Saturday, May 09, 2015

Aweekstweets May 3-9 2015: the week I contrarian’d the contrarian

I’ve long used a personal email dummy account on another svc to verify whether unsolicited messages on my main email accts are spam or not

I often write blogs on some forward-looking topic that caught my fancy but is not yet in vogue. Sensing I may need to return to it some day.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Concrete Jungle by The Specials JK--1979. Big beat, a la Dave Clark Five or “I Want Candy.”

I love reading about urban architecture. Cities are the ultimate artificial environments. Sometimes, crazy ideas pay off. Fresh experiences.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp My Sweet Lord by George Harrison from All Things Must Pass JK--1970. Back when Hare Krishnas proselytized in airports

Saw “Selma” on DVD. Talky, slow, overlong, platitudinous. Yes, scenes o historical violence relieve th tedium. Only thing that kept me awake

New #IBM jk #SparkInsight blog “The power behind Apache #Spark ( ) with Joel Horwitz & Kimberly Madia

The power behind Apache Spark  via @sharethis

Let's see. How many more advanced technological details can I cram into my head & onto the page before I make some boneheaded error? D'oh!

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Believe What You Say by Ricky Nelson JK--1959. Righteously gr8 rocker. Cool gospel-ish "I believe" in Elvis-ish vibe

Taming the Big Data Storm of Climate Research 

IoT? Platform-embedded intranets of things within things within things... p1:  p2:  Fri #IBM qh

Bought & downloading Lord Huron's excellent latest LP, "Strange Trails." Real solid country-rock with a steady beat & radio-ready songs.

Looking forward to meeting the Apache Spark developer community at Spark Summit in San Francisco next month. Twtr DM me if you want to chat.

"Have no fear for atomic energy, cuz none of them can stop the time." Love your music, Mr. Marley. But this lyric makes no sense at all.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp (Are You on the Inside or the Outside of Your) Pants by The Makers? JK--1998. Not punk rock. Juvenile delinquent rock

Data-scntst skillsets? For want of valid sample, stat model pred qual lost p1  p2  Thurs #IBM qh

People who insist "data" is plural should be required to call those little green thingies "peases" & to remind us they're botanically fruit

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Way It Is, Way It Could Be by The Weather Station from Loyalty JK--2015. Good one. Canadian artist. A tad Joni-ish

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Cursed by Lord Huron from Strange Trails JK--2015. Love this one. LP ranks among my faves of the year, so far.

Hobson's choice? Don't tell me her name was Sophie. If it was, she was doubly screwed.

"Steve Wozniak 'Definitely' Wants To Try Apple Watch" ( ) JK--Thanks for the truly unnecessary news bulletin.

Thinking of writing book called "Why Stuff Matters." Plenty of research been done within that scope. How hard could it be to narrow it down?

I was flattered and appalled today when a new IBM-er said she "of course" followed what I publish. "Of course"? Am I required reading now?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Ohm by Yo La Tengo from Fade JK--2013. One of my prime dynamic meditation songs. I default to this on many a walk.

My previous telecommunications carrier (name withheld) consistently failed to recognize my specifi... #analytichat 

I'm here to be the Contrarian to anything that Richard R. Lee might choose to tweet. That's my ass... #analytichat 

I'm IBM's Big Data Evangelist. That means I'm a thought-leadership marketer SME. I'm also the team... #analytichat 

Tweeting from the green leafy environs of my stomping ground: Fairfax County, Virginia #analytichat 

"IBM Expands Watson Ecosystem with New Partnerships, Cognitive Computing Apps and Services" ( ) JK--Partner-enablement!

If it ain't fixed, don't broke it!

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Time / Breathe by Stardeath+White Dwarfs frm Dark Side o th Moon JK--2009. Same as PFloyd original, in a relative way

Hybrid Cloud Security at IBM Edge 2015 | Chris Dotson's blog on 

IBM and Facebook collaborate to take personalized brand experience to next level 

I just heard "Edinburgh" (as in the Scottish city) pronounced "eden berg" (as in Adam & Eve home + what sunk the Titanic. Seriously?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Spring (Among The Living) by My Morning Jacket from The Waterfall JK--2015. Great new seasonally appropriate MMJ song

Kind of a pleasant bird-chirping Spring morning out there after last night's heavy rain. A humid hang in th air, but not uncomfortable. Cool

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Reckoner by Radiohead from In Rainbows JK--2007. Thom Yorke in choirboy vocal mode. Group very orchestral. Very nice.

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse blog: "Machine Learning, 3-D Gestural I/Fs, & Demise (or Triumph) of Personal Computing" ( )

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Shake & Tremble by Django Django from Born Under Saturn JK--2015. Another great one. Group is consistently awesome.

IoT? Distrib data-transmission drivetrains in era of autonomous vehicles p1:  p2:  Wed #IBM qh

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Find Yourself by Jacco Gardner from Hynophobia JK--2015. Really good. Sounds a bit like Junip.

Sitting here pointedly NOT listening to retirement planning advice in a crowded restaurant. I need my free lasagna. NOW!!

Spark Fundamentals. Visit  & register to learn about this exciting new data-science technology: 

Spark Summit 2015. Register here:  #IBM is a Platinum Sponsor. See you June 15-17, San Francisco.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Buenas Tardes Amigo by Ween from Chocolate and Cheese JK--1994. Tragicomic tongue-in-cheek Cinco de Mayo song.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp While You Were Sleeping by Elvis Perkins from Ash Wednesday JK--Gr8 lyric: "They hung young Cain from the Adam tree"

Finally reached the bottom of my inbox. But that only measures how much work is piled up before me to deliver on. Sigh!

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley from Grace JK--Buckley had pretty voice. Cohen sings it more cold & broken, per his lyric

St. Paul and the Broken Bones performing @IBMEdge 2015 

The new reality of the Internet of Things 

The importance of understanding customer lifetime value 

The emergence of a new data science hero 

Smarter planet? BDA to harvest biosphere larder of culinary sustenance p1  p2  Tues #IBM qh

New #IBM jk #ITKnowledgeExchange #TechTarget column: "High-quality data science training on the cheap" ( )

Hollywood working on many projects involving AI. Many have ominous “robot overlord” subtexts. Be nice if screenwriters got a clue.

Yet another plan for th public space under Dupont Circle. Art. That’s right. Need dim claustrophobic gallery 10 blocks from the Smithsonian.

WashPost bit about local pastry chef Marla Romash. Also Dem political operative. Was Sen/VP Gore press secy. I met him thru her ages ago

Dear James Kobielus: I read you all the time. You don’t know me, but could you kindly find me a job with IBM. Sincerely, [NAME]

Carly Fiorina running for president. Apparently, she's got grander ambitions for running formerly great institutions into the ground.

How students in Saudi Arabia are using analytics to create industry solutions 

Can big data put a stop to illegal wildlife trafficking? 

Epic performance powered by analytics 

"How Big Data and the Internet of Things Create Smart Cities" ( ) JK--Good bullet list of actual case-study cities

"Hadoop successor sparks a data analysis evolution" ( ) JK--Apache Spark builds on Hadoop, not a "successor."

"Project Tungsten: Bringing Spark Closer to Bare Metal' ( ) JK--Improving memory/CPU efficiency for Spark apps

"Analyze accelerometer data with Apache Spark & MLlib" ( ) JK--Very important for IoT in connected cars, wearables, etc

"Getting started with Spark & Cassandra" ( ) JK--Good discussion on how Spark complements this real-time big-data tech

"Understanding Dimensionality Reduction" ( ) JK--Heavygoing but well-structured visual preso of core data-science topic

"What Really Scares Tech Leaders About Artificial Intelligence?" ( ) JK--Good dissection of this overblown issue

"Concerns of Artificial Intelligence Pioneer" ( ) JK--Approximate "human values" via “inverse reinforcement learning”

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Auction Block by Paul de Jong from IF JK--2015. Odd electronic hoedown with weird auctioneer rap.

"Cognitive Computing Market Worth $12.5B by 2019" ( ) JK--According to independent market research firm.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Giant by Django Django from Born Under Saturn JK--2015. Terrific. They dont produce weak songs. Every one strong+bold

"Internet Of Things: The Rubber Meets The Road" ( ) JK--Nice framework for identifying chief IoT applications.

"Where the rubber meets the road." Cynic might say that's the tread, which wears down through use. Valuable, albeit self-annihilating, asset

"The Internet of things doesn't -- and shouldn't -- exist" ( ) JK--Argues that security demands disconnected IoTs.

"Crwdsrc data science to add superficial intel 2 AI" ( ) JK--Paradoxical pairing: "superficial" intel + "deep" learning

Hmm. The music-geekly retrospective obsession with Kurt Cobain continues. New film. Honestly, Nirvana's been hyped way out of proportion.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye JK--1968. In '67, Gladys Knight & Pips had a sizeable hit with it too

"The log: The lifeblood of your data pipeline" ( ) JK--Machine-generated & readable, log data also lifeblood of IoT.

"Investigating Spark’s performance" ( ) JK--Interesting. Speeding network & disk not as important as elim "stragglers"

"Self-learning systems to replace humans in manufacturing" ( ) JK--Or, rather, learn by watching videos of humans.

BREAKING: @WarrenBuffett just told me he bought more $IBM in Q1. Will be in SEC filings soon. @CNBC @SquawkCNBC #BRK2015
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RT @kexpplaylist #kexp It's Like, You Know by The Maldives from Muscle For The Wing JK--2012. Great country-rock.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Sweet Thing by Van Morrison from Astral Weeks JK--1968. Structured as a pastoral fugue of remembrance & renewal.

On Monday mornings, I delete the email that promises "good Friday reading." I try not to live in the past. Nostalgia ain't my bag.

For peace of mind, it's always essential to block out periods o time when I'm not being rushed. If the blocks are too tiny, I'm being rushed

Did our yard work late in the afternoon. First mowing of the season. Didn’t need to struggle to get it revved. I’ve got the magic yank.

Beck on “Austin City Limits.” Sweet sweet Sunday night!

"MSFT machine learning demo site guesses your age" ( ) JK--But fails to detect human faces much of th time. What gives?

Caught "St. Vincent" on DVD. Bill Murray as cranky old guy begrudgingly babysitting neighbor Melissa McCarthy's son. Great performances!