Looking forward to a full slate of customer inquiries this afternoon, and nonstop inquiries throughout weekend.
"DC area tree pollen spikes to March record high" (http://wapo.st/H3yYl1) JK--Warm winter. Early blooming. Freakin' intense pollen headcloud
"‘Walmart of weed’ WeGrow opens Friday in D.C." (http://wapo.st/H3yriR) JK--Medical marijuana paraphernalia. Remember headshops on M Street?
Haptic tech (http://bit.ly/19LT7k). Blurring the ever-diminishing distinction btwn physical interfaces & the virtual world. Cool. Unsettling
"'Massive Power Shift' Seen as Intermediaries Control Online News Flow" (http://bit.ly/H3OUnB) JK--They've long controlled it. Big news orgs
"Open-source designs 4 your own tricorder available online" (http://bit.ly/H3OAFk) JK--Hey Trekkies, what 3 things did "tricorders" record?
If we regard Woz as early Apple's "chief scientist," then makes sense to think of Jobs as their "chief artist." Need both for gr8 solutions
"'Forget storage subsystems, think memory' sez Fusion-io chief" (http://bit.ly/HmT2hW) JK--Didnt realize Steve Wozniak their chief scientist
"Millennials not villains..in consumrzn" (http://bit.ly/H54rge) JK--Cant stand this "GenY" BS. Their kids'll rebel, call selves "Gen Y-Not"
Young Marble Giants "Final Day" (http://youtu.be/rB8ymBZwgOE) JK--1980. On one level, artyfact of early 80s nuclear funk. But also timeless
End of quarter. Usually a frantic time. This one is surprisingly smooth & sedate. Oddly relaxing.
US residents have about the same chance of winning the $600M megalottery as they have of being on winning 2012 presidential ticket.
Dumbest question I've seen today on socials: "Time to give up on saving the environment?" Sure & let's issue cyanide capsules universallly
@fitzanalytics: "Big data allows us to be wrong with infinite precision" - Nicola Hughes
"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast", Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass
"I caught a glimpse of something beautifully absurd through the window as a baby. Been looking 4 it ever since." Nate Mamman
Best Buy is not anomaly. Big Box, small box, no box--the online vanishing & virtualization of retail. Your Big Box is showcase 4 cloud rival
Blogosphere killed market 4 freelance biz/tech writers. Dates me to note that my longest single "analyst" gig was 21 years w/Network World
In your social profiles, don't call yourself a "serial" anything, unless you're eager to be reknowned as a person of interest.
Surprised they still havent developed new gen of keyboards optimized 4 social back&forth. Need "flaming" key positioned under middle finger
The last few weeks have demonstrated that I do indeed still blog original extended-form thoughts. Expect more from me soon.
I continue to not follow the self-proclaimed motivational empowering social media life coaches. If I need a coach, I'll hire Mike Ditka
"SXSW 2012 Startup Siege" (http://bit.ly/HrK7uW) JK--Nice long scrolling graphic of the tech startup activity at the recent Austin shindig
"Fuel Fight in Indonesia" (http://on.wsj.com/HrGe9i) JK--Ending fuel subsidy absolutely essential 2 control natl budgt & car-choked traffic
#Hadoop market is in a bit of denial that a purely cloud-based solution provider (AWS) can rank highest. Cloud will own this space
"Dr. John's Unlikely New Partner" (http://on.wsj.com/H6oMFm) JK--Actually, sounds perfect: Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. New LP imminent
I'm a self-appointed unpaid online brand ambassador for
#kexp. I'm also a band ambassador for any artists they play that I happen to dig.
'Twas a busy day. Holed up in my basement office, I was oblivious to lovely Spring weather outside. Working out at my club, still cloistered
#Zettaset is Brian Christian, co-founder and CTO.
Kobielus. People ask if that's a Greek surname. I say no, but I'm almost Greek. Remove the "r" and that's my tribe!
@achodges Actually, I don't aspire 2 influence. Never have. I just aspire 2 learning stuff, doing stuff, hanging w/cool people, & having fun
PJ Harvey "Big Exit" (http://youtu.be/ny3Ovx7Zzuk) JK--Opening track on 2000's awesome "Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea"
Social networks don't necessarily know when you've passed into hereafter. Uncomfortable seeing LinkedIn suggest I friend a late ex-colleague
Psst....Pres Obama....about that
#BigData initiative. Don't mention social media analytics. Rightwing will mis-hear as "socialist analytics"
"Obama Admin Unveils “Big Data” Initiative: Announces $200M In New R&D Investments" (http://1.usa.gov/HmNCmd) JK--White House press release
RIP Earl Scruggs. One of pioneering country-bluegrass power-banjo-picking greats. "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" "Ballad of Jed Clampett" etc
"Ex-Vertica CEO Lynch pledges to build 'high-speed railway for Big Data' " (http://bit.ly/GYnA96) JK--As investor in East Coast startups
"Obama pledges $200 million for ‘big data’ initiative" (http://bit.ly/HkUKiE) JK--$200M for R&D at 6 agencies to fund techs, apps, skills
"The future of money " (http://bit.ly/HkTADL) JK--It's future? You mean apart from more of it pouring into Apple's stash? I'm all ears.
One thing keeping tablets from taking over is the fact that many people, self included, love & do their best work on physical keyboards
"Morphlabs Intros All-SSD-Based Cloud Platform" (http://bit.ly/H3smAb) JK--By end of decade, expect all cloud platforms to be all-SSD.
"How a Lack of Charisma Can Kill Your Career " (http://bit.ly/H3rJ9P) JK--Nah. Mitt Romney's gone pretty far without it. So can you.
"Workplace Bullies Take a Toll on Office Life" (http://bit.ly/H3rA6c) JK--Recognize when it's emotional bullying.
Not a whole lot on my schedule for next week yet except a 2-day offsite. I am such a slacker (http://bit.ly/GXFqVd)
Ah yes, the web conf I did that poops its little log file onto new directory it creates on my hard drive without asking permission. Delete!
Keith Richards had a great comment about Bob Dylan's singing. Recognizing it's not a great voice, but "he knows where to put it."
Every day is a continuing search for fresh material to ponder. And every day is surfeit of material for taking. Just a matter of "wot dis?"
Gingrich acknowledges can't get enough delegates for nom but still stays in GOP race. Apparently, he enjoys sowing ill will in his own party
"'Larry,' Quaker of Oatmeal Fame, Gets a Makeover" (http://on.wsj.com/H38MUK) JK--Like Betty Crocker, they slimmed him. Feeling his oats?
WSJ "Tips 2 Lessen Hassle of Travel" (http://on.wsj.com/HkufsM) JK--I am so proud o self. I figured out & put into practice almost every one
Wally doesnt realize that going into biz 4 yourself can be prison all its own. Solitary confinement w/ bread & water (http://bit.ly/GUHanH)
@marciamarcia "Man most nearly himself when achieves seriousness of child at play. Heraclitus" JK--And overturns gameboard when he loses?
Think I'm gonna grow a garden in my gullet from all this pollen in my throat.
@SparklingLogic I'd heard of Johnny Hallyday in the context of things-big-in-France that never caught on elsewhere (e.g, Minitel).
Glad I got thru that "Gaia" blog today without using the word "green." Not even once. Others hashtagged it with that, though.
Explaining to my grown son the basics of the US income tax code. Glad I had an econ prof ages ago to explain it to me. The basic algebra.
Talk Talk "Such a Shame" (http://youtu.be/-12qAAsnSpM) JK--Such a shame to never find what makes you happiest. For me, it's talk-talking.
Talk Talk "Life's What U Make It" (http://youtu.be/mXsmyLtpxlA) JK--My sentiment exactly. Don't let anybody else define you. You're your own
Talk Talk "It's My Life" (http://youtu.be/NXQYyKzyDaE) JK--Talk-talking is my life. Has always felt like declaration of hard-won identity
Hmmm...that was good coffee....that blog came out faster and more coherent than it felt while percolating in my brain.
New blogpost: "Global Optimization: Gaia Revisited" (http://bit.ly/GZqy7n)
Social media far too young to have enough data to determine whether virtual social connectedness contributes to human longevity.
I'm glad they confirmed light as cosmic speed limit. Don't need to compete with some damn neutrino. Already moving fast as I can.
Correction on Johnny Hallyday. 50 years. Once again, who?
Johnny Hallyday. Rocknroll singer. He has 21 platinum albums. In France. Stretching back 40 years. Ummm...who?
Reading description of someone with "serious abs." That's a warning sign. It's healthier for your abdominal muscles to have a sense of humor
I have no idea what singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter looks like. But imagine greenskinned hippydippy hurdygurdy man w/ bolts in neck
Doing a workshop and a webinar today. Drinking coffee at my hangout right now. Contemplating the universe on caffeine?
Precious few tweets today. Saving them for a rainy day. I'm a squirrel. I'm nuts.
Maybe it's the cynic in me but I read "maximize yr investment" as meaning "take out yr checkbook." They mean "maximize ROI on yr investment"
#IBM April 2 briefing on new versions of DB2 & InfoSphere Warehouse. Gotta schedule conflict. Darn.
Put in a good solid day of
#BigData strategic advisory in Manhattan. Now putting in a good liquid night of nothing much at home in Franconia
'Til Tuesday "Voices Carry" (http://youtu.be/8CGsvJkVKYA) JK--One of those moody pop-electronica beauties from the 80s.
Nico Sings Chelsea Girls in the Chelsea Hotel (http://youtu.be/ype6Hw_Hmjo) JK--Two blocks west of here. Place is closed for now.
The so-called "mandate" in so-called "ObamaCare" isnt a mandate. You can do without health insurance, at tax disad status
CyberAndroGaia Hypothesis: Humanity interconnctd
#BigData optimization fabric may help ensure biosphere that's sustainable scalable liveable
AndroGaia Hypothesis: Humanity may be witting or unwitting agent of Earth biosphere's prolonged life or premature demise.
Gaia Hypothesis: Earth a closed self-regulating ecosystem that maintains homeostasis, like a unitary organism. Problem: organisms die.
Hope Matt Dillon, Dylan McDermott, Dermot Mulroney, & Rooney Mara team on more projects, so press can shorthand them as "DilDeRoon Platoon"
US tax code doesnt mandate you buy a house, but provides incentives for those who do. How is that different from Obamacare?
@Brett2point0 I like "Port of Morrow," but I I think "Wincing the Night Away" was their best. This one drags in parts.
"10 Amazing Slow-Mo Videos of Everyday Things" (http://on.mash.to/H5Cz0B) JK--Fun fact: slo-mo bureaucracy indistinguishable from real thing
Barenaked Ladies "One Week" (http://youtu.be/fC_q9KPczAg) JK--No, that's not the jail term for going barenaked in Canada.
Wanna wish former VP Dick Cheney a speedy recovery from heart transplant. I've always considered jokes about his heart condition offensive
@wattsteve Right. And if/when those desperate jobseekers take those jobs, they're likely 2 succumb like patsies to any obnoxious mgmt demand
"On Facebook, Think Before You 'Like'" (http://bit.ly/H6hEXE) JK--Perhaps FB should compens8 us when they make us inadvertent spokesfriends
Asking job candidates for Facebook passwords is a bit invasive, dontcha think? What's next: full body-cavity search?
"Global manhunt will leverage social media to find 'suspects'" (http://cnet.co/H6g9bH) JK--Social surveillance is coming. Sociotarianism?
Jefferson Airplane "Crown Of Creation" (http://youtu.be/uOrb0G0tw08) JK--"Life is change. How it differs from the rocks. New worlds to gain"
"Now's the time 4 semantic technology" (http://bit.ly/H6eLWy) JK--Glad theyre recycling tech headlnes frm Y2K era. Sustainable hype-o-sphere
"'Hello, world': Prog languages quiz" (http://bit.ly/H6eeUD) JK--Glad programmers resisted urge 2 add "goodbye cruel world" to de-installs
"Nokia's Vibrating Tattoo: A Bad Buzz" (http://bit.ly/H6dL4U) JK--Creepy. Even creepier will be vibrating nose rings.
Cloud & appliances hastening "end of software"? Just like long-expected demise of paper, that's premature. Apps--all the rage--are software
There's this general perception out there in popular mind that anybody who knows anything about data mining is deep on privacy. I'm not
VPN connection issue resolved before breakfast. Off to a good-ish start.
Hmmm...unfriending can occasionally be good for the soul....when you realize person in question was never really a friend in the first place
The Fleetwoods "We Belong Together" (http://youtu.be/rnUopXdzD_A) JK--Heard a little girl do nice version of this on soft beauty on TV today
Had to invoke the concept of "dead socials" several times today to put the Facebook ascendancy in historical context. It too may fade & wane
When you're outside its touristic historic tricorn-wearing musket-bearing core zone, it's hard to believe Williamsburg's that old.
When asked about my opinions about privacy regulations today, I had to say "I am not a lawyer" countless times. IANAL, already!
WSJ article about modern noise pollution. I mute my work laptop. MSFT Outlook meeting reminders annoy me when meetings come each half hour