Saturday, December 26, 2015

Aweekstweets December 11-26 2015: the weeks three and four of advent (plus a day)

Finished my year-end #InfoWorld column: "2020 Vision: My Predictive Perspective on the Rest of this Decade in the Analytics Industry"

The only place I've ever been on December 26 where they locally call this "Boxing Day" was Bermuda in 1998 with wife+kids. Florida it ain't

Day after Christmas wasn't as crowded as I'd expected at Wal-Mart returns counter. Perhaps the parcel pickup people are picking up the slack

Christmas Day is usually a welcome relief from the tension buildup of the holiday season. You can unwind from incessant caroling & dig quiet

Curious which if any religious tradition has ever improved life expectancy, reduced poverty, or eliminated infectious diseases on Earth.

Are the nations of the Mideast still the top myrrh-exporting countries? Is there a myrrh cartel? What are the geopolitics of myrrh?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Christmas Day by Detroit Junior from Blue Yule JK--1961. Nice honking rocknroll sockhop holiday groove.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Santa Claus Is A Black Man by AKIM & The Teddy Vann Production Company JK--1973. 1973? Kwanzaa ref in 1973?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp All I Want For Christmas Is For You To Stop Being Such a Psycho by Bread and Butter JK--2015. Lovely sentiment.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Angels We Have Heard on High by Dina Martina from The Dina Martina Holiday Album JK--1999. G-L-O-R-I-A.

Warmest Christmas greetings! It is indeed the warmest Christmas I’ve ever experienced north of Florida. Pushing 70.

My #Dataversity year-ahead predictions column will be posted on Jan 4. I'm writing my #InfoWorld look-ahead from a slightly different angle

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Holy Low by Nadia Reid from Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs JK--2015. New Zealand artist. Nice forlorn sound.

Totally blown away by the Brian Wilson biopic “Love & Mercy.” Exceptionally well-told account of his struggles with mental illness.

"Campaign Against Sex Robots" ( ) JK--Story seems like belongs on April Fools Day. Seduces U 2 click. That the point?

"How to Exploit All Sensors of Your Mobile Phone as an IoT Device" ( ) JK--Your smartphone is a sensory organ.

"Meet the Extropians" ( ) JK--Wired magazine, Oct 1 1994. Only article I remember from their hardcopy beginnings.

I like Facebook's display of my friends' new-post counts. Why not a mouse-over display of the gists of those posts? Prefer not to clickthru

I've managed to make it thru most of the holiday season without hearing Mariah Carey "All I Want 4 Christmas Is U." Avoiding all-Xmas radio

UK calls them “bank holidays.” That’s a good thing. Gives financial institutions quality time to spend with their loved ones.

I’m a bit unnerved by the thought of drones delivering Xmas presents. Will a heartless Santa use this tech to dump Rudolph & his chums?

Enjoying John Lydon's memoir "Anger Is An Energy." He's a more intelligent, sensitive person than you'd think. Raised in dire poverty.

Tricia, who works us hard on the isometric rings, is an awesome PiYo instructor. Tones you inside & out. Till your muscles ring.

Twitter tells me "your Tweets earned 12,737 impressions over the last 24 hours." I'll give that a Shania shrug: that don't impress me much.

I'm a bit tired of sci-fi devotees citing when their fave authors "predicted future." And how many predicted time travel & alien encounters?

I don’t want to cause trouble or anything, but I long ago noticed “Santa” is an anagram of “Satan.” I assumed everybody’s cool with that.

Settling in for the longest night of the year. Power’s on, the tree is illuminated, and I have plenty of comfort: wine, wi-fi, and wifey.

Winter has arrived, and that can only mean one thing: every day is brighter than the one before.

Drafted latest #Dataversity blog: "Top Trends to Watch in Cognitive Analytics in 2016"

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Romance by Wild Flag from Live at KEXP Vol 7 JK--2011. That "Portlandia" actress moonlights as a musician. Who knew?

Seems like every 60s popsinger covered "Little Green Apples." Most made me pucker a sourface. But I like Tom Jones': 

Never understood Ant Bee on "Andy Griffith Show." For starters, she neither resembled ant nor bee...or even a splice of those insects' DNA

Thinking of writing a blog that tries way too hard to analyze crap nobody cares about. Thinking of calling it "Belaboring the Oblivious."

"Why Cognitive Intelligence Will Play Pivotal Role in Tech 2016" ( ) JK--By which it means machine-driven cogn intel

"Big data gets its first official standard at ITU" ( ) JK--OK, but does it add any value to anything anybody's doing?

"The Big Value of Weather Data in the Big Data Economy" ( ) JK--Bernard Marr on #IBM acquisition of TWC digital assets

"Why 2015 Was a Breakthrough Year in Artificial Intelligence" ( ) JK--Interesting trend stats to bolster that claim.

Latest machine learning bloggery reminds that the tech is neither a secret sauce nor a silver bullet. Neither Julia Child nor Lone Ranger

"New AI Program Recognizes Characters From Just One Example" ( ) JK--MIT algo uses Bayesian stat-learning framework

"Analytics without actions - why bother?" ( ) JK--But you may need guidance on when to let the status quo carry on.

"Smart Sensors Are th “Tip of the Spear” for Industrial IoT" ( ) JK--Piece focuses on energy exploitation applications

"7 trends for AI in 2016: 'Like 2015 on steroids'" ( ) JK--Innov techs, but some things unchanged--eg steroid metaphor

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Montana by Frank Zappa from Over-Nite Sensation JK--1973. Curious whether his estate sold off his dental-floss biz

My favorite moments in "Mad Men" were always when Don Draper BS'd his way convincingly thru an ad-sales pitch: …

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Northern Highway by Martin Courtney from Many Moons JK--2015. Good slice of folk rock. Reminds me of Teenage Fanclub

"The Changing Map of Israel 3000 BCE to 2015 CE" ( ) JK--Huh? This is a changing map of the world, not one tiny realm

"Machine Learning'll Lead When Comes To Algorithmic Rent-seeking" ( ) JK--Then help yr landlord algorithmiclly evict U

I luv spam such as "NASA scientist discovers anti-wrinkle cream." That's way more important than protecting their skin from cosmic radiation

Catch me et al speaking at IEEE "Rock Stars of Big Data," Austin TX, May 24

Morning email finds some stranger praising my blogs & then asking me to plug some conference they're not asking me to speak at. Get real.

Justin Trudeau's been Canada's PM for all of 6 weeks. Been far more US press coverage of him than his predecessor's sum total over 9 years.

Winter solstice. It's always good that the new year begins on a positive trend: the gradual waxing of day.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Eggnog by Luna from In The Spirit JK--1992. Promotional record. Sweet brief instrumental by Dean Wareham & crew.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Christmas At Th Airport by Nick Lowe from Quality St JK--2013. "Don't save me any turkey. I found a burger in a bin"

“Men’s Fitness” magazine. It’s all about superficials. They focus on growing your pecs rather than lung capacity. Oxygen-starved lunkheads

What’s the future of #datascience look like? @KirkDBorne explains in our Field Guide: 
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I complied yesterday with yoga teachers request that we sing along with the song she was playing. I’m a reasonably good karaoke Mellencamp

Sitting here in Barnes & Noble marveling at the fact that people still buy physical literary products--eg “books”

“I know this isnt politically correct but” has become the standard phrase for attempting to justify any sentiment that is patently offensive

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In) by White Denim from single JK--Good First Edition cover.

"Copter flying over Bad Axe believd 2 B from Homeland Security" ( ) JK--Anywhere called "Bad Axe" is asking 4 trouble

Battleme "Shake Shake" ( ) JK--2015. Latest #KEXP Song of the Day podcast. Love this charging rocker.

Put up the outdoor Xmas lights this afternoon. Hard not to regard this as a neighborhood competition. But we pale.

A wild red fox darted in front of our car yesterday. He narrowly avoided annihilation on the killing field we call Franconia Road.

Putin admires Trump. I assume that the American’s portrait sits on his desk next to his other hero: Stalin.

All my postal mail today is junk, and all of that is privacy statements. Thanks for encroaching on my private wastebasket.

Public restrooms should have smart sensors that squirt indelible red dye on people who use stall but attempt to leave without washing hands.

Yoga teacher saw us wobbling, assumed we have same weak side, asked "is every1 here righthanded today?" I said I'm a leftie, but just today

Read everything I was meaning to read today at work. Analyzed everything worth analyzing. Commented on everything in my pushy email manner

Wife just gave me chocolate truffle. Doesn't look or taste like a mushroom. Hope this bonbon wasn't sniffed out in the forest by French pigs

I actually am going to work scattered days over the next 2 weeks, interspersed with time off. Great period to work relatively uninterrupted.

Substitute yoga teacher gave us massages. She asked if there's anything we didnt want her 2 do 2 us. I said "dont bill us for your services"

Flattery? Me 5-3-13 ( ). This guy 8-21-15 ( ). Uses my exact same terms 2 frame value dimensions

Data science professionals: Register for #Datapalooza Seattle, Feb 9-11:  #rockyourdata
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Showcase your best Spark apps at Start here: 
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"Is Work-Life Balance a Myth?" ( ) JK--Yep. I'm still working on life-life balance.

RT @kexpplaylist The World Ender by Lord Huron from Strange Trails JK--2015. #KEXP 10th most-played LP of year. Near top o my personal faves

"5 Data Science Leaders Share Predictions for 2016 & Beyond" ( ) JK--Includes #IBM Paul Zikopoulos @BigData_paulz

If I ever take an interest in th birthdays of everybody I ever once received an email from or sent one too, Windows Live Mail comes in handy

"How to Quit Smoking in Your Sleep" ( ) JK--But if you're truly able to smoke in your sleep, that's quite a talent.
Q&A with new #IBMdatahero, @bobehayes covering his #bigdata learning curve & predictions: 

My workouts are very much like my work. Strenuous exertion shifting constantly from one pattern to the next. Budgeting my limited energy.

Working effectively inside IBM involves keeping a mental map of the place in your head at all times. Try wrapping your head around that!

A5 - competitions need a problem with known answers. @kaggle is working on ways to focus community on any form of dataset/prob #DataSciChat
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A5: Kaggle & other open #DataScience communities are best at cracking challenges for which there's no obvious commercial payoff #DataSciChat

A5: Any challenge in which "expert wisdom" remains stumped is suited to crowdsourcing. Give self-taught mavericks a shot at it #DataSciChat

A4: Re #DataScience for Social Good, see also "Collaborations and correlations in the common cause" ( ) #DataSciChat

A4: #DataScience for Social Good is part of corporate good citizenship. See my blog  #DataSciChat

A4: #DataScience for Social Good is part of corporate good citizenship. See my blog 

A3: People gravitate to leading-edge challenges in their careers. Many data scientists see Social Good as such a challenge. #DataSciChat

A3; Data scientists enter and remain in the field of many reasons. Money not always one of them. Many want to change the world #DataSciChat

A2: Ensembled deep learning models enable more robust predictions on speech, face, & other media recognition tasks #DataSciChat

A2: Not "either/or." Ensemble models enhance replicblty of predictive rslts. Deep learning enables more powerful descriptive #DataSciChat

A1: Data science is science (via the scientific method). It's an effective way to identify systemic reasons for why things are. #datascichat
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A1: Data Science scales human capability, as other tools do. It will enable advances, people solve the problems in the end. #datascichat
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A1: Data scientists should focus on tangible outcomes they have decent chance of influencing. "Save the world" too grandiose #DataSciChat

A1: Data science delivers so-called "actionable intelligence." But it's powerless if the right decision makers don't act on it. #DataSciChat

A1: Yes, curing cancer & other grand challenges are valid goals for data scientists. But data science alone is insufficient #DataSciChat .

Can't wait to get started tweeting on Data Science & Social Good on #DataSciChat

"Reinvent Yourself+World" ( ) JK--Our leading Spark thinkers eg @HoldenKarau host 'office hours' at SoMa coffee shops

"Sil Val mastrminds join forces 2 keep robots frm killng us all" ( ) JK--By "working for us" U mean 4 non-evil people?

"Smart Cities the Biggest Drivers of Internet of Things" ( ) JK--Predicts smart homes will be biggest starting in 2017

In honor o Ludwig Van's 245th, Alex celebrates "gorgeousness & gorgeosity made flesh." A bit o' th ol' in-out in-out 

My mind is deliciously blank. Not sure if that will facilitate or frustrate my return to work tomorrow. I’m all written out.

Twitter seems to be having an All-Cliche Day. Haven’t seen a shred of thoughtful commentary this morning. People exhausted from the year.

In taking our houseguests touristing down Pennsylvania Ave today, we were all squeamishly confronted w/Trump's Federal Triangle development.

Trump's candidacy is educational for the American electorate. Help them gauge their own receptivity to an obvious self-styled dictator.

One of my houseguests from out of the country was delighted to visit Lincoln Memorial. He knew it primarily from "Forrest Gump."

Three Types of IoT Analytics: Approaches and Use Cases …

Still haven't put up our Xmas decorations. Not really ready till we've celebrated Beethoven's birthday & then Solstice. No big-ass hurry

"What Is Spacetime, Really?" ( ) JK--IMHO, it's flat & turbulent--i.e., flatulent. That explains the cosmic bubbles.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Palest Pearl by Pure Bathing Culture from Pray for Rain JK--2015. Another good 1 from this Portland electro-pop group

Houseguests. While the wife is taking their coats & setting out snacks, I’m distributing the Wi-Fi password. That’s teamwork!

Friends offering us use of their timeshare in Whistler BC. Damn right we’re taking them up on that! Alpine air becomes us.

Feels like Christmas season in Florida. Except for the small fact that I happen to be in Virginia right now.

WSJ articl refers to “those outside the Beltway.” We’re literally a quarter-mile outside it. Would moving 1 neighborhood over change my POV?

Social media. When commenting on th affairs of the day, it's essentially the "omigod squad." Everyone feels they must express constant alarm

Friday, December 11, 2015

Aweekstweets November 22 to December 11 2015: the week I hadn’t the foggiest on how I’ll flog the logs & cogs

What's weird about seeing my older stuff retweeted is how it reswizzles my mind. Which of that stuff is worth revisiting? Do I still care?

IBM #DataWorks comes to @IBMBluemix offering point and click data prep. Details here: 
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These short promotional videos for motion pictures. Do they call the storage devices where those are stored the Trailer Park?

Daily multitasking dilemma: how to give every task my undivided divvied-up attention?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Time Baby 3 by Medicine JK--1994. LA group. Cocteau Twins' Liz Fraser guesting on backgrnd vox. Very Cocteaus-trippy!

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Big Black Coat by Junior Boys from Big Black Coat JK--2016. Ooh. I like it. A supple old-school electronic pulse.

Email systems should have an automated script that immediately deletes any message with "open immediately" (or variant) in th subject field.

"Big Data at NASA" ( ) JK--Lends a whole different dimension to the phrase "big as all outdoors." The void beckons!

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Hey Lucinda by Tindersticks frm The Waiting Room JK--2016. Love this one. Sounds like late-nite barstool conversation

Sparkathon: It's Raining Data. Join hackathon here:  #weathermeans biz

"IBM Exec: Hackathons Are New Proofs Of Concept" ( ) JK--We have online hackathn on weather data analytcs going on now

Developing a slideshare of analytics industry predictions in 2016. I predict there will be 12 months in 2016. Beyond that, just dart throws.

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp She Shakes by Pure Bathing Culture from Pray for Rain JK--2015. Portland OR group. Great radio-ready pop sound.

You know Christmas is getting too commercial when you get more old-fashioned Xmas cards from businesses than flesh & blood friends & family.

Novo Nordisk, #IBM Watson Health to create ‘virtual doctor’  via @WSJ @IBMWatson #healthcare

#Quantum computers won't just be faster - they'll tackle what's impossible today.  #quantumcomputing

"New Personal Cognitive Assistant Gabriel “Whispers” In User’s Ears" ( ) JK--Really? God instructs you on daily tasks?

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp In the Beginning by Weyes Blood from Cardamom Times JK--2015. Beautiful soul-stirring soaring folksinging.

"AI Ethics a New Focus at Cambridge Univ" ( ) JK--"Existential risk" akin to climate change and biological warfare

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Let It Loose by The Rolling Stones from Exile on Main St. JK--1972. Cool airy soulful in a woozy sort of way.

"Most outlandish theory yet 4 what killd off th dinosaurs" ( ) JK--Dark matter did em in: plot o "Land Before Time XV"

An implementation of "A neural algorithm of Artistic style" in TensorFlow 
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RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Country Road by Merry Clayton from Gimme Shelter JK--1970. Love how she funked up this James Taylor song.

Scientists prove that high-powered computational physics can never definitively predict all interactions ( )

Because I'm in high-tech, my wife seems to expect me to have an innate understanding of every feature in every device containing a microchip

Spent much of the day doing my 2016 social/content marketing campaign planning at work. Herding cats large & small, most of them purring.

"Uber Gets Green Light for Jakarta" ( ) JK--And will intensify the already maddening gridlock in Indonesia's capital.

"IBM Awarded IARPA Grant to Advance Research Towards a Universal Quantum Computer" ( ) JK--Check out the infographic.

"Defining and Sizing the Industrial Internet" ( ) JK--Floyer's report is more than 2 years old but still very valid

Mouse-blindness: that freakout moment when you frantically jerk your mouse hand back & forth searching for that elusive on-screen pointer

"How 2 Build Data Science Teams" ( ) JK--No unicorns, but green alligators, long-neckd geese & humpty-backed camels OK

"Metaphors of Big Data" ( ) JK--These are mostly ridiculous. They're also mostly similes, not metaphors.

"New IBM Cloud Service Enables Developers to Create Apps that Tap into Vast Amounts of Unstructured Data" ( )

"Beyond The Beacon.." ( ) JK--Forrester sees scant retailer adoption of in-store beacons 4 location-bsd proximity mktg

"The Power, Promise and Pitfalls of Big Data" ( ) JK--Title's hard to say without spraying.

"Wikipedia Deploys AI to Expand Its Ranks of Human Editors" ( ) JK--Auto-identifies cyber-vandalism to site's content

I'm also surprised that few have included Lord Huron's "Strange Trails" on their best-albums list of 2015. I dig it: 

"NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums o 2015" ( ) JK--Surprised nobody mentiond Panda Bear's gr8 LP: 

#KEXP last week at Dexter & Denny studio. Here's me & DJ Kevin Cole in station lobby in Sept 2007.

#KEXP last week at Dexter & Denny studio. Here's me & DJ Riz in station podcast booth in Sept 2007.

#KEXP last week at Dexter & Denny studio. Here's me & DJ Jon Kertzer in station library in Sept 2007.

It seems like every day that the GOP plutocrat racist frontrunner opens his mouth is a day that will live in infamy. Too many to count.

Letting this nauseating presidential campaign play itself out. I already know I'm voting for Hillary. I don't need a real-time idiocy feed

Charlie Hilton "Pony" ( ) JK--2016. Portland artist. Charlie's a she, by the way. Good one. Debut LP in January.

Eleanor Friedberger "He Didn't Mention His Mother" ( ) JK--2016. Upcoming release. Good one.

Watching “Annie Hall” rather than the news. Nostalgia, you might say. 1977 was a simpler, happier time. Everybody got along. La-dee-da.

New #IBM jk blog: "Zeitgeists, wind gusts and the analytics of environmental turbulence" ( )

I've winterized th yard. By that I mean I've removed every fallen leaf from th lawn, beneath thoroughly bare trees. A blank slate soon blanc

A good morning. Another day of use-or-lose vacation time. Use it or lose my marbles.

Pete Seeger's Rainbow Quest TV show. 1966. Johnny Cash and June Carter ( ). Episode never aired. Johnny was wasted.

Glad to have given the workouts a rest for a few days. Been happily lazy as guest in our friends' house. Watching far more cable than usual

Thanks LinkedIn for informing me how several hundred people I may/may not know are progressing/stagnating in their careers. Keep me posted

Was fun attending a piano recital for music students in Philadelphia this afternoon. Wife & I both sensed which kids had a real feel for it.

Our host Stuart showed us th townhouse they're in the process of flipping in inner Philadelphia. The building's perched on a massive spatula

We parked in Cherry Hill NJ. As good excuse as any to play this Billy Joe Royal song:  . But not a thrill after dark

At Barnes & Noble reading first few pages of actress Judy Greer’s memoir about growing up in the typical midwestern suburb Livonia Michigan

Contemplating the analytic substrate of modern experience is like fussing over threadcount of your silk sheets. Don’t think. Just luxuriate

Watching a San Antonio travelogue. What most people remember about the Alamo is that it lacks a basement. Thank you Pee-wee!

Watching “Good Day Philadelphia Weekend.” Commercials for Poconos resort we stayed at a few years ago. Fairly relaxing, quiet, forested.

The older I get the more conscious I am of the contours of the back of every seat I occupy. I want a subtle Shiatsu while I sit.

Checking the morning’s headlines online. Too many. Where to start? What to pretend isn’t happening in the world?

"Donald Trump: CNN Says Will Not Pay Pres Candidate to Appear at Upcoming GOP Debate" ( ) JK--Then pay him to shut up!

My 2 non-selling tech/biz books soured me on ever doing it again. By "it," I mean spending months on any composition that's not pure me.

Love this Twitter spam: "Dear friend: As one of best seller on , Do you want to cooperate with us?" I authored 2 dogs

RIP Scott Weiland. Leader of grunge hitmaker Stone Temple Pilots. Here's one of their big ones from 1992: 

"11 Cool Ways to Use Machine Learning" ( ) JK--You know what would be even cooler? A 12th that summarizes it in 1 page

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Power Child by Night Beats from Who Sold My Generation JK--2016. New Sounds very 1968 psychedelic acid rock. Great!

Ted Cruz's roommate in college wins for quote of the year.
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"Could Self-Driving Cars Spell End o Ownershp?" ( ) JK--Ownd autos sit idle 95% o time. Ride-as-a-svc makes more sense

"New & much improved Google+" ( ) JK--Really? Then don't tell me someone "added you back." Don't need disloyal friends

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Gravity's Gone by Drive-By Truckers frm It's Great To Be Alive! JK--2015. My fave of theirs. Sound like indie Skynyrd

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Don't Wanna Be Anywhere by La Luz frm Weirdo Shrine JK--2015. Bandname means "the light." Fitting. Like golden sunset

"Quantum dots could bridg gap btwn electronic & quantum computers" ( ) JK--Nanostructure, electron spin, strong magnet

"Zuckerberg and Chan Pledge Billions to Charity in Love Letter to Baby" ( ) JK--I love the photo of the 3 of them.

"Gartner’s Strategic Predictions Spotlight Digital Assistants" ( ) JK--Smart agents to drive mobility in "postapp era"

"Watson Says Wearables Will Sell This Season" ( ) JK--Especially among movie-goers and video-gamers

Comedy Central has transitioned its late-night hosts very well. Noah & Wilmore both occupy their timeslots very well. Fun to watch.

Got far more sleep than normal last night. Put stresses on my lower back. Walking it off. Diminishingly rural distant Philly suburbs. NJ.

I told little Lauren that if she counts sheep she’ll fall asleep. If they baa baa softly, sleepy bye will come faster.

I always enjoy driving on I-95 in Baltimore. The extensive port reminds me this is the very heart of the Eastern Seaboard.

"Tracking and monetizing the genome of human mobility" ( ) JK--My third favorite thing I wrote this year.

"The Bogus Bogeyman of the Brainiac Robot Overlord" ( ) JK--My second favorite thing I wrote this year.

"The Fantastic Visualization Voyage Through the Deep Data of Human Physiology" ( ) JK--My fave thing I wrote this year

I'm pretty burned out on social media. I don't need online friends. I simply need friend friends. Call me oldschool.

One of my favorite chuckles in the later seasons of "Mad Men" is all these easterners imagining that California would be their salvation.

Looking forward to a day's worth of manual labor in & around Philly tomorrow with Stuart & his crew. I like doing real stuff. Really mean it

Hanging with our friends Antonius & Seri in south Jersey at their daughter's place. Hung with them last year at their place in east Java.

Vacation. It's only been a few days and already I have more than 500 unchecked emails among my various accounts. The pile comforts me.

Took a detour off I-295 here in southern New Jersey. Glad we did. We find the fields and towns down here to be very pleasantly Americana.

"Mad Men" season 6 episode 12. Pete Campbell, meeting GM in Detroit, says he's excited to eat at London Chop House. I found it ordinary.

"Amazon Reveals New Delivery Drone Look" ( ) JK--OK. So why does the idea still feel harebrained?

"The Race to Create Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Heats Up" ( ) JK--OK. I'll believe it's real when I see a working prototype

Today is first day of "meteorological winter." If I understand correctly, the Weather Gods opted to sync their season with a human calendar?

I enjoy watching my randomest tweets retweeted by the randomest bots. The universe is just waiting to catapult my stray bits every direction

Dreary drippy cold raw end of November. Gotta get away from this. Where to? Philly? Yeah, that makes sense.

Bought & downloaded "The Very Best of the Fleetwoods." Huge guilty pleasure. Feather-light romantic pop confections from late 50s/early 60s

Four-day weekend, followed by one day of work, followed by seven days of vacation and weekend. I’m cool with that cadence.

"Scientists developing solar panel that doubles as Li-Fi receiver" ( ) JK--Li-Fi uses LEDs for networked comms

Tommy James & Shondells "Hanky Panky" ( ) JK--No truth to the rumor that it was originally called "My Baby Puts Out."

Last day of the month. I'm never sure when the right time is on this day to tear the page off the paper calendar. Remove the past from view.

"IBM’s Watson Predicts Cyber Monday’s Top Products and Trends" ( ) JK--Download the app here: 

"All Things Open 2015 - Spark & Storm: When & Where?" ( ) JK--Good comparative slideshare by @carsondial

"How Silicon Valley is disrupting space" ( ) JK--Launching low-cost low-footprint satellites into low earth orbit.

"Who Can Successfully Regulate Artificial Intelligence?" ( ) JK--The infographic expresses powerful decision framework

"How machine learning will affect your business" ( ) JK--Good overview of likely impact on business cost structures.

"Big Data & Law o Diminishing Returns" ( ) JK--"If too many degrees o freedom, U R begging for a spurious correlation"

"Education not adequate defense against rise of th robots" ( ) JK--No, but a few good karate chops might subdue them

Robots will take our jobs. And then a new race of robot Johnny Paychecks will come and tell us to shove it: 

Spark: Fostering community innovation 

"Introducing a Universal Translator for Big Data & Machine Learning" ( ) JK--SystemML accepted into Apache Incubator.

Cyber Monday. I think it means you need to buy online today because at midnight all retailers shut off online shopping forever. Last chance.

Latest scientific study reveals that nothing is good for you, everything causes cancer, and the conventional wisdom is pure hooey.

"Your Adult Siblings May Hold Secret To A Long Happy Life" ( ) JK--"Secret"? Why didn't Mom+Dad share it with you too?

"The problem with endless discussion of disruptive innovation" ( ) JK--You mean apart from the vacuous abstractions?

Hmm, ok, brick&mortar retailers not freaking out over "showrooming" as much anymore. Doesn't mean they're not toast, though.

Oh, that's good. Not a lot of IT industry news over this past 4-day weekend. Apparently, people know how to give it a break.

Dear : No I dont want 2 meet th candidate her husband or any1 else in her campaign. And won't donate. But I will vote

Left bodyworks class this morning at the very start. Instructor who cant modulate her voice below a shout turned up stereo volume full-blast

No point commenting on all the depressing things going on in the world right now. Social media has become an echo chamber for all that.

People exaggerate the weight gain attributable to a single meal: Thanksgiving dinner. We shrugged ours off. And continued our workouts.

I’ve long had a thing for that Blondie singer. When’s she gonna divorce that Dagwood doofus?

Glad I have Obamacare as an option for my grown children. A national online healthcare insurance marketplace simplifies lives.

I always count on the holiday season to dissolve my memories of the year now ending. It’s all too close for true perspective. Give that time

Contemplating my navel. Or, rather, the fact that “navel” is “Levan” backwards & I grew up near Levan Rd. Cosmic connection. Ommmmmmm

Shirtsleeve weather. Perfect way to begin the Christmas shopping season. In a T-shirt here sipping coffee at Panera.

On the whole, a good Thanksgiving. By which I mean the communal feast progressed deliciously in keeping with my people's sacred tradition.

63° sunny and pleasant. Something else to give thanks for.

Holiday etiquette: never refer to the person doing the basting as a “bastard.”

These Broadway musical dance numbers are great on 34th St, but I’d like to see off-Broadway actors screaming edgier material at each other

Obama pardons the national turkey. Which raises a disturbing question: How many of the birds are doing hard time in our nation’s prisons?

That sake really hit the spot. No I’m not gonna show you my spot.

New #IBM jk #Dataversity column: "Data Science to Change The World or Scratch an Itch" ( )

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp What Part Of Me by Low from Ones and Sixes JK--2015. Love this song. It's got a great romantic make-out vibe to it.

Drafted next #IBM jk blog: "Zeitgeists, Wind Gusts, and the Analytics of Environmental Turbulence"

Let's see. As jingle-bells season gets underway, who'll jangle, wrangle, and strangle the joy by pointlessly politicizing it all. Go away!

Big Data University is a great resource for free online education in big data analytics. Extensive course catalog. 

"AI's largest-scale innovs aren't happening in cars or robots but in customer svc" ( ) JK--Learning from interactions

"The Algorithms of Self-driving Cars" ( ) JK--Effort underway to model selfish/social behaviors inspired by bumblebees

Bezos & Musk spar over respective space-commercialization exploits on Twitter ( ). Elon posts smartypants tweaks.

"Bidirectional Traversals in Space" ( ) JK--They considered attempting that during the Apollo program. But too risky

Trump had never publicly revealed his full brutality & racism until this presidential run. American public needs to note 4 future reference

#IBM Turns Up Heat Under Competition in Artificial Intelligence ( ) SystemML open-sourced.

Thanksgiving week at work is a good time to wrap up threads of tasks ongoing. Fewer new tasks enter the stream. People drifting holiday-ward

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp The Lakes of Canada by The Innocence Mission from Birds of My Neighborhood JK--1999. A total winter vibe to this song

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Maybe Love by Weyes Blood from Cardamom Times JK--2015. Exquisitely beautiful voice of yearning & mourning.

New #IBM jk #InfoWorld column: "It's springtime at last for cognitive computing" ( )

New #IBM jk #TechTarget column: "Social learning to instill confidence in data science applications" ( )

Drafted latest TechTarget column: "Social Learning To Instill Confidence in Data-Science Applications"

3 Keys to a Smooth Migration from Data Science to Predictive Analytics 

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Duncan by Paul Simon JK--1972. From his first solo LP. Sort of a maritime equiv of "The Only Living Boy in New York"

"How DIY Could Help User Adoption of Big Data" ( ) JK--Discusses how APIs & cloud svcs, eg Watson, enable DIY data-sci

"Timeline of Terrorism" ( ) JK--Longitudinal study '70-'04. Data shows most terrorist groups only active 4 single year

"NIST Announces Winners of Its First-Ever App Challenge" ( ) JK--Data-sci-app devel on NIST's rich reference data set.

"AI Draws New Connections 4 Personalization" (  ) JK--Sensing taste "in the moment," not historical buying affinities

Wife & I both rooting 4 current “Jeopardy” champ to lose. This Laura woman’s whiny trail-out down-dipping vocal tic is seriously irritating

"Satellite Sensors Would Deliver Global Fire Coverage" ( ) JK--That's a cool animation.

"How Robots Can Quickly Teach Each Other 2 Grasp New Objects" ( ) JK--Social learning o algorithmic neuromusculr intel

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Deeper Water by Public Image Ltd JK--2012. Lydon turns 60 in January. His punk pipes now sound cinematically majestic

"Sabermetrics: Baseball Analytics & Science of Winning" ( ) JK--Practice been around longer than Louisville Slugger

"PLOS & DBpedia: experiment towards Linked Data" ( ) JK--Cool proj uses Wikipedia 2 drive online-science auto-indexing

Old big-data myths dont die. They just retire to engage in endless big-data orgies up in Valhalla, Olympus or wherever it is busted myths go

"Machine Learning & ‘Human-In-the-Loop’ Computing" ( ) JK--Human judgment adjust algorithm-generated confidence scores

"Rock-hard abs." As if we literally want to resemble Thing from Fantastic Four. Some of those dudes actually do: 

RT @kexpplaylist #kexp Good Morning Good Morning by The Beatles JK--1967. Lennon said song inspiration was Kellogg's Corn Flakes advert.

Streaming analytics now on #Bluemix  designed to help visualize and continuously analyze data #IBMStreams

Washington DC Area Apache Spark Interactive 

"Preparing the next generation for the cognitive era" ( ) JK--Excellent #IBM preso by @brandsteve

Greenland glaciers continue collapsing ( ). When all's over, what was once all white will finally live up to its name

"D.C. smells like marijuana, and residents don’t really care" ( ) JK--Dulls the pain of living amid politicians.

"Motorized unicycles whiz through city streets" ( ) JK--Last week I saw biz-suited dude on one of these. Gimme gimme!

It's fairly ridiculous to kickoff what most people think of as a season of lights with an event called "Black Friday."

RT @harrymccracken: Do you have to pay the fine before or after you die?