Saturday, July 04, 2015

Aweekstweets June 27 to July 4 2015: the week I aged 7 days

Love these summer doldrums. It's not that nothing happens. It's just that what happens drifts randomly in warm still currents, mid-ocean.

"The 7 greatest pivots in tech history" ( ) JK--Or you could think of this as startups becoming restartups.

Wife didn't understand the concept of driverless cars till I explained that they're not necessarily passengerless.

Spending July 4th in the traditional manner: watching SNL’s best of Will Ferrell on basic cable. He upped the games of other cast members.

It’s convenient that Independence Day and the Fourth of July fall on the same day this year.

Corn on the cob. It’s pretty much the Fourth of July special dinner. Goes down well on a hot summer day

20 years ago on this very day, I was 20 years younger. May the record note!

Teacher in exercise class today played some random mix. Turned out great. Included back2back Bon Iver songs: "For Emma" & "Skinny Love"

Got a good solid 10 hours of sleep last night. Now I'm only 7,845 hours in the hole on the sleep-deficit ledger. Digging my way out!

Actress Stacey Dash now commentator on Fox News. Saw her out of the corner of my eye at my club. "Oh," said I, "she's still doing Clueless"

Did some new-car shopping. Test-drove a cool car in Alexandria. Lady in another car rolled down window to admire. "Thanks, not mine!" said I

The Midwest. I grew up there. Never felt like the West. It's closer to Canada, geo & culturally. I prefer to think of it as the Midnorth.

"Puff the Magic Dragon." If Peter Yarrow had called it "Take a Drag on the Magic Puffin," he would have given the game away. Shrewd!

The destructive storm known as a "derecho." If it hits you out of left field, does it get reclassified as an "izquierdo"?

"Millennials: Why Customer Service Will Never Be The Same" ( ) JK--I vote for renaming them the "Yuppie 2.0 Generation"

The term "millennials" always gives me the shivers.Can't help thinking of "millennial cults," a la this Wikipedia:...

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Golden Years by David Bowie JK--1975. Contrary to lyric, David stayed with Angela for just 5 more years, not 1000.

Spark and Hadoop: Taking big data to the next level 

Big Data Helps Canada Keep Waters Clean 

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse post: "Spark: Everything In Its Right Zone" ( )

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp I Fell Like A F***ing Flower by Kinski JK--2015. Great use of a repeating keyboard pattern to sustain tension.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Andy Warhol by David Bowie from Hunky Dory JK--1971. What these artists have in common is Lou Reed. Both produced him

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Orange Skies by Love from Da Capo JK--1967. One of their most flower-child-ish vibes. Love that flute. Donovan-ish

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Come and Get Your Love by Redbone from Wovoka JK--1974. Trivia: first #1 hit for Native American band. Shoshone-Yaqui

RIP Jack Carter. Never a first-tier comedian, but a reliably brash & funny one who was exceptionally hardworking. One of last TV pioneers.

"Will AI drive the human race off a cliff?" ( ) JK--Who's Thelma & who's Louise in this cautionary allegory?

"Do the math." Wish I'd known in elementary school that mastering my times tables would be a key to assessing bottom line in life decisions

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse post: "Spark: Toward A More-Complete Albeit Imperfect Open-Sourc BigData Analytcs Stack" ( )

Neil Young & Crazy Horse "O Canada" ( ) JK--A happy Canada Day to our friends up north. Chug a few for me, eh.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) by Marvin Gaye JK--1971. No one calls it "inner city" anymore. Just "th city"

"Fast Lomb-Scargle periodograms" ( ) JK--Last I checked, those are still covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Fight for Your Right by Beastie Boys JK--Love the part where the trio raps its own name, one syllable per member.

Segway. Near as I can tell, it's the Dippin' Dots of personal human transporters.

Daily grind in high tech is incremental releases everywhere you look. That's also the grind of ecological evolution. It adds up to something

"Real-Time Analytics With Kafka & Spark Streaming" ( ) JK--"Canonical stream processing architecture" is worth noting

Bedfellows. It's a law of high tech that for every debunking there's an equal and opposite bunking. Fellows occupy upper & lower bunkbeds

Developing the big data and analytics maturity model 

But what if I don’t want to become a digital business? 

Hmmm....mention "data" & "Internet of Things" in same breath on LinkedIn Pulse & get lots o readers. Good2know. Add "drones" in mix: golden!

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Automatic Doom by Yo La Tengo from Stuff Like That There JK--2015. Brand new. Very nice. A tad Peter Paul & Mary-ish

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp September Fields by Frazey Ford from Indian Ocean JK--2014. Great warble on this very Memphis-feeling track.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Breakfast In Bed by Dusty Springfield from Dusty In Memphis JK--1969. Love how she shifts from cooing to brassy voice

Love spam that states to the dollar how much money you stand to make--eg., $3,671/month. Precise accounting for future riches gotten quickly

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse post: "Spark: On the Recent Radar" ( )
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RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Call Girl by FFS from FFS JK--2015. Good one. Group is collaboration of Franz Ferdinand & Spark. Hence the initials.

If Australia is "Down Under," I suggest Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, and Russia be "Up Over." Need geographic symmetry.

Thinking of writing a blog about the tough challenges confronting the artificial intelligence community. Thinking of calling it "AI-Yi-Yi!!"

July Fourth is coming. But it's not a holiday when you lie forth. You lie back. Kick your shoes off. Snooze in the shade.

Drafted new #IBM jk BD&A Hub blog: "Measuring The Artificial-Intelligence Quotient"

Curious why privately funded rockets explode with a frequency not seen in the govt space programs since the early 1960s.

New #IBM jk #Dataversity column: "CAPTCHA as CAPTCHA Can" ( )

Watched the CNN documentary on Glen Campbell's cognitive decline from Alzheimer's. He & his family were very brave to share their pain.

As of tomorrow, I'm shifting all daily quick-hits to LinkedIn Pulse. Simply a better blogging platform than LinkedIn discussion groups.

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse post: "Drones and Their Impact on Data in the Internet of Things" ( )

Processing real-time data streams with visual analyticS 

Retailers are meeting demand with Twitter data 

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp The Mayor of Simpleton by XTC from Oranges & Lemons JK--1989. Love how these guys layered attitude thick in theirs

Reading one of those locavore manifestos indicting our food system, practices, diets, & culture. A mixed salad of eco-culinary guilt.

Exceptionally peaceful & pleasant summer night. Happily spending it on the deck. I have a book in hand. An actual physical book. And ice tea

Body found in the lake at Kingstowne. Bit of a mystery. No idea if it’s foul play.

Another ordinary Sunday pondering what to tweet. Not pondering too hard. Twitter just chugs on without me. That’s reassuring.

I've never seen the image of Michael Jackson in the clouds. But I could swear that's him on the Shroud of Turin. Take it on faith, please.

Shift-alt-delete: When slurred, phrase almost sounds like what it accomplishes when used to deep-six a folder full o spam: "sh*t all DELETE"

"Future o road rage: Delphi self-drvng car survives brush w/Google slf-drv car" ( ) JK--Algos flipped each othr th bird