Saturday, May 30, 2015

Aweekstweets May 23-30 2015: the week the new deck furniture finally arrived

At the end of this summer, I'll have been in my IT career for 30 years. I've mastered and forgotten an unholy load of plodding tech jargon.

"Polyglot"? That's somebody who speaks like a parrot, right? Do they have any vocabulary other than stating that they "want a cracker"?

Annoyed by the ambiguous phrase "for the rest of us." Could refer to the 1% as much as to the 99%. Which group does speaker identify with?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Blood by Algiers JK--2015. Cool. Sounds like a work song by the prison band of brothers.

Ex-Maryland governor Martin O’Malley officially challenges Hillary Clinton for Dem nom. This won’t be his time. But he will have his day.

Before long, there’ll be a Hypochondriac Channel on cable for all those FUD-grubbing pharma commercials.

Clocks and watches. I’m less interested in a personal appliance the core function of which is to tell me the time. That I can see everywhere

Feels like coffee has become the preferred potion of refined tastes the world over. When’s the last time you recall going out for cocktails?

Reading RW Emerson. Insightful, but reading 19th century erudite verbosity makes me appreciate not having to endure its droning oration

WashPost history comic sez Booth timed shot 2 B drowned by raucous laughline in play Lincoln watching. Line: “sockdologizing old man trap”

The description “hipster” always sends up red flags. Those who use it sound patronizing. Those to whom it’s applied sound smug and superior.

Nice to know that while I sleep somewhere on the Internet I’m always commenting on big data. Don’t know how I do it.

IBMers can choose btwn Macs or PCs--plans deploy 50K Apple MacBooks this year.  JK--i’m on fence re which I should get

IBMers can choose between Macs or PCs... plans to deploy 50,000 Apple MacBooks this year. 

New #IBM #SparkInsight blog: "Answers to your burning questions about Apache Spark" ( ) Summary of recent Crowdchat

Catch me Jun 8-11 at #Hadoop Summit San Jose & Jun 15-18 Spark Summit San Francisco. Working #IBM activities every one of those days.

Big Data Beats Cancer 

" #IBM Introduces Behavior-Based Predictive Analytics by Industry" ( ) JK--Retail, banking, telecom, insurance, etc

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite by REM from Automatic for the People JK--1992. LP was their creative & commercial peak

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp From Here To The Door by George Jones from We Found Heaven Right Here On Ear JK--1966. He sang with rich resonance

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Was It 26 by Chris Stapleton from Traveler JK--Love this. Sings the ballad from deep down in his gut.

How to get started with Apache Spark today 

10 things you need to know about Spark 

"You're Drinking Coffee All Wrong. Here's How to Fix That" ( ) JK--Just great. Another thing to give me the jitters.

New #IBM #SparkInsight jk slideshow preso: "10 things you need to know about Spark" ( )

New #IBM jk #Dataversity column: "Deep Learning Lives and Dies By Dimensionality Reduction" ( )

New #IBM jk #SparkInsight blog: "How to get started with Apache Spark today" ( )

Happiness is discovering frozen microwaveable beef burritos wrapped nicely in the freezer at lunchtime, calmly awaiting their yummy fate.

Sheer scale of IBM is almost staggering. Not "almost"...TRULY staggering. I get dizzy following every thing that's in coordinated motion

"Wearbls & AI extend ent capabs" ( ) JK--VR, gesture controls, brain-comptr IFs, bio authnt, robotics, NLP, Watson, etc

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Never Be The Same by Built To Spill from Untethered Moon JK--2015. Nice new one from these guys. Guitar sound CCR-ish

"KeystoneML" ( ) JK--AMPLab sw framework simplifies use of Scala to construct scalable ML pipelines with Apache Spark.

"Impressions From Strata London And Big Analytics Israel 2015" ( ) JK--Big themes: real-time, stream processing

"Running Spark on Hdp" ( ) JK--Modes: local (single JVM), YARN clustr (spark-submit), YARN client (distrib spark-shell)

"Elephant in Big Data Room: Data Locality Irrelevant for Hadoop" ( ) JK--Processes execute just as fast if disk remote

Onalytica says I'm #16 most influential individual big-data tweeter ( ). Note: I also manage #1 most influential brand

One of those days I'd describe as not merely busy, but monstrously so.

Caught "Lucy" on DVD. Exceptionally preposterous sci-fi with Scarlett Johansson, and Morgan Freeman just doing a Morgan Freeman imitation.

#IBM CEO Ginni Rometty #13 on @Forbes list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women  #PowerWomen

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse post: "Big Data Analytics, GMOs, and the Future Cuisine of Space-Dwelling Humanity" ( )

"Data Science & Open World Assumption" ( ) JK--Seems 2 mean modeling unstruct/unlabeld/probablstc data w/unsup learning

#Spark insights from the recent Cambridge meetup  #SparkInsight

Build a Big SQL app using the IBM Analytics for Hadoop Service 

Applying Cognitive Computing to Color for Effective Design 

Saw "Top Five" on DVD. Chris Rock seems to think remaking "Stardust Memories" was good move for a comedian's midlife-crisis film. It wasn't.

Siri responds to spoken queries with "OK James here's..." How can I reset this to make it "yes Master, here's.."? Like "I Dream of Jeannie"

RIP John F. Nash Jr. Even if U ignore his Nobel Prize winning maths achievements, can't help but be impressed how he overcame schizophrenia

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Let Go by The Very Best from Makes A King JK--2015. Very cool power "world" groove. Malawi, UK, Sweden.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Can't Keep Checking My Phone by Unknown Mortal Orchestra frm Multi-Love JK--2015. Great song title. Pure gadget angst

"The Truman Show"? I think it was about President of the United States being unaware that unseen others were causing the buck to stop there?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Waiting Room by Fugazi from 13 Songs JK--1989. Arlington-based punk band acquired considerable non-DC-area fanbase.

"A virtual chauffeur? Not so fast, drivers say" ( ) JK--Self-driving vehicle tech coming faster than people realize.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Maggie's Farm by Bob Dylan from Bringing It All Back Home JK--1965. His best "protest song." Everybody can relate.

RIP Anne Meara. Wisecracking Irish Catholic female half of best husband-wife comedy team since Burns & Allen. And mother of Ben Stiller

If shrunk autonomous vehicle tech down to a wearable, combined it with haptics, & fitted it to blind person, would they need seeing-eye dog?

“Populist.” Exactly which segment of the population does a politician have to appeal to in order to be considered a “populist”?

Steve Hillage "It's All Too Much" ( ) JK--1976. Improves on Beatles' original. A rare feat. George Harrison composition

Stopped into tiny Danish furniture store on a neighborhood corner in Georgetown today. Loved the design elegance. Need a good reading chair

Futzed with a few of the smartwatches at the Apple Store in Georgetown today. Not impressed. Definitely not hankering to wear one.

Almost stopped into Ben & Jerry's today. But thought better of it. Much as I love ice cream, I'm not going to pay insane prices for scoops

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat from The Age of Consent JK--1984. I love this moody electronic dancebeat.

I’ve loved Georgetown since the summer of 1978 when I lived here while working as an intern in Washington DC.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp It’s You by Nao from February 15 JK--Cool soul. Sounds like a lost Sade track.

The Irish vote is starkest example yet of the disconnect between what the Catholic clergy preaches and what Catholic people actually believe

I've bought 7 albums this year so far. Spending my 3-day just enjoying them. Right now, from early Jan: "Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper"