interest in becoming a day trader, let alone a week trader, but very interested in where the tech stock market is going.
- Podcasting: I’ve got big plans for a podcast focusing on the intersection of technology and government. There are a few podcasts in this arena already and I feel I can bring a new twist on a movement that continues to grow. Between federal a state advances to open data initiatives, there’s a wealth of topics ripe for discussion.
- Book Writing: I’ve been working on writing a self-help/leadership/management-esq book; think of Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. I’ve outlined about five chapters and am excited how it’s turning out. I’m still exploring the stories and the angle those those stories play within the overall message.
I’m really excited about the things going on this past year and what’s in store for the future.