Monday, September 05, 2016

Aweekstweets August 7 to September 5 2016: the weeks of wine and rosé

Beginning to exhaust my store of old personal photos to share on Facebook. Need to PhotoShop myself a cooler childhood.

Catching up on Twitter. I have 1,456,624 new tweets waiting for me since the last time I checked. Might be something important in there.

I made me a little wallet card of more or less “blue” v “red” sure-thing states, electoral vote-wise, in coming election. Comfy butt cushion

Surfing the morning news shows. I’ve had my fill of amazing inspiring life-affirming human interest stories.

GOP downballot candidates campaign defensively as a “check” on Clinton. Ridiculous. She’s utterly middle of the road. No extremist.

Substitute yoga teacher today at the Springfield facility. Liked her better than the regular Sunday teacher. Made me consciously push myself

The great Charles Osgood is retiring. Give “CBS Sunday Morning” to Jane Pauley. She’s always a pleasure.

Peaceful Saturday evening reading NYTimes Magazine back issues on my deck. The breeze has died down. Windy opinions don’t ruffle my feathers

Pondering our vacation next month, and the one later in the year. But first: three-day holiday.

Wish they'd built that wall while Trump was still in Mexico. Let the Mexicans in, but keep his type out of the United States.

I have written 10 blogs that are queued up to be published this month in various channels. I'll write a few more next week. Post Labor Day

Hillary's having a hard time finding someone to play Trump in a debate rehearsal. I'd suggest Don Rickles, but he's too much of a sweetie.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Rock and Roll (feat. Jimmy Page) by Jerry Lee Lewis from Last Man Standing JK--2006. Piano-powered Led Zeppelin cover

Can Star Trek tricorders only record 3 tracks? Surprised there won’t be multitrack recording in the 23rd century. Backlash against 8-track?

It’s not even Labor Day & I already got my flu shot. Think I’ll shake the leaves out of my trees so I can start raking. No procrastinating!

"Why physicists are a good fit for data science jobs" ( ) JK--Article quotes my recent TDWI Accelerate presentation.

Join me et al on CrowdChat "Team Driven Data Disruption" Tues Sept 13 11am EDT (  #DataFirst

Join me et al on CrowdChat "Team Driven Data Disruption" Tues Sept 13 11am EDT (  #DataFirst

"25 Java Machine Learning Tools & Libraries" ( ) JK--Powering app dev in age of AI, data science, & cognitve computing

I dissected the AI ethics issue in this post several months ago:

"How Tech Giants R Devising Real Ethics for AI" ( ) JK-- Stds effort involves #IBM Alphabet Amazon Facebook Microsoft

World-record holder for consecutive "I know"s about things of which he's totally ignorant? Donald Trump. You can look it up!

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers from Just As I Am JK--1971. Counted them on my fingers. 26 consecutive "I know"'s.

"Yr Kitchen Appliances R Watching U, Security Expert Warns" ( ) JK--And U wanna stay on yr electric knives' good side

Why Spark Delivers Maximum Value from Modern Data 

Data science expert interview: Bob Hayes 

Unsure which event I want to attend: Enabling the Connected Future, Connecting the Enabled Future, or The Future of Connected Enablement

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Locator by Wilco from Schmilco JK--2016. Another great song from their forthcoming LP.

"On the off chance"? Does that mean no chance? Is that a probability distribution in some imaginary number system? An abnormal curve?

RT @kexpplaylist: Visions of Johanna by Bob Dylan from Blonde on Blonde JK--1966. Great weird Dylan lyric: "Geez I can't find my knees."

"DARPA sees IoT and AI as weapons to dominate wars" ( ) JK--See my thoughts in this regard:

"Industrialization of analytics" ( ) JK--I15n doesn't imply automation. It implies scale, specialization, & efficiency

Have anyone come up with "unnatural language" processing algorithms? Trained only on Star Trek episodes/movies, they're fluent in Klingon.

"The IoT and the Changing Leadership Landscape of the Smart City" ( ) JK--Chief WiFi Officers?

"R vs. Java vs. Python: Which Is Right for Your Project?" ( ) JK--Good guidance for data scientists on language choice

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Rebecca Casanova by Slow Club from One Day All of This Won't Matter JK--2016. This song brightened my morning

When writing blogs to capture people's attention, it's best not to give a crap what's trending on socials. What's trending in your mind?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Awoo (feat. Betta Lemme) by Sofi Tukker from Soft Animals JK--2016. Sounds a bit like Regina Spektor.

Please stop referring to something as "next big thing" unless you define "big." Do you mean big hype, adoption, innovation, and/or value?

Reading industry news, as I do each morning I'm working. The older I get, more likely I am to overlook what's new if I don't make the effort

It's September. Still technically it's mostly summer. Was easy for me to overlook that fact in upper Midwest. In mid-Atlantic, I feel it.

Still pondering someone's remark yesterday. "I can't believe you're in IT. You're so outgoing." Bizarre prejudice about people in industry

Stop saying Trump’s base is white men. Plenty of people of my race and gender consider him a nauseating creep. He ain’t us.

I assume that Trump is going to Mexico City to ask for their initial down payment on his wall. I also assume he’ll once again praise tacos.

At 30, IBM’s research lab is going strong 

IBM and VMware deepen hybrid #cloud partnership for Marriott #IBMServices #VMWorld @Forbes 

Predictive forecasting: Guide your business in the right direction with forward-looking... 

New #IBMWoW jk Tumblr: "The Emotional Arc of Data Storytelling" ( )

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Wasted by Mazzy Star from So Tonight That I Might See JK--1993. Very cool slow-burn electric blues.

Beck "Wow". I want to thank the LA-based indie dynamo for this coincidentally fortuitous new song name.  #IBMWoW

Consumers, especially millennials, are coming to expect intelligent cognitive chatbots. The speed, qual... #ibmwow

@ibmwow The ability to quickly and easily customize to specific domains - already possible, but will ge... #ibmwow

@ibmwow Cognitive systems are designed to work with humans, getting insights from the same types of dat... #ibmwow

To me a cognitive system is one that understands, reasons and learns and interacts with the data and wo... #ibmwow

Welcome to the chat Stefano! #ibmwow

#ibmwow Join me et al. at 12noon EDT today on this crowdchat. 

"Committee of Intelligent Machines — Unity in Diversity o Neural Nets" ( ) JK--Swarming vectors look like angry wasps

"IoT Sensors Want 2 Know How U Feel & Maybe Even Change Yr Mood" ( ) JK--Awareness o mood manip influences yr mood too

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Someone To Lose by Wilco from Schmilco JK--2016. New one. Great return to form for Tweedy & band

"Roadmap 4 data-driven org: Knowns, unknowns & elusive value from analytx" ( ) JK--Shades, grades, & hues of ignorance

Tired of word "millennial" for people who came of age at start of 3rd millennium. Focus on the 21st century. Call yourselves "centurions."

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Closer & Closer & Closer by Gene Wilder from The Little Prince JK--1974. Sung in shaky voice real as th day was long

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Chasin' Rainbows by Robert Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders JK--1976. The underground comix artiste & bandmates

Another morning, another default view o all browser windows I left open at yesterday's close o business. Task continuity or desktop clutter?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Blasphemous Rumours by Depeche Mode from Some Great Reward JK--1984. "I think that God's got a sick sense of humour"

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Se Me Olvido Otra Vez by Juan Gabriel from A Night In Mexico JK--Good one from the late Mexican superstar.

RIP Gene Wilder. His comedic gift was to always look like he was smirking about an inside joke that he was just about to clue us all in on.

WHITEPAPER: Learning..Hybrid IT through #Cloud Brokerage #VMWorld2016 #Vegas #IBMServices 

"Voice Recog Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing" ( ) JK--Are manual captioning and court reporting dying fields?

"How 2 Use Neuroscience 2 Improve Yr Content Mktg Strat" ( ) JK--OMG. Just market to "customers," not their "brains."

"Startups will overtake enterprises in new AI ecosystem" ( ) JK--Article ignores ongoing AI-startup acquisition wave

"NoSQL Databases: a Survey and Decision Guidance" ( ) JK--Excellent technical overview of a bewildering space

"Will smart cities need AI to truly flourish?" ( ) JK--Article seems to assume AI execution always fast. Don't assume

"Berkeley Data Science Capstone Project: Rap Analysis" ( ) JK--Interesting visual on rap music's move into mainstream

"The Hillary Clinton Email Explorer" ( ) JK--Link is kaput, just like these conspiracy theories.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp I'm Just a Prisoner (Of Your Good Lovin') by Candi Staton from I'm Just a Prisoner JK--1970. Gr8 'retha-style soul

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Ladies Don't Play Guitar by Tennis JK--2016. Nice new one from Denver's Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp I Don't Wanna See What's Happening Outside by Morgan Delt from Phase Zero JK--2016. Describes my mood about the news

"All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds?" ( ) JK--How about just calling them "people"?

Dear Social Media: Don't tell me what's popular. Tell me what's interesting. Remember the coprophage adage about 50M flies can't be wrong

Daughter and I had a pleasant Sunday at home yammering on and on about stuff the other doesn’t care about. What holds families together.

Just now getting to the pre-Olympics magazine articles hyping Olympic hopefuls. Just now discarding pre-convention articles about Trump.

Nice Sunday hanging at our house with the daughter while her mother hangs with her girlfriend at the latter’s lake house.

A Joan Baez concert on public TV? I smell an affluent Baby Boomer fundraising break coming up. I have a sixth sense for these things.

Plowing thru back issues of New Yorker. Screaming “AAARGH!” every time yet another pundit throws yet another Diane Arbus retrospective at us

WashPost article about “public Ivy” universities delivering affordable “Harvard-caliber” education. Singles out my alma maters UMich & UWisc

Caught up on an ungodly amount of work today cuz it was mostly an uninterrupted meeting-free expanse of time. Read, wrote, & thought a lot

"Machine learning & forgery" ( ) JK--Trained on your personal handwriting, can fake lotsa "handwritten" stuff by "you"

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Hey Jude (w/ Duane Allman) by Wilson Pickett from Muscle Shoals Sound JK--1969. Righteously gr8 Beatles cover

""Your Expertise Is No Longer Needed" - Sincerely, DEEP Learning" ( ) JK--Days numbered for various content experts?

"DARPA Wants Artificial Intelligence To Explain Itself" ( ) JK--Opaque robotic intelligence is potentially rogue.

"End-2-End Deep Learning 4 Self-Driving Cars" ( ) JK--Cool architectural dissection. See also:

"10 Algorithm Categories for A.I., Big Data, and Data Science" ( ) JK--Very interesting functional taxonomy

"Can Twitter Fit Inside the Library of Congress?" ( ) JK--Why do you ask? Are they running out o office space in SoMa?

My feeling about Congress is that term limits should apply to those reps who don't pay their overdue-book fines to the Library of Congress.

"Big Data And The 2016 Election" ( ) JK--Trump indeed eschews analytics. Instead, he emphasizes "anal" over "ytics"

"NY Times rying to narrow distance between reporters and analytics data" ( ) JK--"Inverted pyramid" impact tracking?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Mary Mary by The Monkees from More of The Monkees JK--1967. These prefabs really rocked.

"IoT and Blockchain: A ‘Gig Economy’ for Machines?" ( ) JK--Joe McKendrick on fluid on-demand service brokering.

"Why Open Data Science Matters" ( ) JK--M. Chambers on team data science. Join #IBM Sept 27: 

"Why Natural Language Processing Will Change Everything" ( ) JK--Bernard Marr on intelligent cognitive chatbots etc.

Dear Hype-o-Sphere: Please net out the master list of all things that "will change everything." I wish to add them all to my bucket list.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Some Sunsick Day by Morgan Delt from Phase Zero JK--2016. Love the liquid bass on this one.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Riding With Mary by X from Under the Big Black Sun JK--1982. Straight-ahead rock with John/Exene loose harmonies

Donald Trump will lose this election the way he lost business after business: boasting before, during, & after that in fact he actually won

DataLayer conference 

As a CDO, partnership with the business has to be a two way street. Tips: #ibmcdo #CDO 

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Honeycomb by Kadhja Bonet from The Visitor JK--2016. Nice. Chill soul. Not the Jimmie Rodgers country song.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Thursday Girl by Mitski from Puberty 2 JK--2016. Slow, anguished. Full of drama. Sounds a bit like Bat for Lashes.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Run Sister Run by Cass McCombs from Mangy Love JK--2016. Great new propulsive one from this singer-songwriter.

New #IBMWoW jk Tumblr: "Encroaching Commoditization in Data Science" ( ) Join us: 

U know you've been in IT too long when the mere mention of a protocol sends you down memory lane. "SAML? I remember back in the day when..."

Trump blames unfavorable media for all his woes. Another sad sufferer of GOP hereditary condition that I prefer to call “Nixon’s Disease.”

I've come across zero mentions of Pokémon Go on social media in the past week. Except for this. My apologies.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Gardening At Night by REM from Chronic Town JK--1982. 1st vinyl I bought in Madison upon relocating for grad school

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Breaking My Light by Minor Victories from Minor Victories JK--2016. Reminds of VU's "All Tomorrow's Parties"

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen from A Night at th Opera JK--1975. Fun fact: Beelzebub has a devil put aside for us all

What's with people who try to be social-media "friends" but somehow always fail to make friendly chitchat when we're in the same room?

Roger Ailes joins the Trump campaign. Obviously, to broaden GOP nom's appeal to woman voters who enjoy being sexually harassed on the job

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Your Best American Girl by Mitski from Puberty 2 JK--2016. Moody existential-crisis song. Love it.

The smartest #data decisions are guided by #analytics. Uncover new answers at #ibmwow! 

Developers are the new influencers. Discover the future of more intelligent & adaptive code at #ibmwow 

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Discover the best #cognitive business strategy at #ibmwow to drive new opportunities faster & cheaper. 

Developers = the new influencers. Discover the future of more intelligent code at #ibmwow! 

“This is an era of systems you do not program." Don't miss IBM CEO Ginni Rometty at #ibmwow. 

"This era will redefine the relationship between man & machine." Don't miss Chairman & CEO Ginni Rometty at #ibmwow! 

Welcome to your ultimate #cognitive experience. Hear from Chairman & CEO Ginni Rometty at #ibmwow! 

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Two Dots by Lusine from A Certain Distance JK--2009. Literally hypnotic. Like eyes tracking a swinging pendulum

Trump’s medical exam showed “only positive results.” Does that mean he’s HIV-positive? Ebola-positive? Rabies-positive?

New #IBM jk #InfoWorld column: "Know when your big data is telling big lies" ( )

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Guilty by PJ Harvey JK--2016. New single. Another great one from this consistently awesome artist.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Half Life by Catherine Wheel from Chrome JK--1993. Their rock just burned and burned with intense feeling

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Sleater-Kinney from Call The Doctor JK--1996. He was the liberal in the group.

My weakness is saltine crackers. Magical energy snack. I’ve been noshing on them since I was a little boy

The Ryan Lochte defense of lying is that you were drunk at the time. Whatever happened to slurring the truth?

He only wants to build the wall so he can put his stupid name on it. His primary motivation for everything.

This routine of checking the news to see if Trump has made yet another grotesquely offensive remark is getting old. Is it November 8 yet?

How much do you value fast results? Experience the sheer power of flash. 

This #NewBuilders #podcast has @mikebroberg & Patrick Titzler discuss simple #data... 

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Dancing With Tears in My Eyes by Ultravox from Lament JK--1984. Great one that feels like pure nostalgia now

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Best Kept Secret by case/lang/veirs from case/lang/veirs JK--2016. Great vacation listening. My fave LP o 2016 so far

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Not Yet Three by Jonathan Richman JK--1983. "I'm stronger than you, you're simply bigger than me"

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp True Sadness by The Avett Brothers from Ain't No Man JK--2016. Another great country-rocker from their latest.

Customers in Charge: Cloud and On-premises Deployment Options Fully Supported 

IBM Cognos Analytics: Data made accessible for faster business

IBM Cognos Analytics in the age of continuous delivery—what’s new and coming soon 

Hadoop cluster up and running in minutes! 

Analytics for a cognitive business 

EEWeb Tech Lab - IBM Watson IoT

Every second counts: predict and respond confidently to crimes with analytics 

Data science expert interview: Chris Maddern 

Traffic jam particularly bad on the highway passing thru Worcester. Legend has it the name is an Olde English contraction of “worst here.”

Yes, I've been checking my work email on my smartphone while vacationing. Yes, I know I shouldn't. But autumn awaits. I'm poised to perform

Most annoying Facebook feature are videos that auto-play as you scroll over them in your newsfeed. If I wanted U in my face, I'd click on U.

We covered a considerable amount o forested mountainous territory at Acadia National Park over 4 glorious days. The coastline is spectacular

In the Maine accent, “Bar Harbor” sounds a bit like “Bahama.” Only other thing that suggests Caribbean is Caribou. But that’s stretching it.

Finished microtasting the microbrew. Got a bit of a microbuzz. Maine.

Nature tour of Mt Desert Island. Next stop: the brewery tour. Barley, hops, yeast, and water. Can’t get more natural than that!

Whimsically named local retail establishments: pets (”Bark Harbor”), lingerie (”Bra Harbor”). How about a men’s club called “Bro Harbor”?

Something as simple as a nice, hot, free cup of coffee from the office in the morning makes you remember a motel enough to want to return

The wife and I have been appreciating our physical conditioning with every strenuous mountain hiking step. We’re aging, but strong.

Women who run track tend to be among the most beautiful female athletes. This Olympics reminds me that the late Flo Jo was no exception.

Egidia & I really love Acadia National Park. A very family-oriented middle-class getaway. We feel like we’re in our element. People are nice

The wife and I were discussing possibly Sumatra last night while dining in the park in Bar Harbor. I remarked on Friday Harbor 4 summers ago

Every vacation is essentially a meditation on vacations past and potential.

Vacation is letting your body decide when it’s time to sleep and wake, knowing no schedules, tasks, or people compel its attention. Sun.

I love how Trump denies access to most of the press but then bitches that they aren’t covering him the way he’d like. Tough noogies!

Digging Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park & all these Acadians. Love Cajun cooking but where’s the jambalaya? And what’s with these lobsters?

Reading up in the NY Times on the “vintage life”: “carefully curated yet casually scuffed.” Way too precious. Just be a happy slob.

Hanging out in Bar Harbor. I napped while the wife drove up the coast. Was all a blur of quaint coastal touristy retail.

I-95’s thick subterranean slash thru Manhattan’s narrow northern tip strikes me as the most diabolical segment of the interstate hwy system

Hartford CT's downtown is an organic hodgepodge of historic, modern, and postmodern structures. Feels like a Hollywood backlot

Enjoyed brief tour of Ft. Lee NJ streets surrounding th approach to Geo Washington Bridge. Where Chris Christie's presidential hopes expired

There was not a single smooth-flowing mile to drive this afternoon on I-95 east of Yonkers. Was a thoroughly disconnecticut experience.

Steamy midsummer morning in southern New Jersey. All of the Steve Van Zandt wannabes are using their bandannas as sweat rags.

I have never once put a glove in my glove compartment. What is wrong with me?

Data science expert interview: Dave Saranchak 

Pleasant morning of biz calls that segue into mutual vacation experiences. Verbally toured west England, northern Michigan, & th Maine coast

It's the middle of August, but already I'm planning out my week by week work schedule stretching to November. To-dos fall from the trees.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Dayvan Cowboy by Boards of Canada from The Campfire Headphase JK--2005. Very trippy electronica. They're Scottish

IBM DataFirst Launch Event: Experience new ways to put your data to work 

Governance versus innovation—and why that might not be the right 

3 takeaways from Black Hat 2016 | @Resilientsys 

Trump says Obama invented ISIS. Must be confusing POTUS w/ the bizarro birther overseas-born Obama doppelganger that Trump himself invented

"Myth busted: Older workers just as tech-savvy as younger ones, sez new survey" ( ) JK--Duh. We invented this stuff

Another story with 7 tips for increasing your productivity & efficiency. I could use a tool for speed-reading all the stories with such tips

Trying to figure out what tiny animal crawled up somewhere here in my basement and died. How does dead-mouse stench differ from dead vole?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Lovers Of The Sun by The Jayhawks from Paging Mr. Proust JK--2016. Warm, gorgeous, full of heart.

Doing the Data Science That Drives Extreme Personalization

New #IBM jk #TechTarget #ITKnowledgeExchange column: "Grappling w/first-world problems & data-fueled disruptions" ( )

Drafted new #IBM jk TechTarget/ITKnowledgeExchange column: "Grappling with First-World Problems and Data-Fueled Disruptions"

IBM at VMWorld 2016 

"Wearables at the Rio 2016 Olympics" ( ) JK--It's not athletic, but the wireless e-payment ring impresses me most.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Sheena Is A Punk Rocker by The Ramones from Rocket to Russia JK--1977. My vote for 1970s best summer song

Among still-not-statistically-sure-thing states, Clinton only needs th "new"'s--NH & NM--to lock it, per NY Times:

"Hackers Don't Have 2 B Human Anymore. Bot Battle Proves It" ( ) JK--Presages future hackwars fought in bot-o-sphere

"How Rio Olympics athletes using tech 2 win medals" ( ) JK--Analyticlly enhancd performance? Yo bro ain't dat da dope!

"MIT develpd tech that makes videos interactive" ( ) JK--ML identifies object phys properties from observed vibrations

"You’ll Never Believe How Facebook Fighting Clickbait!" ( ) JK--Too fancy. Just block all headlines mentioning "Trump"

"How fog computing pushes IoT intel to th edge" (  ) JK--IDC predicts 10% of world's data will be edge-sourced by 2020

"Is serverless architecture the electricity of software?" ( ) JK--Analogy ignores internatl electrical incompatiblties

"Is it Will Ferrell or Chad Smith?" ( ) JK--Or Will Smith? Deep learning for tough vs. easy facial recog challenges

"From image recog to object recog" ( ) JK--New architecture uses Convolutional Neural Nets to classify 3D CAD objects

"Top Programmng Languages Trends: Rise o Big Data" ( ) JK--Open-source langs rise in popularity, proprietaries decline

"Pokémon: Visualize 'em All" ( ) JK--View their varieties and evolutionary affinities.

"Ideas 2 add 2 yr data science toolkit" ( ) JK--Methods 2 avoid overfitting, tune hyperparametrs, boost interpretablty

"Principles o bot design" ( ) JK--Human: keep in loop, augment, no fake. Simple: structured, spare, chatty, consistent

Whose butt do you boot if your busted bot won't reboot?

Catching up on my "great Friday reading." Somehow it remains as delicious as 3-day old pizza. Must be that secret sauce.

I think there should be special Olympics dedicated to athletes who are doped to the gills. Could brand the medals into their leathery hides

As pollsters eliminate possible paths for Trump to win the presidency, he'll probably make up some folderol about them being rigged as well

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Song For Judee by case/lang/veirs from case/lang/veirs JK--2016. I love everything on this LP. Buying it now.