Saturday, April 20, 2013

Aweekstweets April 14-20 2013: the week of the Boston terror

Had some bad dim sum. Had dumb dim sum wait staff. Have half a mind to shame the damn dumb dim sum dips who didn't earn a tip. But I won't.

Most annoying fake career concern I hear is "Jim, what are U going 2 do when #bigdata is over?" At what point are scalable analytics "over"?

RIP Al Neuharth. Established "USA Today." I always toyed w/ savage Onion-like headlines--eg, "Americans: We're having more sex with animals"

Posed a big why-not question in US urban development history: why did a major metropolis never develop at the Straits of Mackinac?

Going to do some DC sightseeing with our visiting Wisconsin friend Pam. Glad we live in a tourism magnet zone. Sun is out & it's beautiful

Zooey Deschanel Identified as Bombing Suspect In Closed-Captioning Gaffe: ( JK--She in custody. Him still on loose

RT @eric_kavanagh #45 James Kobielus #BigData100 JK--Ah, I wish I were 45 again.

You-Ess-Eh, You-Ess-Eh, You-Ess-Eh, < Um, people, he was a US citizen (it has been reported).
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Big issue going forward: how to secure further runnings of the Boston or any other marathon.

I would appreciate NOT hearing "God bless America" or any other attempt to turn a criminal apprehension into a patriotism issue.

RT JK--Michael: Thanks. Re collaboration in data science, I've blogged on it in various contexts, including here:...

RT JK--Jennifer: Governance of unstructured data is usually in the form of case management in OLTP. Very few...

RT JK--Harsha: No. The original question (that drove creation of the original model) gets tweaked and refined. Data..

RT JK--Didier: That's for sure. Ambient analytics is an old topic: building control systems etc are all about using..

RT JK--Michael: Thanks. For sure. Quantum computing is still so far-off, bleeding-edge, and impractical for so many..

RT JK--Naresh: If storage costs continue to drop and densities continue to grow by an order-of-magnitude or more... JK--Naresh: If storage costs continue to drop and densities continue to grow by an order-of-magnitude or more... JK--Michael: Thanks. For sure. Quantum computing is still so far-off, bleeding-edge, and impractical for so many... JK--Didier: That's for sure. Ambient analytics is an old topic: building control systems etc are all about using... JK--Kirk: Thanks for the links. JK--Sri: Thanks for the link. JK--Bing: Those are great questions, but I was speaking at a more general best-practice level in this piece. I... JK--Harsha: Thanks. A bit more detail on my perspective on big data analytics for continual mobile guidance is in... JK--Harsha: No. The original question (that drove creation of the original model) gets tweaked and refined. Data... JK--Richard: I'm unclear on what you're saying. Are you referring to the same thing I'm referring to when I say... JK--Jennifer: Governance of unstructured data is usually in the form of case management in OLTP. Very few... JK--Michael: Thanks. Re collaboration in data science, I've blogged on it in various contexts, including here:... Jose: Excellent discussion. Re use cases for big data in cloud, it's consistent with what I've been saying in many...

Is prostitution truly "world's oldest profession"? How do they know? Did Babylonian pimps inscribe operational data on clay in cuneiform?

"North Korea poses little threat to world's memory supply" ( JK--No, not brainwashing. South Korean DRAM fabs.

Emerging shape of public safety? Crowdsourced virtual online image-sharing social vigilantism? Discuss amongst.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Everything in Its Right Place by Radiohead from Kid A JK--My productivity mantra.

RT @metabrown312 "How about just call her by what does, not whethr gets paid4it?" JK--Nothing wrong w/call-out pro/non-pro status if relevnt

This week's events unfolding in the Boston area underline the new shape of public safety: crowdsourced social surveillance & alerting.

"Welcome 2 Berkeley: Where #Hadoop isnt nearly fast enough" ( JK--Discusses AMPLab devel o Spark, Shark, Tachyon, etc

@metabrown312 Ever since I was a kid, I recall people using "amateur" in a disparaging sense, as in "nice try but you're out of your league"

"'#BigData’ Algo Used 2 Customize Video Game Difficulty" ( JK--Gamific8n tech could B applied 2 data-scient skill enh

"Amateur data scientist & her projects" ( JK--Word "amateur" is archaic & condescending. Just say "non-professional"

Once again this a.m. I had 2 whip out my core #bigdata definitn--"advanced analytics @ extreme scale"--2 keep discussion on meaningful rails

"Rich media flood pushes digital asset mgt strategy 2 forefront" ( JK--How do you meaningfully index streaming media?

"Data science team building 101" ( JK--Catch my EDW 2013 preso, May 1, San Diego (

Thank you LinkedIn for providing button for me to indicate if an InMail request is "not appropriate." Now that I've noticed it, I'll use it

Reading the day's tech blogs is essential. I can see what's overdiscussed. I try to write th sort o blog that I personally would want 2 read

This is a day when everybody, especially those in the Boston area, is distracted from their work. No need explain why. It's understood.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Golden Blunders by The Posies JK--Has that great 1990s FM indie-rock radio hit feel. Me nostalgic?

"Cool: DARPA...4D-printed tech that 'shapeshifts'" ( JK--Means 3D-printed objcts that dynamically (in time) transform

This morning's breaking news is the very stuff of nail-biting urban drama. No further comment until the situation resolved.

#Hadoop uber-alles? Commercial appliances show #bigdata market coming into mainstream ( Friday's #IBM quick-hit

Hadoop uber-alles? Commercial appliances show big-data market coming into mainstream:

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Cayucas by Cayucas from Bigfoot JK--I've tweeted this out several times before. I'll do it again. Song makes me happy

What does it mean exactly for a culture to be "backward"? Do they say "hello" upon leaving the room?

Spam addresses me as "Dear Sir/Ma'am." Well, at least they're sensitive to my personal situation. I'm only halfway through the sex change.

Finished all 5 quick-hits. Good substantial ones on distinct topics. Every one of them. Many will eventually evolve into full blogs. Whew!

Wrote 3 of next week's #IBM quick-hits. Taking a long pull of this iced tea. Onto the fourth. Could use a fifth. That must wait.

"Should you swear at work?" ( JK--I always swear to do my utmost, so help me Gosh.

Where did the song "Lulu's Back in Town" originate from? I'm familiar with the Sesame Street version.

Baseball fans go apeshit for stats, like armchair data scientists. Was Durocher right? Is there stat 4 whether nice guys truly finish last?

Robocall: "Congratulations, you've been selected to receive a free cruise to the Bahamas." No mention if I get a free airlift off the vessel

"Here's Y Gates could B considered visionary & Jobs follower' ( JK--Columnist must brace 4 inevitable geek flamefest

"#Bigdata science requires SDN, Internet2 chief says" ( JK--Massive bandwidth, distributed processing, virtualization

"Great Sensor-Era: Brontobytes will change Society" ( JK--Huh? When did #bigdata de-evolve back to Flintstones era?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Line of Fire by Junip frm Junip JK--I've shifted frm thinking J.Gonzales as solo artist 2 one leg o this awesome trio

"#BigData governance & EU data law - Part 1" ( JK--Good analysis of open legal issues from business' standpoint.

"DARPA makes an indoor GPS chip that's smaller than a penny" ( JK--I'll be impressed when it's cheaper than a penny.

"Machine Learning and the Jargons" ( JK--Good definitional overview for those still unclear on distinctions.

"List of Machine Learning APIs" ( JK--Hey data scientists! Good list to keep in your virtual hip pocket!

"Consumers Could Pay Higher Switching Costs in Data-Drivn World" ( JK--Loyalty = lock-in? When is retention grudging?

"It's Shape of Data that Matters" ( JK--Contrasts ACID w/BASE (Basically Available, Soft state, Eventual Consistency)

"Using #BigData 2 Optimize Pricing" ( JK--Analyze predictiv price elasticity o demand w/ finegrained microsegmntation

"#BigData Analytics, The way to prevent terror" ( JK--Ummm..not so fast...let's not overpromise...that's pandering.

"Why Telco’s should invest in #bigdata capabilities" ( JK--Good overview. Many carriers are ahead of pack on big data

New #IBM jk blog: "#BigData As a Strategic Asset: Got Guru?" (

"When is Easter . . . for the next 2086 years?" ( JK--Longitudinal analysis of pascal feast-movability distribution

"Do NoSQL db security features stack up to RDBMS?" ( JK--Article sez no--just "BASE"

Seattle mayor Mike McGinn a regular visitor to #KEXP. He's smart and sensible--not at all like Kyle McLachlan's hilarious "Portlandia" mayor

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Sweet Jane by Cowboy Junkies from The Trinity Session JK--Astonishingly languid re-think of song U thought you knew.

"Poor Data Quality That Kills" ( JK--Discusses risks of false-positive/false-neg matching of pharmaceutical names

"How to Build Your NoSQL Team" ( JK--Cormprehensive guidance for managing multistructured data.

"Algorithmist." Cool term might give "data scientist" run for money. Algorithmist, algo music, algo my gal, who could ask 4 anything more!

"The #BigData Revolution: Part 2" ( JK--Unlocking data value thru 1) reuse, 2) recombination, & 3) exhaust harvesting

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp New Slang by The Shins from Oh, Inverted World JK--James Mercer's exquisite folk melody & free-form imagistic poetry

"Open your data to the world" ( JK--Links to ProgrammableWeb ( list of open-data APIs.

My snap judgments are always infallible. Make a note of that.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Colour Yr Lights In by Besnard Lakes frm In Excess, Imperceptible UF JK--Gr8 atmo on chorus (

Having the final word on any topic is almost impossible. It's better to concern yourself with having the choicest word.

#Hadoop uber-alles? Best practices emerging from early adopter experiences ( Thursday #IBM quick-hit

Hadoop uber-alles? Best practices emerging from early adopter experiences:

This morning's spam appears to be in Hebrew. My educated guess is that it's offering special deal on enlargement after circumcision heals.

Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" ( JK--I've blinked several times at this. Skip to 2:20. Dude resembles my actor-son

Sonic Youth "Kool Thing" ( JK--Kim Gordon on bass guitar and vocals.

Weekend "Drumbeat for Baby" ( JK--Alison Statton on bass guitar & of course vocals. Her bass work stands out on EP

Grace Slick & The Great Society "Father" ( JK--1966. Live extended jam (unusual 4 rock in 1966). Grace on bass guitar

No, Java Updater, I recommend for the thousandth time that you DO NOT install that stupid taskbar in my browser & that you NOT FORGET this.

I barely watch TV news anymore but somehow I stay reasonably well informed. Explain that.

RIP Frank Bank. Played Lumpy Rutherford on "Leave It To Beaver." Started chapter of autobiography with "I've slept with 1,000 women."

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Barriers by Suede from Bloodsports JK--2013. Indie band returns after long hiatus with a great one.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Daft Punk Is Playing at My House by LCD Soundsystem from LCD Soundsystm JK--Insert name o any 2-syllable artist U dig

Comes a time in social media when you wondering if you should "curate" your friends. Or, in analog parlance, dump the losers. Or not.

@SethGrimes @merv I agree. Influence scores are ridiculous. All I care about is who specifically I pay attention to. You two, for starters

@graemeknows @merv That implies that we want to stoop to campaigning for a ridiculous "influence" metric.

Psy "Gentleman" ( JK--His follow-up to "Gangnam Style" will be remembered as his follow-up to "Gangnam Style."

"Stop Apologizing for the Size of Your Data!" ( JK--Hey man, if ya got it, flaunt it (in private)!

"Shape Yr Identity Or It Will Shape U" ( JK--Gr8 meditation by Reid Hoffman on identity faces in online social world

Slowly changing dimensions. What does Stephen Hawking have to say about those? Do analytic database schemas warp the curvature of spacetime?

Toying w/ new--actually, old--approach 4 quickhit ideation: reacting 2 articles I read. My initial bloggin strategy (

"Bitcoin: What You Need to Know" ( JK--Generated @ predet rate by OSS on masssive P2P net o 20K independent nodes

"Internet Archiv trove o historcl SW dwarfs all othrs" ( JK--Wondr when #bigdata onslaught'll make 'em throw in towel

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp I'm Not Saying by The Replacements frm Songs 4 Slim JK--Gordon Lightfoot composition sounds like weasely cad speaking

"#BigData Fakers: 5 Warning Signs" ( JK--Can unscrupulous data scientist propagate single version of a lie?

"Apache Bigtop" ( JK--Proj 4 devel of packaging & interop tests of Apache #Hadoop ecosys. Y not submit to stds group?

"Scientific Attribution Modeling" ( JK--Clicks are like atoms. Focus on molecules & dynamics of chemical reactions

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp This Year by Mountain Goats frm Sunset Tree JK--Idiomatic phrase: "I'm going 2 make it thru this year if it kills me"

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp I Got Nothing by Dum Dum Girls from End of Daze JK--Sexy deep rock woman's voice, like Chrissie Hynde. Tough & sharp.

I'm not fluent in Indonesian, but I'm getting fluent in Indonesian texting shorthand. Yes, I read my wife's texts. She doesn't care.

Looking forward to visitations in the coming month from a son, a brother, a sister-in-law, & a friend. Have a daughter graduating college.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings by Father John Misty from Fear Fun JK--2012. Can't wait 4 Josh Tillman's next FJM LP

@LoraineLawson That makes me laugh. I can't tell you how many female professionals have told me they want to quit jobs & open cupcake stores

@unicornguytunde That explains it. I try not to give anybody any money, traditional or funny/virtual, via the Internet.

#Hadoop uber-alles? Technical complexities are considerable, but gradually abating ( Wednesday #IBM quick-hit

Hadoop uber-alles? Technical complexities are considerable, but gradually abating:

WSJ review of book about maps in American experience. Our continent-spanning mobility made cartographic savviness a key national aptitude.

WSJ article about 50-somethings worried their careers stalling due to failure 2 update tech skills. In my line of work, keeping up essential

Bitcoin. I have never once seen a commercial establishment that accepted payment in bitcoins. Or in Confederate dollars.

Oh. WSJ says America has had a cupcake craze going on over the past decade. I can't remember the last time I ate a cupcake.

RIP Pat Summerall. His rounded tones and steady delivery made him the voice I always identified with the NFL.

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RT @kexpplaylist #kexp GMF (Greatest Living Creature) by John Grant from Pale Green Ghosts JK--2013. Sounds like really great 70s folkrocker

A fine day. Even the smarter birds are chirping about #bigdata.

New jk #ITKE article: "Big identity is big data’s double-edge sword" (

Drafted my next #IBM blog: "#BigData As a Strategic Asset: Got Guru?"

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Caught In the Briars by Iron & Wine from Ghost On Ghost JK--2013. New nice happy one from the richly bearded Mr Beam.

One of the good things about #bigdata100 page is it tells me which tweeters I'm still not following & lets me click easily to follow them.

Good to know, and quite fitting, that I'm tied with none other than the esteemed analyst @merv in the #bigdata100 (

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Looking Through Darkness by Guru from Jazzmatazz, Volume 2 JK--Sounds suspiciously like War "Slipping Into Darkness"

Blinked when got email from gun nuts calling selves "Liberty Alliance." Definitely NOT identity sds group of yore (

I'll believe we have no more privacy left when you can tell me how many fingers I'm holding up.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Run by AIR from Talkie Walkie JK--Light electronica with a magical incantatory feel.

#Hadoop uber-alles? Open source accelerates adoption but entails integration difficulty, cost, & risk ( Tues #IBM q-h

Hadoop uber-alles? Open source accelerates adoption, but entails integration difficulty, cost, and risk:

When reporters are asking each other how they feel on air, it's time to move on. It's not about you, assholes. Do group therapy off the air.
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My next #IBM blog will be called "#BigData as a Strategic Asset: Got Guru?"

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Social tragedy-response patterns. How 2 express sympathy without becoming rote-response bot in th communal Omigod Squad?

OK, Facebook redesign's "recommended books." I don't need you to suggest the Bible. There are plenty of institutional & cultural nags 4 that

"Science o What We Do/Dont Know About Data Visualizn" ( JK--"Retinal variables." Linguistic/visual metaphor linkage

"Modern Data Nerd Isnt as Nerdy as U Think" ( JK--How's digging math "nerdy"? Don't think like braindead teen bullies

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Her Tenere by Bombino from Nomad JK--Omara "Bombino" Moctar a young Tuareg guitarist/songwriter frm Niger. Righteous!

Submitted latest jk column to #ITKE: "Big Identity is #BigData Double-Edge Sword"

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Wash. by Bon Iver from Bon Iver JK--Just had private Beavis/Butt-head moment. Inadvertently dropt "iv" frm group name

Hell is discussion group where everybody, their brother &/or sister,& next-door neighbor feels they must chip in own definition o #bigdata

People who want 2 engage me in meaningful discussions online should note I give pref to those who took time 2 do so when we met face2face

"Data mining without prejudice" ( JK--Equitable/general unsupervised learning technique

"Smartwatch." Smart move 4 me was giving up wearing wristwatches. Got sick o those stupid things rattling around on my arm, chafing my skin.

Trying to form pithy thoughts for a blog on "#bigdata as strategic asset" that actually say something I haven't said a million ways already

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp You'll Never Walk Alone by Gerry & The Pacemakers JK--My favorite version of this WW2-vintage song. Merseybeat twang

High mostly cloudy. Last night's light rain gone. Mild green new grass aroma. Calm & cool. The occasional chirp. Thank you Spring morning!

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp My Sweet Lord by George Harrison from All Things Must Pass JK--Song made me realize George was best Beatle guitarist

"Americans would give up sex before smartphones" ( JK--Poll didn't ask whether would have sex w/ dildonic smartphone

@sethdrobinson You bet. Speaking of the devil, I"m streaming First Aid Kit's gorgeous "Emmylou" right now (

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp The Lion's Roar by First Aid Kit from The Lion's Roar JK--Swedish sister act: folk, country, rock, harmonizing.

"#IBM Wants To Bring Enterprise the Speed of Flash" ( JK--Up to 10x speedup in OLTP apps cited.

Slow news morning in IT space. Headlines I'm seeing R last week's leftover headlines recycled into e-newsletters that happen 2 B dated today

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Sun It Rises by Fleet Foxes from Fleet Foxes JK--Song makes me want to chant at first crack of light at Stonehenge

"How technology is slowly developing its sense of smell" ( JK--New word: "digiscent." Odor detection & generation

Motherhood & apple pie. That's all well & good, but some people aren't fit to be parents. And some are allergic to apples & flour.

#Hadoop uber-alles? Work in progress, but progressing rapidly: ( Monday #IBM quick-hit.

Hadoop uber-alles? Work in progress, but progressing rapidly:

Oh, it's Tax Day. Nya nya nya nya! I sent mine in 2 weeks ago! Nya nya nya nya!

Local DC news last night reminded us it was anniversary of Lincoln assassination at Ford's Theatre. Geez, if it bleeds, it leads, doesnt it?

Saw "The Master" with Joaquin Phoenix & Philip Seymour Hoffman. It just drags without much of a point. Gee, cults are full of weirdos.

OK online publishers quit asking us 2 participate in yr "strategic" surveys when theyre only "strategic" 2 yr goal o gettin us 2 participate

Roman Empire gave us romance, as everybody knows. But what most dont know is that their downfall was wanting 2 fill world w/silly love songs

Learning the calming influence of typing with less physical emphasis.

Just saw "The Sessions" with Helen Hunt & William H. Macy. Excellent story that weaves explicit sexuality with complex personal struggles.