Socials. The more of them that I'm roped into, the more birthday announcements I'm honor-bound to ignore.
@BalajiPrasad_ Be more specific.
Building out my #Hadoop market evolutionary maturity model. First crack was published in late 2009.
Building out my #Hadoop vendor segmentation model. Hdp distros important but not essential. Modeling and integration tools just as important
ParAccel. One of the most tantalizing potentials of all the analytic database vendors. Amazon & MicroStrategy relationships very intriguing
Listening to Beatles "Revolution 9" from "The Beatles." Of all the tracks on this landmark LP, the most blindingly opaque. The whitest blank
I have never done 3 back2back2back advisory days with vendors. But I will soon. A common theme. Care to take a guess?
Listening to Bo Diddley "The Story of Bo Diddley" from his greatest. People overfocus on his signature rhythm. I love his expressive voice.
Oracle has been very quiet recently. So quiet in fact that key analysts have to resort to overhearing stuff we should have heard straight-on
I have inserted original poems into my workstream output since the mid-90s. Since my LCC days. No reason. Cuz I can. Cuz no one else does.
A good metric of US educational system failure is incidence of historical inaccuracies in public statements by public figures.
I can't judge fidelity of English language translations of Brodsky's Russian poems. But the ones the poet wrote in English are astounding.
Reading New Yorker profile of the greatest poet of the 20th century. Joseph Brodsky.
Sifting and sorting my massive Big Data vendor research pile in prep for my coming #Hadoop Wave.
Apparently, I'm not familiar with the Allman Brothers' entire recorded output. On-hold jam unfamiliar to me. Must eat more peaches.
@geoffrobinson Easy. The way you just did. Mention or DM in Twitter.
The cool thing about aging is that, with every passing year, you reflect on the amazing fact that you're still alive.
RT @asjs: "Intellectual promiscuity leads to innovation" JK--Are you saying that loose thinking creates sexy new stuff? Oooh...I'm tingling
@lizette1234 It is totally cool to see Michigan native Earvin Johnson focus on development needs of the Great Lake State's ailing economy
Of course the "vacation effect" on your mood wears off quickly once you're home. Vacations don't usually impact your quotidian circumstances
Also, when the critic is actually stepping on your moccasins, that's when the proverbial swift kick may be highly warranted.
Easiest way to weather criticism is to remind self that the critic hasn't walked the proverbial mile in your moccasins. Explaining futile.
"Google+: Should You Have A 'Frenemies' Circle?" (http://bit.ly/oVniEy) JK--Only if the frenemies aren't told they're in that circle.
@acroll Yeah, if U equate every power with order of magnitude. I tend 2 loosely regard every 1000-fold increase as important o-o-m threshold
My #Forrester semantic web report will be published today. I am very much looking forward to reader feedback.
@acroll 2 to the 10th power is 1024x...that's an order of magnitude.
"Google TV box flop costs Logitech $34m" (http://bit.ly/pxnfJK) JK--More customers returning them than buying new. Serious flop.
"Infographic: Data, Data Everywhere" (http://bit.ly/nDaY4w) Jk--Safe to say it doubles every year, hence 1000x growth every decade.
I read the biz/IT press-authored articles first thing each morning , then the vendor-provided material after that. Put propaganda in context
"The IBM Selectric typewriter turns 50" (http://bit.ly/px04Ll) JK--Younger than me and long dead. Cheerful thought. Sorta like Mozart.
I'll try to be gentle here, but the "50 most beautiful people on Capitol Hill" would scarcely rate a second glance walking on Penn Ave.
@Dale_Vile "Intrinsically" is right. I'm simply motivated by the need to educate & inform myself and share my thoughts. And have fun.
RIP Google TV, Buzz, etc. The search giant's failures are as interesting as it's successes.
RIP Betty Ford (belated). One seriously brave and classy first lady. Like Laura Bush, I would have voted for her rather than her husband.
RIP Sherwood Schwartz (belated). Created junk TV that had a fairly significant impact on the culture. Also, insanely memorable theme songs.
It's important to stick to your daily reading regimen, regardless of your workload. Your work will suffer if you slack & grow uninformed.
Industry analysts must shrug off both praise & criticism. Both scale up in proportion to your influence. Listen, but dont believe too deeply
I'm thinking the uber-abstraction layer for #Hadoop cloud analytics evolving toward combo of MapReduce, SOA, REST, & Semantic Web.
Summer hasn't seen a slowdown in data analytics industry activity. People tend to work 24x7x365 now. Many work on vacation. Shame on you!
@geoffrobinson I can do that. Engage me.
Default. It'll be de fault of whatevah buncha politicians decides dey don't need ta meet da udda buncha politricians in da middle of da aisle.
Good day. Glad the work portion of it is over.
Good day. Glad I spent it downstairs in my cool comfortable windowless basement office.
Good day. Firmed up a #Hadoop perspectives deck that I'll work heavily in coming months.
Good day. Lined up some more consulting work in the burgeoning #Hadoop industry. Will keep me westward traveling throughout August.
@merv I guess that offense would warrant I be put on DOUBLE-SECRET PROBATION.
@merv There's still a crazy notion goin' round that tweeting is time-intensive. It's the opposite. It's like breathing in and out.
@merv Remember the role of "road trip" in "Animal House"? Tweets are like an impromptu momentary getaway when the craziness comin' on down!
@merv I tweet to insert a breath before launching into all the craziness. It's like an "here we go again" aside to a co-located colleague.
Ever have a moment when ad-hoc urgent tasks suddenly pop up like overlapping windows out of nowhere? Now is such a time for me.
"Big Data forces IT to press reset button on arch" (http://zd.net/qrgNP9) JK--Of course not. Many long focused on MPP EDW/cloud scale-out
"Tablets are for people who hate computers" (http://tek.io/p6Dm9C) JK--Umm...tablets ARE computers, last time I checked.
Half the time, my tweets flow organicallly from responding with full snark to the nonsense spins that reporters/editors put on IT stories.
"Can Google+ be Next Facebook & Next Twitter?" (http://bit.ly/p9ZwzG) JK--Yes, in sense that Springsteen's the next Dylan. Both doing fine.
I'm addicted to my sleeping, eating, walking, read, working, etc. Oh, yes, I'm also addicted to the Internet. Mea culpa.
"Internet as hard to give up as cigarettes, liquor, study says" (http://bit.ly/rd5dgC) JK--Dumb addiction metaphor even harder to give up.
"Google+ Name Game: Who's Biggest Loser?" (http://bit.ly/qRJg1v) JK--Its Lincoln Lincoln Bo Bincoln Banana Fana Fo Fincoln Fee Fy Mo Mincoln
"It's Google+ vs. Facebook in Battle 4 Web Domination" (http://bit.ly/rmz42x) JK--Sensationalistic nonsense. Social media just one Web app
Cool. Somebody emailed me with sincere appreciation for my poetic output. That, alone, gave them priority for quick email response.
Midsummer's nightdreams are often indistinguishable from daydreams for me, because heat/humidity keep me awake anyway.
Listening to Ramones "Swallow My Pride" from "Leave Home." Check out Johnny & Dee Dee vox-harmonizing Joey. Sparkles over the guitar-buzzsaw
Listening to Ramones "I Wanna Be Well" from "Rocket To Russia." Excellent specimen of their gift for funny & inspired lyrical stupidity.
Lack of definition of the prime use cases for Big Data is one of the biggest issues confronting anyone trying to articulate the biz benefits
Big Data isn't just lots & lotsa data. It's lots & lotsa opportunities & issues associated with getting our heads around lots & lotsa data
Listening to Grizzly Bear "While You Wait For the Other" from "Veckatimest." Thrilling vocal sinuosity & open-ended melodicism. Not freeform
Potentially, entire pop of Planet Earth & entire behaviorl data set, transaction history, & profile of each person, in realtime + predictive
Big Data. I'd like us all to start thinking of it as "whole-pop analytics": power of deep drill into 360-degree records of entire population
Read emails! Ha! Read implies leisurely contemplation. We impatiently and semi-consciously power-wolf and speed-shred and discard them.
Listening 2 Enya "Caribbean Blue" frm "Paint th Sky W/ Stars." One of her most exquisite waltzes. Picture U & Astaire (or Ginger) on Cloud 9
Yeah, we bitch about info overload, but if we went back in time to the pre-Internet world we'd be shocked at how unproductive we were.
@DortchOnIT "Loan money"? By that criterion, I'm nobody's friend in any channel, physical or virtual. No easier way 2 jeopardize friendships
Weary of never-ending connect requests from every actual/potential friend/acquaint thru every social. Real friends don't burden us like this
Interesting the number of #Hortonworks partnerships I've already uncovered in my few days back from long vacation. They're not wasting time
Cool. Nothing schedule for coming hour. Using the time to frame my #Forrester BP Forum preso outline. Customer experience optimization
Today's customer inquiries: CEP, marketing campaign mgt, pred analytics, DW appliance, Hadoop. Working every last brain cell.
Drinking the Acai Berry iced tea from Panera. I love it even more than standard iced tea. With a few twists of lemon.
Vacation over. Back to work. Back to fielding a steady stream of #Hadoop inquiries, both from vendor & user customers.
Sending a work email to many recipients during peak of the summer vacation season produces a cloudburst of out-of-office responses.
"SAP to link analytics tools to Google Maps, Earth" (http://bit.ly/rjxOzR) JK--I'm curious if there's any geospatial angle to HANA roadmap.
"Low-Cost Options 4 Pred Analytcs Challenge SAS, IBM" (http://bit.ly/qqRJ8S) JK--Yeah but big guys have more features + flexible licensing
I love it when specific customers do regular inquiry calls with me with common participants & scope. Conversation thrives on regularity.
"Someone said this real bad thing about you in a blog." Bogus, and has no weight unless U identify "someone" & "bad thing." Who reads blogs?
Helen Shapiro (http://youtu.be/nSg1Z4AwDCw): skinny British Jewish girl popsinger w/ deep voice. Even in face, not hard to see Amy Winehouse
Yes, that OpenConnect....evolved
Looking forward to the #Teradata analyst summit next week in Vegas. Midsummer in the broiling hot desert. Mmmmm...set my tan to extra crispy
Taking briefing from #OpenConnect on their process intelligence & workforce analytics offerings.
Took briefing from #Pentaho on upcoming announcements. Good stuff. NDA
Hard work isn't its own reward. Results are the reward. Also, knowledge that U can do hard work necessary 2 win results: that's the reward
How do I filter the vast universe of news & know what to follow vs. ignore? I don't really know. I only know "interesting."
"Yahoo’s new company Hortonworks: all Hadoop all the time" (http://bit.ly/oaSHuz) JK--From late last month. Still unpacking my notes.
Wisconsin was my 2nd home state. My old man grew up there. I have family there. I did grad school there. Met & married wife there. I know WI
"The Opposite of CRM" (http://bit.ly/mXhDng) JK--You mean "nadir" of CRM? That's easy: customer relationship mismanagement. All too common
Is there a YouTube channel dedicated to videos of public shaving-cream-pie-in-the-face events like the Rupert Murdoch incident? Don't see it
I don't actually have a "personal brand." All I have is my name, my face, my voice, the stuff I do, my reputation, & my relationships.
"BI goes small: It's not just for the biggest shops anymore" (http://bit.ly/p3t61Y) JK--Delivers big insights to users of all scales.
"Friends With Benefits" included explicit slams against a few well-known brands. "Anti-product placements" by rivals? 'Fess up producers!
"As the Internet evolves, is there a place for spam?" (http://bit.ly/nCetr3) JK--Odd headline: implies zen-like "Turn Turn Turn" acceptance
"Why Twitter is obsolete" (http://bit.ly/qLsJoh) JK--Opinion seems to regard Twitter constraints as weaknesses. Actually, they're strengths.
Saw "Friends with Benefits." So-so rom-com. Liked Patricia Clarkson & Richard Jenkins supporting roles. Woody Harrelson miscast as gay.
I love the irony of the end of the space shuttle program. The US' only access vehicle to earth orbit, for the foreseeable future, is Soyuz.
"Early Google+ can't touch Twitter for following breaking news" (http://bit.ly/nQx00e) JK--Exactly! News, not social, is Twtr killer app
"MSFT's Tulalip soc media svc is no FB or Google+ killer" (http://bit.ly/nJBHSu) JK--No, but it's a tongue-twister. Rhyme with "Puyallup"?
"Microsoft breakout quarter shows the future of the company isn't spelled "Windows"" (http://bit.ly/oLk7Ed) JK--Nor is it spelled "Gates."
The chief issue in data remains what it has always been: failure 2 recognize that "data" is plural, "datum" its singular. Get with it folks!
"Bally Total Fitness Gets Its CRM Into Shape" (http://bit.ly/oa33Ty) JK--How about SMS-alerting regulars when instructors cancel classes?
Google+ will erode Facebook's social market mindshare thru tightening integration into GGL search, email, and mobile offerings.
I've long been aware of the mentions I make on Twitter. Mentions are the muscle that manifests influence.
"Twitter Delivers You 4x More Traffic Than You Think. Here's Why..." (http://bit.ly/qPqEQX) JK--Tweets are the mentions that drive referrals
@nancykoppdw Likewise, Nancy. Plenty to discuss around Big Data's inexorable revolutionizing of the enterprise data warehouse.
Listening to Ramones "Rocket to Russia" LP in its entirety. For me, the ultimate desert island punk LP: awesomely accelerated cretinicity!
Loved the new "Curb Your Enthusiasm" last night. Funny and filthy/dirty.
@TonyBaer Only way to keep track of and process dozens of concurrent tasks.
Influence-desperate twitterers come across like Sally Fields: "YOU LIKE ME, YOU REALLY LIKE ME!" Enuff w/ the emotional neediness already!
Seeing a growing volume of auto-sent "somebody said something nice/nasty about you here" tweets. Being mentioned is nothing new 4 me anymore
I'm caught up in extremely limited sense that I spent at least millisecond with each msg in my inbox. Prior 2 printing them 4 later handling
Summer ain’t quiet. It’s a steady build-up of cricket-chirping intensity, punctuated by thunderstorms & hail. Nothing quiet at all.
Google should add a "Google Minus" feature to their new social. So we can delete friends & posts seamlessly. So we can withdraw & undershare
I feel like a tomato today. Seeing red. Everything's mashed to a squishy viscous pulp. Playing catch-up.
Lots of interesting #Forrester multi-analyst internal brainstorming discussions today. My head runneth over!
Interviewed by Alan Earls of SearchDataBackup on trends and challenges in Big Data, Hadoop, EDW, and appliances.
#NICESystems collects sales-interaction intelligence inline 2 offer & fulfillment process & uses 2 tune guided dialogue going forward. Nice!
Built a great social, mobile, or employee collab application? Apply to win a Forrester Groundswell Award by Aug 3: http://forr.com/CoolApps
I always chuckle at vendors worried whether they're on my "radar screen." Yes, you all are. But radar screens are a mess of abstract blips
When sifting through inbox of tech newsletters, among the first I delete sight unseen are those that have "must read" in subject line.
I didn't cancel my Wall Street Journal hardcopy delivery while overseas. They piled up. But I'm reading them all. Still lots of fresh stuff.
"MicroStrategy 'gateway' links Facebook to enterpr apps" (http://bit.ly/riw9NN) JK--Converts social relationship graph to relational format
"SAP's Sybase adds scalability to IQ analytic database" (http://bit.ly/nGEYG8) JK--They mean "further" scalability. Already quite scalable
RT @davewiner: "Mike Bloomberg Marries Advisers Jonathan Mintz & John Feinblatt at Gracie Mansion" JK--3-way? That legal? Oh...he officiated
Saw "All Good Things" (2009) on DVD. Chose it because stars Ryan Gosling. Not disappointed. He's one of our greatest actors.
Performance management dashboards. The segment of #BI space that actually educates me how different business roles and industries operate.
"Who's Who"? What a quaint institution! Social has blown that out of the water. We know who's who. What we don't know is who cares who's who
Social media engagement when everybody's trying to engage you from every angle. Sorta like callling rush-hour driving "vehicular engagement"
My default first action when confronting pile of stuff waiting for my action is 2 declutter physical workspace. Paper gets processed first.
Totally bleary-eyed after 3 weeks away from work. How can I possibly distill these 326 messages down to crisp to-dos?
Rewatching Albert Brooks' deliciously funny & true-to-life "Mother." Has Debbie Reynolds ever been better?
IMHO, Borders had warmer, more inviting in-store customer communal experience than Barnes & Noble. Wasn't enough. Couldnt monetize that vibe
The Javanese reflexologist in Bogor asked if I do a lot of sports. I said not really, just yoga. The muscle tone is purely from the practice
I am far less fidgety in middle age than I was as a kid. I have worked at this. Sitting quietly. I've always been able to zone out my head.
Has anybody attempted a study to measure whether Facebook-friending a mere acquaintance has a positive impact on mutual feelings?
Facebook keeps suggesting I friend Vint Cerf. I have indeed met and spoken with him. He has never accepted my friend request. Why should he?
Facebook suggested I friend Larry Ellison. I've never actually met him, though I sat directly behind him a last year's OpenWorld. Good enuff
Wi-Fi & its discontents. Increasingly, they're becoming not-so-hotspots. Plug in that 4G baby and let's get this party started!
Containerized data centers. Your entire IT infrastructure is evolving into appliances nested into & networked with other appliances.
Database appliances are key to ramping data-centric world where fewer corp IT groups can justify grooming & keeping pure DBMS specialists
The world over, people aspire 2 Western standards of living & seem 2 include greasy fatty sugary foods in that standard. I saw that in Indo
Listened to Pink Floyd "Piper at Gates of Dawn" LP in its entirety. It's OK but Barrett not Lennon-grade genius. Post-Syd Floyd superior
Why do people everywhere tolerate the congestion, pollution, & crime that come w/ dense urbanization? Cuz phys proximity is wealth-conducive
Accept the car but not the congestion. Would like 2 see combo of zipcar & carpool with on-demand ride provisioning brokered by social/trust
Prediction: GOP ticket in 2012 will be Romney-Bachmann. Another prediction: Obama-Biden will win 55-45. Also: big issue will be US tax code
Relieved to be resuming our weekly exercise schedule. Yoga class later in the morning. Don't feel obligated to eat out of hospitality.
I found book "Accidental Billionaires" about Facebook's genesis a tad depressing: chockfull of get-rich & get-laid nerd/frat-boy self-regard
Listening to Enya's "Amarantine" LP (2005) in its entirety. I'll understand if you don't get into her. But she stones me to my soul.
Listening to Deep Purple "Spacetruckin" from their best. Indelibly ingrained in my early 70s pimply-faced junior high schooler memories
"National Zoo: Panda watch ends in false pregnancy " (http://bit.ly/rpmM8J) JK--Screw zoos. Maybe accept some species dont take 2 captivity
Listening to Pink Floyd "One of These Days" from "Meddle." The space jam that first hooked me on them.
I wrapped my recent globetrot by reading The Onion's compendium "Our Dumb World" on the plane home. The France section is classic.
Some people "protect" their tweets. I think I might do that too. Except I'll laminate mine, like a menu at Denny's.
It feels like several dozen reporters left me messages while I was away. Now to figure out which might still want to chat with me.
Now we're in the return-home jetlag jag. At least Egidia & I have half a weekend left to space out in the privacy of our home.
New blogpost: "Please Eat: Nine Triple-Haikus I Wrote on Vacation in Indonesia July 4-23 2011" (http://bit.ly/oYynZK)
Sad 2 see Borders liquidate. Spent many a happy time in college in Ann Arbor browsing at original Borders. And I love the one near my home
@BouncingThots Nope. No plans 2 visit Brunei. Sounds like an interesting place, though. But I'm home now. That was my vacation for this year
@BouncingThots Brunei richest country in world? They are tiny. Their sultan holds most of their wealth. Perhaps richest per capita.
@BouncingThots Borneo is a large island that includes parts of Indonesia and Malaysia, and all of Brunei. You're thinking of the latter.
Indonesia has so many delicious tropical fruits that I've never heard of. For example, dragonfruit is kinda like purple kiwi.
Borneo. I love the place. People from Jakarta say "there's nothing to see there." Au contraire! Gorgeous tropical forest. Nice people!
I watched a lot of 24x7 global newschannels while in Indonesia. Big surprise? Al Jazeera is a top-notch and very balanced newschannel.
Indonesians are even more obsessed by smartphones than Americans. Their roads are busier. That scares me. Peeps there also txt while driving
RIP Amy Winehouse. Just because her early demise was no surprise doesn't mean it wasn't sad. A very public meltdown.
Watched "The Hustler" (1961) coming on home on Korean Airlines. Great gripping method acting. Now I'm a Piper Laurie fan.
RT @nickgoode: Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and now Amy Winehouse: music stars who died at 27 from drugs
Good to be home. Was telling everybody how crazy Jakarta traffic is. But Beltway greeted us with bumper-to-bumper. No refuge from congestion
Had a cool leg dip in a "fish spa" in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia. Lotsa little fishes eating the dead skin. I have plenty for all.
Twitter follow-me request from generic-sounding name w/pretty woman holding lotsa cash & emitting famous-people quotes. Ah Twitter classic!
@strukhoff "Short hop" 2 Manila from Jakarta? More like a hop, skip, & a swim thru jellyfish-infested waters. Thanks. Would luv 2 but can't
@LoraineLawson Respectfully disagree. Twitter's the worst with the "personal branding" overload. Nauseating self-promotion.
@alissajanderson Not yet. I'll download the podcast and listen to it later. Love NPR All Songs Considered.
@0_h_r_1 I'll bet. My mind is already boggled from the carbon & monoxide here on the otherwise green beautiful shore of the South China Sea
@arpranata Ya. Aku di Singkawang sekarang. Kami ke Pontianak siang ini. Ada teman di beberapa kota sini.
Glad to see that more smart Indonesian kids have right idea. Get your college education in Indonesia. Stay. Get rich here. Build businesses
Another Google+ feature I like: visual drag-and-drop people from directory into social circles: quick, clear, easy, fun.
Google+ feature I like: being able 2 edit post after I've published, without having 2 delete/republish. This is 4 persnickety people like me
What I'm saying is that socials are a dime a dozen. We are accumulating more socials than can shake sticks at. Keep 'em all but roll 'em up.
Second comment on Google+: Wish I could use it to aggregate all my posts across all socials. I'm using TweetDeck in front of FB for that.
I'm in Google+. My first comment is that the interface is too similar to Facebook. I prefer multisocial dashboarding--a la TweetDeck
Apparently, Angelenos dodged a bullet. At one point, there'd a been a wee chance of traffic going from quite unbearable to extremely awful.
Back in my Ann Arbor days, someone said (long after the fact) that Phi Beta Kappa invited me to join. I never saw the invite. My life story.
Seeing "The Social Network" & reading "Accidental Billionaires" reminds me how un-Harvard I am. Never bought into elitist clubjoining.
Aduh!...Apa itu?....Pilih bahasa?...Bahasa Inggris (Amerika Serikat)...there we go. Will review Google+ terms. Probably accept in a sec.
Good that Google+ has Bahasa Indonesia interface. But I'm not fluent enough 2 understand the terms in that language. Will wait till I'm home
Been following international business news via cable TV from Indonesia. Not a single high-tech story has bubbled to surface in past 2 weeks
People in Indonesia comment "it's hot here." I say it's hotter at home now. They say "food here is spicy." I say we have red hot barbecue!
My wife has trouble explaining to people what I do for a living. She says "telecommunications." I say "computer consultant." People nod.
Indonesian streets are a scooter culture. This is especially true in smaller cities such as Singkawang. For pedestrians, it can be harrowing
Had a fine day in west Borneo. Went to mountaintop overlooking South China Sea. Sunny, clear. Great view of Singkawang & distant Sarawak
Dear Twitterers: Quit using yr profiles 2 tell us what great people U are & how much you love your families. Let your tweets do the talking.
Australia is becoming an integral component of the Asian economy. Many Indonesians mention it. Many travel there. Many love Sydney.
Follow-somebody decisions on Twitter are predictive analyses. U sense whether they're likely 2 start or keep on producing interesting stuff
Hey quotebots, if you must spew secondhand wisdom, please don't include nuggets from Oprah. That just compounds the bandwidth waste issue
Me on slide 70 "From Semantic Platforms to Semantic Apps" (slidesha.re/k1lzfg). Still agree w/statement. They used funny foto from ages ago
It's noisy in a rapidly developing economy. I define "noisy" as "always something new being constructed in your neighborhood."
Jakarta's professional class often compare their city to Singapore--and wish the Indonesian capital could adopt the latter's best features.
You think Starbucks is expensive in its home country? It's even more expensive--mahal sekali!!--in the land that gave "java" its name.
Indonesia's primary econ strengths are rich natural resources, highly entrepreneurial culture, and multicultural social cohesion.
Indonesia's primary econ vulnerabilities are overreliance on one export commodity (oil) and underinvestment in infrastructure (transport).
Western pop on radio anchors my head in space-time when overseas. I realize I'm still in present, not all that far from home. Same planet
There's tipping point where personal communications medium transitions from the status of tool to that of ball&chain. Email approaching that
A lot of people are connecting with me through some social I've never heard of and don't recall signing up for. BranchOut? Wazzat?
Our friends Wid & Tissa are married professors who live very professorial life. Comfy house bursting with books. Great informal chitchat
Amazing how pervasively Facebook & Twitter have pervaded Asian society. In cafes, everybody checks on smartphones. Global phenom, obviously
Had a good morning stroll in Kebayoran, a well-to-do neighborhood near Jakarta's central govt area. Sleepy tree-lined streets. Bustle nearby
I alternate between global financial news and "Animal Planet." Watching monkeys in the trees brings it all into perspective.
I've watched a bit more Bloomberg business news on vacation then I do in real life. Their on-air personalities seem to be in a mad rush.
I've used the Internet over a 3G network in Jakarta, and it was a bit slow. But I'm using a superfast broadband landline now.
Enjoying my lazy days in and around Jakarta. Lots of great friends and we've had many excellent meals. Fly to Borneo on Friday.
Had a relaxing day. Started with an excellent workout at a country club south of Jakarta. Pilates instructor challenged us. It paid off.
That was one intense, albeit brief, summer downpour. "Summer"? Wait, whoa, Jim, you're in the tropics. That was dry-season downpour!
Loved the boardwalk stroll this morning on Jakarta waterfront in Ancol. Families out in droves for Sunday fun. Reminds of Hains Pt in DC
If you're in love with those "becak" pedicabs of old Jakarta, U may be sad 2 learn they've been banned. They're a traffic nightmare.
There's been a boom in mega-mall constuction in and around greater Jakarta. The "big boxes" are the malls themselves: multistory emporiums!
But I must admit that I'm always happy to get out of Jakarta and explore the lush beauty of Java as a whole. Stunningly fertile landscape.
Maybe this is macho guy thing, but I pride myself on internalizing Jakarta's streetplan better than my longtime-Jakarta-resident better half
Terima kasih website. Tapi tak mau kupon hari ini atau hari lain. Mau low latency saja. Cepat-cepat!!
I recall July 1988. My 1st visit to Jakarta. Jetlagged & nauseated. Wrote Network World column in my head in bed. My ICIT daze. Jason was 1
One of the interesting things about social networking on vacation is that it gives U the odd feeling you're lurking on your life back home.
That was Night 3 of the "Your Body Clock Couldn't Get More Twisted Jetlag Chronicles." Among other discoveries: Jakarta does in fact sleep.
"Obama’s Young Mother Abroad" (nyti.ms/enONgN) JK--Brilliant balanced sensitive article on Ann Dunham. Writer knows Indonesian culture
Had most awesome deep-tissue massage today, plus haircut. Egidia had all that plus pedicure. Same place. Jakarta salons are multi-specialty.
Every morning, I make a point of glancing at the local Jakarta newspapers. My Indonesian is atrocious. I try to glean basics & add vocab.
Jakarta rewards serendipity. So much multilayered street commerce. Peddlers, booths, tokos, supermarts, etc. A concrete jumble. Berbelanja
What I've learned from ample business travel is never to let jetlag add to your anxieties. Chill & roll with it. When sleep comes, it comes
In spite of jetlag, enjoyed listening to the early morning buildup of street noise in inner Jakarta. Peddlers, scooters, construction, dogs
Still jetlagged in Jakarta. Got up at 2:30am. Read Vanity Fair on Wills & Kate, Silvio Berlusconi, & Sultan of Brunei's bro. Wrote 2 poems.
Setting up a Skype call. Have shown the relatives both kids' Facebook pages. I'm tweeting. Social networking is everywhere in Jakarta too.
I remain impressed by how calmly Jakarta drivers navigate the tight spaces & never-ending congestion. No fenderbenders. No birdflipping
Been 7 years since I've visited Jakarta. Same crazy traffic. Though I do see improvements: badly needed highway express ramps downtown.
Uneventful trip to Jakarta. Enjoyed inflight movies on KAL. I caught an oldie, "Sunset Blvd" (1952), & new, "Barney's Version." Both great!
My daughter says I've hooked her on #Hadoop. On the word. Great, as long as she doesn't repeat it constantly. Unlike her daddy.
Computer tips? If any of your tips involve a dab or squirt of WD-40, then I got a tip for you, buddy!
Good advice: listen to your body. Unless, of course, you're simply farting all the time. Then listen to people all around you & open window.
Now following @Ruth_A_Buzzi , but not in same way that Arte Johnson's old man did on Laugh-In. She packs a mean wallop with that handbag!!!
Looking forward to see our family and friends in Jakarta, Bandung, and Singkawang...and points in between. Sampai bertemu!
"Clinton Calls on Obama Not to 'Blink' on Debt-Ceiling Deal" (http://bit.ly/kEaCdn) JK--Blink, or you'll get "deer-in-headlights" syndrome.
@stoweboyd The exclamation point is an extra dose of caffeine when you've already consumed several cups of joe.
Wayne Rogers said 70% of NFL players file personal bankruptcy within 4 years of retiring. That true? If so, pathetic. They pull in millions
US Independence Day. I wonder what the temp & humidity were in Philadelphia on this date in 1776. No visible sweat stains on Decl of Indep.
PJ Harvey video doing "The Glorious Land" from Jools Holland show (http://youtu.be/h1lFM1K8R1s). One of highlights of "Let England Shake."
@nyyrajvggranhre You could make same argument about, say, a "data" architect. Where do you draw the line btwn that & other infrastructure?
Neither of us sleeps well right before a trip. I chalk that up to the nerves that come from making sure we've done every task on to-do lists
A heavy overhanging odorific summer evening storm that refuses to burst. Just grumbles and rumbles like a lazy old bastard.
Willpower is the power of inertia, habit, & persistence in faces of countervailing ext and/internal resistance. Power of carryon followthru
Rare Sunday without yoga class. Bally's has canceled all classes for holiday weekend. Still doing my cardio & strength. Will do yoga solo.
My boy is home. @jasonkobielus . Good to have him for a day or so before we go off to visit his Mom's family in Jakarta.
"Evolution machine: Genetic engineering on fast forward" (http://bit.ly/imZvja) JK--A mutation accelerator.
Yingluck Shinawatra. Thailand elects first woman prime minister. And an attractive woman at that. Media will swarm around her.
If charges are dismissed, will DSK be the French political equivalent of the Phoenix....or Humpty Dumpty?
A totally temperate-zone thing 2 do: chek weather forecast. Its dumb when check, say, Jakarta. How's the weather? Still warm humid tropical?
Time of year when the weather in Washington DC USA not appreciably different from Jakarta. Actually, Jakarta slightly cooler, less humid
And here's the better, China-inspired piece I wrote in Monaco: "IDEOGRAM//Tidy the man/inside the/Chinese ideo… (cont) http://deck.ly/~R5rku
Ah yes, here's the Monaco-inspired surrealistic piece I wrote in Monte Carlo in 2004. It's about the Grimald… (cont) http://deck.ly/~3eh8j
Pere Ubu's "Dub Housing" cover is awesome urban scene. Simply a nighttime apartment building w/ tiny silhouette of guy waving. That's David
P. Ubu "Drinking Wine Spodyody" from "Dub Housing" (http://youtu.be/Ujl3dlxcwqE). Not same song as w/ S. McGhee "Drinkin Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee"
Watching video of Bob Dylan "Theme to 'Charles in Charge'" (http://youtu.be/D-zLxLHG9Vw)
Watching video of Neil Young & Bruce Springsteen "Whip My Hair" (http://youtu.be/N799R_mDx_U)
Watching video to Willow Smith "Whip My Hair " (http://youtu.be/ymKLymvwD2U)
Jimmy Fallon majored in computer science in college & had IT suppt jobs. That's why his "Nic Burns Your Company's Computer Guy" rang so true
I netted out #Hadoop for my cousin, who's got doctorate but not in IT: "Hadoop is approach to building very large databases on the Internet"
@VanessaAlvarez1 Another plus is that they're all given lifetime free pass to Lovers Lanes throughout the country. What could happen?
USA almost 235 years old. I graduated highschool in Bicentennial Year. Do the math. Been a "grown-up" forever.
I've determined the one type of wine that I never truly care for. Chianti. Not sure why that is. I like reds & heavy ones. Odd aftertaste
"Larry Crowne." Features best performance ever by George Takei playing George Takei doing a George Takei impersonation under an assumed name
Still unclear on diffs btwn NBC, MSNBC, & CNBC brands in TV programming. They should call them NBC- Entrtainmt, -News, & -Junk, respectively
People clipped locks of hair from Lincoln's dead head across street from Ford's Theater & kept as souvenirs? From assassin8d prez? Obscene!
I used to default to burgers & fries when I needed tummy-yummy food fast to-go. Now I'm defaulting 2 healthy subs & baked chips. No McD 4 me
Tons of summer sequel CGI comicbook cinematic seatfiller fodder material at megaplexes everywhere. "HadoopMan"? Hey, Spielberg, let's talk!
I wrote a Monaco-inspired poem in Monte Carlo (ie, casino n'brhood). Wrote China-inspired piece in Monaco-ville ("capital"hood). No idea why
Monaco. I went there on biz trip 7 years ago. Absolutely fell in love with the place. I'll move there as soon as my net worth grows 1000x.
Royal wedding in Monaco. They have a lovely cathedral. Albert's parents were married there. Why not there?
In-studio infomercials where stationary people hold hand mics or wear lavalier or headset mics. Is the concept of the boom so difficult?
Somebody named "James Kobielus" keeps spamming me tons of useless crap. I'm going to ignore "James Kobielus." I advise you to do likewise.