It's noon and I'm still in what I wore to sleep last night. I love lazy Saturdays!
Whitney Houston was godmother of "American Idol." By that, I mean her vocal athleticism encouraged lessers to over-sing every tune to death
@susank Don't freak. Just treat the nuptial event as a milestone, necessary but not defining, in lifelong journey. Just a party w/ ceremony.
I did about 50 million work tasks on plane home from SF yesterday. Glad I'd staged those in briefcase at Embarcadero office the day before
Young Marble Giants "Cakewalking" (youtu.be/RFrZACVkOxs) JK--Recent live performance of song from their original seminal EP.
Young Marble Giants "Music For Evenings" (youtu.be/HifY-0pzLMg) JK--Another case in point. Feel the dramatic depth of Phil's bass.
In fact, my advice is to play Young Marble Giants as loud as you possibly can. The quietness is an auditory illusion. Reverberant ringing!
Young Marble Giants "Wurlitzer Jukebox" (youtu.be/8xob9tLR18s) JK--Played full blast in rental car. Noticed Stuart's stabbing chords
Zynga pulling its infrastructure from Amazon 2 private cloud. Does this mean public cloud is where yer biz grows up but U leave when mature?
So many Silicon Valley summits to attend. Always confuses me. It's a valley. How can it also have summits? I look around and don't see peak
Listening to Simon & Garfunkel "My Little Town" from their gr8st. Great 1975 post-breakup hit. Wish Beatles had done such an encore.
What's most mystifying hotel plumbing you've ever encountered? I've puzzld over so many odd faucet/showr fixturs over years that I'm old pro
"Meg Whitman Brings Swagger Back to HP" (bit.ly/ydCLZ1) JK--Curious why pub feels must validate her chops w/macho boasting mannerism
"MIT resrchers build wireless 'pharmacy on chip'" (bit.ly/xJ7VN1) JK--Does this mean fuzz'll add subcutaneous 2 body-cavity searches?
Dear Facebook: You've been displaying same stranger-to-me hot chick in "People U May Know" for a few years. Dump the pimping algorithm!
Dear Mr Twitter DM "i cant believe this but there are some real nasty things being said about you here": Defend me, if U are a true friend
Listening to Cat Stevens "Moonshadow" from his gr8st. His apparently nonsensical rhyming of "mouth" & "teeth north & south" is Cockney slang
Listening to Cat Stevens "Morning Has Broken" from gr8st. Reminds that "recreation" is in fact "re-creation." Spirtual relaxation = renewal
Listening to Cat Stevens "Wild World" from his greatest. I know a fair number of people who get by just upon a smile.
I also noticed how many people in the data analytics industry are far younger than me but quite sharp & will likely do well if they persist
One of things I always note when making the rounds of the data analytics industry is how many people have been in this space longer than me
Ah yes, my usual weekend morning ritual of waiting for
#kexp "Mind Over Matters" to end and music to resume.
Jhoon Rhee Taekwondo Nobody Bothers Me Commercial (youtu.be/n7PEMGuA6tw) JK--Jingle writtn by Nils Lofgren in exchange 4 free lessons
Much as I enjoy NPR All Songs Considered podcasts, they talk too much & sour mood by dumping on artists they don't care for. Just play music
Recovering on my sofa from a week of travel. Sunshine on my shoulder makes me happy. So would Mr. Bluebird.
I continue 2 acquire new followers on socials I dont even use, though I have accounts. I dont show up for my own parties. What's my problem?
I am back home. Just did a quick workout. Had a bowl of black bean soup. Just staying simple for a while. Simpler is cooler.
"Paul McCartney: The Beatles Considered Reuniting" (bit.ly/zkfSyA) JK--They didn't need to. Their recorded output was astonishing
Being prompted to click "like" relative to someone's death notice on Facebook creeps me out. Can't they have a "sympathy" link to click on?
"Incredible Story Of How Target Exposed Teen Girl's Pregnancy"( bit.ly/zNW6W5) JK--Not incredible at all. Cust segment'n model + data
"EXOTIC DANCER: I Used 2 Work At Lehman Brothers, Now I'm A Stripper" (bit.ly/xV6Cuq ) JK--Who used 2 strip companies of their assets
Oversharing. LIke "information glut," the term is starting to feel antiquated. We just accept that world's information metabolism has scaled
#MapReduce models executed inside your ETL and other data integration jobs. It's not just for analytics, folks! #Forrester San Francisco office's "Snoop Dogg" conference room. It's the Schizzle Benchmarking Laboratory for the Bling-Bling Wave!
"Microsoft Sees Skype Linking All Its Products, CFO Says" (bit.ly/ymljKj) JK--Hoo-boy. Does that mean we'll VoIP with Clippy avatar?
Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park CA. Almost turned into Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, thinking it was the hotel.
Had an extraordinarily informative & engaging set of 1:1s with
#Informatica this morning and early afternoon. They are all-barrels blazing!
"ENIAC, world's first digital computer, turns 66" (bit.ly/xetfAq) JK--Would've if it'd survived. Now processing payroll in hereafter
"Cisco study finds The Who was right!" (bit.ly/z5gJfk) JK--If "Going Mobile" was prophecy, are we all becoming Hippie Gypsies?
#Informatica analyst event half-day starts in an hour over breakfast. I'm doing 1:1s each with 7 of their people.
"Can stress be good?" (tek.io/yUL2oP) JK--Dumb question at worst, rhetorical at best. Performance anxiety can spur better performance
Biggest struggle an industry analyst faces daily is keeping up with one's reading, which is part of mkt rsch, which is in fact our core job
One phrase I didn't hear mentioned at all at
#TDWI was "data scientist." But Phil said survey showed strong demand for "data architects"
Stonebraker's discussion of
#Hadoop limitations in that "MIT event" article is interesting. I'm compiling such a list right now.
"MIT event shows the many faces, challenges of big data" (bit.ly/xoCK6F) JK--Cool: temporal analysis, machine learning, ad optzn, etc
#Teradata 2690 appliance is their first new product to leverage v14 database with columnar storage/compression option. That's key fact
At long last,
#KEXP has got the formatting of the real-time playlist right. Bravo to the new redesign.
Sunrise, clear morning over Silicon Valley, so-named for the world's richest vein of silicon deposits, sprouting the famous money trees.
Marianne Faithfull "The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan" (youtu.be/d0NxhFn0szc) JK--1979. Shel Silverstein song. Highlight of "Broken English"
Dory Previn "Lady With the Braid" (youtu.be/vE4rExrR19M) JK--1st time I'd ever heard anything by her. Now I know wot moved TraceyAnne
RIP Dory Previn. Only thing I know about this songwriter is that she inspired this great Camera Obscura song (youtu.be/AlB3etVa5I0)
Guy at next table uttered line: "If a bullfrog had wings, he wouldn't bump his ass." 1st time I heard that was WBeatty "McCabe & Mrs Miller"
Presidents Day in US is this coming Monday. Every president's birthday should be its own 3-day holiday. We need one 3-day holiday every week
LAXing. Relaxing at the gate. Wondering about that mysterious white spidery dome-like structure in mid-distance. For tethering dirigibles?
Monty Python: British Army meets Mafia (youtu.be/cNZKUozrBl4) JK--"Nice Army base, colonel, we wouldnt want anything to happen to it"
"Time For Another Episode of 'Valley View'" (bit.ly/xSRpxM) JK--I'm viewing it from 3000 miles away, virtually, off Valley View Drive
"The Cloud, Data Centers & Dashboards in Obama's Budget" (bit.ly/wi5vEF) JK--Any social analytics? Caution: T-Party'll call socialism
I structured my
#TDWI preso deck as a detail-packed checklist of social marketing analytic best practices. Attendees encouraged to download
I told TDWI crowd (actually interjected from my seat during Phil's closing) that 99% of social intelligence is junk. Which 1% is golden?
Audio problems during my
#TDWI speech, including intense feedback. I switched 2 acoustic, unplugged, my loud mouth, till fresh mic arrived
"Google may be working on computerized eye glasses" (bit.ly/xwCs6n) JK--Nerd alert! Wearable tek means U crossed over 2 the dork side
I take issue w/assumption that "people read fewer books" is necessarily a bad thing. Better to ask "are they less literate & informed?"
Shawn Rogers & Stephen Brobst also spoke on social media analytics at this
#TDWI. They did it in courses. I did it at BI Executive Summit #TDWI Executive Summit in Vegas was excellent. I enjoyed and learned from all the other speakers. Phil Russom was an excellent moderator.
One key casualty of the Internet age: the notion there are things out there that you can safely ignore. Stuff pops up to bite yr behind.
Coincidentally, I first heard Nick Cave at South Quad in late 70s. Guy down hall had one of 1st LPs from Cave's then-band The Birthday Party
My college dorm? I'm a Wolverine. In Ann Arbor, I stayed my junior & senior years at South Quad. First floor. Totally wild stuff. Enjoyed
"Remember Myspace? It's Scored a Million New Members" (bit.ly/x0sGaN) JK--I wrote them off as dead social. Now resurrected social
"HP gives Vertica a fresh face" (bit.ly/AoGsGX) JK--Incremental feature updates. Not total product refresh. Being IDOLized as well.
"Work-induced attention deficit disorder" (bit.ly/wZCLQc) JK--No. Not psychiatric condition. Practice self-discipline. Cut stuff out.
Velvet Underground "Sister Ray" (youtu.be/FJUpY5geWcU) JK--Lou Reed had electroshock therapy at young age. This song feels like that
One of the keys to getting productive work done on the road is to learn how to stop&start intermittently without losing thread of thought.
One key change in me over the past several years is that I'm doing far more public speaking than ever before. I enjoy it.
#TDWI gave me the final speaking slot on tomorrow, the last day of the conference. I like having the last words. Thoughts are spring-loaded
Didn't totally fast. Ate a few bits at
#TDWI happy hour event on exhibit floor. But conference happy-hour hors d'oeuvres do not a meal make
My Bloody Valentine "Sometimes" (youtu.be/t0dJqlvOSq4) JK--Totally majestic & stentorian electronic fuzz guitar shoegazers
Frank Sinatra "My Funny Valentine" (youtu.be/JGxrE6Mf_6Y) JK--Done with Old Blue Eyes' signature macho romantic panache
My great-grandfather on my mother's side was named Valentine Hoff. Back in the day, this was not an odd name for a man.
My usual appetite-suppressant strategies on the road are simple. First, talk lots of business during meals. Second, drink lots of water.
@jimericson was asking why I've slacked off on blogging. Part of the reason is that I've obviously shifted my social mix to tweeting.
The Remains "Why Do I Cry" (youtu.be/7Egk5FNdi9w) JK--Supertight mid-60s garage-rock combo.
Weekend "Midnight Slows" (youtu.be/AXWtsSteaMI) JK--Now, imagine Marianne Faithfull in place of Alison Statton on vocals on this.
Marianne Faithfull "In My Time of Sorrow" (youtu.be/3t3p-Wvwxhs) JK--She has always been a very French-like Englishwoman singer.
Marianne Faithfull "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat" (youtu.be/W2QfABvQrRc) JK--She added a slightly continental sigh to it. Very nice.
Goldie & the Gingerbreads "Can't You Hear my Heartbeat" (youtu.be/OKEnisIklxo) JK--HH was covering this American artist. 1964.
Herman's Hermits "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat" (youtu.be/9keoxorV-ZI) JK--Ditto and double-ditto the previous sentiment.
Herman's Hermits "I'm Into Something Good" (youtu.be/zxDh2sYQRpo) JK--A song that picks me up no matter what condition I'm in.
@rhilsen Thanks Rob, but walking that far & dodging crowds is something I don't want to do. Best to fast.
Exhausted. Probably won't eat tonight. It's not that I'm not hungry. It's just that Vegas' casino-embedded restaurants turn my stomach.
Vegas is evolving. I'm standing on Strip in front o Mirage while they blare Death Cab For Cutie from loudspeakers. "I Will Possess Yr Heart"
Shawn Rogers has excellent voice for projecting clearly articulated complex points across large room. He's a powerful blend of treble & bass
Shawn Rogers of EMA speaking on cloud data strategy. Shawn always offers thought-provoking discussions of
#BI analytics data management
Real-time DW discussion at
#TDWI by S. Brennan, Quicken Loans, Livonia MI. One of my many quirks is gratuitous call-out of my hometown.
Quite often, I mentally reconfigure other speakers' data analytic schematics to match the paradigm I work from. Usually isomorphic.
Listening to Phil Russom at
#TDWI. Enterprise data strategies. Phil is essentially a de facto professor to whole data analytics mkt.
"NASA unplugs last mainframe" (bit.ly/Ah4oF5) JK--Not fully decommissioned till they shoot it into geosynchronous orbit.
The lady I flew out to Vegas next to, the chief shoe buyer for major retail chain, dug my Next Best Action "love" & "money" framework.
Heart-shaped sentiments. Nobody plays Heart on Valentine's Day. Ladies, he's either a "Magic Man" or a "Barracuda." Is he "Crazy on You"?
Some professional associates don't connect with my musical tweets. Some personal contacts don't get into my tech tweets. My Twitter personas
I'm a go down & get me some o dat
#TDWI. Strong stuff, but I can take it.
Already sent out my Valentine's Day love to my girls. Younger was best V-Day gift any parents could ever wish for. Happy 22nd Sonya!
Hem "Stupid Mouth Shut" (youtu.be/qPgJp1FTAUc) JK--Couldnt find their "Valentine's Day" on YouTube. I love this one too.
"Game face." Interesting double-entendre. On one side, it refers to face as pure mask to conceal intent. On another, it's grin&bear stoicism
But that's a quibble. Todd Weiss did a fine job on that
Yes, another use this industry analyst puts Twitter to is clarifying when reporters put a slightly unintended tweak to something I told them
"What's the big deal about Hadoop?" (bit.ly/xNZ1oy) JK--He should have said "Kobielus estimates." I told Todd it's rough guesstimate
When we analysts get together, one topic that occasionally comes up is....vendors...and why some have stopped reaching out to brief us.
Got a full day of listening (yes I do that on occasion) & meetings today at
#TDWI. All full-up on my vendor 1:1 dance card.
I wouldn't call Vegas the most breakfast-friendly place. Ever try 2 find decent cup of coffee & omelette in or around casinos? Odds are slim
Fending off requests from people & places that want me to speak for free. Ummm....ever heard of "gotta eat"?
@donalddotfarmer was surprised that I go back and delete/edit/retweet my tweets. I do it all the time. I curate my feed constantly. Rapidly
Fun evening socializing with the good folks of
#QlikTech & assembled analysts & hangers-on in a sculpture gallery at Bellagio.
"Dyslexie font designd 2 help dyslexics read&write" (smrt.io/Al06H9) JK--Curious if itll also speed text comprehend by non-dyslexics
"“Virginia is for drones?” (bit.ly/yRuUjS) JK--Yes, we of Old Dominion will accept no other type of bee. Queens & workers: bug off!
"The good, bad and ugly of 802.11ac " (bit.ly/xu8eh0) JK--Cinema buffs know it as "the Clint, the Lee, & the Eli." Get it right!
"Google and the hardware dream: Can it capture wow factor?" (zd.net/zu1mLB ) JK--Physically tangible Google begs Apple comparisons
First few hours in pacific time are always a spacey high. You've gained 3 extra hours & it feels like luxury. An abundance of fresh time!
"Five Ways to Make NoSQL Ready for Enterprises" (bit.ly/A7A788) JK--JPA API, complex data links, scale-up, cluster mgt, hybrid arch
"The Rise of the International Cybervillain" (bit.ly/wD81j8) JK--Need a Cyber-007 to nail this new species of bad guy.
There's a big fashion-industry show called MAGIC sprawled across Vegas Conv Ctr, Mandalay Bay, & Venetian.
#TDWI just at Caesars. "Just"?
Hydrating constantly in Vegas. That means I'm drinking lots of water. Hasn't seeped through to my skin yet. Dry & flaky.
It's middle of February, & a Monday. Why so many tourists in Vegas. Valentine's Day? Suspect many couples here to reconsummate wedding vows
Rain forecasted for southern Nevada. Should damp down airborne particulate matter. Vegas desert sandblasts your sinuses in no time.
Woman next 2 me on plane 2 Vegas is chief shoe buyer 4 major retail chain. I told her that's dream job 4 many women. "Shoe porn" fantasy
One thing Las Vegas lacks is a Las Vegas-themed casino-resort-hotel.
Ok Erica. Disappointed. I was hoping to meet you.
Somehow, perfect English e-mail subject lines from Indonesian friends who barely know the language suggest their email accounts been hacked
Bon Iver "For Emma" (youtu.be/T0yaQ20dpWI) JK--From debut LP "For Emma, Forever Ago." Love the wintry glowing soul of this one.
I'm sure vast majority o peeps watching R saying "who the f is Bon Iver?" Understood. Ive never once heard him/thm anywhere other than
Bon Iver , i.e, Justin Vernon, wins a Grammy. Best new artist? It's been 4 years since his debut LP. But that's fine. Quite deserving.
Tony Bennett. Practically the only survivor of the Sinatra Generation of big-band/swing singers. Still in fine voice.
Adele's voice sounds no worse for the throat surgery she had a few months ago. She rocked her biggest hit fairly convincingly. No lip-sync.
Only one of the male country stars in attendance at Grammies wearing required 10-gallon headgear. I'm sure Country Music Assn will levy fine
When a TV announcer says "everybody will be talking about this tomorrow," I wanna snark back "talking about what?"
Social media and its terminably hip victims. Some day, I expect to see tombstones engraved "thank for the follow."
Taylor Swift is doing something on the banjo. Count myself as one of her fans.
Paul McCartney simply singing. Sitting on a stool. A Valentine's song. This is the Paul I want to see. Hail to you rock royalty!
Stevie Wonder playing his harmonica at the Grammies. One of the only artists, other than Dylan, I want to see play the harmonica.
Today actually felt like February. The frigid gusty wind cut right through me as I dashed across Manchester Lakes Blvd, hat- and scarf-less
If you're a Beach Boys buff, you'll know LA session musician Glen Campbell filled in for Brian on road in mid-60s.
Beach Boys performing "Good Vibrations" live on Grammies, wit.h Brian, Mike, Bruce, and Al. Glen Campbell in audience
Maroon 5 doing cover of Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl" live on Grammies. Actually, they can do harmonies. Why don't they do them on their songs?
Just saw "Water for Elephants" on DVD. It's pretty clear early on that one of the main characters will indeed be done in by an elephant.
"[B]est way 2 save neighborhood is tear it down" (wapo.st/yv5Znm) JK--Use eminent domain to repossess blighted, abandoned properties
"The Age of Big Data" (nyti.ms/yab3DU) JK--NYTimes article is example of popular press treating old story as new. Or maybe I'm jaded
@NeilRaden It would be super-freaky if Michael Cera's real name were Bud Cort or Wally Cox. But Wikipedia says that's not so.
Cosmopolitan cover story: "Hot & New 50 Sex Tips." Ladies, this is the magazine for desperate housewives who overthink in-the-sack recipes.
Hey fitness clubs, your members feel it viscerally when you're slacking off on
#CRM customer service: takes forever 2 fix exercise machines
Hey media, keep the images of a young & beautiful Whitney Houston foremost. Don't do an Elvis number on her posthumously.
Coming atractions on DVD last night depressd me. Mostly French films aping lousiest American cinematic trash. W'hoppen 2 vive la difference?
Producers of tonight's Grammy show had better be scrambling 2 put together a Whitney Houston retrospective 2 salvage an otherwise dull event
Michael Cera. He's the Bud Cort of his generation. Google the latter if that draws a blank. Nondescript actors who trade on pure nebbishness
Pleasant dusting of snow overnight that's still on ground. Calm now but wind gusts last night were hefty. I had good night sleep in spite of
Saw orig Swedish-lang subtitled "Girl w/Dragon Tattoo" on DVD. Very good & quite violent. Scene where Lisbeth avenges her rape is a classic
Mitt Romney has convenient excuse for flip-flop on healthcare insurance mandate: brainwashed by Massachusetts liberals. Runs in family.
RIP Whitney Houston. Her outsize vocal gyrations and emotional instability brought word "diva" into pop parlance.
Sipping a margarita, doing my taxes.
Went from calm & intermittently sunny to overcast, snowy, & windy in a seeming matter of minutes. Snow has stopped. No accumulation.
Uniqueness is overrated. You-ness is more genuine & rare. Just be uniquely you.
Anybody seriously doubt that Adele will win in all Grammy categories in whch she's nomin8d this year? Grammies engineerd 4 monster hitmakers
New musical artist called Young The Giant. Crowds uncomfortably close to Young Marble Giants in pop band namespace in my head.
Open-source R is already ubiquitous in business world. Open-source
#Hadoop. Momentum of each feeds momentum of the other in adv analytics.
Saw "Trust" with Clive Owen & Catherine Keener on DVD. Good caution tale re Intrnt sexual predators. Well-directed by David "Ross" Schwimmer
It's mid-February. The fitness club has emptied. The resolutionaries are all home kneading their doughy middles.
Watching Kelly Clarkson "What Doesnt Kill U (Stronger)." Shot of peeps dancing in frnt o Detroit City-County Bldg "Spirit of Detroit" statue
The Black Keys are on a fast track to becoming the most popular band ever out of Akron OH. Devo who?
Info tech's acronym is "IT," a gender-neutral 3rd-person pronoun. Impersonal. Humanize yr tech. My tablet's a cool dude, laptop a fine lady