Plaxo. One of those ancient social networks that I still get weekly updates from. Updates are increasingly skimpy. People bailed ages ago.
Walked out midway thru "New Year's Eve." A formulaic star-stuffed "holiday" movie of stupefying banality.
Saw "The Descendants." Exceptionally touching, emotionally rich family drama. Clearly, one of the year's best.
Hail hail VA lawmakers 4 getting Mark Ctr parking cap into US appropriation bills. Feds got some nerve shoving BRAC traffic down our throats
Keith Relf. Yardbirds singer died frm most ironic tragedy that can befall rock musician. Electrocuted by improperly grounded electric guitar
The Yardbirds "Over Under Sideways Down" (youtu.be/MLv7viCMGo8) JK--I'm disoriented, dizzy. Falling. At least yrdbrds can take flight
Cold War Kids "Hang Me Up To Dry" (youtu.be/LrrGKR8Xii4) JK--I'm soaked in flop-sweat. I need cold air pumped in every orifice.
The Kills "Fried My Little Brains" (youtu.be/AdisJv5j0xo) JK--2003. My theme song this week.
Ended the week on a
#BigData consulting discussion that stretched my coverage into some cool cool new places I've been meaning to explore
@emcclem Been right here? You?
"Beach Boys reuniting for new album, tour in 2012" (yhoo.it/v9ZmKM) JK--Wow! Brian's rejoining. Also..David Marks?..he left in 1962!
"Top 10 Tech Acqs Of 2011" (bit.ly/u7tZHN) JK--Hmm. I'd forgotten about several of these. Was year of big vendors boldly diversifying
Temps dropped during the day and cloud deck thickened. Getting quite Decemberly out there. Only snow would complete the picture.
"Birst Launches New In-Memory Cloud Analytics Service" (bit.ly/u6bv3j) JK--Columnar. SQL. Subscriptions per-seat or per-gig DRAM used
Spoke to Brian Bloom of
#Computerworld Canada re BI for telcos, with specific focus on analytics to monitor/control network usage
"Singularity of.." Whenevr I hear tht breathlss apoclypse-now-y sci-fi-zy grand-convrgnce future-nigh lingo in tek cntxt, BS usually follows
Took a customer inquiry on
#BI. Started as reporting-focus, then quickly they shifted toward in-memory self-service & federated search
"Data mining without prejudice" (bit.ly/tF4jph) JK--Graph analysis? Article implies that, but unclear. Hey MIT News, what's new here?
Took customer inquiry on the
#R market. They wanted drilldown & comparison of commercial R solutions. I told them I plan that for 2012.
RIP Christopher Hitchens. Bit strident on the anti-religion essays, but the forces of religious stridency are formidable in their own right.
Fairly pleasant morning. Mild. Some sun amid scattered clouds. Air smells fresh. Got decent sleep last night.
Not much in the tech industry news today, or the last several days, that merits mention. Pre-holiday wind-down. Surprises might pop any time
Much news now is in the "I don't need regular updates, just tell me when it ends." The Iraq War, perfect example. Also, GOP nom battle.
But there was no such button. I looked.
Iberians were original settlers of British Isles, DNA shows (bit.ly/rU97OA). I suspect words "Iberia" "Hibernia" "Eire" frm same root
Being a tech industry analyst is unlike being industry analyst in any other industry. New companies emerge every day, it seems.
Feud btwn C. Fisher & W. Shatner. She sez "Star Wars" beats "Star Trek." He unfriended her. They were friends? (youtu.be/nU2jqIRjJVI)
@MelWebster There's no "Get it now" link. I'll wait till they actually make it truly accessible.
Jethro Tull "Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day" (youtu.be/KGz_g1i7KU8) JK--Most perfectly realized slice o Elizabethan boogie
"IBM buys Emptoris for contract managment, supply software" (bit.ly/s5oHCt) JK--First DemandTec, now Emptoris. On a B2B acq roll.
I have still not seen that Facebook Timeline feature in my Facebook. Have they rolled it out generally yet?
Yo La Tengo "The Race Is On Again" (youtu.be/SAfd5U7tMS4) JK--Another gr8 from "I Am Not Afraid Of You And I Will Beat Your Ass"
Yo La Tengo "Pass The Hatchet, I Think I'm Goodkind" (youtu.be/4G9NZvebscw) JK--One of the most awesome 10+ minute noise songs ever.
Yo La Tengo "Here Comes My Baby" (youtu.be/vJPQPN3fqxM) JK--Hoboken's most polymath indie group nail it perfectly.
Cat Stevens "Here Comes My Baby" (youtu.be/2Dja-Bdf3h8) JK--Here's the original version by the songwriter, when he was just a pup.
The Tremeloes "Here Comes My Baby" (youtu.be/HQXbtlbQX70) JK--1967. Written by Cat Stevens, believe it or not.
"European History Interactive Map" (bit.ly/rU97OA) JK--History geeks like me eat this stuff up. This is ancient (pre-900 B.C.).
Cowboy Junkies "Angel Mine" (youtu.be/X-2aNnij82U) JK--1996. "Cant promise tht I'll gro those wings or keep ths tarnishd halo shined"
Cowboy Junkies "Misguided Angel" (youtu.be/zufpr8BwY9U) JK--1988. My fave song from the stark stunning "Trinity Sessions" LP.
Did something today that I've been meaning 2 do for a while. Organizd chief
#BigData use cases by horizontal (across industries) & verticals
Did something today that I've been meaning 2 do for a while. Organized
#BigData use cases by principal C-level sponsor (CMO, CISO, CIO etc.)
Leadbelly "On a Christmas Day" (bit.ly/rZEbJw) JK--Early 1940s. A happy blues. Once in a while, I sing this song spontaneously.
Is anybody writing new Christmas songs that mention Christ and might conceivably be sung at a Mass?
Ray Conniff Singers. They provided crucial filler material on early 60s Xmas albums. Uber-square choral music utterly devoid of personality.
My gosh. I forgot to tweet about what I had for lunch. Mass-media commentators on soc media tell me that's standard. OK. PB&J, baby carrots
Warm one today. A microscopic drizzle wafting on gentle breezes under nondramatic overcast.
A month from today, I'm told.
Second City improv company doing local DC engagement called "Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies." Title alone makes sound promising.
Not terribly crazy about any of Sinatra's Xmas songs. Generic over-orchestrated big-band junk. Sound like was phoning em in. Not much warmth
Ooh....heard 2 DJs on
#kexp make little boo-boos.
Consumerization. Final stage in maturity model for any consumerized product is blanket advertising across all media aimed at 18-25 yr olds.
US ends Iraq travesty/tragedy.
Tadeusz Kościuszko (bit.ly/shzPnh) JK--I take pride in the fact that some Polish dude with "Ko-" surname was a US "founding father"
@strukhoff Aw heck, we all need a little bit of grilling now and then. Toughens ya up. Thickens yer skin. Makes ya a well-done individual.
Twitter redesign will tell you when someone blocks you. I'd prefer not to know.
"Verizon Could Invest Billions in Netflix in Streaming Video Play" (bit.ly/tYGsqV) JK--Conceivably. DISH Ntwk bought Blockbuster.
"Out of the frying pain and into the fire." Why's that a bad thing? Grilled is better than fried, for your health. Also, tastes better.
"12 EHR Vendors That Stand Out" (bit.ly/rzSX16) JK--Electronic health record management. Core of data mgt in healthcare arena.
WSJ article yesterday on Twitter redesign sez still doesn't support commenting inline to retweet. No. My "JK--**" practice argues otherwise.
"Is Google's big bet on Google+ too risky?" (bit.ly/rwLnAL) JK--No. But feels too defensive, like Microsoft's bet on Bing.
"Forrester's Computing Form Factors of the Future" (bit.ly/uMwcSE) JK--Wearables. Embeddables. Surfaces. Flexibles. Mini-projectors.
Ian Dury & the Blockheads "My Old Man" (youtu.be/ooPVuG8ZbNE) JK--"He wuz tidy in his digs." Hope my kids say same about theirs.
Never made sense why people cite "Gilligan's Island" as nadir of sitcom-dom. It was funny. Choose something lame, like "Love American Style"
"Rivers' New Beau Raises Eyebrows" (huff.to/rLColl) JK--Dating cosmetic surgeon? Why's that rate a headline?
Success magazine. Motto is "What Achievers Read." Let's assume that it's targeted at people who have at least achieved basic literacy.
Nicki Minaj. Is she channeling Nefertiti or the Queen of Sheba? Where's her scepter?
I would like a little bit of snow on the situation.
The Yardbirds "Heart Full of Soul" (youtu.be/9O6eGOu27DA) JK--1965. Love the howl, esp. on "he-a-a-a-a-art" vox echoing Keith Relf
I didn't have any problems with the Wi-Fi at
#SAPSummit. Not clear if other analysts were in diff space-warps in that room. Fast & reliable.
"Social Overload? Bottlenose Promises Intelligent Filtering" (bit.ly/vR4iZa) JK--No obvious differentiators in social listening mkt
Latest "person of year" designation by TIME reminds why I stopped reading that mag long ago. They remain trapped in Henry Luce's crypt.
#SAPSummit I keep hearing "business objects" as nounphrase rather than BusinessObjects as a product group mentioned at this summit. Why?
#SAPSummit "Process-centric business logic & data-centric business logic." I'd put orchestration models in former, predictiv models in lattr
Also check out this meditation on federated IdM, trust relationships, etc. (bit.ly/rp8G69)
If place gets generalized into a "geography," does a time (on clock vs. in week vs. in schedule vs....) become a "temporality"? Geo & tempo
If we use "geography" to refer to a place's characterization within a "locational reference framework" or some such, I"m fine with it.
When I think "coordinate systems," GPS is one. Street address is another. Political boundaries yet another. Continents yet another.
@robsaker Now you've confused me. "A place can be multiple geographies"? A place is a place. It can be located in many "coordinate systems"
"Teradata Assists in New Analytics Focus at Northwestern Univ" (bit.ly/tVrx8X) JK--Vendor does higher-ed outreach exceptionally well
The Kinks "Till The End Of The Day" (youtu.be/utiosGC7RKc) JK--RDavies knows the score: truly important stuff crowds out happy hour
"Most bar brawls start on dance floor" (on.msnbc.com/uiJOLc) JK--Brawl issue no. 1: "business intelligence" vs "business analytics"
The "R" in "CRUD" is actually "read." But I'm using "reference" as quasi-synonym for "read" in this context.
@pjtec Not asinine at all. Assume nothing. Cant take any detail 4 grantd. Importnt 2 re-ask same basics 2 ensur vdrs giv consistent response
Present vendor excluded, but I've sat thru far too many briefings where vdr X says prod Y is "GA." Then year-plus l8r they tell me it wasn't
"HP Delivers Scalability, Availability, Expertise for SAP HANA" (bit.ly/tywiKf) JK--Package of hardware & professional services.
@monkchips I prefer "optimizing" humans over "executing" them.
@carterlusher Yes. And, of course, how employees treat each other, and whether management just stands idly by when people misbehave.
#SAPSummit Lorenz: SAP plans to release HANA-based application platforms with embedded predictive analytics & "Big Data." Tell us more!
#SAPSummit Lorenz discussing Crossgate acquisition: B2B connections. Will be hosted in SAP cloud.
"Microsoft Founder’s Rocket Plane Hybrid: 1 Giant Leap 4 Mankind" (on.mash.to/sNwseL) JK--Original prototype was Seattle Space Needle
Lacking the vendor's preso in advance (and even when I have it), I draw a packed schematic of their entire message: to guide my questioning
#SAPSummit Lorenz: connecting SAP cloud solutions: tech strategy: connect direct lightweight peer2peer & also cloud-mediated
Yes, I was the sort of kid who read the entire textbook on week 1 of classes. Best to get that behind me so I can drill/torture the teacher
When I have the preso deck in advance, I let vdr present it as they wish. But I proactively digest whole deck & drive my questions from that
Vendors tend to forget on briefings that the analysts need to have your entire preso in our hot little hands upfront to vet/shred front2back
#SAPSummit SAP starting to focus on connecting subsidiaries wit Business ByDesign.
#SAPSummit Lorenz discussing SAP Business ByDesign cloud-based biz suite. Says "trend toward suites in the cloud."
Why don't tech pros say "country" anymore. Every place is now a "geography." China's a "geography." Do you pledge alliegance to a geography?
"Lowe's Social-Media Fail" (bit.ly/vqnbHT) JK--Reminds me. Why are people now too scared to say the full word: FAILURE.
"10 Business Cliches That Must Die Now" (bit.ly/rJir4f) JK--Cant believe they missed "at the end of the day." Sunset is not salvation
#SAPSummit day 2: SAP cloud strategy. Peter Lorenz, EVP OnDemand Solutions. "Personal diverse connected fast."
Here's the depressing thing about TV. The local news is "if it bleeds it leads" variety. I actually don't need daily feed of local violence
I rarely turn on the TV in hotel rooms anymore. And I can pass many a lovely evening at home with TV switched off. My habits have changed
"TV ownership declines" (bit.ly/saJqM0) JK--Believe it or not, more people realize they can get all the video they need online.
Heading down to breakfast and day 2 of the
#SAPSummit. Today's discussions are about their cloud services offerings and strategy.
To be most completely an analyst, you have to be obsessively revisiting your topic from all angles, feeling for hidden grain & extra texture
Billy Bragg & Wilco "California Stars" (youtu.be/gxzMbAMO73k) JK--WGuthrie lyric. He once livd Echo Pk, playd "hillbilly" on LA radio
Bee Gees "To Love Somebody" (youtu.be/ykU8iSKkJR0). 1967. These guys were one of my brother & my first acquisitions on 45rpm.
Bee Gees "Time Is Passing By" (bit.ly/seGvZw). 1960. Australian TV.
Bee Gees "Please, Please Me" (youtu.be/NN3DLAvsz78) JK--1963, believe or not. Yes, the Beatles song. And they did sensational job.
The Beau Brummels "You Tell Me Why" (youtu.be/L4kgecx7pwo) JK--They were far more Byrds-like than Beatle-ish. Great, huh?
The Beau Brummels "Sad Little Girl" (youtu.be/UyAzkCQdA-U) JK--I picked up their 1st 2 LPs on used vinyl & played them addictively.
The Beau Brummels "Don't Talk To Strangers" (youtu.be/ygNh4wtUVsQ) JK--San Francisco band, actually. American accent obvious here
The Mountain Goats "This Year" (youtu.be/ii6kJaGiRaI) JK--As we near the end of another year, some may wish it good riddance.
The Mountain Goats "Palmcorder Yajna" (youtu.be/NNTpfKqMaXk) JK--Read these great lyrics on the YouTube page.
The Mountain Goats "No Children" (youtu.be/wRP6egIEABk) JK--One of John Darneille's many brilliant caustic balladic gems.
Nice to know I didn't need my heavy-weather gear on this Boston trip. I'm prepared for single digits & lower.
Neko Case "Hold On, Hold On" (youtu.be/50dzxkJa1NE) JK--A redhead whose beauty comes from a muscular sinew in her voice & attitude.
Alison Statton "Midnight Slows" (youtu.be/yaacM7GpCVM) JK--A redhead who communicates beauty thru calm self-possession.
Tori Amos "God" (youtu.be/th_y0YmMLH0) JK--A redhead with a goofy glowing beauty.
Abigail Adams leaped from the pages of that bio as a fully modern woman. Very smart & capable. Tough, loving, incredibly resourceful.
Having recently finished David McCullough's masterful bio of John Adams, I can easily imagine that future president walking these streets.
Boston. Named after English village whose name derived from "St. Botolph's Town." Or, as I prefer, "St. Buttocks Town."
Listening to The Mamas & The Papas "Creeque Alley." Cuz I found myself singing it to myself today for no apparent reason. "Mugwumps."
Ancient philosophy can be used to justify anything. The ancients, comfy in their afterlives, chuckle at their progeny's gullibility.
Fortune cookie: "Don't put off till tomorrow what can be enjoyed today." Why do I find self disagreeing w/these stupid little postprandials?
Fortune cookie: "Love is like war; easy to begin but hard to stop." At first I thought they meant love as in lust. Either way, it possesses.
I've been covering data analytics industry for over 5 years now. Starting to build up a historical memory of this space. For what it's worth
When I just want to relax into an awesome musical groove, the Beatles never fail me. Shuffling thru their complete recordings is pure bliss.
Keeping Up Appearances (youtu.be/rUVFlSZiQ-E) JK--Hyacinth classic overbearing wife/mother. Richard henpeckd. Sheridan keeps distance
The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (youtu.be/drlPbIWAz-E) JK--CJ was a classic boss. I love this hyper-cringing toady underling.
I always noticed that, when John Cleese interacted with Michael Palin in Python sketches, John was obviously suppressing laughter.
Monty Python "Dead Parrot" (youtu.be/4vuW6tQ0218) JK--Actually, my fave line is "What do you mean 'miss'?"
Wuz telling Byron over drinks tonight that sentiment on this tweet from this morning (bit.ly/tjGrwG) could refer to quality of food
Nice round of drinks & socializing with the
#SAP team. Now for a nighttime ramble Boston Common-ward.
"MIT's Light Speed Camera Snaps Trillion Frames per Sec" (bit.ly/toO7a9) JK2--If can isolate single photon path, traces space-time curvature
"MIT's Light Speed Camera Snaps Trillion Frames per Sec" (bit.ly/toO7a9) JK--Video of single photon trajectry. Blows my friggin mind
"Scientists closing in on 'God particle' existence" (bit.ly/t5gZPM) JK--Fine w/this til we start callng unified field theory "heaven"
Flipflop. Actually, changing yer mind is not same as lacking convictions. Just means U lack convictions of whoever accused U of flipflopping
Flip-flop. Actually, the term implies U never truly changed yer mind. First you "flipped" to other position, then "flopped" back 2 original
#SAPSummit SAP plans to become no. 2 DBMS company over the next several years. IBM: whatcha think?
"Microsoft Co-Founder 2 Build Massive Jet 4 Space Launches" (on.wsj.com/tZH9xS) JK--Plans projectile in shape of Jimi Hendrix guitar
Stock market responding to progress in hunt for "God particle" by going long on bosons, short on quarks & neutrinos.
"Long-Sought 'God Particle' Cornered, Scientists Say" (bit.ly/tgr4md) JK--But not in same way we cornered Osama Bin Laden.
"Dad to Google: "Thanks 4 making my daughter cry"" (zd.net/tGVIp1) JK--Secret's out: Larry & Serge have nifty grief-optimization algo
#SAPSummit Rhymed "analyst" & "panelist." I like that. Note to self: poem, somehow.
#SAPSummit Panel discussing what mobile gadgets they personally carry. I'd also like them to discuss how they each take their coffee.
@ExJon Hey,wait, I love McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime." Delightfully lightw8 hummable carol--airy counterw8 2 heavy Lennon Xmas song
"Will cloud take my job?" (bit.ly/tqmk16) JK--Ah yes pervasiv sense of freefloating modern dread--a la fearing dingoes'll eat yr baby
Too much of the wrong sort of data, and an unprepared gut, can create analytic indigestion. Urp!
The best scientists have guts full of facts. That's cuz they build & play with models. The guts shape the models while the facts ground them
#SAPSummit Analytics innov panel debating "fact v. gut." It is possible 2 have gut full of facts. Not as fun as a fistful of dollars, mind U
@sethumeenakshi Cool. Except for the fact that Twitter says "Sorry, you can't follow this user (because they're blocking you)"
#SAPSummit Poonen discussing SAP + SuccessFactors
#SAPSummit Nathan: OLTP (in-mem opt'zns, Biz Suite opt'zn, Data Grid), analytics (in-mem, EDW funct/ecosys, massive scale-out/up, CEP...
#SAPSummit Nathan: "strategy to make SAP a leading database vendor": apps+BOBJ+Sybase+HANA+ASE_IQ+Anywhere
#SAPSummit Nathan: In 2011, integrated SAP-Sybase information management stack: delivered IQ & CEP optimizations with SAP BOBJ
#SAPSummit Nathan: have 20+ active customers of SAP Business Suite on ASE, delivered IQ EDW new featuers in Q1 & Q3, delivered ESP 5.0 in Q3
GRC. Back in the day (5 years ago), during heyday of SarbOx, this was super-hot. Now, it feels like most artificial of solution categories
If this male analyst had to choose a female face to be my Twitter face, I'd choose Aubrey Plaza (bit.ly/vBRj8O). This girl glares
#SAPSummit Nathan: mobile apps direction: SAP-built vs. partner-built, across all horizontals & verticals, biz & consumer, analytics & trans
@ABridgwater Dirty little secret: many analysts began as journos of one sort or other. My prime "skin" in that game is MA in J (UW-Madison)
#SAPSummit Nathan discussing mobile middleware direction: app dev & deploy & device management. Lotsa detail. Downloadable please!
#SAPSummit Nathan: moving the architecture forward. BTW, SAP, please give us a URL when to download all presos & peruse at our own pace
Cloud t-shirt on Stuart Moxham. Must be a story behind that (on.fb.me/uiTAnr)
#SAPSummit. I mean "3 analysts to our right." Man, I'm twisted!
#SAPSummit. I'm back online with power cuz the lady next to me pointed to the powerstrip 3 analysts to our left. I totally overlooked that
#SAPSummit Poonen sez PLM "boring." Careful now. Everybody in tech finds their own area cool. Dont be too quick to spit in others' ricebowls
#SAPSummit Poonen providing the solution focus that heretofore missing from morning's program: app solutions roadmap priorities
#SAPSummit Sikka puts detailed slide up for 15 secs then suddenly yanks us to live video feed of him talking. Please keep slide nailed up
Shutting down to conserve battery. I'll let everybody else in this room & remote feed you typed tweets while I move to my phone to tweet
#SAPSummit Sikka HANA solutions for "smarter meter analytics, personal energy mgt, sales & ops planning, EPM, Recalls+, & many more"
#SAPSummit Raj Nathan & Sanjay Poonen up next.
Strong coffee, and lots of it. Nothing like it.
My clothing hangs together quite well, and it's full of seams. It's defined by its seams.
"Seamless integration." I'd like to see a standard practical industry definition of "seam." I'd also like meaningful defintion of "loophole"
#SAPSummit Sikka: HANA architecture: transactions, analytics, planning, events, unstructured, ABAP, Java, native app services, "HANA DB"
#SAPSummit Sikka showing dark photo of entire Rosetta Stone. Would've been more effective if show illustration of parallel scripts on stone
#SAPSummit Sikka "HANA is the foundation of our platform for renewed & new apps"
#SAPSummit Cloud & tablets. Some guy named Moses got some tablets that descended from a cloud. Long time ago. Or so the story goes.
#SAPSummit Sikka discussing innovation in mobility, cloud, and HANA. "Grow the market & within the installed base without disruption"
#SAPSummit Now, Vishal Sikka to discuss 3 directions for innovation. He's remote from Palo Alto. But very much present & live.
#SAPSummit Hagemann Snabe discussing "cloud platform services": application & collab services, plus SDK, "SAP Store," & Java.
#SAPSummit JHS discussing "cloud design principles": ZERO time onboarding, learning, integrating, waiting, & sys down, & ZERO marginal costs
#SAPSummit Hagemann Snabe discussing customer examples for in-memory w/ HANA.
"How Alan Turing ushered in modern computing (photos)" (tek.io/uBlt9E) JK--Almost 70 years ago. Fairly recent in historical time.
#SAPSummit Hagemann Snabe discusses "real-time defined": 20+ HANA accelerators delivered in last 6 months. List them please!
BTW, The Who "Going Mobile" (youtu.be/ToxymSLzJeM).
#SAPSummit Hagemann Snabe says "differentiating ourselves because mobile platform connected to system of record."
#SAPSummit Hagemann Snabe talking mobile: 1.8B+ mobile msgs processed daily, 30+ mobile apps built on SAP, 200+ mobil apps built by partners
#SAPSummit Hagemann Snabe says SAP committing to supporting mainstream maintenance on Business Suite 7 till 2020
#SAPSummit Hagemann Snabe says starting in 2012 says customers will see new features on top of SAP Business Suite 7 "without upgrades."
#SAPSummit Hagemann Snabe: BI 4.0: in-memory, social, geo, collaborative, and mobile
#SAPSummit Hagemann Snabe discussing core "system of record": 7i 2011 (incl 123 new innovations, 32K+ SAPBusinessOne customers, BI 4.0
#SAPSummit Hagemann Snabe has yet to say a single thing that most of us in this room don't already know. Please get to juicy new stuff ASAP.
#SAPSummit Hagemann Snabe says SAP innovating in 1) core 2) mobile 3) in-memory 4) cloud.
#SAPSummit Had a good breakfast with Byron Banks & Bob Hagenau in SAP solution marketing this morning.
#SAPSummit So far so good on the Wi-Fi signal availability & strength in this hall. I suspect, though, by tweeting this I've jinxed it 4 all
#SAPSummit Hagemann Snabe doesn't define "system of engagement." Or, if he did, somehow the coffee hasn't kicked into my nervous system yet
#SAPSummit I see all the usual analysts, incl. self, either physically in this hall or tuning in remotely via stream & tweeting good stuff
#SAPSummit Hagemann Snabe discussing business "shift from system of record to system of engagement...but system of record not going away"
#SAPSummit Hagemann Snabe talking about unpredictability & volatility of biz environment and need to address challenges in real-time.
#SAPSummit This is the ballroom of the Boston Park Plaza hotel, which was Statler when built in 1927. Was largest hotel in Beantown then
#SAPSummit In a hall packed with analysts, listening to Jonathan Becher of SAP compliment us on our tweeting productivity.
Some young woman accosted me as I was getting out the cab last night. A down-on-my-luck-please-help story. Bad actress. I shrugged & walked
Mentioned old TV show "Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?" last night (youtu.be/wdzyuJJZMCI). Loved it. Taught my son geography
"Social proof" (bit.ly/smsBPy) JK---Fancypants renaming of "bandwagon effect."
Rob Lowe said on Conan last night that his crazy friend Charlie Sheen has "conspiracy theory" that Moon is hollow. Round up usual suspects.
I simply tweet to hear my fingers type.
7am breakfast mtg at
#SAPSummit. Hope I wake up on time. Wait, who's typing this now? Could I be awake & not realize? Yeah. I don't realize
God particle. They're going to announce that they've discovered the Almighty's name is in fact "Iamwhatam Higgs."
In Boston for
#SAP Influencer Summit. Preparing by....kicking back and watching Conan. Hey, works for me!
"What's in (& missing from) MSFT...Azure cloud upds" (zd.net/sch7bA) JK2-What's missing: VM Role support, Server App-V, SQL Azure Reptg Svcs
"Microsoft Azure hosts Hadoop, other open-source apps" (bit.ly/tW8lBJ) JK--Preview trial version. You must apply. They pick you.
School Of Seven Bells "The Night" (youtu.be/tM1FVD8Hjtw) JK--On new LP to be released 2-28-12. Awesome. Can't wait.
School Of Seven Bells "Babelonia" (youtu.be/26Sbn3pCToc) JK--Entire song is pure crescendo. My fave from "Disconnect from Desire"
Stevie Ray Vaughan "Cold Shot" (youtu.be/m2ou-WIxfLY) JK--It took Stevie several takes to nail the mood on this midtempo gem
Twitter's not really diary. But, if approached as if you were keeping diary, it can convey the texture rhythm narrative of lived experience
Panda Bear "Bros" (youtu.be/FTnBc_-QCXk) JK--Put this on to put myself into a trance for 12 minutes and 33 seconds, mas o menos.
Interesting intervu on CSPAN2 w/ Eric Schmidt, taped today at Economic Club of WashDC. "Cows arrange themselves in magnetic field direction"
@SportCastErin Can someone please tell her bot to stop following me on Twitter. It's getting creepy. Erin: behave yourself.
"Newt Gingrich takes his 4th ‘no-adultery pledge’" (yhoo.it/ryeDNG) JK--Watch out. He may think means 3 times max OK during campaign.
Winter proliferates pockets on your person, which facilitates easy mobility. I love the cold.
Currier & Ives weren't documenting American society, or distorting. They were simply highlighting the beauty that Americans often overlook.
Currier & Ives. A couple of years ago I thumbed thru book of their 19th century full-color lithographs of pastoral America. Spellbinding.
Can Facebook please stop trying to recommend that I follow Erin Andrews, sideline reporter at ESPN. I don't watch sports.
I definitely remembr that line from Mitch Kapor. Its all coming back 2 me now. I watched tht show when aired in 86. His candor made me laugh
PBS documentary cuts off pre Mitch Kapor, who said (re On Tech): "Some might say we don't know what we're doing & I might agree with them."
Listening to this PBS-recorded internal NeXT/Jobs meeting in 1986, you sense that everybody's trying very hard not to curse up a storm.
What's revealing about Jobs/NeXT internal discussion on that 1986 PBS special is that IT vendor lingo hasn't changed in a quarter century
Unidentified woman on Jobs' NeXT team said "Reality distortion has its value."
Wow! In 1986, $3000 for a PC was considered affordable.
Announcer on 1986 PBS documentary w/Jobs at NeXT is bit heavyhanded on deification adjectivs: "Lens of his vision" "remarkable" "unique" etc
"Steve Jobs & NeXT: Rare PBS Documentary circa 1986" (bit.ly/vBw2jx) JK--Obviously someone videotaped it off WETA, DC's PBS affiliate
24/7 Customer provides "predictive customer experience" solution.
Taking great briefing from
#nextbestaction service provider 24/7 Customer
Just hung up on robo-call that started with "the holidays are here." No they're not yet. And I don't need robot to remind me they're coming
Harvey Danger "Sometimes You Have to Work On Christmas" (youtu.be/H3ogxQsMxO8) JK--Somebody has to run the local cinema on Dec 25.
When tabloids fully adapt to the new media order, will we need to rename them "tabletoids"? Inquiring minds wanna know.
I try not to give "motherhood & apple pie" advice in tech reports--a la "love your mother" & "slice the apples before U put them in the pie"
Tablets have NOT gone mainstream. When Office Depot starts to carry them, I'll declare them mainstream. Just another type of office equipmnt
Enough with the "thanks for the follow" replies, already. Get original. How about "for you're a jolly good follow" or something?
"Microsoft's Gates Returning as CEO Would Prove a Bad Move" (bit.ly/uqbEsR) JK--Agreed. Fresh blood would do them good.
"Video Analytics Boosts Business Intelligence" (bit.ly/vkRNMp) JK--Discusses in-store POS apps in retail.
"Stop Walking on Eggshells" (bit.ly/sSSeqr) JK--No. Keep walking on them. Simply learn to enjoy the crunchy sound underfoot.
WSJ interviewed Buddy Holly's Lubbock optometrist, who's 96 & still kickin. Shockers: Buddy look inspired by Phil Silvers; specs Mex import
Far as I'm concerned, Ms
@Ruth_A_Buzzi is still a one-woman Laugh-In.
@Ruth_A_Buzzi: Frank Sinatra huge inspiration to me. He took me aside in the late 60s & said "Anything U can dream U can do-be-do-be-do"
"Hadoop at Twitter" (bit.ly/vgovTT) JK--Skipp to 2:45 to find the overview in a slide.
"Using Servers as Furnaces" (bit.ly/tuSCbS) JK2--We should turn
#BigData into fuel. "Honey, throw another 100TB system log on the fire"
"Using Servers as Furnaces" (bit.ly/tuSCbS) JK--LOL! I noticed this morning that our new tower-like space heater resembles server
Frigid out there. What's up with that? Check the calendar. Hmmm...it seems to be December. Might explain that.
"NetBase & SAP...Deliver Social Media Analytics 2 Enterprises" (yhoo.it/tEqyUN) JK--SAP resellng NetBase social media analytic sol'n
@kexpplaylist: Psychotic Reaction by Count Five from Nuggets JK--One of the greatest big fast fat dumb grooves in 60s rock
Hung all the trimmings & trappings today, commencing the Christmas fortnight. After all is hung & sung, ya wait to see what Santy brung.
Willpower is mostly just "won't power." Just a habituation of one's propensities within the constant conscious context of what you won't do.
If somebody asked me 2 give them physical tour of enterprise analytics, I'd point at servers purring in datacenters & pie charts on desktops
Mormon Republicans must of necessity keep religion at considerable distance. They must also stay dull. Hence they're outliers in today's GOP
Huntsman would in fact make a good president. Just listen to him.
Most surprising political developmnt in this prez election cycle is how Mormons have become the centrists in today's GOP: Romney & Huntsman.
GOP objections to Romney mostly on ideological grounds and to Gingrich mostly on character deficiencies.
Net-net, everybody in northern New Jersey resembles Tony Soprano, and in the rest of the state the Boss, Little Steven, & Jon Bon Jovi
@Mickeleh A few years ago, we were driving thru south New Jersey & stopped in laundromat to ask directions...from a Little Steven lookalike
"Microsoft Ends Another Vertical Market Dalliance—This Time In Healthcare" (tcrn.ch/ssuNKX) JK--They're a horizontal solution culture
#SAP industry analyst summit this week in Boston.
WashPost piece about how Newt Gingrich loves zoos. That's nice. Probably explains why he looks at home in the GOP nomination circus ongoing
Stumbling for inspiration this A.M. Stumbling randomly thru topics of interest on StumbleUpon. As Yes said: "Don't surround yrself w/yrself"
Photo of Niagara Falls completely frozen over in 1911 (bit.ly/ruKGtB). Must've had massive ice jams buckling up on the Niagara River
@mpmoody It's both. The word signifies an online culture optimized to separate fools from money.
One of the new words I hate with a passion is "gamify."
Camera Obscura "James" live in a church (youtu.be/9KX0mC3XjnQ)
Unsure if true Seattle anthem is Nirvana "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle" or Kelsey Grammer "Tossed Salad & Scrambled Eggs"
I prefer Twitter to Facebook cuz it has greater volume, velocity, & variety of stuff streaming by. Hence, Twitter is more
#BigData in spirit
Oldest photographs in the world (youtu.be/sOkd8ObhN_M)
Medical Mission Sisters "It's a Long Road To Freedom" (youtu.be/txK5ZazkJBU) JK--Vatican II spawned guitar "folk" mass. Which I loved
Medical Mission Sisters "Zaccheus" (bit.ly/rSCmz5) JK--Another great devotional song. One of the few cassettes I bother to play.
Medical Mission Sisters "Joy Is Like The Rain" (youtu.be/ZCIXVPYJuSg) JK--Egidia brought this on nun-furnished cassette frm Indonesia
Jane Aire and the Belvederes "Yankee Wheels" (youtu.be/zpn0ExLh8so) JK--1978. Akron. I picked it up on 45rpm in Ann Arbor.
I definitely recall a student teacher when I was in highschool who was a Laura Nyro fan & talked about her. But never played her stuff 4 us
Actually, I'm discovering Laura Nyro via YouTube for, essentially, the first time. She's being inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame.
Laura Nyro "Save the Country" (youtu.be/Jjdowef1oKE) JK--This one's woven tightly into fabric of my memories of that time. Great vox
Laura Nyro "And When I Die" (youtu.be/CUa8mbgKex8) JK--Get David Clayton Thomas out of your head. Her original is just as solid.
Laura Nyro "Stoney End" (youtu.be/WRBHBSTIedo) JK--Streisand covered it & had minor hit. Nyro's original is much better.
Laura Nyro "Eli's Comin'" (youtu.be/EfW41eKUkKE) JK--3 Dog Night did a great cover. This is her original. It's just as good.
Wilco: Tiny Desk Concert on NPR All Songs Considered (bit.ly/ttzgIO) JK--Tweedy looks shaggier than ever, but still great songwriter
tUnE-yArDs: Tiny Desk Concert on NPR All Songs Considered (bit.ly/ttzgIO) JK--Wild free-form-y avant-jazzy-skronk. Acoustic.
USA was an "invented" nation. We "invented" it when we declared independence.
Yes, 80s British-Irish popstars, by now they all know it's Christmas time. Bono will check if anything changes on New Year's Day
Kryptonite. Is that an isotope of krypton in crystalline form? DC Comics are maddeningly vague on topic. Do they have scientific advisor?
As I age, dreams feel far less symbolic, far more literal. Like they're documenting events that are real but simply can't happen as dreamed.
Got perfect parking place at Trader Joe. And for that we give thanks during this happiest of seasons. Plus: sun is shining.
Love the new promo for Discovery "Dirty Jobs" show. Gives host Mike Rowe several jokey nicknames. Best is "Earl of Excrement."
Bear Grylls. Polls say his "Man v. Wild" popular w/rightwing. They read survivalism agenda into it. Can just as easily read environmentalism
Every time media displays ancient headline such as "Redskins Scalp Bears" reminds why we need to change name of DC's pro football franchise.
Here's a tip to improve your balance. Keep seeking opportunities to throw yourself off-balance.
There are plenty of reasons I do the elliptical handsfree. It's like jogging in place, with adjustable cycling, crossramp, & resistance.
I always situate 3 monitors in front of me at the club, 3 diff channels. Plenty of visual variety to triangulate tweets across. Syntheses.
Watching Death Cab for Cutie "Soul Meets Body" video. Ben Gibbard dressd like Pozzo frm "Godot." "If silence takes U I hope it takes me too"
Deer in the woods leap from camouflage with freaky speed & power. I remember one when I was Boy Scout. Thank goodness they're not carnivores
Holland Taylor doing 1-woman stage show about late TX gov Ann Richards. Seeing several Richards quotes reminded what delicious wit she was.
If beekeepers could just tame the critters, they'd make a fortune, steal market share from Botox, indulging demand for beestung kissers.
Listening to Burl Ives "Holly Jolly Xmas." Early 60s. "Say hello 2 friends U know." Prescient re social nets & phenom of friends U dont know
Parade mag cover story on what nice well-adjusted family man & career dude Matt Damon is. Please somebody find dirt on Matt. Just because.
Dilbert has found new life, and is funnier and sharper now than ever. Case in point: today's: bit.ly/szqecY
Doonesbury's current "Sorkh Razil" story arc is tedious and unfunny.
Gingrich calls Palestinians an "invented" people. An inflammatory dunderhead like this can't be trusted as head of state. Stop the madness.
Grandaddy "Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland" (youtu.be/tMmuZjsrRtY) JK--"In meadow we can build snowman & pretend he Alan Parsons"
The Alan Parsons Project "Eye in the Sky" (youtu.be/NNiie_zmSr8) JK--Did project ever achieve objectives? Inquiring minds wanna know
Today was historic. First and only December 9, 2011 in history. Already, I feel it passing inexorably into past. What will historians say?