Friday, May 20, 2016

Aweekstweets April 30-May 20 2016: the weeks April failed to ask if it May

Rebranding self as "Data Science Evangelist." It's more accurate. Especially if you notice my dominant theme of the past few years.

"Hemo the Magnificent" (http://ow.ly/lxrY300qHbn ) JK--Bell Telephone Science Film. Love this. We watched it in elementary school in the 1960s

Ventured into wilds o PG County 2?talk data science @ UMUC. Engaged w/ @KirkBorne, who earnd his influence th right way: spot-on brilliant!

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers JK--1972. Does his love extend to other New England states?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Ful Stop by Radiohead from A Moon Shaped Pool JK--2016. Another good one from their latest. Feels like airplane aloft

"No IoT without IPv6" (http://ow.ly/OpN6300p57h ) JK--Trillion-plus-node IoT ubiquity hinges on IPv6's much larger address space.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Morning Dew by The National from Day of the Dead JK--2016. Great new one from Berninger, Dessner bros, Devendorf bros

Dear Auto Body Shop I Went to Exactly Once Many Years Ago: Stop the emails telling me you "miss" me. It was a just a one-lube stand.

Downtown McLean VA. Google Maps points out Mars HQ. The building itself is unmarked unremarkable brown brick. A Mars bar w/doors & windows.

Conservative activists grill Zuckerberg. You really think algos are the reason people choose not to have conservatives in their Facebook?

Used to be that your nose knew 1st that there’s a fast food restaurant nearby. Now your phone sniffs out deep-fried free Wi-Fi even quicker

"OK computer: When pop music meets ML" (http://ow.ly/MLEG300nGld ) JK-- @acoliver POV reminds of this JK post:

What percentage of TED speakers are actually named "Ted"? And does that give them a home-court advantage on the motivational-speaking front?

"Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley for Edge in AI" (http://ow.ly/2kOL300nEyD ) JK--Reminds of this recent JK post:

"30 years ago: look back at tech happenings o 1986" (http://ow.ly/w9Sd300ns0M ) JK--My first full year in IT career. Why no telephony in this?

Why a cloud first strategy can benefit customers with IBM BigInsights http://bit.ly/1OOUP2h 

Top BRaaS provider sees 92% faster restore times w/ IBM @SoftLayer & IBM Spectrum Protect http://bit.ly/1OOUE79 


"Deep learning meets genome biology" (http://ow.ly/jsE8300mGTs ) JK--Help connect genetics to disease manifestation/phenotypes.

"Big Data’s Mathematical Mysteries" (http://ow.ly/nbmg300mGto ) JK--Reminds this JK #Dataversity column from 2013: http://ow.ly/ZfLS300mGE4 

"Old Meets New in the Building of Smart Cities" (http://ow.ly/scfE300mFP4 ) JK--Pervasively IoT-sensor noded retrofitted urban infrastructure.

Mine eyes glaze over reading 1 blog after another advising 1) obtain exec sponsorship, 2) get user buy-in, 3) show results. Alright already!

Following the Pope's Twitter account. But disappointed it's all in Latin. I fondly recall when John XXIII started tweeting in the vernacular

Uncorked another bottle of vino. I did a quick inventory of our stash. I can't believe how many we have. Trader Joe's is our prime stop.

I'm going to focus my July 13 Dataversity keynote, "Evolving from Big Data to Smart Data," on metadata, models, semantics, & governance.

I wish I had a keyboard shortcut for getting through my day. I'd toggle directly from breakfast to happy hour.

I have no idea where my head's at today. The whirling dervish of activities I'm caught up in has scattered it beyond the big blue horizon



Read @johncohnvt's blog - Internet of Thinks: Munich #WatsonIoT HQ http://bit.ly/1OHUjmM 

"[So-and-so's] invitation is waiting for you." What the...? I'm supposed to feel pangs of conscience for keeping bits at bay?


RT @kexpplaylist #kexp No Regrets by Karl Blau from Introducing Karl Blau JK--2016. Cool new country artist. Voice full of heart, longing.


RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Cool Papa Bell by Paul Simon from Stranger To Stranger JK--2016. New. Excellent. Love the funky Caribbean groove.

Why doesn't Parsey McParseface parse faces?

"Fears of Facebook Bias Seem to Be Overblown" (http://ow.ly/gRmw300hppt ) JK--Except 4 clear bias in favor of hoodies coding & workaholicism

"A competitive beardsmith’s greatest hits" (http://ow.ly/jfDS300hokB ) JK--Gross. All I want to know is: has he had his shots?

Great putdown I just now overheard on a BBC series: “he’s about as much use as a fart in a windsock.”

Thank you spamster. If I ever truly need to know how a reverse mortgage works, you’ll be the first I call.

New #IBM jk #SparkBizApps blog: "It takes a team: Collaboration and workflow in open data science" (http://ow.ly/LkXO300fX2Q )

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Atomic Bongos by Lydia Lunch from Queen of Siam JK--1980. Good. Not nihilistic/freaky like her Teenage Jesus stuff



"Storytelling with Data: Our Brains Crave Structure + Love Oddballs" (http://ow.ly/wr3m300eVVU ) JK--Setup & resolve the anomalous finding

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Third Uncle by Brian Eno from Taking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy) JK--1974. I like th directness of his singing voice

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Baby's on Fire by Brian Eno frm Here Come the Warm Jets JK--1973. His 1st solo. Featured all Roxy members excpt Ferry

"The next AI is no AI" (http://ow.ly/xdYp300eSBk ) JK--Ubiquitous, embedded, invisible, and uncannily intelligent, driving actions & outcomes

"The Business Benefits of Deep Learning" (http://ow.ly/o2Ng300eS3O ) JK--Good overview with plenty of pointers to useful research.

"Review: 6 machine learning clouds" (http://ow.ly/A4G9300eRCO ) JK--Good research. Includes #IBM Watson and Predictive Analytics

Don't tell me you're "living life one day at a time." Reliable sources tell me you're checking your calendar every 5 minutes.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp All My Friends (John Cale's Version) by LCD Soundsystem JK--2007. Great version from this great ex-Velvets Welshman

When someone sez a list was "handpicked," I demand video of an index finger pointing & all five digits retrieving listed items from oblivion

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Wouldn't It Be Nice by The Beach Boys from Pet Sounds JK--1966. Today is the 50th anniv of this landmark LP's release

One of those Monday mornings where all my glass could use a cleansing softwipe: iPhone, laptop screen, spectacles. Mid-May omni-fog.

LinkedIn Groups stink. Moderators powerless to nuke stories such as "MULTIPLE 0PPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE TO MAKE EXTRA CASH FROM INTERNET!"?

Hard, even on weekends, not to overplan every last second. Responsibilities stack even in leisure.

Saw “Lady in the Van.” Dame Maggie is, of course, exceptionally watchable as a dignified deranged but harmless old derelict on wheels.

Been in the IT field forever. Seems like I can recall every stupid industry controversy that eventually blew over. I won’t name them.

Several sudden squalls blew thru Fairfax County today but we were spared from damage. Just more rain. I’ve lost count how many straight days

Everything they’re saying about Hillary echoes everything said about Bill. But when his presidency was done, people admitted how gr8 he was

Donald Trump impersonating his own PR rep is high comedy. But denying the ample recorded evidence is hysterical. Even an ex-wife confirmed.

SiriusXM. So-called because of their Seriously eXasperating Marketing blitz trying to win us back. Buzz off!

‘Twas a week in which I was called a blogger, a marketing pro, and a big data evangelist in a disparaging fashion. All of which I’m proud of

Whew! Weekend! Have begun the process of uncoiling my nervous system. This work week has pummeled my head to the consistency of Silly Putty.

Sun and warmth have returned to Northern Virginia. But the weather forecast calls for another hammer of cold and rain. Oh the agony!

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Superstition by Stevie Wonder JK--Stevie, like me, was born on 13th of a month, which occasionally falls on a Friday



Ditch the crystal ball—and see what’s really likely to happen http://bit.ly/224lvhL 

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Rosebud by Lush from Blind Spot JK--2016. A deep yearning vibe on this one.

Podcast: "Becoming a cognitive business" https://shar.es/1eMfN9  Andrew Manby, director, market strategy for @IBMAnalytics. Interviewer: me

Join this upcoming chat to discuss #cloud trends and preview the #PerformanceCloud event: http://bit.ly/220jbbQ 



"Ford: Self-driving cars are five years away from changing the world" (http://ow.ly/Vtnt3008mcm ) JK--Seems too optimistic. My bet is 25 years

"Watch first-ever public demo o Elon Musk’s crazy transportation idea" (http://ow.ly/uWZ63008lrp ) JK--Huh? So what? Rocket sleds are old news

"What are people working on in coffee shops?" (http://ow.ly/ADgL3008k8Q ) JK--They're probably wondering why you're not minding yr own beeswax

Hmm. Somebody got a hold of an ancient mailing list including me 3 jobs ago. And they've upgraded my credentials to "Dr. Kobielus." OK, fine

Hmm...classic spam subject line: "Do You “Poop” 3x per day? If not… Eat THIS for Breakfast (or you may be dying a slow death)." A keeper!

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Protectors of the Heat (w/H Ernst) by Open Mike Eagle & Paul White JK--2016. How's this NOT called "Pick Up Sticks"?

Listening to Merle's '68 "Okie from Muskogee," I mentally check off how many hippie traits now describe fellow outlaw-countryman Willie.

Just realized how long I've been working in high tech. When I started, modems, pagers, and fax machines were ubiquitous. Now: almost extinct

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Living for the City by Stevie Wonder from Innervisions JK--1973. "N-word" voiced by white jailer in spoken interlude

New #IBM jk #Dataversity column: "Vetting the Actual Science Behind Data Science" (http://ow.ly/3Bm430070cy )

"Even managers without technical background must be 'able to talk to the geeks'" (http://ow.ly/EWnP3006Gzd ) JK--What is this? Dr. Doolittle?

IBM #DevOps guru @DanCBerg talks app deployment automation with Urban Code Deploy:


RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Drone Bomb Me by ANOHNI from Hopelessness JK--2016. Good one. Transgendered lead singer of Antony & the Johnsons

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Hold On, Hold On by Neko Case from Fox Confessor Brings the Flood JK--2006. Great song to showcase her stirring pipes

Kudos to Louis Cherian for orchestrating our most awesome Crowdchat so far. #PredictiveEverywhere. Today. Here:

New #IBM jk #CloudantFree #SparkFree blog: "Bridging NoSQL databases into open data science initiatives" (http://ow.ly/TBO13005du7 )



Tech topics really don't need a ton of verbiage to net out. To communicate the kernel, you need pith, not bandwidth.

CrowdChat: Predictive analytics for data-driven customer engagement (http://ow.ly/rbwf3004FOe ). Join us today 11am ET. #PredictiveEverywhere

New #IBM jk #SparkBizApps blog: "Spark and R: The deepening open analytics stack" (http://ow.ly/Pms93004wvt )

"The Rise of Cloud Robotics" (http://ow.ly/HAMJ3004u4X ) JK--Peered distributed reinforcement learning around tasks common to swarms of robots

DC area's record rainy-days streak continues. Now I'm flat broke. Depleted the fund of things I've been saving for these days.

Bought & downloaded one of Merle Haggard's greatest hits compilations. I'm blown away by how great this late country legend's music was.

Let the leading minds in #datascience answer your toughest questions: Join us http://ibm.co/je  #SparkBizApps

John Lennon & Paul McCartney being interviewed about why they went into business as Apple Corps: http://ow.ly/LbbG30038Vh . 1968.

"Google Feeding Romance Novels To Its AI Engine To Make Its Products More Conversational" (http://ow.ly/nIt93002zCK ) JK--Or steamier.

"Nimble-Fingerd Robot Outperfrms Best Human Surgeons" (http://ow.ly/T0Po3002yVw ) JK--Adv 3-D imaging+force-sensing stitches w/submm precision

"Preparing for th Future of AI" (http://ow.ly/SZgA3002yEe ) JK--White House press release announcing new workshops & interagency working group

Data-driven customer engagement: Retain valuable customers and grow your business with... http://bit.ly/21OcUji 


Get @TheNewStack's latest eBook: Automation & orchestration w/ #Docker & #containershttp://bit.ly/21OcN7r 

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Drive by Britta Phillips from Luck Or Magic JK--2016. Nice Cars cover from Luna member's solo project.

"HBase: The database big data left behind" (http://ow.ly/LQW33002xgX ) JK--Goes to show "Hadoop" isn't some unitary all-or-nothing monolith

"Math Stumps Your Doctor, Too" (http://ow.ly/Qv7h3002wHF ) JK--Inflammatory headline belied by article. Refers to statistical risk assessment

"How Music Affects Your Productivity" (http://ow.ly/w6ff3002uUt ) JK--"A way to 'optimize the boring' while looking at screens."

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Hurdy Gurdy Man by Donovan JK--1968. Didn't he outsource all this lovesinging to his little suited monkey on a chain?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Hold Up by Beyonce from Lemonade JK--2016. Great one.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Mother by John Lennon from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band JK--1970. Raw, aching, confessional. Got it off his chest.

Finally got enough respite from the rain to mow my lawn for the first time this Spring. Reminds me of this Woody:

I’ve always considered the Clintons to be centrist/pragmatists. Sensible, not ideological. Vilifying them is sheer idiocy.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Have a Good Time by Paul Simon from Still Crazy After All These Years JK--1975. Great bit of jaded lounge-jazz pop

Scooter Magruder playing '50s hits on DC radio. Just spun Marquees "Hey Little Schoolgirl" w/young local Marvin Gaye

Kentucky Derby. Exactly like the Super Bowl. Except for the fact that you can miss the whole thing if you take a long bio break.

Auto dealer customer waiting lounge. Complimentary coffee. Machine offers many options. I’ll go crazy. Triple dark espresso. Strap me down.

Dev Patel in biopic about Indian math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. Arcane number theory gets primes their prime time in Hollywood spotlight

LOL! Trump tweets about eating tacos, exclaiming “I love Hispanics!” Didn’t he realize that comical pander digs him an even deeper hole?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp 1999 by Prince from 1999 JK--1982. The Artist's prescient lookahead to the Y2K crisis & how he'd batten his hatches



Check out the new #IBM Internet of Things blog #IBMIoT #cognitive http://bit.ly/21DQdhK 

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp I'm Set Free by Brian Eno from The Ship JK--2016. Nice chill Velvet Underground cover from th legendary postmodernist

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Akhar Zaman by Bombino from Azel JK--2016. Great new one from the Malian rocker. He shreds that guitar!

"Top 10 Hot Data Science Techs" (http://ow.ly/4nuBtM ) JK--Not sure which I find LESS useful 4 IT planning: hot-not lists or hype curves

Found it hard to sleep last night. Every time I woke up, I realized my sleeping brain was still stuck puzzling math behind quantum computing

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Desire Lines by Deerhunter from Halcyon Digest JK--2010. One of the greatest extended crescendo rock outros ever.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Natural One by Folk Implosion JK--1995. Love how this stalking vibe makes "natural" bristle with imminent menace.

"Outwitting poachers w/artificial intelligence" (http://ow.ly/4nuzJ2 ) JK--More predictively effective deployment of patrols to interdict

"Surprise! People will actually read long news stories on their smartphones" (http://ow.ly/4nuu3g ) JK--No surprise to me. I often binge.

Clinton & Trump both endorsed by athletes. But Trump’s are a league of numbskulls & thugs: Hulk Hogan, Mike Tyson, Latrell Sprewell...

That’s cool. Even when I’m stressed as hell it doesn’t register itself in my blood pressure readings.

"IBM's Quantum Cloud: Leap Into Future?" (http://ow.ly/4nsLl5 ) JK--Refs cool number-theoretic blog on quntm algo http://ow.ly/4nsLtF 


Yes I enjoy bureaucratic red tape. Jumping thru an infinite succession of hoops and dodging obstacles at every turn. Never-ending bootcamp

New #IBM jk #InfoWorld column: "How to monetize the fuzzy narratives of social listening" (http://ow.ly/4ns2sn )

When some e-commerce vendor emails an "it'll only take 1 minute" survey, it takes you a minute to figure if it's worth your while. Never is

Ran across an old friend tonight. She commented several times on how fit I look now. I’ve been riding that ego high for hours.

New tools can be a portal to productivity or an obstacle to achieving your objectives. You can’t really know until you try to use them.

More spam invites us to "date single women." As opposed to what, dating them in packs of 3 or 4 at a time?




"Queue up for IBM's quantum computer" (http://ow.ly/4nqhOs ) JK--Roger Kay perspective on today's announcement.

Machine learning algo for sketch simplification (http://ow.ly/4nptmZ ) JK--Compress, process compressed, expand to cleaner representation

"In future Big Data'll make actual voting obsolete" (http://ow.ly/4npsML ) JK--Really? Whose algorithm will have constitutional blessing?

"Making a Case for Machine Learning to Legal Departments" (http://ow.ly/4npsqv ) JK--Or helping them make a case for it in court.

Fun fact: presumptive GOP pres nominee's birthname was Donald T. Rump.

"IBM Makes Quantum Computing Available on #IBM Cloud to Accel Innov (http://ow.ly/4npqT4 ) JK--Run algos & experiments, work with qubits

Fun fact: Cinco de Mayo falls on the 5th this year.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Bloodbuzz Ohio by The National from High Violet JK--2010. Probably don't remember him cuz Ohio was too bloodbuzzed


Predictive forecasting for the cognitive era http://bit.ly/24nfjGx 

"Eureka! How to make discoveries at speed o light" (http://ow.ly/4nnqnk ) JK--Huge Danish music festival uses #IBM to tune fan experience



"Quantum Computing: Past the Buzzwords" (http://ow.ly/4nmLyu ) JK--Describes underlying math as q-bit patterns over modular arithmetic

"CrowdChat: #PredictiveAnalytics for data-driven customer engagent" (http://ow.ly/4nmE9B ). Tues May 10. 11am ET #PredictiveEverywhere

Apache Spark Maker Community Event. June 6. SF. #SparkBizApps. Attend in person: http://ow.ly/4nmDSA  Livestream:

Dear DJs: Don't call it a "supergroup" if it's composed of artists your listeners have never heard of from bands equally obscure.

Was one of those days that made me glad I keep my notes tidy and thoughts organized. Find the simple thing that most needs doing. Then do it

Jordan's Queen Rania in DC for WHCD. Reminds of Onion's "Our Dumb World": profile of Jordan just some cartographer crush on the lovely royal

Bernie looking for superdelegates. You’ll know ‘em when you see ‘em, Sanders. They’re the ones in tights and capes.

Whatever happened to people actually stating their name when they phone U out o the blue? Dont assume your voice is distinctive/recognizable

"These old black&white photos were colorized by artificial intelligence" (http://ow.ly/4njODD ) JK--I want to colorize old family photos

"Good Robot! Elon Musk’s AI Nonprofit Shows Where AI Going" (http://ow.ly/4njO75 ) JK--Releasd tool to dev/compare reinforcemt lrng algos

"Drones May Soon B Able 2 Detect Improvised Explosiv Devices" (http://ow.ly/4njNMV ) JK--Used last wk to sniff nutjob at Balto TV station

"Twitter’s AI Knows What’s Happening in Live Video Clips" (http://ow.ly/4njL4M ) JK--Real-time autotagging of dozens of Periscope feeds

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box by Radiohead from Amnesiac JK--2001. "Get off my case, get off my case."

"Top scientst..solution..havoc driverless cars wreak" (http://ow.ly/4njIAT ) JK--Online educ entrprneur wants 2 re-educ laid-off truckers

"Deep Learning Demystified" (http://ow.ly/4njHo8 ) JK--Stacked neural-net layers with progressively compact feature reps. ID a cat face.

"What if Elon Musk ran Apple?" (http://ow.ly/4njGNV ) JK--He'd probably get bored. He's an entrepreneur. Not corporate turnaround artist

Dear PR people: Quit assuming that everybody in high-tech is situated in San Francisco Bay area. Some of us are in the Chesapeake Bay area.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Eye of a Hurricane by Kyle Craft from Dolls of Highland JK--2016. Great. Reminds me a bit of Mott the Hoople.

Catch me at Spark Summit West in SF next month. And we're doing a little something beforehand. More details very soon!

Rainstorm aftermath. Walking through a large parking lot. Splashing puddles I didn’t see. Unfrozen equivalent of black ice. Black water?

Trader Joe’s on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I’ll have the pepperoni pizza sample with four wine samples as chaser. Legal limit?

RIP Daniel Berrigan. Music trivia: the "radical priests" Paul Simon ref'd in "Me & Julio" were him & brother Philip:

"Lead, Follow or Get the Fuck Out of the Way" (http://ow.ly/4nhMY1 ) JK--But what if the fuck's not standing in your way?

"10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Clarity & Creativity" (http://ow.ly/4nhMRQ ) JK--Just say "clarity & creativity" over & over & over

"Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours A Week Just Thinking" (http://ow.ly/4nhMPa ) JK--What percentage of that on the commode?

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Aweekstweets April 10-30 2016: the weeks my nerves were pushed to the foggy edge

Was going to watch White House Correspondents Dinner. Till I realized CNN intends to run 2+ hours of idiot commentary before Obama comes on

Expert blames childhood obesity on kids sitting staring at screens. Says “when we were young we ran around.” Um, no. We stared at the Tube

I’m mildly shocked I got all 3 of my April columns written in April. This month was ferociously busy wcampaign planning & execution. Whew!

Still chilly. Haven’t put away the winter clothes. Was warm last week, but haven’t taken down the summers. Wardrobe-wise I’m still unsprung

Sign of desperation? I’d call it Cruz’ Hail Carly pass.

Saudi Arabia wants to build tourist industry. But Brookings Institution rightly notes that’s a bit tough if you ban alcohol & bikinis.

New #IBM jk #TechTarget #ITKnowledgeExchange column: "Giving citizen data scientists a short leash" (http://ow.ly/4nfN5f )

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp I, Exhale by Underworld from Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future JK--2016. Goth almighty!

Drafted latest #IBM jk #TechTarget #ITKnowledgeExchange column: "Giving Citizen Data Scientists a Short Leash"

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Come On Let's Go by Broadcast from The Noise Made by People JK--2000. "Stop looking for answers in everyone's face"


Graph databases catch electronic con artists in the act http://bit.ly/1VWJxMd 
RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Windows by Fly Moon Royalty from Delicious Trouble JK--2016. Love the quiet tinkly percussion on this one.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Chromakey Dreamcoat by Boards of Canada from The Campfire Headphase JK--2005. Feels like a not-yet-woken mind.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp When Possession Gets too Strong by Dolly Parton from Th Fairest o Them All JK--1970. Best warble in all country music

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) by Waylon Jennings JK--1977. "Ain't nobody feelin' no pain"

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Let's Get Drunk by The Honeycutters from On The Ropes JK--2016. She cuts to the chase.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Sugarfoot Rag by Red Foley from Country Music Hall of Fame Series JK--1949. I'll bet this was a popular dance tune.

"Kafka Advances in Enterprise" (http://ow.ly/4ndgVJ ) JK--No truth to rumor Kafka metamorphoses data scientists into cockroaches

"Ideas for improving already-good models" (http://ow.ly/4ndfwj ) JK--They're looking good. You'd like to take them home. It's understood

Wouldn't it be cool if the Winklevoss twins' first names were Winkledee and Winkledum?

The most in-demand guy in the world must be someone named Les. Everybody keeps saying they want to do more with him.

Drafted latest #IBM jk #InfoWorld column: "Monetizing The Fuzzy Narratives of Social Listening"

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Planet Sizes by Steve Mason from Meet the Humans JK--2016. Nice new one from the former Beta Band frontman.



Sesame Workshop, IBM Launch Early-Childhood Education Initiative http://bit.ly/1VUzXJG 

I'm so old (and such a geek) that I remember when pocket calculators were the latest high-tech & having a feature-packed one was brag-worthy

"Sesame Wrkshp & #IBM #Watson Team to Advance Early Childhood Educ" (http://ow.ly/4nbXjJ ) JK--Dev next-gen learning tools #IBMandSesame

" #IBM Expands Flash Storage Solutions to Target New, Intelligent Apps in Cloud" (http://ow.ly/4nbX6c ) JK--Simple, scalable, accelerated

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Five String Serenade by Arthur Lee & Love from Five String Serenade JK--1992. Beautiful, romantic, medieval.

"6 Alternatives to Silicon Valley w/Better Weather Than Portland" (http://ow.ly/4nbWkN ) JK--Anywhere's an alternative. Weather relevant?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Not Fade Away by Buddy Holly frm The Chirping Crickets JK--1957. Bo Diddley song. "A love a real not fade away." Huh?

Got my vibrator pad humming on my office-chair back this morning. To simulate the jitters I should be feeling up & down my spine.

Used "Sisyphean" in normal conversation yesterday. Not a sissified locution. But "locution" might be. So I'll have to watch it.

Let me get this straight: someone who’s losing his party’s race for the nomination has named a running mate. To run where? Into the ground?

"John" on a scratchy line called concerning "National Care Center of Internet." Yeah, that sounds legit. Somebody out there actually cares

Is YouTube targeting these interstitial tech ads at me cuz of what I do? Or does it target those commercials at everybody? How can I know?

RT @ebarbini: Sesame Workshop, $IBM partner to use Watson for preschoolers http://usat.ly/1SAQE6L  via @usatoday #IBM #muppets

"The Humans Hiding Behind the Chatbots" (http://ow.ly/4na0Ff ) JK--Double-checking & tweaking algorithmic responses. Quality control.

"Artificial Intelligence Can Now Design Realistic Video & Game Imagery" (http://ow.ly/4n9Zqe ) JK--As realistic as fantasy games need be

"Why Machine Learning Is Our Last Hope 4 Cybersecurity" (http://ow.ly/4n9WIC ) JK--Sounds fairly dire. Last hope is smart cyberscientists

IBM issues ‘Interop Challenge’ to fellow #OpenStack vendors. Details from @DJRippert & @AngelLuisDiaz:






I tend to read lengthy email chains in reverse order: back to front. Too often, the discussion has come unglued from the original "subject"

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Lovers of the Sun by The Jayhawks from Paging Mr. Proust JK--2016. Great new one from th veteran country-folk-rockers

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Honey and Smoke by case/lang/veirs from case/lang/veirs JK--2016. Beautiful one with KD lead, Neko & Laura backup

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Oh Sarah by Sturgill Simpson from A Sailor's Guide To Earth JK--2016. Really nice. Country superstar in the making

Saw "Brooklyn" on DVD. Enjoyed Saoirse Ronan's portrait of a resilient young Irish immigrant re-anchoring her life in 1950s America.

Saw "Carol" on DVD. Another one Todd Haynes' painstakingly chiaroscuro 1950s period pieces about closeted gay people finding themselves

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Still Would Stand All Time by Prince from Graffiti Bridge JK--1990. Nice slice of gospel from the Minneapolis maestro

Draft new #IBM jk Dataversity column "Vetting the Actual Science Behind Data Science"

New #IBM jk #Dataversity column: "Distributing Machine Intelligence to the Foggy Edge of the IoT" (http://ow.ly/4n4kN2 )

Is your investment in ECM future-proof? http://bit.ly/1VU90p0 


Every day can be #EarthDay with the Internet of Things #IBMIoT @deonnewm http://bit.ly/1VU8Z4g 

"Big Data in '16: How Big Is ‘Big Enough’" (http://ow.ly/4n3Ov2 ) JK--Lincoln on how long legs should be: "long enough 2 reach th ground"

"Predicting success: How Social Physics changing th world we live in" (http://ow.ly/4n3NGD ) JK--My head feels like an atom being smashed

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Hey Paul Anka by Sequoyah Tiger from Ta-Ta-Ta-Time JK--2016. Italian group. Why Anka? Are they having his baby too?

"Automated Predictive Analytics : What Could Possibly Go Wrong?" (http://ow.ly/4n3MCt ) JK--Misplaced confidence in bad bot predictions?

"Kaggle Releases Data Sets About Global Warming: Make your own Predictions" (http://ow.ly/4n3Mo3 ) JK--Try weeding out the biases first.

"Answers to dozens of data science job interview questions" (http://ow.ly/4n3LJu ) JK--OK, but don't try writing them on your wrist.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Cinco De Tomorrow by Damien Jurado from Visions of Us On the Land JK--2016. Another great atmospheric one from him.

"Facebook’s future: AI, drones & virtual reality" (http://ow.ly/4n3JlO ) JK--Robot assistant can fuss over your FB while you get a life.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp The Book I Read by Talking Heads from TalkgHeds '77 JK--1977. "I'm living in the future." OMG, this is ~ 40 years ago

Reasonably good weekend. Didn't think of work much. But my dreams while asleep seem to all have work themes. Mundane stuff, no symbolism

"RIP Prince, a legendary musician with complicated Internet history" (http://ow.ly/4n2To1 ) JK--Agonized over how musicians would make $

Played several games of Rummikub over dinner on the deck with the wife. The woman usually kicks my butt on games. But we dueled to a draw.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Out of Control by Lush from Blind Spot JK--2016. Brand new. Enchanting.

Enjoying the “Silicon Valley” marathon on HBO. Never seen it before. Very funny, well-written, culturally nuanced. Feels like people I know

Saturday. Breakfast, newspaper, workout, supermarket, lunch, housecleaning, nap, more newspaper, dinner, cleanup. Contemplating nap #2.

I assume Trump’s running mate will be Chris Christie. So they can use their campaign as a bully pulpit: no pulpit but double the bullies.

This week at the Japanese embassy, I presented my thoughts on embedded vs. embodied vs. engaged cognition. Everyone listened.

As someone married to an Asian, I've weirdly never mastered chopsticks. This week at the Japanese embassy, I forced myself. Didn't mess up.

As we mourn dead rock stars, I should note that Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, & Fats Domino still breathe the vital.

Wall Street Journal says Prince left 26 unreleased albums. Hence, he must have been an utter failure commercially. Couldn't give 'em away.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp U Got the Look by Prince from Sign “o” the Times JK--1987. Great stiletto of rock-funk.

Ended the work week with a fairly undemanding yoga class. Glad not to have to try too hard.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp The Girl from Conejo Valley by M.Ward JK--2016. Love the song. Love how he interpolates his "Helicopter" into this

"Is machine learning th next commodity?" (http://ow.ly/4mZK7Y ) JK--For repeatable fine-grained tasks, yes. For adaptive learning, no

How does DESY handle over 5GB of data streaming into its computing center every second? http://bit.ly/1MMOLXs 

IBM/Cleversafe proud to be named a Market Leader by @ITBrandPulse http://bit.ly/1MMOIel 

Vote @IBM for this year's #FIRSTChampionship sponsor video - You have until 4/26! #IBMIoT http://bit.ly/1Qs3e5M 

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp We'll Meet Again by Vera Lynn JK--1939. Memorably used in the "Dr. Strangelove" soundtrack.

New #IBM jk blog: "Bridging Spark analytics to cloud data services" (http://ow.ly/4mYLmY )

Nearsighted people like me don’t take focus for granted. You use any corrective artifice at hand to achieve it.

Today I used a focusing technique I developed in my analyst years: diagramming someone’s complex question as they spoke. Found its kernel.

RIP Prince. Second of the triumvirate of 1958-born mega pop stars to pass. Michael gone, Madonna remains.

I’m happy that my remarks were well received by my hosts at the embassy of Japan. Just representing IBM

Pretty much goes without saying the Japanese are doing amazing work in artificial intelligence.



Choice with consistency is the key to an effective #hybridcloud, writes @JMcGee:
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Me (silent/dark entity in front row) that Paula Poundstone was talking to Strata Hadoop. 23:00. You hear her not me

WTF? Somebody just ended a tech blog with "Hope you have a really great day!" Why stop there? Why not ask us to say hi to our moms for you?

"Will the Citizen Data Scientist Inherit the World?" (http://ow.ly/4mW7a9 ) JK--Shawn Rogers on the democratization of data science

"The next hot job in Silicon Valley is for poets" (http://ow.ly/4mW6lL ) JK--Bots got the hots for the Bard.

"Analyzing the Panama Papers" (http://ow.ly/4mW6bm ) JK--Excellent illustration of the illuminating power of graph analysis.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Jellisy by James K from Pet JK--2016. No relation. Also, he's a she.

Richie Havens "Follow the Drinking Gourd" (http://ow.ly/4mViJ2 ) JK--For Harriet Tubman. Big Dipper points to Polaris. The way north.

RT @weberlarry: A recent talk that I had with @jameskobielus on open source, #cloud and #openfordata

"Demystifying Deep Reinforcement Learning" (http://ow.ly/4mUIY8 ) JK--Good discuss of how reward-seeking ML algorithms learn iteratively

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Swallowtail by Wolf Alice from My Love is Cool JK--2015. Nice chill atmospheric swell to this. Tingly.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Medicinals by PJ Harvey from The Hope Six Demolition Project JK--2016. Love the rising incantational quality of this

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Once In a Lifetime by Talking Heads from Remain in Light JK--1980. Love the paint-opaqued bandfaces on LP cover

"Tinker With a Neural Network Right Here in Your Browser. Don’t Worry, You Can’t Break It. We Promise." (http://ow.ly/4mTBuX )

"Quantum cmptg, here we come: A qubit data bus may soon be possible" (http://ow.ly/4mTAZR ) JK--How to move a qubit without destroying it

"Monitoring Performance Across a Data Pipeline" (http://ow.ly/4mTAus ) JK--Great illustration of difficulty of pinpointing bottlenecks

"Crowdsourcing analytics: How to find wisdom in the crowd" (http://ow.ly/4mTyo0 ) JK--Identify & tune into the most clued-in individuals

Please quit using "tectonic shift" to ref smoothly gradual change. Tectonic processes are eons of stability punctuated by sudden disruption

[Announcement letter] IBM #DB2 11.1  BLU , the multi-workload database software for next-gen database deployments-  http://ibm.co/22w9xfI 

Our web page has a new look to celebrate the #DB2 11.1 for Linux, UNIX and Windows announcement. Visit - http://ibm.co/23GVGpo  #DB2v11

IBM announces #DB2 11.1 for Linux UNIX and Windows . Check out the new DB2 Data Sheet - http://ibm.co/1qTIhMK  #DB2v11

Is your database ready for the #Cognitive Era?  Read this executive brochure for details- http://ibm.co/1SMlmsU  #DB2 #DB2v11

Been invited by senior representatives of Japan’s scientific establishment to discuss AI’s impact on digital transformation. Glad to.

Catch me on "The Rise of the Citizen Data Scientist" (http://ow.ly/4mRZrz ). July 19. Boston. #TDWI Accelerate. Save up to $675 code AC2

"The Humans Hiding Behind the Chatbots" (http://ow.ly/4mRcMZ ) JK--Humans (ie pattern curators) train datasets that refine the algorithms

"The Financial Threats That Machines Can See" (http://ow.ly/4mRcjF ) JK--Does a "bubble" statistical pattern literally resemble a bubble?

"MIT AI Researchers Make Breakthrough On Threat Detection" (http://ow.ly/4mRbHj ) JK--Blend of auto/unsupervised & expert/supervised ML




RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Atomic Number by case/lang/veirs from case/lang/veirs JK--2016. Great new collab w/Neko Case, KD Lang, Laura Veirs

"Thrilled that AI is no longer a dirty word" (http://ow.ly/4mQVBW ) JK--Not actually a word. Never dirty. But I sort of get your drift.

"On Big Data and Data Science. Interview with James Kobielus" (http://ow.ly/4mQROz ) http://JK--ODBMS.org  interview from February.

New #IBM jk #InfoWorld column: “3 safeguards for intelligent machines” (http://ow.ly/4mQRcc )

Always good to have at least one friend to whom you can speak unfiltered. Even if it’s filtered through wine. Several bottles of.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Palmcorder Yajna by The Mountain Goats from We Shall All Be Healed JK--2004. Very hi-grade pulp-fiction literary

"What Happened When Ford Tested Its Self-Driving Car in Total Darkness" (http://ow.ly/4mOozo ) JK--Radar + cameras + light-sensitiv radar

"Search 4 New Medical Treatmts Zeroes In on Genetic Superheroes" (http://ow.ly/4mOo0c ) JK--Robust good health defies genetic vulnerablty

"Why AI still needs us: To build quantum comptrs" (http://ow.ly/4mOmwP ) JK--Tech doesnt "need" us. We need us to pour our smarts into it

The older I get, I the less I believe in some magical gift called "genius." However, I have met a lot of exceptionally smart individuals.


"TUPAQ" (http://ow.ly/4mOjir ) JK--Framework to auto discover/execute optimal ML algorithm among myriad. Is there a SHAKUR framework too?

"Big data & machine learning--is the glass half empty?" (http://ow.ly/4mOhVW ) JK--20 years ago, AI was logic-based. Now it's data-driven

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Hoover Dam by Sugar frm Cooper Blue JK--1992. So-called cuz it hoovers up every remaining drop o Colorado River water

Whenever the conversation in my non-work life turns to IT, I have to constantly bite my tongue. Nobody wants the depth I can easily dish out

"Why machine learning will impact, but not take, your job" (http://ow.ly/4mOfXo ) JK--Highlights apps where human/bot collab essential

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Cool Down the Pace by Gregory Isaacs from Night Nurse JK--1982. Nice slow-dancing romantic reggae for couples in mood

Was a good weekend. Spent part of it in a hoodie speeding down a largely deserted lake past a nuclear reactor. No incidents.

First day of Summer. By which I mean, I brought out my deck furniture and we had dinner out there. So it's official. Am I jumping the gun?

I appreciate the bulk e-mail indicating that you "miss" me, Wal-Mart. But I already knew that. Your greeters routinely hi-5 & bearhug me.

"Czechia"? Really? Seems like there should be an extra syllable or two in there, like "Czechronesia" or "Czechsylvania."

Never quite got my head around concept o "James City County VA." I think its seat, Williamsburg, should call itself "James City County City"

Takes a while for our cruddy lawn to sprout semi-decent Spring shoots. Fine with me. I’ll mow when nature runs riot and not a moment before.

Reading NYTimes Mag architect profile of brutalist house design. Thanks, but I’ll only indulge in cellblock decor if a judge puts me there.

If Deadheads and Parrotheads joined forces, would Python fans resent the competition?

Central Virginia. Just down the road from Bumpass. Great name for a redneck dancehall, if you ask me.

IEEE Computer Society moved their Rockstars of Big Data Austin shindig from May 24 to Nov 3. I'll speak. Not sure about the Hoobert Heevers

I'll be glad when election is over, so can go back to bitching about the people in power, rather than about the ones who want to be in power

"When Is the Singularity? Probably Not in Your Lifetime" (http://ow.ly/4mJRxd ) JK--Topic smacks of pure armchair sci-fi worrymongering.

"'Your face is big data:' Title o photographer's experiment sez all" (http://ow.ly/4mJQSR ) JK--What?! You sayin I look like an elephant?

"Improve New-Product Batting Average w/Predictive Analytics" (http://ow.ly/4mJImT ) JK--Why stop there? Boost yr successful-product RBIs!

"Fairness in machine learning" (http://ow.ly/4mJGxu ) JK--Don't disadvantage minorities thru feature engineering that implicitly excludes

Democratizing data science: Advanced analytics as a team sport http://bit.ly/1p40Zj1 

Just saw phrase "AI party trick" in a biz-tech press headline. A few of these will spawn huge markets. Spin the bottle to wager which.

Most basic survival skill in complex fast-changing environments is ability to spot-analyze any arbitrary conceptual projectile headed yr way

" #IBM & University of Illinois to Pioneer Next-Gen Cognitive Computing Systems" (http://ow.ly/4mJ5e2 ) JK--Releasing all to open source

Nicely slimy piece of spam text: "we hope this message reaches you well." Rest assured that it did. It's well, but that fact makes me ill.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp This Old House by Derek Hoke from Southern Moon JK--2016. Sung with real heart.

Are the doctors at Veterans Administration hospitals entitled to call themselves veteranarians?

I pronounce it “Chi-poat-ul” just to annoy them.

Doesn’t Starbucks still give out fake dollar bills w/portraits of Hollywood celebrities on them? Wasn’t that their original business model?

Fave spam headline of the day: "Are the rumors about you true?" I'm here to confirm that indeed they aren't.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Baba O'Riley by The Who from Who's Next JK--1971. Love that in-your-face synth intro. Nicely set ups the rock bombast




In addition to "data lake" not making sense as a metaphor, "untangling the data lake" makes no sense as a mixed metaphor. Stop the madness!

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp The New Saint Jude by Andrew Bird from Are You Serious JK--2016. Good one. Bird finally put a bird on it (LP cover)

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Silver Lining by Rilo Kiley from Under the Blacklight JK--2007. Love this. Their final LP before Jenny went solo.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Tall Man, Skinny Lady by Ty Segall from Manipulator JK--2014. Brilliant knife-edged hard-rock guitar assault

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse post: "Merrymaking vs Mischief: Beating Machine-Learning Algorithms At Their Own Game" (http://ow.ly/10DcgO )



Hangout: Intro to Apache Quarks | IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub http://bit.ly/1oXqgeC 

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Sunday by Iggy Pop from Post Pop Depression JK--2016. Good one. Why "post-Pop"? Going back to "James Osterberg Jr"?

" #IBM Introduces Cognitive Storage" (http://ow.ly/10C5ZR ) JK--Auto-discover data value, manage accordingly. Still in research.

Been winning free Egg McMuffins from my McDonald's app every time DC's teams lead at end of 1st period. Thank U Caps and/or Wizards!

Morning begins as they always during the work week: quick mental recalc about what's priority right now, what can wait a split-second or two

Any political system that makes its citizens want to defect is, all things considered, usually defective.

Space. The very term has an eerie emptiness about it. It’s no place. Just space.

"Why I Hate Best Practices" (http://ow.ly/10AzsP ) JK--Don't tell me you also hate puppy dogs and fairy tales.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Holding On for Life by Broken Bells from After th Disco JK--2014. James Mercer deftly works 2 distinct Xcellent bands

Hey LinkedIn, prompt people who congratulate on anniversaries to use unique phrases rather than spamming "Congrats. Hope you're doing well."

"Self-driving cars may not B proven safe for decades" (http://ow.ly/10AuKw ) JK--"Proven"? U don't prove such a thing. U demo in practice

" #IBM Launches Health Corps to Help Communities Around World Address Public Health Challenges" (http://ow.ly/10AbFz ) JK--New probono.

RT @profNdel: "When New Hardware Starts To Spontaneously Self-Fabricate" by @jameskobielus on @LinkedIn

"When New Hardware Starts To Spontaneously Self-Fabricate" by @jameskobielus on @LinkedIn




"'New Rembrandt' to be unveiled in Amsterdam" (http://ow.ly/10zqRo ) JK--Next project: 3D-print Rembrandt van Rijn rolling over in grave

"The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Deep Learning on Spark" (http://ow.ly/10zqhI ) JK--Databricksers discuss "DeepSpark" devel automation

"Machine learnng is poor fit 4 most businesses" (http://ow.ly/10zpiE ) JK--Linthicum too narrowly construes ML as just unsuprvisd learnng

Catch me: "Citizen Data Scientists in Era of Self-Svc Analytics" (http://ow.ly/10zndo ) JK--Jul 19, 445-530pm, TDWI Accelerate, Boston

"The rise o the citizen data scientist" (http://ow.ly/10zmRr ) JK--Catch me speaking on this topic at TDWI Accelerate, July 18-20, Boston

"MIT says its 3D-printed robots can 'practically walk out of' the machine" (http://ow.ly/10zmFz ) JK--Hasta la vista, baby!

"How AI-powered robots will protect the networked soldier" (http://ow.ly/10zmij ) JK--Asks if this is "ethical." Is warfare ethical?

"Information Overload = ‘Cognitive Diabetes’ Sez Slack CEO" (http://ow.ly/10zlGe ) JK--Please dont ref serious diseases in dumb metaphors

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Tennessee Song by Margo Price from Midwest Farmer's Daughter JK--2016. Nice. Singer I was too sleepy to catch on SNL

Social media has so completely discombobulated world culture that I’d say it’s responsible for distributed denial of sanity.

If the radio plays “Uptown Funk” one more g****mn time, I’m going to have a fit. Don’t believe it? Just watch.

"Training a Computer to Recognize Your Handwriting" (http://ow.ly/10xONa ) JK--As soon as I train my brain to recognize my chickenscratch

"Can Machine Learning Help Lift China’s Smog?" (http://ow.ly/10xObx ) JK--Discusses IBM Research China's efforts.

"What Cognitive Computing Means For Chip Design" (http://ow.ly/10xNtv ) JK--Very cool holistic discussion of energy-efficiency potential

"FB's AI Technology Describes Photos To Visually Impaired Users" (http://ow.ly/10xLNP ) JK--Should be standard in wearables for the blind

A lot of crazy stuff eventually blows over. Just make sure you're not standing directly underneath when they do.

Nice that everybody on LinkedIn suddenly congratulating me on my 4th anniversary of joining IBM. But that was 9 days ago. What gives?




Another Monday morning, another round of checking out recommended "great Friday reading" & wondering why none of this could wait till Monday

Reading New Yorker profile of SNL cast member Leslie Jones. One of few new ones in recent years that I can’t NOT watch. Wild loud brash.

Stretching my legs with a nice neighborhood stroll on this chilly but sunny April day. At least the air is fresh.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Funk the Fear by Esperanza Spalding from Emily's D+Evolution JK--2016. Cool 70s-ish jazz/funk. Love th background vox


RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Chasing Shadows by Santigold from 99¢ JK--2016. Great one. Has a indie/world-music vibe, sort of like M.I.A.