What David is up to?

This is my now page - what I'm working on now, looking into now, and interested in now.

Updated as of May 2024 from London, UK.

🔬 Furthering AI/ML in Health

I am looking into quantitative epidemiological methods of assessing behaviors and their relationship with diseases at Imperial College London, within the School of Public Health.

I also help out with the Masters programmes that are run in the school (especially the MSc Health Data Analytics and Machine Learning). I am formally working towards a teaching certification within higher education.

See my professional page here.

🗞️ Newsletter

I am putting up a waitlist for a newsletter that is planned for 2024/25. This will cover AI + Health, health analytics and so on. 👉 Join here for the waitlist.

📖 Current reads and writes

Am reviewing and taking notes from a couple of audiobooks:

  • The Storyteller's Secret by Carmine Gallo (done! read my thoughts from the audiobooks tab or directly here)
  • Current: Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • Reviewing: E-myth revisited by Michael Gerber
  • Next: Storyworthy by Matthew Dicks

I am working towards telling better stories. I want to tell flowing, riveting stories with life / data / experience.

  • I am also messing about with a newish web-framework called Svelte and a programmatic animation tool called 'Motion Canvas' which uses the browser API.
  • In general, I am looking at a suite of tools before choosing which to best convey what I want to bring out. Other alternatives are the video suite of tools that include AfterEffects, video editing software, using Python to generate programmatic videos etc.

☕Coffee of the month

I have been on a Sage coffee subscription for a couple of months. Every month, I get a different flavor from a surprise roaster for my espresso.

March 2024: A generic dark Italian roast from Tesco. Actually makes a smashing latte when dialed in.

January 2024: Kickback from Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK

Kickback

(not sponsored) - Starting out with a popcorn machine, now a legit and independent specialist coffee roaster. Verdict: fresh!

November 2023: Redemption roasters' - "Roll Call" blend. (Not sponsored) They have a really cool mission to "reduce re-offending rates via coffee".

🕹️Getting into the Monster Hunter series, just picked up MH:Rise as a starter. I had quit this initially because it seemed clunky! But after a few starter tutorials, I am finding the game loop increasingly satisfiying and deep.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What's a /now page?

This is inspired by a movement started by a guy called Derek Sivers. I love the idea of a focused page, that is easy to type and find.

Read about it here, and I also highlight that the origin story behind this idea is 🔥too!

Q: How does it differ from the "about" page?

The idea of this page is to address two main questions (that I get all the time):

  • "What are you up to these days?"
  • "I would like to align with your interests, can you help me with this?"

I use this page as a self-check on myself. Recently coming back to it has let me refresh what I was thinking just a month ago (boy, do I need a dose of FOCUS).

So if you do get referred to this page, don't take it personally. I do acknowledge your kind connection but just don't have the mental capacity to act on it now (perhaps in the future!).

The about page is a more historical viewpoint with an emphasis on timelines. I might be working on something tangential at any point, so this page is a nice section for things. (And saves you a a minute or two of scrolling past a story to get to present-day events).

I try to keep this page updated, and it personally helps me prioritize what's happening currently. Whenever I think of taking up another project, or am shifting/pivoting my direction of focus - I can come back here and review everything.