Saturday, September 05, 2015

Aweekstweets August 30 to September 5 2015: the week of laborious days

Google Maps streetview shows trees in my childhood suburban Livonia neighborhood now much taller than my Mom’s on Detroit’s east side. Wow!

Travel really does deepen one’s world perspective. Having toured Turkey, for example, I pay more attention to their news, politics & history

If you can’t afford a more spacious house or a larger yard, no problem. Just rebrand your snug digs as a “villa.”

Draft exemption caused seminary enrollments to swell during Vietnam War. I recall surfeit of seminarians taught religious ed at my church

Hungary PM warns that his people may become minority in own country. Ironic considering Magyars came from Urals a little over millennium ago

For me, th a-ha moment came in 2nd grade. Sick a few days. Upon my return, teachers didnt fill me in on what I'd missed. So I fill myself in

Thinking back on my 3-decade (as of this weekend) tech career. There has never been a plan behind it. Only a desire to stay in front of it.

Thank you Jeopardy! Now I know that the ceiling-walking Indonesian cicak is a dwarf gecko. Definitely not a wisecracking Cockney reptile.

What did I do this week? Or perhaps the question is what did I NOT do this week?
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RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Everyday I Write the Book by Elvis Costello from Punch the Clock JK--1983. Mentions archaic tech: electric typewriter

Come to IBM Insight 2015, Oct 26-28. LV. I do 2 talks: fluid DW & cognitive computng in mobile app economy. Register: 

New #IBM jk blog: "Hack the weather with deep data science" ( )

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Electric Funeral by Black Sabbath from Paranoid JK--1970. Every time I hear Ozzy Osbourne's voice I start 2 giggle.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Man I'm Only Human by The La's from There She Goes JK--1988. Great. Sounds like British Isles folk/worldmusic.

"How Big Data Can Improve Home Healthcare" ( ) JK--Remote health-issue monitoring, prediction, & prevention.

"How Spark Democratizes Analytic Value from Hadoop Lakes" ( ) JK--Quotes #IBM VP pf product development Rob Thomas

"6 Reasons That Apache Spark Isn't Flickering Out" ( ) JK--Good discussion by Peter Schlampp.

New Apache tp-lvl projex: Ignite ( ) 4 distrib in-mem data fabrc & Lens ( ) 4 unif analytics plat

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Swords by M.I.A. from Matahdatah JK--2015. The clanging sword sounds can't help reminding of "Paper Planes" gunshots

"Data Imprints and the Holocaust" ( ) JK--Not sure what the point is in estimating Nazi per-soldier murders committed

"About the Curse of Dimensionality" ( ) JK--Too many data dimensions -> overfitting -> classifier performance decline

"Predictive Analytcs: a Soup Story" ( ) JK--Analogy falls apart @ model iteration unless pred anlyt model = soup recipe

"Building Eyes for Self-Driving Cars" ( ) JK--Uber & UAriz optical scientists collab on testing slf-drvng Ford Fusions

"Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based On How A Person Talks" ( ) JK--Minimal between-sentence semantic coherence

"NOAA And NASA Plan To Send A Drone Right Into Tropical Storm Erika" ( ) JK--Need drone canaries for coal-mine duty.

"Economic Forecasting Getting More Up-to-the Minute" ( ) JK--Streaming big-data analytic economic-indicator monitoring

Odd political/commercial email convergence. One message from Don Beyer, congressman. Next one: from Don Beyer, Volvo dealer. Same dude.

The remedy for brain-scattering multitasking is intensely maniacally focused single-tasking on something, anything from the deepening pile.

Comes a time in every work day when I take a breath & see how many windows I've opened on my desktop. Then I shut them. One by one.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Leaf Off / The Cave by Jose Gonzalez from Vestiges & Claws JK--2015. Nice new mid-tempo solo one from Junip frontman

My only purpose first thing each morning is to put dreams behind me and roll into whatever day happens to be unfolding. You never know.

I'm tired of lifestyle columnists advising U 2 avoid procrastination by awaking with clear purpose each morning. That'd make me avoid waking

September 1. Suddenly there's a fall chill in the air. Even though the thermometer says 95 degrees fahrenheit.

When test-driving cars, I can't help commenting on the neighborhoods through which the dealer directs me. Even familiar places surprise me.

I just registered for #StrataHadoop in NY to see what's disrupting the big data world. See you there? 

RIP Oliver Sacks. His exceptionally well-researched and carefully written books humanized people with severe neurological disorders.

Glad we changed the name of that mountain back to the original. USA has long been in deep denali about its true identity.

New #IBM jk #ITKnowledgeExchange blog: "Top-notch data scientists are grown, not born" ( )
New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse post: "Identifying Privacy Sensitivities Before It’s Too Late" ( )

Email is like a roulette wheel. While new messages continue to enter your inbox, it's best not to stare. Wait till your head stops spinning

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp I'm Just a Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin') by Candi Staton JK--2003. Good oldschool R&B, a la 1960s Stax-Volt.

"Mount McKinley Will Again Be Called Denali" ( ) JK--About time. Never understood why the assassinated pres deserved it

Another day another "congrats here's yr free $1000 Walmart giftcard" spam. Obviously bogus. They only issue them in $1 billion denominations

No, I don’t want to know my BMI. I think a person’s bowel movement intensity is a statistic best left unrevealed.

Require pharma commercials 2 recite side effects in sepulchral tones reminiscent of political attack ads. And no dogs catching frisbees!

#HackTheWeather. Sept 18-20. San Francisco.Teams use The Weather Company data & #IBM data science tools. RSVP here: