I have struggled with this blog over the years. In order to have a really good blog, you need a focus area, and I didn’t really have one. I started just blogging general stuff about my life here in Pittsburgh
, did some fiction
, then switched to book reviews
. Lately, it’s been pretty much lists of books I have read.
In any case, my friend has been blogging about her experiences in training her horse
(and herself) for international dressage and eventing competitions. It’s giving me the itch to blog again.
But that brings me right back to the first point – what to blog about?
Lately I’ve been working on picking up an associate’s degree in software development (to add to my already over-degreed self with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and my MBA). I’m doing this to make myself more employable, but also because…it interests me and I enjoy it.
I recently read David Kilcullen’s book Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerrilla
. It’s a fascinating book. Kilcullen basically notes that the future will be urban, coastal, and networked. Urbanization continues apace with more than half of the world’s population living in cities, and most of those cities on the coasts. With technology – especially mobile phones – more and more of them are becoming connected. This has huge implications for the future – and Kilcullen notes the effect it will have on warfare. We got a taste of this in Somalia back in the 90s (See: Black Hawk Down
) and with the raid on Mumbai in the 00
So what, you ask, does that have to do with computer programming? Well, the short answer is, Smart Cities
and Big Data
. And the long answer will have to wait for the next blog post…
Been working much overtime at the moment, but here’s what I’ll be posting on as the year goes by…
I’ve always had an eclectic range of interests. I’m trained and have worked as a mechanical engineer, but also have an MBA and read widely in many fields. Lately, I’ve been consulting with the Matthew Ridgway Center for International Security Studies on tracking nuclear weapons smuggling.
So, some things I’ve been into in the past year:
1.) Mathematics. I’ve gone deeper into algebra, geometry and calculus. I’ve touched on abstract algebra and topology. I’ve even done some reading in chaos theory.
2.) Complexity theory – this applies across a wide range of disciplines such as social networks and physics. It may be applicable to terrorist networks.
3.) The future of work – outsourcing, of course, but also globalization, economics, and telecommuting.
4.) the future, period. Bob Kaplan’s gated communities, Richard Florida’s creative class and Great Reset.
5.) Economics and the stock market – are we really in a recovery or just still sliding into Great Depression 2?
6.) Terrorists and nuclear smuggling – as part of my gig at Pitt.
7.) How do many of the above subjects tie into the future of Pittsburgh (which is where I live)? How does the concept of city states apply, and is it a viable model for the future for the region?
These are all subjects I hope to keep exploring, and I hope to write more about them here on my blog.