Friday, July 02, 2010

Aweekstweets June 24-July 2, 2010: the week I indulged my inner Canuck

Let's bury this notion of "geeks." Everybody grooves on IT now. Just as most of us drive cars--but few care what's under the hood. 1 minute ago via TweetDeck

"Death of Microsoft Kin: Worst. Phone. Ever" ( JK--MSFT jinxes products with 3-letter names. Bob comparisons inevitable 6 minutes ago via TweetDeck

Microsoft Will Move Kin Tech Into Windows Phone 7 ( JK--Typical MSFT: mash formerly separate products into platform 15 minutes ago via TweetDeck

"Do we need Carterfone-for-wireless ruling? ( JK--Geezer Jim translates 4 yng'uns: unfetterd w'less CPE on carrier nets about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

RT @kexpplaylist: The Defector by The Space Cossacks #KEXP: JK--Great surf instrumentals produce rush of blood to the head, like bluegrass. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

Sexy stars. Often these people are not appreciably more attractive than people in your life. They just have more & pushier marketing. about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck

Brand. The brand halo. The brand assurance of consistent comfortable minimum quality level. The brand wrapper around safe mediocrity. Beware about 2 hours ago via TweetDeck

Microsoft is surprisingly underdog these days in most tech markets. Even where they have predominant market share, momentum's against 'em. about 4 hours ago via web

Bought Sonya a a new low-end HP netbook. Testing out the browser & keyboard. Sleek little thing. Tailor-made for goofing off at Panera. about 4 hours ago via web

McDonald's launching line of smoothies. Watch out MickieD! A good nutritious protein-laced smoothie beats burger & fries when I'm on the run about 5 hours ago via txt

Blockbuster's long decline is freeing up prime retail real estate everywhere. about 5 hours ago via txt

My opinion of Stephen Strasburg is that he may become next Mark Fidrych. If so, and I hope not, we may some day have to call him Stras-bird. about 5 hours ago via txt

What's epidemic if not ad-hoc social network? Epidemiology is social network analysis. Refer to something going "viral" & it creeps me out about 7 hours ago via TweetDeck

"Apple stunned to find iPhones show too many bars" ( JK--Thought this referred to map display glitch: too many taverns about 7 hours ago via TweetDeck

"IBM says 'I do' to Firefox" ( JK--Boil all IBM's reasons down to "it's open source." about 7 hours ago via TweetDeck

"Proposed law would require cell phone warning labels" ( JK--Warning! You will be subjected to endless warnings! about 7 hours ago via TweetDeck

"His high hirsuteness"? ( ) Gender is right, but I'm short & shaven. I'll accept "His most poetic analytic goofball" about 8 hours ago via TweetDeck

Don't actually have "passion for Livonia, Michigan" (, but happy to see they demolished 2 obsolete malls from my youth. about 8 hours ago via TweetDeck

Christgau says goodbye to Village Voice Pazz & Jop guide ( JK--Liked capsule format. Too cranky for my tastes though. about 8 hours ago via TweetDeck

Notice how the #BI industry consolidation wave has subsided. Next push will be analytic #DBMS consolidation. All columnar will be acquired. about 9 hours ago via txt

Writing makes the time pass faster than reading. Reading, faster than sitting. Sitting, faster than standing. Standing, faster than thinking about 11 hours ago via txt

Cable news video stories with static caption boxes R frustrating to view minus sound. Cycle linked captions within box to deliver more info. about 11 hours ago via txt

Cable news crawlers that cycle same headlines tend to imbue trivia with bogus significance. Stack static heads instead, by descending import about 11 hours ago via txt

When U can pull entire multi-TB dataset into cheap in-mem portable client DB for interactive exploration, BI & DW as we know it will be over about 11 hours ago via txt

Pink, Taylor Swift, & Kelly Clarkson. Guilty pleasures all. about 11 hours ago via txt

Toledo has zoo with elephant. Green Bay has pro football team. LA has no zoo or pro football team. What R minimum amenities of US big city? about 11 hours ago via txt

Datacloud. Think how empowering but also unnerving that sounds. Info's all there, but where is "there"? And who manages & refreshes "there"? about 11 hours ago via txt

Database. Few words in technical lexicon R as implicitly reassuring. Often implies single ref repository. We know how illusory that can be. about 11 hours ago via txt

Apps on the rise. Wonder whether people browse less & bookmark fewer sites as apps channel their surfing down more manicured coastlines. about 11 hours ago via txt

To avoid plowing ever more fallow fields of the obvious, analysts must rotate plantings perennially. Plant strange seeds. Reap odd grains. about 11 hours ago via txt

WSJ article on scientists finding genomic factors for longevity. Life insurance industry will have to wear statistical blinkers. about 11 hours ago via txt

Middle of Pennsylvania, I'm noticing pattern. Every time I drive through on way to/from somewhere else, long traffic jams. Something I said? 1,278,032,401,000.00 via TweetDeck

Les Etats Unis. Anglais seulement? Sacre bleu! 1,278,000,809,000.00 via txt

"SAS Plans In-Memory Apps Built on HP Hardware" ( ) JK--Expect all-in-mem stat analysis appliances to become ubiquitous. 1,277,984,230,000.00 via TweetDeck

"Has Cloud Computing Jumped the Shark?" ( JK--Not yet. Haven't seen Henry Winkler in commercials for Amazon EC2. 1,277,983,613,000.00 via TweetDeck

"Cloudera preps Hadoop for the enterprise" ( JK--First order of "prep" business is explaining to IT why should care. 1,277,983,463,000.00 via TweetDeck

"Microsoft puts brakes on Kin mobile phone effort" ( JK--So my Zune HD has no next-of-kin, apparently. 1,277,982,228,000.00 via TweetDeck

Canada Day. Early morning sunshine in Ottawa. Clouds please take a break till dusk. You've been working yourselves too hard these past few. 1,277,981,674,000.00 via TweetDeck

Ottawa, Canada. I prefer Canadians refer to US cities without ref to states.We hail from near Springfield USA. Not far from Bart & Homer. 1,277,950,398,000.00 via TweetDeck

Let's see. Nothing earth-shattering happening in analytics industry during my time off. Industry responding well to my hypnotic suggestion. 1,277,949,764,000.00 via TweetDeck

"2010: A Space Policy" ( JK--Common enemy of human race is collective annihilation: from own ecological stupidity. 1,277,949,451,000.00 via TweetDeck

"ICANN board approves dot-XXX top-level domain for porn" ( JK--Also approved dot-AAA TLD for companies 1st in phonebook 1,277,943,301,000.00 via TweetDeck

Very much enjoying (i.e., shuddering with laughter watching) the Canadian comedy show "22 Minutes." Think SCTV meets Daily Show. 1,277,940,552,000.00 via TweetDeck

Ottawa's mid-city "experimental farm." I'd like to see my hometown Detroit experiment with reforesting all the abandoned lots. 1,277,938,846,000.00 via TweetDeck

One of the cool things is watching Canadian cable TV local newscasts from east to west: Halifax, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver. 1,277,938,660,000.00 via TweetDeck

Many Canadians tell us they find Montreal more exciting than Ottawa. I see their point, but I love work-focused gov't towns--e.g., Wash DC. 1,277,938,558,000.00 via TweetDeck

Canada has very diverse indigenous peoples. Met an Inuit lady from Newfoundland on bike trails yesterday. We puzzled over the map of Ottawa. 1,277,938,407,000.00 via TweetDeck

Canada is a substantially multicultural, multi-ethnic, multi-racial society. Especially big cities. Asians flock here for opportunities. 1,277,938,273,000.00 via TweetDeck

Bought one of so-called "Obama cookies" at Ottawa Byward Market. Yeah, Obama consumed one, but it's maple leaf with "Canada" written on it. 1,277,934,280,000.00 via TweetDeck

Wanna give shout-out to that Dyson inventor dude with TV commercials. His public-restroom handblower design is perfect. Used it at "The Bay" 1,277,934,057,000.00 via TweetDeck

Wanna thank the ladies at Tim Horton's on Alta Vista Rd. in Ottawa this p.m.. Their quick MapQuest search sped us to our local destination. 1,277,933,947,000.00 via TweetDeck

Kind of like being in Canada, out of touch briefly with US political/govt media coverage, such as the Kagan hearings. She'll be confirmed. 1,277,933,769,000.00 via TweetDeck

Canadian content law on radio is cool. Ottawa stations throw more/deeper Leonard Cohen, Sarah McLachlan, Barenaked Ladies, etc into mix. 1,277,902,169,000.00 via TweetDeck

Canada chose its capital well. Ottawa sits astride linguistic divide, at base of last glacial escarpment, on river draining vast continent. 1,277,902,003,000.00 via TweetDeck

Far eastern elbow of Ontario. Hi-way interchange in farmlands where points to Montreal, Toronto, or Ottawa, you're at heart of old Canada. 1,277,855,195,000.00 via TweetDeck

Ottawa. Most of the fed gov't buildings are arranged in quiet university-like office parks with wide green lawns. Real genteel feel. 1,277,854,975,000.00 via TweetDeck

Ottawa. Its unsung gem is the huge gov't "experimental farm" in the city center. Reminds U of Canada's vast prairie, heart of North America 1,277,852,143,000.00 via TweetDeck

Ottawa's beauty is best experienced on bike on summer day with pillow-puffed blue sky. Ride along the Rideau canal. Amble thru neighborhoods 1,277,852,034,000.00 via TweetDeck

@@TheOnion "Weekender: Special Issue Guest-Proofread by Bono" ( JK--He still hasn't found typos he was looking for. 1,277,829,040,000.00 via TweetDeck

Got a private performance by an excellent Canadian singer-songwriter the other day. Eliane Guite. Devotional songs on the guitar. Folkish. 1,277,827,573,000.00 via TweetDeck

Something to be said for pork barrel politics. Robert Byrd made it his career. It's been key to West Virginia economic development. 1,277,827,051,000.00 via TweetDeck

Engaging in my daily routine of moving new emails into folders, where I can ignore them in more efficient batches. 1,277,826,459,000.00 via TweetDeck

Montreal. McGill is a cool urban university. The neighborhood around it has organically academic & cultural ambience. Plus the usual crazies 1,277,776,810,000.00 via TweetDeck

Canada. Why do the bilingual road signs end when you enter Quebec? Why do les Quebecois only provide directions en Francais? 1,277,776,701,000.00 via TweetDeck

Montreal. Cathedral on Mont-Royal is impressive. Almost feels like one with the mountain. It's a permanent benediction to nearby cemetery. 1,277,776,620,000.00 via TweetDeck

Montreal. The way it slopes densely down to the St. Lawrence reminds me a little of Monaco. But that's only cuz I lack points of reference. 1,277,776,403,000.00 via TweetDeck

Cool looking down from mountain in Gatineau over plain that used to be the Champlain Sea until fairly recent in geologic North American time 1,277,692,033,000.00 via TweetDeck

Friend & colleague @mgilpin badly injured in cycling accident ths wknd. Send him #goodkarma 4 speedy recovery. #getwellmike 1,277,691,619,000.00 via TweetDeck

Ottawa is small scale. I bicycled much of the city yesterday before lunch. Great network of bike paths. Neighborhoods quite multi-ethnic. 1,277,691,480,000.00 via TweetDeck

Love the colony of stray cats that has permanent home on Canada's parliament hill. No gov't funding. They pull own weight in captured rats. 1,277,691,375,000.00 via TweetDeck

Canada's prime minister & governor-general live on one of the quietest, most unassuming streets in Ottawa. You barely know they're there. 1,277,691,283,000.00 via TweetDeck

Ottawa cable TV carries US big ntwks (ABC, CBS, NBC) via their Detroit affiliates, so I can also visit my hometown virtually via local TV. 1,277,649,838,000.00 via TweetDeck

Glad to get shaggy on vacation. The only people I can offend with my hirsuteness are family & friends. No one special. 1,277,604,343,000.00 via TweetDeck

RT @TheOnion: BREAKING: Ghana Defeats United States' Interest In Soccer 1,277,604,259,000.00 via TweetDeck

"Social Networking Bill Of Rights Released" ( JK--Ahh, just privacy stuff. Nothing about right to defend against spam. 1,277,561,967,000.00 via TweetDeck

What I love most about Ottawa is how old school the whole place feels. Doesn't have to be flashy. It's a government town, after all. 1,277,561,290,000.00 via TweetDeck

Amazing what a good night's sleep gets you, followed by a good morning's breakfast & a cool calm workfree climate. 1,277,561,210,000.00 via TweetDeck

SAS Plans In-Memory Apps Built on HP Hardware ( JK--Most in-db analytics will be in-memory analytics by end of decade. 1,277,561,129,000.00 via TweetDeck

@StevePR104 No, Steve, I recommend they all provision my room, and only my room, with a third faucet dispensing chilled Cherry Dr. Pepper. 1,277,560,481,000.00 via TweetDeck in reply to StevePR104

Hear me speak at Computerworld BI & Analytics Perspectives Conference, La Jolla CA, Sept 20-21, . 8:37 AM Jun 26th via TweetDeck

Would be nice if we get a reasonably warm sunny day to do a brisk swim up at Meech Lake. Love those Quebec woods. Remind me of Michigan U.P. 8:32 AM Jun 26th via TweetDeck

Sonya got excited when she thought she heard Zein was working on "3-D" projects. Actually, it's "3G," which excites me, but I'm old school. 8:30 AM Jun 26th via TweetDeck

RT @sritchietoronto @Toronto "Overcome Summit-Related Anxiety...Come Downtown" JK--Come to Ottawa instead. Meet Queen! 8:23 AM Jun 26th via TweetDeck

Helene informs me that Ottawa River runs along tectonic fault. Would be ironic if earth conspires to divide Anglophone & Francophone Canada 8:18 AM Jun 26th via TweetDeck

Going to take standard Ottawa tour of childhood homes of Paul Anka, Rich Little, Dan Aykroyd, Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne, & Tom Green 8:15 AM Jun 26th via TweetDeck

Hmmm.....Noam Chomsky discussing "The New American Imperialism" on #KEXP. Reminds how much I prefer music playback ( 8:05 AM Jun 26th via TweetDeck

Hmmm...Noam Chomsky discussing "The New American Imperialism" on #KEXP. Reminds me of this recent Onion article: 8:03 AM Jun 26th via TweetDeck

RT @kexpplaylist: Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks by The National #KEXP: JK--"I'll explain everything to the geeks"? No, we overexplain it all to U 7:55 AM Jun 26th via TweetDeck

WSJ had great article on hotels listening & engaging with customers via Twitter. At #Forrester, we see many verticals go this way. 7:52 AM Jun 26th via TweetDeck

My wife's cousin is longtime high tech who doesn't do social media. There are still many of us who don't. Keeps things in perspective. 7:50 AM Jun 26th via TweetDeck

RT @kexpplaylist: Your Protector by Fleet Foxes #KEXP: JK--Absolutely cannot wait for their next LP. Great folk-rock ensemble. 7:48 AM Jun 26th via TweetDeck

Love that high 2-lane bridge over 1,000 islands. Strange that international border between US & Canada is so narrow so close to Ottawa. 7:47 AM Jun 26th via TweetDeck

It's a good day in Ottawa. Rain, yes, but nothing heavy. The air is sweet. 7:37 AM Jun 26th via web