Saturday, January 03, 2015

Aweekstweets Dec 21 2014 to Jan 3 2015: the week and change I dreamed another year rolled over and then some

Easing into the new year. Recalling old acquaintances, but not devastated if they be forgot. Raising a glass of half-emptiness.

RIP Donna Douglas. Elly May Clampett from "Beverly Hillbillies" TV show. She was a frequent topic of conversation among we Boy Scouts.

Don’t want to be a Scrooge but sure is nice to have my living room back in its pre-Xmas config. My drink-holding side table back next 2 sofa

A Friday that feels like a Sunday. Like late Sunday afternoon thinking the weekend will last forever.

Shopping for dark business suits. Pondering Diane Renay & Los Bravos' only hits: 

Wife & I agree that bodysculpting is one damn good workout. Some serious heartpumping action!

Caught a bit of the Winter Classic while I was pulling down the Xmas decorations yesterday. Funny to see hockey players wear eye black.

RIP Mario Cuomo. Most articulate voice of liberalism in the thick of the Reagan years.

Glad to have ended 2014 with a streak of 7 straight work days of thought-leadership blogging on LinkedIn Pulse. Got the readership I sought

Looking ahead to our son getting married six weeks from now. Down on the Gulf Coast in midwinter. Not too shabby, J + Amie!

My favorite moment from New Year's Eve was on TV: Ryan Seacrest spontaneously offering a shivering Taylor Swift his jacket. Very gentlemanly

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp North Side Gal by JD McPherson from Signs & Signifiers JK--2012. He's crazy about 'er.

New #IBM JK #Dataversity blog: "The Evolving Big Data Fabric Of The Travel Experience" ( )

Old year ends with Southern California getting snow and Northern Virginia yet another sunny winter day. Will suggest that son move back.

Luscious Jackson "Naked Eye" ( ) JK--1996. The intricate vocal arrangement on this is what pulls you straight thru it

The Toadies "Possum Kingdom" ( ) JK--1994. Another great 90s rock song with phat fuzz guitar propulsion.

Reacharound "Big Chair" ( ) JK--1996. Finally found it! This great song's been banging in my head for a long time.

Most retweeted (by others) link to any of my output this year was: "Secure the 'Internet of Things' By @jameskobielus 

2014. Doing mental review of year that was. So jampacked with events that I dare not open the latch. Might explode like overstuffed suitcase

Good. Banged out a lot of quick-hits during the relative holiday lull. But there were still plenty of interruptions. My lot in life.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Drown by Smashing Pumpkins from Gish JK--1991. Great rock song that now sounds iconically 90s.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Johnny & Mary by Bryan Ferry from Avonmore JK--2014. Nice, hushed, mid-tempo mood piece. Using his voice differently.

"Family Feud" questions & contestants have definitely gotten dumber. Yesterday had Q re "male names starting w/ H." Someone answered "José"

New #IBM LinkedIn Pulse blog: "Healthcare Analytics And The Mysterious Statistical Signatures Of Mental Health" ( )

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Keep It Healthy by Warpaint JK--2014. Nice one. The ladies' harmonies soar over a melody full of drama & yearning

Has anybody surveyed the mods & rockers recently? Where would they classify the Beatles now? Where do Fabs fit into their evolved taxonomy?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Coochie Bang... by Queen Latifah from Black Reign JK--1993. One of many rap stars who found silver-screen success.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Redondo Beach by Morrissey from Greatest Hits JK--My bro lives there. A pleasant place. Whither Patti's mope? Mr Moz?

I find that I'm happier when none of my machines beeps at me. I don't need to be made to feel like poor Wile E. Coyote standing in mid-air

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Logic of Color by Wye Oak from Shriek JK--2014. Baltimore band took name from MD state tree felled by t'storm in 2002

Oh, that's right, James Bond not supposed 2 B blonde either. While we're on th subject, he wasnt supposed 2 B anyone other than Sean Connery

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Married To My Hack by New Basement Tapes from Lost On The River JK--2014. Song is Elvis Costello/Bob Dylan co-credit

Cronut. I never feel cravings for either a croissant or a donut. Sounds unappealing to a higher power of thirsty-making & fattening.

"Ten Trends in Data Science 2015" ( ) JK--Excellent post by Kurt Cagle. Best predictions I've seen so far re #bigdata

In my recent experience, I've discovered that LinkedIn Pulse is a way better social blogging platform than LinkedIn discussion groups.

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse Blog: "Ambient Analytics and The Coming Of #BigData Unaware-Ables" ( )

I’ve never liked that rapid-splice-repeat remix technique, especially on vocals. Suggests that, say, Cyndi Lauper suddenly developed stammer

" #IBM 2015: The Rise Of Watson" ( ) JK--Excellent analysis by someone who's done deep research.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Dead Flowers by The Rolling Stones from Sticky Fingers JK--1971. These Englishmen rock country-western well.

As the guy who just coldcalled me a moment ago learned, the magic word is to reference something I'd specifically published. So we spoke.

"What is Forrester Total Economic Impact of #IBM Info Mgt Solutions?" ( ) JK--Register to download benefit-cost study

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse blog: "Cognitive Computing and the Indelible Role of Human Judgment" ( )

" #BigData disguised as small data, causing dangerous side effects" ( ) JK--Faulty stat analysis on clinical-trial data

"MIT unifies Web development in a single, speedy new language" ( ) JK--Write webpages as self-contained programs

Saw "Belle" on DVD last night. Good historical drama of racism, class system, & anti-slavery legal battles in 18th century Britain.

"How #bigdata can change music industry" ( ) JK--Artists make money from music by helping brands engage target markets

"...for the rest of us." Phrase implies you align yourself with the majority. But "rest of us" could just as easily refer to the 1% elite

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Reel It In by Nikhil P. Yerawadekar & Low Mentality from Reel It In JK--2014. Love the bouncy party beat on this.

Lower back support. It's a sustainable nirvana state for the sedentary worker. Ahhhhhhhommmmmmm!

What flatters me most is when somebody actually cites something specific I published when following me on socials. Shows you read me.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Feel Right (feat. Mystikal) by Mark Ronson frm Uptown Special JK--2015. Awesomely gritty funk. Get up offa that thing

Hmm. I laugh every time I catch a brief glimpse of “Brooklyn Nine-9.” Maybe I should watch full episodes for a change.

When James Dean was the rebel without a cause, did he also lack strong statistical correlations? That would have been truly radical, man!

RT @VanityFair: Boyhood director Richard Linklater revisits every film he’s made, from Slacker to Before Midnight …

Annoys me when casual acquaintance asks “do you still write?” Have to suppress urge to ask “do you still not read what I write?”

In my gadget nirvana zone: tweeting this from my iPhone, listening to Andrew Bird on my 2nd generation Zune. Horizontal on my sofa.

Hollywood’s annual pre-Oscars “greatest movie of our times” hype season is well underway. Makes me question whether any film is all that.

A day spent mostly slowing down. Still sore from powerflex of a few days ago. Still, I pushed myself hard in this morning’s yoga

Glancing at various comments on various blogs I’d published at various times of the year. Have to re-read myself to remind. But I don’t.

Was a crystalline afternoon of cool clear air in Washington DC. Not many tourists come during Xmas week. I love being a sightseeing local.

TV listings for public broadcasting stations should list pledge-drive interruptions so we can plan to tune away during them.

Contemplating the Christmas tinsel. It’s like bioluminescent ivy. Or feathery ropes of silvery snow.

Watching "Twin Peaks" for first time, believe it or not (Netflix). Every scene designed for slow, quiet, shivery build of gnawing anxiety

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp How Long Do I Have To Wait For You? (Ticklah Remix) by Sharon Jones featuring Cool Calm Pete JK--2009 but feels 1965.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Liars Beware by Richard Hell & The Voidoids from Blank Generation JK--1977. A romping stomping run-on punk put-down

Was a pleasant Christmas season. Didn't hear anything about the supposed "war on Christmas." Peace prevailed. Ideological idiots didn't.

Hello telephonic cold-caller salesperson who makes the presumptive close in his first sentence. Here's the presumptive hangup on you.

Boxing Day. Sadly, I've only boxed once in my life & was whipped soundly. I am totally unprepared for having my brains bashed in.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Christmas at Ground Zero by Weird Al Yankovic from Polka Party! JK--1986. Nuclear annihilation should be this fun!

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Comin' Out for Christmas by Voltaire from Live JK--2006. Novelty Xmas song. A gay one. A very funny one.

RT @Sci_Phile: There are only four circles here and they don’t touch. C’mon brain you can do this.

“It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” sounds too much like “How Do U Solve a Problem Like Maria?” Cancel Christmas. Call the lawyers

Aging eyes tend to mistake “pom pom” for “porn porn.” An old man like me appreciates the inadvertent ocular stimulation.

Should have a Dumb Controversy film festival featuring "The Interview," "Snakes on a Plane," "The Blair Witch Project," & "The Crying Game"

Geez, what a stressful year. Hoping next year's more placid. But doubting it.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Tangled Heart by Luluc from LIVE on KEXP JK--2014. Melancholy beauty knocked me out from the first hearing.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Under The Pressure by The War on Drugs from Lost In The Dream JK--2014. A song that percolated in my head this year

RT @caro: I'd be more excited about #TheInterview if it were "Harold & Kumar Go To North Korea."

Drenching cold rain on Xmas Eve. Santa & reindeers are putting on their wet weather gear. No bright yellows. Mustn't outglow Rudolph's nose

"Wearables Interest Biz More Than Consumers" ( ) JK--"Improve operational efficiency & enhance customer experience

" #BigData Analytics: Time For New Tools" ( ) JK--Good list under "alternative SQL access/analysis options"

"Sports Analytics: The Extra Man" ( ) JK--Good functional layering of enabling tech infrastructure to support this.

"In one aspect of vision, computers catch up to primate brain" ( ) JK--Identify objects (via deep learning/neural nets)

Gr8 quote: “I worry that the Data Scientist role is like th mythical 'webmaster' of the 90s: master of all trades.” ( )

A true geek doesn't see "exponential" growth. They see logarithmic growth at positive integer > 1 & simply assume U understand it's base 10

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse blog: "Does #BigData Facilitate Big-Time Manipulation?" ( )

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Merry Christmas I Don't Want to Fight Tonight by Ramones JK--1987. Great one I'd never heard before.

RT @YahooCanadaNews: #BREAKING: Sony Pictures allows U.S. theaters to show 'The Interview' 

New #IBM jk blogpost: "Patting down the pachyderm: #BigData prognostications for 2015" ( ) @jasonkobielus

I didn't realize that North Korea had an Internet connection in the first place. I assume it's only for Kim Jong Eun's personal pleasuring

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Mieke by Flake Music frm When You Land Here, It's Time to Return JK--1997. Very Shins-y from pre-Shins Mercer & mates

" #BigData Machine Learning: Patterns for Predictive Analytics" ( ) JK--Fairly good cheatsheet on the topic.

RT @kexpplaylist @kexp Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses from ZE Christmas Album JK--Had to Google "A&P" to see if still exist. They do.

Checking out Gartner's 2015 predictions. Mine will be published 2+ hours from now. Itchy trigger finger.

#IBM @AnneAltman shares insights about how mobile & social can shape how govt engages citizens  #IBMfederal #IBMmobile

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp I Don't Intend to Spend Christmas Without You by Margo Guryan from 25 Demos JK--1968. Great song. Very polished demo

"Fortifying Secure Futures' ( ) JK--Video: Gain insights from chief information security officer assessment #IBMDataMag

"Balancing Privacy w/Insight frm #BigData" ( ) JK--TED Institute video Privacy by Design #IBM Marie Wallace #IBMDataMag

"Gathering Television Viewer Sentiment" ( ) JK--Case study: Hong Kong–based TVB uses social media 2 analyze #IBMDataMag

"Enhancing the #dashDB Service" ( ) JK--New Enterprise Plan on #IBM cloud-based DW/analytics offering #IBMDataMag

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes JK--2008. Interesting how this non-Xmas-referencing gem starting 2 B seen as Xmas

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse blog: "Decision Automation: Retraining And Restraining The Long-Data Arm Of The Law" ( )

New #IBM jk #Infoworld column: "Busted! The campaign against counterfeit reviews" ( )

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Stranded by The Walkmen from Lisbon JK--2010. This song sounds vaguely Catholic liturgical to me. Plainsong alleluia

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp In The Cold, Cold Night by Tracey Thorn from Tinsel and Lights JK--I really love this rocker from Tracey.

“Yoga is as good as exercise as a way to protect your heart”? Huh? Yoga IS exercise!

RIP Joe Cocker. British blues-rock singer somehow made extreme gargly vocals & spastic stage presence swing like there’s no tomorrow.

"Why Media Bias Has Nowhere 2 Run & Hide from Data Science" ( ) JK--Notice how Fox not in study. Bias its raison d'etre

" #IBM detects skin cancer more quickly w/ visual machine learning" ( ) JK--Collaboration w/Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr

"UCLA institute 2 help biologists doctors mine #bigdata" ( ) JK--Institute for Quantitative & Computational Biosciences

"Could #BigData Be New Gender Equality Tool?" ( ) JK--Data2x. Joint project o Clinton, UN, Hewlett, & Gates foundations

"Booz Allen Hamilton & Kaggle Launch Inaugural National Data Science Bowl" ( ) JK--90 days. 3 winners split $175,000.
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Biz-tech books. For recipients, perfect stocking stuffers. For authors, perfect resume stuffers. If physical book, just more stuff.

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse blog "Internet of Things: Revisiting Metcalfe's Law In The Era Of Everything Networking" ( )

I love LinkedIn. Being endorsed by friends who aren't really friends for skills I don't really possess. I'm influential!

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp White Christmas by The Flaming Lips from Yoshimi Wins: Live Radio Sessions JK--2002. As if sung by a sad drunk Santa

Don't play with bats. That's the main lesson to be learned from our friends rushing their cat to urgent care overnight. He'll be fine (cat).

Julie Andrews’ movie career flatlined when she got typecast as governesses. Those are only scripts anybody sends her these days. Enough!

“The Sound of Music”: th inspiring story of untalented Austrian siblings’ near-instantaneous metamorphosis into expert singers & puppeteers

Pinot Grigio or Topo Gigio? I favor vintage, not vermin.

Cool. Verizon FIOS decided w/out informing me to restore IFC to our basic-channel line-up. I can watch "Portlandia" season 5 on my actual TV

Made quick work of this morning's Sunday paper. Most of the "news" was in the "I already knew that" bucket.