Sunday, January 10, 2016

Aweekstweets December 26 2015 to January 10 2016: the week that lost count of how many days it contained

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp I Love to Move in Here by Moby from Last Night JK--2008. Great disco-trance number.

Rum & coke, it's no joke. My special blend. I imbibe bespoke.

Shopping center parking lot clearing out sooner than on normal Sunday afternoon. People heading home to watch Washington kick Packer butts

Business section. Another financial advice column on how to save money. Let’s see if the food section has advice on how to eat your broccoli

The US government should bet on the Powerball. Those are our best odds for closing the budget deficit.

And I strongly expect that Sean Penn will play El Chapo, and himself, in the inevitable meta-biopic.

"New Polymer Shapeshifts Into Complex Shapes" ( ) JK--Programmable matter: environmentally triggered state-transitions

Thank you McDonald's iPhone app for fattening me with free Egg McMuffins every time DC hockey & basketball teams lead after the 1st period.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Heroes by Hey Marseilles JK--2016. By the way, Bowie's original got no airplay in 1977. I first heard it in the 1980s

Hosting an #IBM tweetjam with Forrester Research's Michelle Goetz the week after next. She's the Forrester analyst I follow most closely

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse post: "Fluid Is as Fluid Does: Automating the Machine-Learning Pipeline" ( )

New #IBM jk slide presentation: "Cognitive analytics: What's coming in 2016?" ( )

"A Learning Advance in Artificial Intelligence Rivals Human Abilities" ( ) JK--In one pattern-sensing task.

"A trillion tiny robots in cloud: Future of AI in an algorithm world" ( ) JK--"Small, focused, cloud-based algorithms"

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Talisman by All Them Witches from Dying Surfer Meets His Maker JK--2015. Has early 90s grunge-soul feel to it.

Checking latest open-source codebase enhancements. What's major v minor? When it's at the fifth decimal (eg, v2., definitely minor

"Every Industry Will Be Disrupted By Open Data Within 10 Years" ( ) JK--U might broaden that pronounce to "every life"

"Autonomous Cars..Turn CES Into an Auto Show" ( ) JK--Kinda meta, dontcha think: "auto-autos"?

"What you need to know about home IoT standards at CES" ( ) JK--In a nutshell: it's a total freakin' mess.

Is Ted Cruz eligible to be president? Well, the US Constitution doesn’t explicitly disallow morons from assuming the highest office.

"Data Civilians & Data Jedis? What to Expect frm Big Data in 2016" ( ) JK--What? No metaphorical dig at Jar Jar Binks?

I'd like online news sites to index content by "laughingly dated topical refs." For example, lame "Jedi" metaphors starting late Dec 2015.

"“Deep Speech” From Baidu’s SV AI Lab Recogs English&Mandarin w/Single Learn Algo" ( ) JK--Deep linguistic structure?

"The ABCD's of Business Optimization" ( ) JK--These "such-and-such scientist" distinctions look arbitrary.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp You Turn Me On by Beat Happening JK--1992. Wouldn't want to hear sandpaper-voiced Calvin Johnson do acappella

"IBM's Rometty Betting Big On Watson's Ability To Power 'Cognitive Era'" ( ) JK--Cognitive IoT in consumer & biz apps

"Hyper-convergence": "infra sys w/ sw-cntrc arch & tight integ cmpt, stor, ntwk, virtzn in single-vendor hw box" ( )

"Whirlpool #IBM Collaborate on Cognitive Sol'ns 4 Connectd Appliances" ( ) JK--Drive personalized appliance experience

"The Trouble w/Unstructured Data" ( ) JK--Slide preso presents research on security issues w/unfettered file sharing

"Star Trek" people should make full-length movie based on "Trouble w/Tribbles." Real trouble comes when chirpy little fuzzballs grow fangs

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse Post: "Stuff You May or May Not Do With Whatever Data You May or May Not Possess" ( )

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp This Train by The Staple Singers from Freedom Hwy JK--1965. I remember singing this in elementary school music class

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp One Morning Soon by Joyce+Johnita Collins from ThisMayBe MyLastTimeSinging: RawAfr-AmGospel JK--1976. Mother-daughter

Moving into era o driverless cars (machines that purely chauffeur) & carless drivers (people who rely 100% on on-demand car-shares)

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse post: "From REST to Restless: The Probabilistic Fabric of Cognitive Integration" ( )

Interesting. Somebody just retweeted a tweet of mine from November 2014. You're way more into my ancient stuff than I am. Thanks, regardless

"Human Computation May Be Key to Solving World's Wicked Problems" ( ) JK--Crowdsourced, gamified visual data analysis.

"Crazy FFZero1 concept car: A Batmobile with UFO lines sighted in Las Vegas" ( ) JK--Concept: driver is batsh*t-crazy.

I'm impressed that Alex Trebek gets the pronunciations so painstakingly right for so many non-English words. Just a mince shy of pretentious

Today is World Hypnotism Day. It’s also World Boredom Day. So that’s a double reason why you feel so sleepy right now.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Hey Ladies by Beastie Boys from Paul's Boutique JK--1989. The Beasties' groove was very cool NY Jewish street dude.

Sometimes all the diff is in deciding which foot to put forward 1st. If you've been doing left, try right. The fresh feel of altered cadence

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse blog: "The Sisyphean Challenge of Content Curation in a Big Data Universe" ( )

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Desperate and Depressed by Margo Price from Midwest Farmer's Daughter JK--2016. Great twangy Appalachian country.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp This Is the Girl by Patti Smith from Banga JK--2012. Lovely romantic ballad.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Baby It's You by The Beatles from Please Please Me JK--1963. Cover band that went on to write original material.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Oriar by Heron Oblivion from Heron Oblivion JK--2016. Very cool feedback-drenched electric Celtic-feeling jam.

"Deep neural nets as progrmmng assistnts" ( ) JK-Universal approximatrs gen arbitrarly accurate function-specific code

"How Long Will Viewers Stay Immersed in VR?" ( ) JK--3-D ancient but still fringe cinema tech 

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Slipped Dissolved and Loosed by Lambchop from OH (Ohio) JK--2008. Nashville group, though you wouldn't guess it.

New #IBM jk #Dataversity column: "Top Trends to Watch in Cognitive Analytics in 2016" ( )

New #IBM jk LinkedIn Pulse post: "Deploying Analytic Microservices In The Internet Of Things" ( )

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Radio Free Europe by R.E.M. from Eponymous JK--1988. Title refs US-sponsored Cold War over-the-air propaganda service

Just saw a market research study that says something "is majorly used in..." Since when did Wayne'sWorld-speak become standard?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp No One's Little Girl by The Raincoats from Moving JK--1983. Best to understand the Raincoats as feminist-art-punk

I may be wrong, but isn't this the 20th straight year virtual reality is being touted as next big thing? What's most immersive is the hype

Microservices architecture ( ) JK--From an ancient geek acronym standpoint, it's sorta menage a trois of SOA+REST+ESB

What I luv about my old-fashioned princess phone is that when I hang up on a dumb telemarketer, handset hits cradle with a satisfying crunch

"Taming the Data Variety Beast" ( ) JK--Suggests "curation." Here's my Dec 2014 take on that: 

"Beyond REST" ( ) JK--Lists ancient integration styles. I remember when each was the latest thing. I'm a grizzled geek

Going hiking in the snow today. If I die and my pal, Kathy has to eat my flesh this is the legal doc to say "I'm cool with that."
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Examining what passes for conversation on Twitter. Mostly a volley of attitudinal non sequiturs among total strangers.

New blog: "Sum total of my published output in 2015" ( )

A day of enjoying the sunshine after a few gloomy weeks. Wife says to put on sunblock. I say hell no: luxuriate in January sunburn.

Star Wars is set a long time ago in galaxy far far away. Presumably that long time ago could’ve been before the evolution of humans on earth

Not sure where Jeopardy got this dubious “fact” that all Caucasian babies born w/blue eyes. Mine remain what birth certificate states: hazel

Saw “Mistress America.” Can Greta Gerwig do anything other than this painfully self-conscious Millennial Annie Hall shtick? Getting old.

"Lawrence Lessig: Tech Will Create New Models 4 Privacy Regulation" ( ) JK--Blockchain, for protection not regulation

Reading a deep stack of 2015 New Yorkers. The cartoons are hit-or-miss ha-ha. Mostly miss.

Took down the Christmas tree, lights, & all decorations. Except the poinsettias, which will be allowed to wilt of their own accord.

My wife and I recently visited our friends in the Atlanta area. Some of our friends recommended that we go to Dynast …

He was smart, funny, curious and dedicated. We made a pact to give MASH all we had and it bonded us. I loved Wayne. I'll miss him very much.
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Christmas season has an amazing body of great songs. New Year's season has just "Auld Lang Syne" and that U2 song. Woeful imbalance.

They've got a name for the winners in the world. Despite what Steely Dan said, "Crimson Tide" doesn't work. Unless you consider algae heroic

NCAA should apply "appropriate sponsor" rule on bowl games, eg "FTD Rose Bowl," "Tropicana Orange Bowl" "Fruit of the Loom Cotton Bowl"

Hey Hillary Clinton campaign: Don’t send emails with subject lines such as “You and me, James” with a “midnight tonight” call to action.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Brighter Than The Blues by Joan Shelley from Over And Even JK--2015. Warm, jangly country-folk.

Ah yes, the year-end ritual of purging my yellowing paper files, accompanied by liberation of my precious binder clips. Will reuse the metal

"Beyond algorithms" ( ) JK--Don't be so clever that unpredictable search experiences undermine user muscle memory

Excellent detailed historical paper on what makes for a good (and bad) high-tech research center: 

"Succinct Spark: Queries on Compressed RDDs" ( ) JK--AMPLab project enables use of Spark as searchable doc store

"Five principles for applying data science for social good" ( ) JK-- @jakeporway speaks from DataKind's experience

"6 reasons why I like KeystoneML" ( ) JK--Ben Lorica @bigdata on AMPLab initiative on machine learning pipelines.

"We need open and vendor-neutral metadata services" ( ) JK--Ben Lorica @bigdata summarizes Joe Hellerstein proposal.

Why appliance power matters in data warehousing 

Here's a little number by Fairfax County native son Dave Grohl: 

Considering the top 2 influencers, one must conclude that Fairfax County VA rules #bigdata. Top is BAH's @KirkDBorne 

"Top 100 #BigData Influencers" ( ) JK--Holy crap! I'm number 2!

"Can A Cow be an IoT Platform?" ( ) JK--Is livestock an asset to monitor, measure, analyze, & optimize? Yes. Tag 'em!

"5 things U should know about th plan to open source AI" ( ) JK--Just one AI opn-src initiative. Not all AI everywhere

#KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters had the best slip-of-tongue: she mistakenly called him "Otis Reverend." He certainly projected righteous soul power

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Change Gonna Come by Otis Redding from Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding JK--1965. His version's awesome too!

New #IBM #ITKnowledgeExchange #TechTarget jk column: "Prediction 2016: Cognition comes to all things" ( )

Drafted next #TechTarget column: "Prediction 2016: Cognition Comes to All Things"

"2016 top trends in semantic tech" ( ) JK--Virtual cognitive assistants ensure that all "things" understand all things

"Deep-learning algo predicts photos’ memorability at “near-human” levels" ( ) JK--Or how to hide info in plain sight

"Industry Speaks: Top 33 Big Data Predictions for 2016" ( ) JK--Motley grab bag of stuff. Like 2015, but different

"Fogs, logs and cogs" ( ) aka machine clouds, machine data, & machine learning.

"Cognitive IoT: Where CogCmptg & Internet of Things Meet" ( ) JK--IoT generates 2.5 quintillion bytes o new data daily

"The Next Wave of Robots Will Learn From Each Other" ( ) JK--Iterative sensor-data-driven ML to fine-tune motor skills

"6 Predictions For BDA & Cogn Cmptg In 2016" ( ) JK--I told Inhi she's the most recognizable IBM face (after Ginni)

Clicking thru to another "10 big data predictions" article. Most of these become "10 slides we predict you'll not want to click 1 at a time"

In writing industry predictions for the coming year, I need to check the mirror occasionally, see if I'm wearing my Captain Obvious glasses

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) by Tom Waits JK--1976. Tom on "Fernwood Tonight" (  )

"5 Ways ML Reinvents IT Rootcause Anlysis" ( ) JK--Noise reduce, anomaly detect, wkflo automate, 360vu, recurr detect

"All I Want for Christmas is Improved Analytics" ( ) JK--You should have asked Santy Claus for a non-lame headline.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Lazarus by David Bowie from Blackstar JK--2016. Good new one from the Great Greying White Duke.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Orpheo Looks Back by Andrew Bird from Break It Yourself JK--2012. Love his pizzicato on this fiddling/whistling tune

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp The Plain Moon by The Besnard Lakes from A Coliseum Complex Museum JK--2016. Good one from the Montreal group.

RIP Meadowlark Lemon. In honor o th Harlem Globetrotters great, here's Louis Armstrong doing "Sweet Georgia Brown" ( )

Today on Facebook: every other news post is about how the world is going to hell, & every other friend post is about peachy the holidays are

Rewatching 2003’s hypnotically beautiful “Lost in Translation.” Sofia Coppola’s movie still feels very much the essence of this century.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Everwhere That I'm Not by Translator frm Heartbeats & Triggrs JK--1982. NY, Tokyo, Nova Scotia? That's not everywhere

Rushing to patent office right now. Got surefire idea: hoverboard propelled by rapidfire battery explosions. Surprised no one beat me to it

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp The Knower by Youth Lagoon from Savage Hills Ballroom JK--2015. I like that knocking counterrhythm.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp How It Ends by DeVotchKa from Live at KEXP JK--No spoiler alert here. You already know how this will end.

The trick to reading forbiddingly complex technical material is not to read too deeply. You'll go blind (to the deeper patterns that matter)

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Fly Guy by Doug Hream Blunt from My Name is DHB JK--Cool unknown soulster from 1980s. Re-released 2015 on Luaka Bop

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Necessary Evil by Unknown Mortal Orchestra from Multi-Love JK--2015. One of year's best. A bit like Hot Chip.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Big Black Coat by Junior Boys from Big Black Coat JK--2016. I love the oldschool electronica vibe on this.

I visualize "fog computing" as a concentric fractal mandala with progressively thinner circles pushing outward, endlessly, from the center.

IT industry still has no dominant architectural diagram for IoT "fog computing" (aka "edge computing"). I like this: 

The older I get, more annoyed I feel by new year rolling around. It's not the aging part of it so much as th " season approacheth"

I created FB fanpage for [something I like]. Now FB prompts to create group "friends who like [something I like]." Feels terminally nerdish

Well oh well, it’s winter, but I’ve still not needed to take out my winter coat. My fall jacket is still sufficient. I’m still not shivering

WSJ article on best & worst TV ads of 2015. I recognize none. Shows how little TV I watch now.

Open Source Software Went Nuclear This Year - in 2015, we shouldn't underestimate the power of open source. …

Pondering my 2016 predictions column for #TechTarget. By "pondering," I mean "studiously avoiding thinking about it in any serious way."

I woke with a tight left knee this morning. Yoga sort of helped it. What I am doing now is even better: simply walking & breathing & spacing

Watching "Frasier" pilot on Netflix. David Hyde Pierce is gay, of course, but apparently his character was also. Niles' spouse: Roger Maris

Ah yes, unfriending is such sweet sorrow...accent on the "sweet."