Jason's laughing out loud to my DVD of "National Lampoon's Animal House." I turned off radio to listen to gr8 foodfight scene. "I'm a zit!"
Hollywood marketing feels like the big fail this year. Or Hollywood output. Very little buzz about any of the Xmas season releases.
Was a year in which I chose, like all years, NOT to declare anything dead. I am far more tuned into what's being conceived and born.
Was year in which I deliberately chose NOT 2 produce "top 10" list. All my lists were in mnemonic 5+/-2 range. With alliter8n, NOT enumer8n
Gingrich support drains away as GOP realize how poisonous he is 2 their election hopes & party's credibility. Read George Will recent column
Today's Dilbert is funny & true comment on how tech vdrs present engineers during sales cycle.
NYT article shows new historically accurate painting of Washington & troops crossing Delaware in dead of winter night in nor'easter. Misery
Voice recognition. Proponents tend to overlook fact that many of us enjoy physical act of typing. Slows thinking just enuff to sharpen focus
Zwarte Piet, aka Black Pete. The Tonto to Sinterklaas' Lone Ranger. Does the dirty work of climbing up & down chimneys.
Sinterklaas. The Dutch still present him as the Byzantine bishop who inspired this most byzantine busy & bizarrely fertile of holy day myths
Alberta and Saskatchewan. Canada's oil and wheat provinces. In many ways, their prime export assetlands 4 fuel- & food-starved world economy
Exceptionally diverse and engrossing set of articles in today's Saturday "Review" section of WSJ. Perfect Xmas Eve calming headzone reading.
WSJ capsule review of book on Los Angeles metro area urban design or lack thereof. The auto-centric sprawl btwn hills & ocean is mesmerizing
WSJ review of book on how Americans embraced & reinterpreted philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Self-made supermen. Ayn Rand fascism.
Stephen Hawking. Still alive. Most notable accomplishmt may B live w/ALS 2 norml adult lifespan while also notch full resume of achievemts
WSJ article cites phrase "cop drop" as cardriver cellphone caller cluing person they're calling that fuzz nearby, explaining sudden silence
WSJ article cites researcher who argues that gut, not facts, drives better, faster decisions.
#BI industry preparing counterarg, I assume
WSJ publishes posthumous anti-Xmas grinch by Christopher Hitchens. Argues that US founding fathers would've approved his Scrooge-itude.
WSJ article on "How to Ace a Google Interview." As if game-show cleverness were the secret to success.
OK Maroon 7, the only time I want to see someone move like Jagger is when they're mocking Mick Jagger.
"Holiday hazard: Kids acting like spoiled brats" (bit.ly/v9MSw6) JK--Brats! Who told 'em Santa gives gifts? Now they expect on Dec 25
Clearly, I find Long Tail (bit.ly/4AvnJ5) a powerful framework for viewing stubbornly neverending asymptotic lifespans of old ways
Egidia's baking Christmas cookies. First batch slightly burnt but still quite yummy. I'm consuming those. Picture-perfect ones'll be 4 party
@DataCzar I try not break other analysts' rice bowls (i.e., carps at others' biz models/methods). Vibrant marketplace of smart idea people
@DataCzar Biggest part of "integrity with style" is just being fully yourself. If you package yourself as something you aren't, game's over.
@DataCzar That's called "integrity with style." That's fundamental to having a differentiated voice in the marketplace of ideas. Sure.
@DataCzar It's just that the moment we analysts' "smart insights/research" acquire scent of hype/fluff (mktg hoo-hah), we push damaged goods
@DataCzar It's not as if I'm disagreeing on need to "brand" ourselves as analysts--i.e., authoritative sources of smart insights/research
@DataCzar The "everybody is a marketer" statement is pure Twitter-culture bumpersticker language. Part of the issue with Twitter, IMHO
@DataCzar Does what? Colony puts out provocative interesting POVs. Remember that analysts analyze & debate stuff.
@DataCzar "Semantics" doesn't mean "convenient fudge factor." It refers to the denotative factual substrate that words reference.
@DataCzar "Marketing & selling" doesn't necessarily imply "misrepresenting and/or hyping" the goods you bring to market.
Let me pose issue this way. Did dialtone die with the coming of digital telephony? No. It hangs on. Pick up any landline phone. Longtailtone
@DataCzar Cool. Actually, I speak like analyst. Engineers build stuff. Marketers sell stuff. Analysts study & vet stuff.
@DataCzar If we equate "dying" with "rapidly becoming outmoded by newer approached that evolved from....", then I'm cool with it.
@DataCzar George puts out interesting opinions. I find his "App Internet" discussion compelling.
@DataCzar "Stir debate"? I don't lose much sleep worrying about stirring debate. I don't stir things up just to catch attention.
@DataCzar Do I believe in obsolescence? Of course. But I also believe in longtail of continued utilizat'n, enveloping, & virt'zn of legacies
@DataCzar Do I think "apps" important in new Web/Internet order? Of course. Is browser less imprtnt? Of course. I think of shifts not deaths
@DataCzar Sure, I could declare "BI is dead" or "relational DBMSs are dead" or whatever, but none of that is evenly remotely true.
@DataCzar A few years ago an analyst said "SOA is dead." But it ain't. Just swept into an even more nebulous uber-paradigm of virtualization
@DataCzar In other words, the "cloud" (handy term for whatever "Web" is becoming) is just virtualizing legacy everything into perpetuity.
@DataCzar None of this Web stuff is dying, & nothing is supplanting it. Just new layers accreting, extending, framing, delivering, speeding
@DataCzar That's not a data or analytics discussion. And none of that is terribly new. I've been hearing those arguments for years.
@DataCzar What is "Le Web"? And what "risky longshots" are you referring to? "App Internet"?
My girls have both had their hair done pre-Xmas. I also did my hair this morning. Ran a brush through what little remains.
Work-wise, this is just another weekend coming up for me. But a special one. I work next week. Another special weekend then. Then more work.
@jackshafer I like all 4 of the Beatle songs you listed as "crap." Somehow, you missed "I Me Mine" "Think for Yourself" & "Ask Me Why"
Stop Online Piracy Act (bit.ly/urzLUd) JK--Overreaching legislation that would cripple the Internet's culture of sharing. Stop it!
Show people how much you love them this holiday season. Engage them in actual conversation. Don't assume they're content w/your card or gift
I clear the new morning's pile up of email from my inbox in the same motion that I use to tidy fresh newspapers on my coffee table.
Dear Businesses To Whom We are Loyal Customers: Don't send us electronic Xmas cards. Simply send us free stuff. Thanks. Merry one to U too.
#Nuevora. I'd put them in the emerging category of data-scientist-centric consulting shops who are inexorably productizing their IP.
Warm day. We actually have the windows open at home. It's the first day of winter. Go figure.
#Nuevora won't do cloud/SaaS/outsourcing till 2013...18 months from now. Pure consulting shop.
@Farquharson Proves my point. Thanks.
Oracle's disappointing financials: bellwether for entire IT sector, or simply Larry's problem? Discuss amongst.
@Farquharson: "Who's never dressed up as a Nazi?" JK--For starters, most well-adjusted human beings. Why do you ask?
"Hadoop challenger works 2 add developers" (bit.ly/uRv7ME) JK--Unclear headline. Say "Vendor adds developers 4 alternative 2 Hadoop"
I'm not sure which beverage snobs annoy me most: wine snobs, coffee snobs, beer snobs, or cola snobs.
Kim Jong Eun. Schooled in Switzerland. Hopefully, he didn't identify too much with their famous cuckoo clocks. We've had enough of that.
"Top-10 Xmas Lists 4 SQL Svr 2012" (bit.ly/tA2PHA) JK--Grins v. gripes re SS12. Are you Tiny Tim or Scrooge? God bless us, everyone!
"Collaboration trends for 2012" (bit.ly/tOJDqR) JK--"Collaborating w/#BigData"? Focuses on 3-D modeling in B2B concurrent engineering
Yes, I'm working next week. Actually, fairly busy with consulting.
I usually keep my eyes closed throughout the entire powerflex class. Other people distract by their mere presence. And differential rhythms.
Winter has begun. Feels much like yesterday. Unseasonably warm. Longest night of year behind us. Had a good sound sleep.
"You are successful to the degree that you create VALUE!" About as useful a piece of advice as "Look on the sunny side of life."
"Kids Say the Darndest Things." Show title taught tots a polite way to curse that technically does not violate Commandment #3.
"Google: Cloud, Mobile, Social Will Define 2012" (bit.ly/sUW1te) JK--As in 2011. Maybe head shouldread: "GGL: More of Same in Store"
"After ORCL Disappoints, Analysts Scramble 4 Explain" (on.wsj.com/vVEZsj) JK--"Additional deal scrutiny." Buyers hedge macroecon risk
Winter solstice happens tonight at 12:30am (US eastern). Hence, I am now staring into darkness into beginning of longest night of the year.
"The Internet Has Escaped the Ax, At Least for Now" (bit.ly/sHLdHo) JK--Yep, yep. Human race can't afford it. Turn it off!
"RIM so popular! AMZN MSFT Nokia have all mulled buyout" (bit.ly/sXne87) JK--Popular in sense "hey they're down; let's cherrypick IP"
There oughta be a law banning those useless "chatlogs" that get auto-deposited on your hard drive post-webconf. Not malware. Just annoying
My family & friends see I did my first-ever year-in-review personal letter not as an Xmas card insert but as a longer-than-usual FB post
"Radian6 Chief: Ignore Social Could Bring 'CEO Spring'" (bit.ly/tiMNFd) JK--First TS Eliot, now this. Stop making Spring seem ominous
Tullycraft "Pop Songs Yr New Boyfriend's Too Stupid 2 Know About" (youtu.be/6RN09zYiQAc) JK--Gotta admire sentimnt so bold & juvenile
"ORCL hardware focus: Brilliant bust or sideshow?" (zd.net/rLA8uV) JK--HW alone a losing proposition. HW+SW+bizcontent+svcs has legs
Daughter tells me I'm even-tempered. Lady in powerflex last night didn't believe I have a cranky side. I am quite good at dissembling, no?
"Quest Acquires Bitkoo For Cloud Identity Management" (bit.ly/tdWIGK) JK--I woulda acquired 'em just for the funny name.
"WhiteHouse Moves 2 FutureProof Govt IT" (bit.ly/uMBH9x) JK--Howya gonna do dat? Replace our govt w/eternal rule by philosophr-kings?
2,723 new tweets for me to read in my browser, Twitter informs me. My gosh, I didn't realize I was so far behind on my assigned reading.
Customer experience optimization. Requesting customer feedback after a lousy experience may intensify negative sentiment. Don't remind me.
Took customer inquries this a.m. on
#BigData partner strategy & analytic solution appliances. Next inquiry is me asking "what's for lunch?"
Taking demo of
#Quiterian in-memory columnar DDWeb tool for visual data mining and predictive modeling, for business analysts & power users
New blogpost: "The Year Ahead in Next Best Action? Here’s the Next Best Thing to a Crystal Ball!" (bit.ly/vs36uX)
"Harvard researchers underwhelmed by peer influence on Facebook" (shar.es/W36aG) JK--Really? Or just sour grapes re Zuckerberg?
Often, in life, I wish there were a clear court of appeals when I'm not getting satisfaction.
I never purge my Twitter feed of those who rarely tweet. They're the "long tail" of commentary that keeps this from getting monochromatic.
@Ginaschreck Today I will be....attentive.
Not a single interesting new IT headline this morning. Except for Oracle's disappointing financials.
#Exadata one bright spot for them.
"Hot Shoppes is coming back to DC" (wapo.st/vtN1gr) JK--Gr8. Marriott, being DC-local, understands this is locality w/local loyalties
Another day, another message telling me I have a new follower on a social that I myself don't follow. Yes, I'm registered there. That's it.
Gingrich shut down the fed govt cuz he had personal snit fit w/ Bill Clinton. Gingrich is the personification of politics in its worst form
Gingrich attacking Romney for "politics in its worst form"? This from the jerk who tried to impeach a president over affair with an intern?
Steve Martin performs magic on the Smothers Brothers show (youtu.be/mtbWMDRxLLY) He was also writer there.
Mason Williams "Classical Gas" (youtu.be/EEzyrpfrPEI) JK--Performd on Smothers Brothers. 1968. He was writer on show. I remember this
Harry Nilsson On The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (youtu.be/dswVK5si45M) JK--And Tommy proves he has a good voice too.
Built & publilshed my Facebook timeline. Some glitch-y things. It assumes my "hometown" is where I was born. Not always true. Not in my case
Chumbawamba "Sewing Up Crap" (youtu.be/jplVjVz4GRo) JK--Makes you wonder who "Jane" is. Also from "Readymades."
Chumbawamba "If It Is To Be It Is Up To Me" (youtu.be/XKbjtQJMrps) JK--Also from "Readymades."
Chumbawamba "Jacob's Ladder" (youtu.be/gNuVwywEIB0) JK--One of many great ones from their sadly overlooked "Readymades" LP.
The Black Keys "10 A.M. Automatic" (youtu.be/y-CukK3eYt0) JK--Righteous jam from one of their earliest LPs.
The Black Keys "Howlin' For You" (youtu.be/TLSpj7q6_mM) JK--Akron duo set new standard for gutbucket blues. Sexy funny creative video
The Stanley Brothers "Man of Constant Sorrow" (youtu.be/ldnZnjGBGXw) JK--Blues in a bluegrass vein.
Alison Krauss "Down To The River To Pray" (youtu.be/DbgfQ48hWuY) JK--Same name, almost, as a casualty at Kent State.
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young "Ohio" (youtu.be/YnOoNM0U6oc) JK--Chris Butler attended Kent State, says he witnessed the 1970 shootings
Tin Huey "Hump Day" (youtu.be/S7h5lwYi-wg) JK--Chris Butler sings his composition, standout from Akron crew's only major label LP
The Waitresses "Slide" (youtu.be/VXHhW9dV8TI) JK--Chris Butler vocalizes his composition from Stiff's 1978 "The Akron Compilation"
Waitresses "Christmas Wrapping" (youtu.be/ARq6uYSsUq0) JK--Probably main breadwinner in Chris Butler's back-catalog of compositions
Pere Ubu "Make Hay" (youtu.be/2fteDSbXeOY) JK--Brilliant languid lead: Herman's guitar, Ravenstine's synth wash, David's "hay-o" mewl
Pere Ubu "Voice of the Sand" & "Jehovah's Kingdom Comes" (youtu.be/NjmUaXvyhEc) JK--Very cool concrete sound-poem + devotional tunes
Allan Sherman "Hello Muddah Hello Faddah" (youtu.be/X0q85NahmQw) JK--Mentions "Leonard Skinner." Who got Lynyrd Skynyrd ptomaine
Cat in the Hat "Cat...Hat..In French Chat Chapeau" (youtu.be/Etrw6j4xogE) JK--Voiced by Allan Sherman.
Schroeder "Jingle Bells" (youtu.be/ie0lJ1QCHZ4) JK--Classic rendition by German-surnamed maestro of the toy piano.
Love "Alone Again Or" (youtu.be/JFAm3zL6cwc) JK--Classic song sets most exquisitely ambivalent mood. As title implies. Lonely,hopeful
Listening to Annie Lennox "Winter Wonderland." Her electro-pop rendition is one of the best ever of this over-covered Xmas love song.
Thanks. Another coming tomorrow.
@FKatsogiannos "Danger Will Robinson! Aliens approaching!"
@FKatsogiannos Yes, any "Lost in Space" reference is an automatic/reliable chuckle-inducer, in pretty much any context. Especially hi-tech.
"6 Google Projects Ripped from Sci-Fi" (bit.ly/uyksvu) JK--Relieved. None of them involves Dr. Smith turning into stalk of celery.
"Big Data, analytics get even bigger, hotter in 2012" (bit.ly/s9Fsri) JK--And don't forget "uncut."
I always crank the Raveonettes to "11." You must hear the richness of their spatial approach to structuring their updated surfrock vibe.
You can always rely on Mary Jo Foley for deep scoops on all things
#Microsoft. One of the best IT reporters. Tricky job: single-vendor beat
" MSFT's big-picture plans 4 Hadoop & Project Isotope" (zd.net/sQETpP) JK2--
#Hadoop distro on Azure in Mar '12; on Wdws Svr in June '12
" MSFT's big-picture plans 4 Hadoop & Project Isotope" (zd.net/sQETpP) JK--Analytics tools & svcs for Hdp on Windows Server & Azure.
"It's schizophrenic time 4 Web analytics tools, rsrch shows" (bit.ly/sP1QFg) JK--We dont use S-word, which is serious mental illness
"Lack Of Trust In Pred Analytics Models Can Snarl Projects" (bit.ly/rQ8fVR) JK--No. It's issue of trust fact- v. gut-based decisions
Experience analytics. A couple of years ago it would have sounded pie-in-the-sky. Now it's a substantial market & enterprise imperative.
Taking briefing from
#ClickFox, provider of behavioral customer experience analytics SaaS for telecom, banking, and utility verticals
"Sensemaking analytics." Near as I can tell, it's about extracting signal from noise of social chatter, or from cloud of apparent nonsense.
I'm sure North Koreans would describe their past & current leaders as "insanely great." Therein lies fundamental issue w/ personality cults.
@kamachukam I have no opinion on that particular topic, because I haven't done comparative assessment of commercial CDR link-analysis tools
Taking web-conf influencer update from
Taking post-briefing from
#HP on their customer experience mgt offerings for telecoms, announced in November.
When I tweet a phrase like "Advances on all fronts!," I vocalize 2 self like HV Kaltenborn. Who? This Merrill WI guy (bit.ly/vTaR3W)
New blogpost: "The Year Ahead in Advanced Analytics? Advances on All Fronts!" (bit.ly/sLjggW)
@NeilRaden "Minority Report" took pred analytics 2 extreme: 100% confidence. Bit of a Dickian stretch (ooh, he said 'Dickian stretch'")
"Historical figures"? Yes. Just because you've taken somebody for granted while they're in your midst doesn't mean posteriority will.
"The passing of pioneers" (bit.ly/vfTbBL) JK--Lost several important tech industry historical figures this year. Jobs, Ritchie, etc
"Are tech books dead?" (bit.ly/vxzMa3) JK--I'd say yes. Have become loss leaders & fat calling cards 4 tech guru consultng businesses
"Connecting the passing of Kim Jong Il to Internet Explorer" (bit.ly/skf7v7) JK--And IT journalists have no shame either.
"Well, it's official: Interwoven
#TeamSite has outlasted Kim Jong Il" JK--It's official. Marketeers will exploit any crazy topical angle
IBM's 5 disruptive techs (bit.ly/t7dFi6) JK--body power, biometrics, thought interface, ubersmartphones, MPP "sensemaking analytics"
"Microsoft Azure gets an open source rival" (bit.ly/rNSk6j) JK--Tier 3, a new cloud alternative for .NET apps, using EMC VMWare
Can't wait for Christmas, so I can unwrap the tablet I bought for myself. I'm a mystery to myself, so I'll be surprised when I unwrap it.
Most of the tech headlines from today's e-newsletters are recycled backwash of last week's headlines, which weren't earth-shattering.
"Innovate or Die" (bit.ly/uakNIM) JK--If Silicon Valley ever secedes from the union, would make great license plate motto.
"Stress Mounts as Holidays Approach" (bit.ly/uae47j) JK--Paradoxically, working over holidays often less stressful. Workloads lighter
Local minister runs regular radio spot "Not a Sermon." Delivers 25-sec sermon followed by that catchline. Hope he does next on Commandmnt #9
Listening to Young Marble Giants "Choci Loni" from "Colossal Youth." In many ways, the defining artist of British indie circa 1980.
Vaclav Havel: Communism "a monstrous ramshackle stinking machine" whose worst legacy was not econ failure but a "spoiled moral environment"
Listening to Led Zeppelin "Over The Hills & Far Away" from their greatest. "Oh darling darling darling walk a while, cuz you've got so much"
I wish my customer inquiries were more tightly scoped, as in "Dear Analyst: What is meaning of life?" "What's future of
#BI?" is too broad
Every day is neverending struggle 2 relax my head. Literally. Thoughts & stress continualy tighten & tense it all over. Relaxing eyes is key
"Scary ghost stories & tales of the glories..."? Hey Andy, U sure you're not mistaking Christmas for Halloween?
"Tail as big as a kite"? If it's star-distance away, that's imperceptble. U mean as close as kite divebombng straight at poor Charlie Brown?
Grand simplification strategy is wordless zen. That means no tweets either. Pretty wild, eh? Shall we go there?
I'm going to suggest "mildly wild west" or, if they must boast, "exceptionally wild west," and see how that flies. Or if bullets fly.
I've activated my Google Chrome for the specific reason of trying the TweetDeck Web app. My Windows desktop vsn f-ed up 4 no apparent reason
What's the deal with "wild wild west"? The duplicated "wild" smells of desperate marketing ploy to exaggerate its untamed side. Pull it back
Oddly, I'm using my music-reviewer skills (I mostly covered arts for DC & BH) in my tweetstream. I went there to become business writer.
Taking briefing from
#3iMind, Zurich-based vendor of predictive analytics solutions (prem-based/SaaS) 4 risk/threat assessment w/consulting
Interviewed by Todd Morrison of TechTarget SearchSAP.com re ERP-embedded
#BI vs. best-of-breed BI tools.
Working on my preso for
#TDWI Las Vegas (Wed Feb 15, 1015-1115am): "Social Media Analytics: Revolutionizing Marketing Campaign Analytics"
Incoming call from "Unavailable." Usually that means telemarketing, for whom I always reciprocate & stay unavailable. Thank you caller ID!
Bought an Android tablet yesterday. Will probably get me an Android smartphone next week.
Rockin' John McDonald is 2 Madison's WORT what Leon Berman is 2 Seattle's
#kexp. Same longevity/format. They even have eerily similar voices
Scrolling past the usual pre-Xmas PR that refs "last-minute shopping" "ho ho ho" "'tis the season" "stocking stuffers" "secret santa" etc
Sweet little red & yellow peppers! Ah, nothing like them. Oops--caught myself tweeting what I'm having for lunch. Shame on me! Unoriginal!
At least the staff at Daily Cardinal had good taste in music. I couldn't care less for politics.
UW-Madison's student papers. I started at Badger Herald (conservative) but left when clueless editor confused Springsteen w/Rick Springfield
@carterlusher Whoa! We just missed crossing paths.
Madison Wisconsin. Hometown of
@TheOnion . Slightly after my time: '82-84 (grad school, but I wrote 4 both liberal & conservative papers)
I once impressed an editor of Daily Cardinal (& myself) with perfect spontaneous vocal impression of Rockin John. Didnt know I had it in me
"I like it like that! This is WORT-FM backporch radio in Madison Wisconsin! The coolest cuts from 50s 60s 70s...!" Yes, I went to UW-Madison
When I tweet stuff like "Big Cool New Stuff Looms Large!" imagin me vocalize in squeaky vox like Rockin John McDonald (bit.ly/t6A6do)
Wondering about Kim family dynamic now that patriarch has bit the big one. Michael ascending throne, but Sonny & Fredo may have other ideas
New blogpost: "The Year Ahead in Big Data? Big Cool New Stuff Looms Large!" (bit.ly/sLu0X8)
Focusing analyst brain on 1 thing 4 even half-minute is becoming luxury. Many of my content tweets R me forcing self 2 do deep spot analysis
One of the good things about vendor briefings (pre or post) is that focuses analyst brain on one topic for at least a half-hour.
Pre-briefings. Rarely a strategic advantage of knowing something under NDA a few days before other analysts. But it's good to get the depth.
@swee06840: "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." George Bernard Shaw
Kim Jong Il eldest son disqualified self to succeed dad when tried to visit Tokyo Disneyland on fake passport. So funny it's probably true
"Big Data Boom Is Innovation Story of Our Time" (bit.ly/vAsH5p) JK--Discusses importance of real-world experiments thru adv analytics
"Twitter Launches TweetDeck as Web App" (bit.ly/u33Lms) JK--But only works in Chrome & Safari.
"5 More Things to Outlaw in Cars" (bit.ly/tGvlgg) JK--What's NOT distracting? Are we going to ban backseat drivers too?
"Microsoft Bing is Nearly Number 2, But Continues to Lose Money" (bit.ly/tQvfS0) JK--How many "loss leaders" can a business support?
Year-end IT news slowdown definitely gives you a breather moment. But changes nothing. U2 "New Years Day" (youtu.be/-6Y-t85vs4g)
"IBM tracks pork chops from pig to plate" (bit.ly/vEjTZS) JK--Headline is factual, funny, & creepy in a single alliterative stroke
Arthur & Yu The Ghost of Old Bull Lee" (youtu.be/EsFha3SAa7c) JK--Stand-out from brilliant 2007 LP "In Camera"
Arthur & Yu "Lion's Mouth" (youtu.be/JtOBQt0MHQc) JK--Song whose LP version I've played more than any other on my Zune.
Arthur & Yu "I'm Set Free" (youtu.be/IViobOEsxio) JK--Cover of Velvet Underground folky one from VU's 3rd LP. C'mon A&Y: put out new
Frosty one. Not enough to assemble the proverbial snowman. But just enough to give the old year a touch of white to make it seem old.
The wine worked. It's all a rosy glow now, as I sit by the illuminated artificial and drift.
RIP Vaclav Havel. Returned the Czech and Slovak people to full integration with the Europe they've always been central to.
@VanessaAlvarez1 No need to begin in ancient hell, Vanessa. Let's begin anew. A new year awaiteth!
Kim Jong-il dead. Not sure how to feel.
Kirsty Maccoll "Angel" (youtu.be/tpSpv7QDqkM) JK--1994. From "Titanic Days." We miss you Kirsty.
All-Xmas-music radio continuously plays every version of evry carol. Blur into indistinguishable string of jingle. Like outdoor illumination
Everclear "Wonderful" (youtu.be/MUfgAbFY4CA) JK--2000. A dad telling the story of a bad marriage from his kid's POV. Strikingly touching
Savage Garden "Truly Madly Deeply" (youtu.be/WQnAxOQxQIU) JK--Betcha forgot this great love song from the late 90s.
The Crystals "Today I Met The Boy I'm Going to Marry" (youtu.be/eAg2xtGQEg0) JK--Somehow, nasty Phil Sector conjured teen love best
Everly Brothers "Claudette" (youtu.be/j0Otk53qFwM) JK--"Gonna B so happy 4 rest o my life when my brand nu baby is my brand new wife"
Jimmie Rodgers "Honeycomb" (youtu.be/anRqh02N8UM) JK--"Darn good life when you got a good wife like Honeycomb."
Gene Autry "O Carry Me Back To The Lone Prairie" (youtu.be/qmsrXvkSnxE) JK--Romance was integral to settlement of these vast spaces.
Gene Autry "Ghost Riders In The Sky" (youtu.be/xjZx_ACv3LI) JK--Song that now feels like it was indigenous to North America.
Willie Nelson "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (youtu.be/t2xhn23MjZ4) JK--Man who makes charm seem effortless.
Crosby, Still, Nash & Young "Almost Cut My Hair" (youtu.be/wXenEK0h6qg) JK--Mentions havng flu 4 Xmas. I once had flu on Xmas. Bummer
Doing my expenses. I always push this stuff to weekends, when I'm alone with a glass of wine to anesthetize. I stay sharp, mind you.
Enya "One By One" (youtu.be/DhRWrf5-XH4) JK--This song has the stately feel of a coronation in progress.
Enya "How Can I Keep From Singing?" (youtu.be/MM8mOKfxmWw) JK--I want this playing at the Pearly Gates when (hopefully) I arrive.
Enya "Silent Night" (youtu.be/Odihck81MZA) JK--Her devotional voice, a capella, is what I want to hear at Midnight Mass.
Guy on next machine over thought I was Jewish. I come from a long line of papists on both sides of family. And I married one. Go figure.
Was telling the guy on the next machine over that I relate as much to Winter Solstice as to Xmas. Day of max dark & calm. "Silent night"
Sending out our Christmas cards. Thumbing thru our ancient address-card box. Some people have passed away. Many we simply lost touch with.
Real-world experimnt. Extend same offer on same day 2 individuals in same customer segmt but thru diff channels. Where is acceptance gr8est?
Obama's year in review. Among other accomplishments: he killed Osama Bin Laden. If Republican pres had done it, they'd be insufferble boasts
Customer experience journey. U optimize thru continuous complx event proc stream that keeps tabs on whence U origin8d & where U likely going
I automatically stay tuned into any documentary program set in the polar regions. Earth's most extreme climate holds trackless white mystery
Linus recites from Luke gospel in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (youtu.be/pn10FF-FQfs) JK--Single greatest TV Xmas-special scene ever.
Catholicism long ago decided that justifying the "Virgin Birth" meant distracting attention away from Jesus' blood siblings.
"5 Myths About Christmas" (wapo.st/urWY3u) JK--Jesus WAS NOT an only child. Bible even names several brothers & mentions sisters.
My new Sunday morning ritual is laptop on lap (on sofa), Sunday paper at my right hand, reading the phys paper, tweeting on it while reading
Saw "La Mission" w/Benjamin Bratt on DVD. Excellent drama about homophobia among Latinos & troubled dad's tortured relationship with gay son
Gingrich is making dangerous dictator noises about eliminating whole courts because he disagrees with their rulings.
Dumb Tea Party statement: "Environmentalists have always had agenda 2 put nature above man." No. God has that agenda. It's a violent cosmos
Added 2 more strings of lights to my external display last night, & rearranged what I already had out there. It looked a little anemic.
"How eliminating paper money could end recessions" (slate.me/uEeh9t) JK--Interesting. Includes notion of "negative interest rates"
Slate intervu w/ Google's Schmidt (slate.me/sKIlmL) JK--Says will "probably" not get into "direct content biz." I bet they will.
Most powerful new-music discovery mechanism ever invented is
#KEXP. YouTube is greatest old-music rediscovery mechanism.
Somebody published book on history of MTV. Let it be known that MTV stunk from the start. Never a place designed to help you find good music
Super H Mart, Fairfax, Korean supermarket, has most awesome assortment of hot fresh free food samples of any grocery I've ever shopped at
Today's Dilbert has talking smartphone threatening the pointy-haired boss: "Recharge me now or so help me Jobs I will delete your contacts."
Early 70s. Kelloggs intro'd Pop Tarts & Danish Go-Rounds. Formr succeed while lattr discontinu several yrs l8r. I still miss. Was yummier.
Data science centers of excellence. If they're not continuing 2 deepen yr understanding of yr futures, they're just empty modeling exercises
Data science centers of excellence. If you're not continuing 2 rejuven8 w/ freshest young minds straight from universities, they grow stale.
Data science centers of excellence. If they degenerate into mere training programs 4 getting everybody up 2 speed on yr tools, they've fail
Data science centers of excellence. They should be forums of intellectual ferment and discovery within your organization.
Data science centers of excellence. They should be plugged deeply into your company's R&D, innovation, and transformation initiatives.
Data science centers of excellence. Focus should be on standardization, reuse, collaboration, governance, automation, & skills enhancement.