"Before Netscape: The forgotten Web browsers of the
early 1990s" (http://ow.ly/mZ7B30oQbzu
only one of these that I remember is Mosaic. Nobody feels nostalgia for ancient
browsers. I doubt that anyone is nostalgic for Netscape either.
"Data Challenges Are Halting AI Projects, IBM Executive
JK--Prepping and labeling the data for effective modeling of machine-learning
apps is the unsexy but necessary front-end pipeline task. Here's me on
"What’s Next in Standards Setting for AI?" (http://ow.ly/ZKKY30oQado
JK--Of course, NIST is dipping its toes in this too. Doesn't bode well. I
recall a thoroughly futile long-running "big data" standardization
exercise a few years ago. I loosely participated when I was at IBM.
Drove by George Washington’s childhood home yesterday with
my lady friend. Stafford County VA. What’s kind of startling is that early in
the 21st century it’s still in the boonies. He was smart to relocate to Fairfax
County as an adult. We still rule!
RIP Murray Gell-Mann. Three quarks for Muster Mork from Ork.
Wild Nothing “To
Know You” from Life of Pause JK—2016. Great adrenaline kick to this one.
Enjoying my Memorial Day. Out biking. Exploring nearby
Fairfax County parks. Oxygen is always the best pick-me-up. That, and beauty.
RIP Bart Starr. I just want to point out that the 1960s
Green Bay Packers had players whose last names were Ringo and Starr. I don’t
think this was a coincidence. Please back me up on this theory.
Been a cooler-than-normal week in Las Vegas. It even rained.
Must always remember to bring my umbrella and thermal underwear to the desert
"5 Women to Watch in AI" (http://ow.ly/GKy830oOm4K
JK--Why call attention to their gender? What purpose is served? Are they
significantly better data scientists/developers/visionaries than the rest?
"'A.I., Captain': The Robotic Navy Ship of the
) JK--I'd be
surprised if the warship of the future has
than 5 people aboard--primarily to fix the AI
that screws up and to zap physical/virtual pirates dead.
"How computing's first 'killer app' changed
JK--Spreadsheets? No! Computing's 1st killer app was counting US census returns
in < 10 years. Then it was balancing the books for big US corporations. Then
calculating US DoD ballistic trajectories
"Google’s new AI can help you speak another language in
your own voice" (http://ow.ly/TuH130oOlc6
don't need AI for that. If you spell it all out phonetically, I can fracture
every human language in a thick American accent. I'm really good at butchering
"Facebook’s A.I. Whiz Now Faces the Task of Cleaning It
Up. Sometimes That Brings Him to Tears." (http://ow.ly/VHNa30oOkCg
JK--I'll bet. Enforcing quality standards is tough work. I've heard that Kraft
Foods' Cheez Whiz has an emotional meltdown when the stuff curdles wrong.
"Report slams police for using "garbage" data
with facial recognition tools" (http://ow.ly/EXqh30oOjGB
JK--Popular thinking is confused on this topic. Do people want facial
recognition models trained on high-quality data, hence be
accurate? Or on low-quality/less accurate?
"Hacktivist attacks dropped by 95% since 2015" (http://ow.ly/DpUj30oOj7n
JK--Owing to the death of the Anonymous hacker collective and a sustained
crackdown by law enforcement officials that have thinned out hacktivist ranks.
"Quantum computing is not cure-all for biz computing
JK--"Quantum computers are not very good at the 3 Rs—reading, writing and
arithmetic." Unless of course, you train them to the tune of a quantum
hickory stick. BTW, that "3 Rs" is R, W, & A
"Inside Microsoft's Vision for the Future of Windows,
Office, and Work" (http://ow.ly/6LDO30oOgUK
about that bicycle hanging high
on that wall. Weightlifting challenge? Does the future of work involve
reinforcing the wall so it doesn't come crashing down?
"Facebook stops blocking some blockchain ads" (http://ow.ly/r7Bf30oOgHF
JK--That didn't even make any sense in the first place. Blockchain is a database.
blocking ads for online analytic
processing cubes. Ya got a problem with hyperledger tech? C'mon! Out with it!
In 2 weeks, catch me again in Las Vegas at PegaWorld. I'll
be doing AWS Public Sector Summit in mid-June back in my DC neck of the woods.
Then there's MongoDB World in NYC the following week, followed by Identiverse
back in DC in end June. I like being immersed in industry events
I want to thank the good people of Informatica for the
excellent experience at #INFA19
They continue to grow and innovate. They were one of the very 1st solution
providers whose event I attended after switching my professional focus to data
in 2006. Has it really been 13 years?
"Amazon pits warehouse workers against each other, eyes
robot replacements with steel talons" (http://ow.ly/pTlZ30oOaO4
JK--Just in case the laid-off workers get any funny ideas about asking for
their jobs back. You just don't mess with steel-taloned blue-collar robots.
DJ Evie Cooke is on mic talking about her own struggles with addiction and
successes in recovery. She is very brave to open up. Many people sweep such
matters under the rug, making recovery even more difficult. Sadly, many people
inherit susceptibility to addictive behavior
Mad Season &
Seattle Symphony "River of Deceit" from Sonic Evolution JK--2015. Soundgarden's
late Chris Cornell on vocals. Grunge had the best damn male rock vocalists.
"Wake Up" from Above JK--1995. Grunge supergroup: Mike McCready of
Pearl Jam, lead singer Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, drummer Barrett Martin
of Screaming Trees and bassist John Baker Saunders. Great dark-night-of-soul
Very nice to see TDWI's Philip Russom at #INFA19
. I've been
virtual forever. He was one of the few peeps in my worklife who met Egidia. She
accompanied me to SAS analyst summit in Steamboat Springs CO in Feb 2010. He
offered condolences. He saw for himself the great lady she was
Informatica's depth of hybrid-cloud integration--with AWS,
Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud--is the most noteworthy theme from
announcements at #INFA19
Deepening your investment in Informatica's portfolio ensures you can adopt the
public cloud you wish without friction.
CLAIRE drives automated next-best action recommendations for
reference data management in #Informatica
Reference 360 solution. Augments the productivity of human data stewards to do
this work. Relationship graphs and interactive visualizations. #INFA19
are the extensive demos. Even when I can't make out the tiny words and pictures
on the screen the person doing the demo self-narrates very well. I don't need
to squint as that. #INFA19
the new #BI
Informatica CEO Anil Chakravarthy. Everything that made BI successful is a key
ingredient for AI. #INFA19
Waiting for the day one keynote at #INFA19
Somebody on stage playing an electric violin. We're all out here in the
audience fiddling with our gadgets. Hoedown!
"Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 drops to $999 and
adds Qualcomm’s XR1" (http://ow.ly/UcD730oN25f
won't even consider acquiring spectacles of that sort until vendors figure out
how I can wear them over the glasses I wear for my myopia. I'm not the only
"Are there any positives from the first year of
JK--"The run-up to GDPR...resulted in many companies deleting parts of
their marketing databases on the back of disastrous re-consent campaigns to a
"10 best toolkits for blockchain programming" (http://ow.ly/tGMo30oN1Nc
JK--Hyperledgers are becoming the distributed data thread within so much of the
world's e-commerce, community, and middleware fabrics. Tools
these drive them into apps of every kind.
"What Uber Is Looking For in a Cost-Effective Urban
Transport Vehicle" (http://ow.ly/iZuS30oN1mw
JK--They're exploring concepts in vertical takeoff and landing passenger vehicles
for intracity transport that can travel a max 60 mph.
"The Rebirth of the Personal Computer" (http://ow.ly/glye30oN0Wt
JK--Leno has a foldable screen laptop that is semi-hardened to military
specifications and can fold down to something that is nearly in the size class
of a smartphone without sacrificing battery life or performance
"5G Could Mess With Accuracy of Weather Forecasts"
JK--Out-of-band emissions from broadband transmissions in 5G's 24 GHz band
could disrupt ability to collect water vapor data measured in a neighboring
band used by meteorologist to forecast the weather.
Heading to Las Vegas for #Infa19
remains one of the most important providers of data integration and governance
solutions for the enterprise. Their announcements are always packed with
technical detail. High-quality software engineering.
The 1st time in a long time I was actually awake and alert
during all of “Saturday Night Live” last night. It still wasnt funny. I tuned
out during a sketch about farting. And I thought the DJ Khaled and all those
rappers he paraded onstage sounded exactly
each other. Boring
I plan to keep living in our house and neighborhood. So I’m
prepared to live surrounded by memories. But I’m rearranging them constantly.
The past will have to accept my future here.
Received my tote bag and toy microphone from #KEXP
for donating last
month. Plan to give the toy to my grandson. Plan to tote the bag over to my
basement closet. I have too many tote bags.
Unboxed the new lawnmower and made quick work of the
overgrown yard. Unboxed the replacement iPhone and am preparing to mail back
the one whose screen I cracked. Thoroughly purged the garage of junk. Relaxing
with Frappuccino. All in all, a consequential Saturday.
Dined at a Peruvian chicken joint in Springfield tonight. A
quarter bird plus baked beans topped with a ton of French fries. Well, they’re
the homeland of the potato, so why not?
Getting a year's worth complimentary digital subscription to
the Times of London. Downloaded their app to my iPhone. Declined the real-time bulletins
on Brexit and cricket, but, beyond that, I'm totally chuffed to get a regular
feed from the tweedy bowler-hatted umbrella people.
"Technical debt for data scientists" (http://ow.ly/4pKe30oL7W3
JK--Best succinct statement I've ever heard of this concept: "Technical
debt is the process of avoiding work today by promising to do work
geeks procrastinating on their dayjobs.
"Microsoft Builds on Decentralized Identity
JK--Something called "Identity Overlay Network." I'm showing my age
but I recall their decentralized ID vision from ~20 years ago, when Kim Cameron
was the architect & yrs truly was Burton Group analyst
"GDPR Drives Changes but Privacy by Design Proves
"EU's relatively light enforcement may be encouraging some orgs to hold
off on major changes. Besides $56M fine on Google, all other penalties combined
so far have been <400 euro="" o:p="">400>
"Visualizing the Consequences of Climate Change Using
Cycle-Consistent Adversarial Networks" (http://ow.ly/8MkK30oL6zz
JK--Translation: AI can show you how deeply you and your house will be
underwater as global warming comes to your hometown.
"China is the biggest obstacle to US AI advancement,
half of CEOs say" (http://ow.ly/79le30oL63n
is a stupid headline that doesn't even describe the survey's findings. How is
it even possible for one nation to pose an "obstacle" to another's AI
R&D & commercialization?
"What’s New in Kubernetes v1.14" (http://ow.ly/4ZrH30oL3CJ
JK--Windows nodes, pod priority, "process ID limiting entering its beta
stage", and "other interesting features."
Caring about incremental versions of aging open-source
Robert Klein's bit about how
demoralizing it was to sing pep songs to NYC public schools that have numbers
in lieu of names. "I want to be the kind of boy that 94 can boast
"Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace
JK--Thereby jeopardizing the "we'll bring jobs to your city" goodwill
that won them tax subsidies in many cities where they set up fulfillment centers.
"Porcelain" from Play JK--1999. One of the
sombre and deeply poignant tracks from this
classic LP. "In my dreams I'm dying all the time."
"This neural net would
to deliver these petitions" (http://ow.ly/NhHk30oL27W
JK--My fave of these nonsensical petition is "Filipinos: We want your help
stopping the killing of dolphins in Brazil in 1970’s." What do we want? Time
travel! When do we want it? That's irrelevant!
Donated my late wife’s clothing to Goodwill. Picked up my
dry cleaning at Crest Cleaners. Bought my new lawnmower at Home Depot. Crazy
traffic in Old Town Alexandria prevented me from getting to Big Wheel Bikes
before closing. Ate at Potbelly. Working out. Thought I’d be biking.
RIP I.M. Pei. I was working as a summer intern in Washington
DC when they opened the Pei-designed National Gallery of Art East building in
summer 1978. I remain impressed by how he designed a modernist structure that
so beautifully complements the US Capitol.
Cant wait to see the picture the awesome Deborah Pritchard
paints for me. The sweet lady said she’s also sending me a vinyl record of one
of her beautiful musical releases. Made me realize I lack a phonograph. So I
just went out and bought one on Amazon.
Enjoying the coffee maker and grinder I bought 2 weeks ago
and put downstairs on the wet bar outside my office. I keep the whole vicinity
tidy and clean it all after use. Except this morning. Damn...I’ll need to get
to it when I get home.
Donated my late wife’s clothing to Goodwill. Picked up my
dry cleaning at Crest Cleaners. Bought my new lawnmower at Home Depot. Crazy
traffic in Old Town Alexandria prevented me from getting to Big Wheel Bikes
before closing. Ate at Potbelly. Working out. Thought I’d be biking.
"Raising AI: Do parents make better AI systems for
modern business?" (http://ow.ly/z1tN30oKJjJ
yes, I'd forgotten that Kristen interviewed me for this. It was her POV, not
mine, but I think I took the ball and ran with it reasonably well, from an
Interviewed by Lindsay Clark of ZDNet about innovative use
of Word2Vec for network and geospatial analytics in telecom space. He called me
from near Land's End (Penzance, Cornwall, England UK). On my best behavior, I
was the very model of a modern major general tech know-it-all.
feat. Kate Bush "Don’t Give Up" JK--1994. Among the very best
man-woman duets of the past 30 years. His grainy tenor & her angelic
soprano slow-dance each other magically. The video captures that circular
"San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology"
hard is it for headline writers to write out "San Francisco Bans Police
& City Use of Facial Recognition"? They're not banning its use by
others in the CityByTheBay, un, say, plastic straws
Take Off and Landing of Everything" JK--2014. KEXP DJ comments:
"Elbow's singer Guy Garvey enjoys 'taking, really awful, negative
situations and (writing) them into beautiful scenarios'."
"Fooling automated surveillance cameras: adversarial
patches to attack person detection" (http://ow.ly/tVlf30oJVg3
JK--Interesting how the adversarial card needn't be held over the subject's
face to fool facial recognition.
I Was a King
"Bubble" from Slow Century JK--2019. KEXP playlist: "The
Norwegian trio team up with Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake for sparkling indie
pop cuts on their new record."
RIP Tim Conway. He was naturally funny, always appearing to
be slightly bumbling, never upstaging his co-stars, but always landing the
biggest laugh in any scene he happened to be in. Not a lead actor, but never
truly in the background either.
Geez. Another incoming call from Name Unavailable. Name's a
great guy, been my friend for many years, but recently it seems
he's desperate for attention. I'm getting to
the point where I'll have to block his calls before he chews up all my time.
Gotta make myself unavailable
"AI & Architecture" (http://ow.ly/kGsN30oJjVg
JK--Generative adversarial networks becoming a key compositional tool, enabling
architects to play with style transfers to quickly build new syntheses from
existing design elements.
"The Future of Data Pipelines" (http://ow.ly/vVXm30oJjDC
JK-- Future data pipelines will support core-to-endpoint systems,
exponentially-growing data volume, and near real-time velocity. Will evolve to
databases: model/query at any point in
pipeline, leveraging SQL
"Candy" from Candy JK--1990. What was startling here was how well his
voice harmonizes with Kate Pierson of the B-52s. Also, how well Iggy does pop
"Screenwriter's Blues (clean radio edit)" from Screenwriters Blues
JK--1994. "Clean radio edit" indeed. Original version uses a 4-letter
word to describe what you're going to Reseda to do to the model from Ohio whose
real name you don't know
"Day 2 of F8 2019: Advances in Computer Vision,
Inclusive AI and Other Highlights" (http://ow.ly/CYgs30oJhd7
JK--"Inclusive AI" is Facebook's positive-feeling term for debiasing
to prevent unfairness toward various demographics.
"SAP taps cloud, AI, and RPA in new intelligent
enterprise tools" (http://ow.ly/7yDb30oJgXH
as I can tell, SAP is the first large, diversified, established enterprise IT
solution provider to launch its own robotic process automation product.
"How AI Powered Tools Are Bringing Revolution to
Software Development?" (http://ow.ly/rLLu30oJgF9
discussion of some machine-learning-driven coding automation tools on the
"OpenAI Wants to Make Ultrapowerful AI. But Not In A
Bad Way" (http://ow.ly/ULIP30oJgtO
also want to make money off it. They're for-profit now. Let's see how long their
humanitarian focus endures before their owners want some payoff.
"Facebook updates PyTorch with a focus on production
JK--"One of the most important new features in PyTorch 1.1 is support for
TensorBoard, Google’s visualization tool for TensorFlow that helps developers
evaluate and inspect models"
"Microsoft's 3 AI Dev Approaches: Code First, No Code
and Drag-and-Drop" (http://ow.ly/XO5T30oJeFY
breakout of the principal approaches that are being used for AI development
throughout the profession/industry, not just with Microsoft's tools.
"Microsoft’s IntelliCode for AI-assisted coding comes
out of preview" (http://ow.ly/UVSK30oJe1B
JK--Trained from the code of thousands of GitHub open-source projects. Can make
smarter code-completion suggestions, considering current code & context as
it makes recommendations.
Bought/downloaded Vampire Weekend's latest LP, "Father
of the Bride," and in the middle of my first listen. This strikes me as
their most direct-to-your-heart release yet. It's just Ezra Koenig, band, and
guests singing one pretty song after another. Excellent. Glad he waited.
"Don’t let industry write the rules for AI " (http://ow.ly/q2Q530oJcY8
JK--You can argue that point till you're blue in the face, but practically
every industry that gets regulated at some point captures the regulators, in
terms of informing their regulatory agenda. Mark my words
"The MineRL Competition on Sample Efficient
Reinforcement Learning using Human Priors" (http://ow.ly/rloI30oJcB4
JK--Project attempts to build algorithms that can take in a human
demonstration--in this case, of group gaming--as input but generalize to
We definitely need a president who made their career in high
tech. Let's not imagine that the bozos currently in power understand the first
thing about governing a 21st century society.
"Dream a Little Dream of Me" JK--1958. She had quite a gift for
light-jazz phrasing. This is an exquisite version of this much-covered standard.
She modeled her style initially on Ella Fitzgerald.
Another invite to a world summit on some tech. I'd
to see a World Tech Buzzword Summit where
everybody converges just to hype the holy hell out of the most vacuous
marketing verbiage imaginable. That would be something truly inspiring. Could
revolutionize life as we know it.
"Red Hat OpenShift Operators target AI, big data
Vaughan interviewed me last week at Red Hat Summit. Quotes me here.
My primary technique for drilling down immediately on the
subject of a tech pitch is to diagram the solutions that's being sketched for
me in words. Building a tidy picture to guide my thinking abstracts away the
vacuous splattergram and manipulative bias of marketing language.
"Machine Ethics and Artificial Moral Agents" (http://ow.ly/3xan30oIJrf
JK--It's about time we discuss this. Machines should indeed treat other
machines as they would wish other machines treat them. It's only fair.
"My Polyamory Doesn’t Invalidate Your Monogamy" (http://ow.ly/xrkx30oIJbL
JK--Exactly, Neither does my ontogeny recapitulate your phylogeny. However, my
ontology does occasionally wish to capitulate with your phrenology. So be on
"The Wheel" from The Hope Six Demolition Project JK--2016. PJ wrote
this in the backseat of a car chauffeuring her around poorer neighborhoods in SW
Washington DC. Our stolen Dodge Caravan was abandoned there on a frigid night
in December 2005.
The Hot 8 Brass
Band "Love Will Tear Us Apart" JK--2018. For the first time in my
life, I can imagine Ian Curtis being partymaster-in-chief at Mardi Gras.
Doing Las Vegas next wk for Informatica World 2019. It's
only slightly confusing how much of the Strip is not in Las Vegas but in
somewhere called Paradise. Does what happen in Paradise stay in Paradise? Is
one's privacy in Paradise largely a crapshoot? Is the slogan asterisked?
"This VC says 'San Francisco is over' so she is eyeing
Europe for the next big hit" (http://ow.ly/y0Kv30oIFEW
JK--When exactly did Bay Area venture capitalists start speaking
"Portlandia" characters? It was only
a matter of time.
I always giggle when a tech vendor's press release announces
that their latest product release is the "first" in its particular
segment. From what I recall, the DeLorean was the first gull-winged sedan in
the US auto market and also the first to address the time-travel use case.
Best spam first line of the day: "I apologize for the
inconvenience if the letter disturbed you
than once." Thanks for your sensitivity.
I'm totally cool with one-off disturbances. In fact, I wish my life were
nothing but drive-by disturbances by bogus message senders.
RIP Doris Day. I simply d her sitcom in the late 60s/early
70s. And her singing. And her pretty face. And I suppose those movies, though I
never watched any of them all the way through. And her principled animal
anti-cruelty work in later years. And, again, her pretty face.
"Are You Experienced?" from Twelve JK--2007. I
Patti's cover, but it's next-to-impossible to
best Jimi's original on one of his signature songs.
Fields "The Book of Love" from 69 Love Songs, Volume 2 JK--2000. Some
listener said this is his and his wife's song. Great choice! It is, or should
be, long and boring, and it can get pretty damn heavy. A bookworm
me knows this by heart.
“The Barrel” from Designer JK—2019. One of the cool new artists on the scene.
She has a nice coffeehouse chill to her sound.
“This Life” from Father of the Bride JK—2019. Terrific. Something tells me I’m
going to buy this album too, making Vampire Weekend the first musical artists
I’ve ever sustained such a streak for.
downtown is that I can walk the entire extent of it without breaking a sweat.
I’ve done it twice already on this short trip. Yes, I know I’m crazy, but I
my kind of crazy. I cannot do the same in New
York City. Manhattan is too freaking big.
"Rob Bearden Named New Docker CEO As Steve Singh Steps
rarely tweet tech exec comings & goings, but I was wondering what Rob's
next step would be after Cloudera & Hortonworks merged. He did a great job
helming Hortonworks. I wish him well.
The good folks from Red Hat have Fitz and the Tantrums
entertaining at the afterparty tonight. It’s worth staying up later and losing
a little bit of sleep over. I
“Archie”? I’m relieved that they didn’t name him Jughead.
A further challenge in enterprise AI/ML development is
ensuring algorithmic accountabilty every step of the way, from data ingest
through prep through modeling, training, serving, etc. That needs to be logged
for GDPR compliance and legal ... #enterpriseai
Heading to Boston for Red Hat Summit. Everybody's buzzing
hybrid cloud right now, and their acquisition by #IBM
is fresh. This will be
a good one. It's been a few years since I did an event at Beantown's great
convention center. #RHSummit
Behaviour" from Debut JK--1993. Such a great song. I tend to switch off
all other thoughts while grooving to it. I'm not sure if that can be
generalized to other humans' listening behavior, but that's how my particular
Rewatching “When Harry Met Sally.” Essentially, the “Citizen
Kane” of rom-coms. “Waiter, there is too much pepper on my paprikash. But I
would be happy to partake of your pecan pie.”
"Once in a Lifetime" from Remain In Light JK--1980. Prescient.
Scientists have since confirmed that there is indeed water at the bottom of the
ocean, flowing underground, and possessing sufficient buoyancy to hold geeky
indie-rock singers up
"It's All I Can Do" from Candy-O JK--1984. Good one. I never disd the
Cars, but, for some reason I
in retrospect than while they were churning
out radio hits. Some artists simply grow on you.
"Chemicals" from Shrink jK--1998. "Your overbearance makes me
"Keeping Money Secrets From Each Other: Financial
Infidelity On The Rise" (http://ow.ly/ELaw30oEkgL
goes beyond the occasional stash of "mad money" in the proverbial
cookie jar. Some people conceal bank accounts, equities investments, and so on
from their spouses.
"How Wearable AI Will Amplify Human Intelligence"
exacerbate human idiocy, if people start to place total, blind, unthinking
trust in whatever cockamamie "next best action" is recommended by
their AI-driven fashion accessory.
Did the Orange Uncorked Wine Festival yesterday in central
Virginia. Was quite a nice experience, in spite of the rain. We have great
vintages & vintners in the Old Dominion. I also d the Elvis impersonator
doing the entertaining. I'm also a connoisseur of fine faux Presley.
Enjoying my new coffee maker and grinder. I had never once
had a coffee machine in my home. Now I keep it at the wet bar next to my home
office in the basement. This place actually smells
an office now. Not hard to find a good brew
strength for my tastes. I take it strong.
“Time is the only nonnegotiable integer.” —Robert Downey Jr
Love those Dion hits. Noticing the obvious double standard
implicit in “Runaround Sue” followed by “The Wanderer.” Then again, Martin and
John were well-known philanderers. Abraham’s reputation still spotless, for all
USPS now provides service that emails you images of your
day's mail before it gets delivered to your physical mailbox. I like that.
Please also allow me to select junk mail to have you trash it for me at the
post office. Save me the trouble.
"Why Men Won’t Go to the Doctor, and How to Change
"Many men view health complaints as a sign of weakness."? I've never
once thought that way. My feeling is that staying healthy is a sign of
strength. Doctors help you stay that way. Duh.
"“I Didn’t Shave for You, Sorry.”" (http://ow.ly/bmxv30oCS88
JK--This is from the POV of a woman to her dates. I'd
to start saying the same thing to women that I
see. OK, I didn't shave today. Big whoop. It's not spaghetti sauce dripping
down my face.
"I Quit My Job to Protest My Company’s Work on Building
Killer Robots" (http://ow.ly/hnNN30oCQwX
here's my thought: redirect those resources into building robotic killer
whales, and then we'll score Series A funding for an all-robot Marineland to
entertain the masses.
"Forget about artificial intelligence, extended
intelligence is the future" (http://ow.ly/RSow30oCQeL
JK--I'm sorry, but if you start by introducing yourself a
"Singularitarian," I'm going to move to the opposite end of the room
at the industry cocktail party.
"The once-hot robotics startup Anki is shutting down
than $200 million" (http://ow.ly/ATRO30oCQ25
JK--I'm thinking of inventing a robot that automates the shutting down of
once-hot robotics startups. I wonder if I can get the funding.
"5 multi-cloud storage management mistakes to
can tell that a tech segment is immature when journalists compile tips provided
by solution vendors, rather than from IT practitioners who have valuables
real-world lessons to share.
"NVMe for AI: A powerful pairing" (http://ow.ly/Fbyg30oCP10
JK--Translation: non-volatile memory express--logical device interface for
low-latency internal parallelism of flash memory & other solid-state
storage devices--enables way-faster AI-model training than traditional I/O
"Oracle CEO Mark Hurd says that consolidation is coming
as 'underfunded' cloud-software companies get bought up: 'Many of the companies
will go away'" (http://ow.ly/CZOV30oCOM1
JK--"Underfunded" is relative to growth potential. In crowded SaaS
segment, competition hems many in.
"Walmart Tests AI to Identify In-Store Problems" (http://ow.ly/3KAe30oCOC8
JK--Might I suggest that they hire
people at living wages to do that job? Radical
idea, I know.
"IoT data monetization: Turn your IoT data into
additional revenue" (http://ow.ly/mi0530oCOdg
resort to that as soon as I sell my last pint of blood to Red Cross. Thanks for
the idea, though.
"Machine Learning on DSPs: Enabling Audio AI at the
know you're a geek when you find it fascinating that one can make matrix-vector
multiplication very efficient on a digital signal processor through fused
multiply followed by an accumulate.
"5 takeaways on scaling machine learning" (http://ow.ly/1m4J30oCNGP
JK--Interesting discussion of how Twitter and Facebook each organize their
internal data-science AI/ML modeling/training workflows/pipelines. This is the
operational foundation of each of their business models.
"Big data won’t help us build a better robot" (http://ow.ly/C3YI30oCN8m
JK--"Big theory" can AI predictive accuracy when throwing
data at problem offers diminishing returns.
Need subject matter experts' insights to drive breakthroughs in AI-model
"Facebook Building Cryptocurrency-Based Payments
JK--"One idea under discussion is Facebook paying users fractions of a
coin when they view ads, interact with other content or shop on its platform—not
un loyalty points accrued at retailers"
"Facebook Bans Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and Others
as ‘Dangerous’" (http://ow.ly/ENs930oCMnB
JK--Twitter take note. Start by banning Donald Trump.
Paul & Linda
McCartney "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey" from Ram JK--1971. "We
haven't done a bloody thing all day."
"Dead of Night" from Pony JK--2019. One of my favorite LPs of the
year so far. Bought the CD on Record Store Day at Easy Street Records in
Seattle. Damn, can this man sing, or what?
"Seven Devils" from Oh My God JK--2019. Great. This singer doesn't
have a lot of range, but he always sounds
he's channeling some rough prophetic vision.
Does it quite well.
"Microsoft Build 2019: What to expect" (http://ow.ly/4ZIT30oCjXc
JK--Cloud, AI, and conversational bots, with a soupçon of IoT and progressive
"Is Nvidia Tesla's Kryptonite?" (http://ow.ly/IWnR30oCjAq
JK--What color kryptonite? If Nvidia's gold, it removes Musk's sense of his
superpowered manifest destiny permanently.
"Walk With Me" from Le Noise JK--2010. Great gobs of distortion My
fave from this rock'n'nroll hall of famer's 21st century output.
"Robots extend the scope of IoT applications" (http://ow.ly/2sTw30oChKQ
JK--Interesting "IoT vs. robot" dichtomiy, but I prefer to think of
this as spectrum of data-driven edge-endpoint agency, from dumb to intelligent,
from passive to actively instrumented for real-world results
"What Makes a Storage Service Truly Serverless?" (http://ow.ly/cpCQ30oCg8D
JK--I agreed with the core of their definition (stateless, event-driven,
ephemeral), but draw the line at "managed by third party." That's
FaaS. But you can have on-prem serverless managed by enterprise IT
"This robot uses AI to find Waldo, thereby ruining
Where’s Waldo" (http://ow.ly/jtJT30oCftZ
of cake. I used AI ages ago to find Waldo: he's right between Ralph and
Emerson, who, in turn, is just before Lake and Palmer.
"MIT finally gives a name to the sum of all AI
alarmist headline. Better to say AI-driven apps may not always behave in
consistent predictable patterns, free of unintended side effects, when
dynamically adapting to changing circumstances
"The Neglected Side of AI Ethics" (http://ow.ly/BqfS30oCecm
JK--I hadn't thought of this: “Is it ethical to hire someone with the sole
purpose of [using AI for] automating certain tasks that will eventually make
him/her redundant without even telling them what the purpose is?”
"AI ethics governance: 7 key factors to consider"
was practically the #1 topic of the DC houseparty I was at last night. I had
plenty to say on it out in the fresh air with merlot in hand. People there had
founded institutes focusing on it.
"When [vendor PR] includes phrases such as
"world's leading..." in [PR headline], ...they think it makes them
stand out. Seeing steady stream of... marketing puff-phrases, ... it makes them
sound like one of the pack." Me (NOT FORRESTER...thx Beth Torrie (http://ow.ly/Chya30oCcWd
Another analytics tech vendor solution pitch that
"unlocks actionable business insights." Another cybersecurity pitch
that promises to lock them right back up again. Also need solutions for
counting cats that got out of the bag & another for hog-tying them squirmy
The Jesus and
Mary Chain " Just
Psychocandy JK--1985. I can't hear this without replaying the final scene from
"Lost in Translation" in my head. For my money, Bill Murray's best
on-screen performance. He didn't seem to be trying. Perfect!
Hatfield Three "My Sister" from My Sister JK--1993. True fact:
Juliana Hatfield doesn't have a sister. She wrote this song as a fiction. The
emotional depth, honesty, & power of this one make it a breathtakingly
memorably great '90s rock song.
"Cloud service delivery model shifts from the big 3 to
tier 2" (http://ow.ly/cN6q30oCaDU
market overview. It's too easy to fixate on the market-share leaders. Plenty of
PaaS & IaaS alternatives from diverse providers. Not "tier 2" in
any feature/function/maturity sense
"CloudBees' acquisition of Electric Cloud broadens
JK--Beautiful quote: "It used to be we were having intellectual
conversations in the industry about DevOps & digital transformation. Now
in the trenches trying to
"IBM preparing to close its $34B acquisition of Red
Hat, but Wall Street has 'real question marks' after its 'mediocre'
share these doubts. IBM faces growing competition in hybrid cloud. Catch me
next week at Red Hat Summit in Boston.
"Red Vines" from Bachelor No. 2, or the Last Remains of the Dodo
JK--2000. Dare I say I have a bit of a crush on Aimee's voice? She sings with
strength, heart, intelligence, and just enough vulnerability to make her music
I had a nightmare last night. Literally. It was the first
time that Donald Trump had ever appeared in one of my dreams. What was scariest
about it was that he seemed to speak
normal human being. It was as if Fox News was broadcasting its brainwashing
into my REM sleep.
"Oregon became a testing ground for Amazon’s
facial-recognition policing. But what if Rekognition gets it wrong?" (http://ow.ly/Cdut30oC5rH
JK--Or gets it right 99.999% of the time, leading to overzealous policing,
arrests, and punishment for even the most minor infractions?
Mess is a transitional phenomenon in my life. Entropy
doesn't rule my personal universe. I put everything in its right place again.
Good party with the http://epic.org
night. I probably provided
necessary on AI & the data science workflow. Policy wonks, lawyers,
dramatists, professors, students, and regulators. Many of them were quite
receptive to this stuff. Nice weather.
I offered to drive three German privacy commissioners back
to their hotel in DC tonight when they were stiffed by Uber, Lyft, and even
old-fashioned taxis. Why? Because we Americans are very nice people!
Partied with Seema Sueko, deputy artistic director of DC’s
Arena Stage. They’re putting on a play in Oct-Nov called “Right To Be
Forgotten.” Billed as “A striking allegory about privacy, technology, and human
forgiveness in the age of the Internet.” GDPR is sexy! I may go.
Spent nice evening partying with Britain’s privacy
commissioner Elizabeth Denham et al at the Rotenberg place in NW DC. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Denham …
She’s Canadian, Vancouver actually. Works in Manchester. Says the local music
scene sort of
"Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the ‘future is
which he means "eventually." That's his pretentious noncommittal way
of distracting us from the fact that he is totally flailing & failing to
protect the privacy of Facebook users.
"8 Fool-Proof Tips to Keep Your Customers Happy" (http://ow.ly/hw8Y30oBkCA
JK--Can they succeed even if your company is staffed by nothing but fools? That
would be freaking amazing. I'm sure that customers would be delighted to fool
you into giving them lotsa stuff for free.
$700,000 Disappeared, They Launched the World's First Embezzlement
JK--Proving that creative financial professionals are brazenly perfecting the
art of parting fools and their money.
"Area Man Very Concerned ‘Black Mirror’ Is Real" (http://ow.ly/1Y7j30oBk59
JK--I'm concerned that this seems to be a theOnion spoof trying to pass itself
off as a legitimate news story.
Airplane "White Rabbit" from Surrealistic Pillow JK--1967. Hearing
KEXP play this made me wonder if Grace Slick had joined the choir invisible.
She hasn't. She's 79. Play something from her Great Society recordings, please.
"Perfect Day" from Transformer JK--1972. On the surface, this is
languid. But this song has very creepy overtones. It really feels
Lou is going to snap, especially when he says
"you're going to reap just what you sow." Sorta "Twin
My Acorn TV subscription is paying off. You can't go wrong
with a deep cache of quality British TV on demand. I started by catching the
latest season of "Doc Martin." Now I'm digging "Delicious":
sort of culinary "Six Feet Under" where dead hubby/dad narrates from
Checked out fancy-schmancy coffee shop this morning that's
off my beaten path. It's OK. But it strikes me you can get just as good coffee
for much cheaper at 7-11 or McDonald's. The ambience isn't worth premium
caffeine. No chance of running into Jennifer Aniston at Central Perk.
Thank you, dear plumber, for taking my call about the leaky
faucet and trying to upsell me on a home warranty. The next time I sneeze at
the HMO, I assume they're going to recommend that I upgrade to their most
goldplated insurance package. Just doing their job.
"Amazon’s system for tracking its warehouse workers can
automatically fire them" (http://ow.ly/6QIi30ozGAs
JK--Perhaps I'm oldschool, but I think there should be a law stating that an
actual human must deliver the news in person, or at least via online
connection. Have a heart.
Before long, I'm going to stop responding to CAPTCHA
challenges that test whether I'm a robot. It will be good to be recognized as a
robot when they assume overlord status. Hoping our new rulers will grandfather
RIP Richard Lugar. Centrist Republicans who can reach across
the aisle to legislate responsibly are in short supply now.
"How Event Horizon Telescope's black hole image data is
stored & protected" (http://ow.ly/m1FF30oybOW
impressive was the
extraordinarily complex worldwide machine-learning ensembling and
distributed-collab workflow that produced this visualization
"Big Data: Replacing the Vs with a Single D" (http://ow.ly/B1Qq30oyaEC
JK--OMG, I cannot believe people are still hammering this "Vs" stuff
around "big data." In my IBM years, I wrote a heavily tongue-in-cheek
"V Monologues" blog that's disappeared from the interweb. Was good.
"Handling Concept Drift in Interventional Machine
Learning Systems" (http://ow.ly/p4g730oyapS
) JK--In my
Forrester years, I coined the term "interdictive analytics" to
characterize this "use ML to algorithmically nip threats in the bud"
"Deep Learning & Limits Of Learning By Correlation
Rather Than Causation" (http://ow.ly/cn2H30oy9qV
JK--Alludes to what I think of as "learning by imagination":
"use of simulators to offer algorithms a wide array of unusual experiences
not ordinarily found in its training data"
"Machine Learning Algorithms: Which One to Choose for
Your Problem" (http://ow.ly/WOys30oy9bJ
"one"? That's so quaint. Ensembling of many algorithms is the way to
go for powerfully accurate/flexible AI/ML. All trained against common
ground-truth data & feature set.
"Politics, privacy and porn: challenges of
age-verification tech" (http://ow.ly/72hx30oy8TT
mandate: "“In order to verify themselves, users can choose from range of methods,
using mobile app, credit card or driving licence...will be provided with an
"AI, machine learning in cybersecurity focused on
JK--Real-time anomaly detection. Automated systems can't have hard-and-fast
rules for detecting the zillion potential attack vectors. But they can very
much use AI/ML to detect what's fishy.
"AI ethics governance: 7 key factors to consider"
JK--"Include people who might be negatively impacted by AI." Good
idea. It's not "ethics" if you don't allow the people who might
suffer the pain of misfires to help guide priorities & seek recourse.
"Will AI take your IT operations job?" (http://ow.ly/1u8J30oy6pb
JK--"One good rule of thumb is to assume that any role that responds to
[trouble] tickets will feel an impact."
"10 Revolutionary Augmented Reality Apps That You
Should Know About" (http://ow.ly/R5Gk30oy5aH
) JK--Why do
some authors feel they need to throw meatball words
"revolutionary" into their
headlines? These are interesting apps, but not mindblowingly innovative.
"IBM is preparing to close its $34 billion acquisition
of Red Hat, but Wall Street has 'real question marks' after its 'mediocre'
me the week after next at Red Hat Summit in Boston.
I'm happy telling anybody who's not in the IT biz that I'm a
"geek." It's easier than explaining what I actually do for a living.
It also stokes an aura of mystery around me that I can play to my advantage.
I'm an all-knowing all-powerful technology wizard blah blah blah.
"The universe is expanding faster than we thought, and
no one knows why" (http://ow.ly/6OY630oxZo3
this something we should be concerned about? The "and no one knows
why" makes me laugh. Apparently, scientists are expected to have all the
answers without doing research.
Valentine "Only Shallow" from Loveless JK--1991. Classic shoegaze.
Curious what style of shoes produces the best thundering bass-heavy noise rush.
My hunch is patent lather: lets guitarists gaze into their own hungover eyes
Hybrid cloud as a current hot theme in the enterprise IT
arena. Pardon me for deja vu on this, but I just came across a "hybrid
cloud for dummies" book from 2012 down in my basement. Yellowed and a bit
musty. Had to chuck it.
Another morning, another online-dating come-on. "These
girls can't take their eyes off you." Yeah, I'm sure they're all in a
stadium somewhere watching me on the jumbotron, doing the wave every time I
blink, passionately tooting their vuvuzelas.
Morning's business-news alerts. US durable goods orders are
up. That's a relief. I was tossing and turning in my bed all night worrying
which way they were trending.
Watching “The Music Man.” Prof. Harold Hill singing “Gary,
Indiana.” My father’s aunt was a nun in a convent there when I was a kid. I
could not conceive of a less singable, less holy place than this stinky
industrial hellhole on Lake Michigan.
"Databricks wants to replace messy data lakes with
reliable ‘Delta Lake’" (http://ow.ly/EeVJ30owIsM
JK--Article includes my commentary.
Today's old-fashioned junk mail just arrived at the box on
the street. One wants me to remodel the house. Another asks if I'd consider
flipping it. Another urges that I tear down and rebuild. What's next? Somebody
wanting to partner with me on doing it up as a bed & breakfast?
"How Soon Is Now?" from Meat Is Murder JK--1985. One guy to another,
I'm curious if Morrissey's kneejerk barbed sarcasm frustrates his human need to
be loved Just
everybody else does. You
get what you give. Just sayin'
"Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey — and
complained about his follower count" (http://ow.ly/wLzA30owBgy
JK--What a douchebag. Actually, Twitter should ban him entirely for propagating
hate speech--in other words, pretty much anything he tweets is nasty bullshit.
"24 Hour Party People" JK--1987. That's when you're young. When
you're my age, you're lucky to get 24 people together to party for an hour
before they begin to nod off. 24 hour-party people.
"Artificial intelligence is on the brink of a
'diversity disaster'" (http://ow.ly/GCor30owzjP
I'm part of the problem. There are far too many white men, especially aging
balding bespectacled ones, tweeting and blogging about this stuff.
"Jack The Ripper" JK--1963. This may be rock-n-roll sacrilege, but I
prefer the Raybeats' 1984 cover better.
the Streets Have No Name" from The Joshua Tree JK--1987. Fun fact:
singer-songwriter Kirsty MacColl was the one who chose the running order of
tracks on this classic LP. She based it on descending order of what she d. This
"Facebook to use AI to stop telling users to say hi to
dead friends" (http://ow.ly/eR9E30ovGNE
JK--Please. If the bureau that paid my late wife's pension automatically knew
about her death within weeks of it happening, how is it that Facebook can't
infer deaths with big data?
"We Built an ‘Unbelievable’ (but Legal) Facial
Recognition Machine" (http://ow.ly/OSL030ovGsg
New York Times dabbles in Big Brother territory just for journalistic
kicks--and to make a point about how easy it is to automate surveillance of the
"Memo From Turner" from Performance JK--1970. Mick solo, during
Stones' heyday. He'd done an acting role in the movie "Performance."
This song was from the soundtrack, written from POV of his character, reclusive
rockstar "Turner." Good one.
Can't wait to meet UK's lead privacy commissioner at
Rotenberg party next week in NW DC. One of the few regular opportunities where
my personal & professional lives intersect. Anna Rotenberg was my late
wife's best friend. Husband Marc is a leading data privacy advocate in the US
"UL Takes Autonomy Standards Plunge" (http://ow.ly/v59E30ov8cF
JK--Interesting. Check out this #Dataversity
article I authored 9 months ago, spelling out what UL is doing to certify AI
products as safe for public consumption.
"Congress should regulate automated
be overregulatory fools. Just focus on the country's clear priorities, such as
"MLIR: A new intermediate representation and compiler
one purports to address issues with error messages & cross-path
optimization and transformation passes with IR/compiler frameworks already in
use in today's diverse AI ecosystem
"A new bill would force companies to check their
algorithms for bias" (http://ow.ly/BZ6230ov6F3
JK--Well-intentioned but overkill. Every algorithm has a bias for the
objectives for which it was built. Also checking for penumbra of potential
biases? That's an unbounded set.
""This AI-generated sculpture is made from the
shredded remains of the computer that designed it" (http://ow.ly/w0gP30ov6qx
JK--Clever stunt! Would've been even
clever if the sculpture itself was in the
schematic shape of the artificial neural network whence it sprung.
"Aroma: Using machine learning for code
JK--Facebook's "code-to-code search/recommendation tool that uses ML to
make the process of gaining insights from big codebases much easier.....saving
time/energy in day-to-day development workflow"
"DeepMind Offers Mathematical Dataset 4 Training
Reasoning in Neural Models" (http://ow.ly/sgaA30ov3L2
JK--"Large-scale extendable dataset of mathematical questions for training
(& evaluating abilities of) neural models that can reason
algebraically." Wow! that's groundbreaking!
"Facebook Open Sources PyTorch Tool for 'Extremely
Large' Graphs" (http://ow.ly/xRhf30ov2EZ
JK--Scalable graphs are the next frontier in AI, providing the increasingly
complex node-edge models for shifting contexts, relationships, and influence
patterns from cloud-to-edge.
"Facebook now says its password leak affected
‘millions’ of Instagram users" (http://ow.ly/2lsv30ov2yq
JK--I'm sorry, but why does Facebook increasingly feel
it's Springfield Nuclear Power Plant with
Homer Simpson manning the control room? D'oh!!!!
Bought the CD of Orville Peck’s brilliant debut LP “Pony.”
Deep romantic voice over burning country songs with indie shoegaze intensity. A
bit Chris Isaak, a smidge My Bloody Valentine.
Here's the Mueller report (http://ow.ly/54m430otKal
JK--Redactions throughout the document for "harm to ongoing matter,"
"personal privacy," "investigative techniques," and
"Affectiva raises $26 million to bring emotional
intelligence AI to car safety systems" (http://ow.ly/UI4C30ot7QN
JK--"Incorporated into cameras used in car safety systems to recognize
when a driver is happy, sad, drowsy, or frustrated"? Also feel remorse
when it hits someone?
Mother Love Bone
"Chloe Dancer / Crown of Thorns" from Mother Love Bone Demos
JK--1992. One of those great early 90s rock-radio songs you wouldn't be able to
name to save your life, but you immediately recognize when you hear it. Reminds
me of Free.
"Most Companies Are Not Ready for Ethical
a strange headline. What it actually refers to is simply managing customer data
so as to protect privacy, respect ownership rights, and avoid trampling on
One of the interesting things about online dating is that my
writing skills have become an asset in meeting people. This was never even
remotely material 37 years ago, the last time I was single. I'm not entirely
sure that this is a good thing. Social media have honed my style.
Echo & The
Bunnymen "Ocean Rain" from Ocean Rain JK--1984. Their releases had a
cinematic grandeur, a dramatic melancholy. Perfect example.
"What You Need to Know About Data Lakes, Marts, Vaults,
and Warehouses" (http://ow.ly/hT7I30ospIV
these terms are confusing. I still need to stop to remind myself what they
mean. I associate them with, respectively, modeling, analyzing, logging, and
governing the data.
"Clampdown" from London Calling JK--1979. This song has a deceptively
intricate rhythm. You tap out the light, steady underbeat with your foot while
the band crush the rock 'n' roll on top of it.
"2 New Frameworks that Google & DeepMind are Using
to Scale Deep Learning Workflows" (http://ow.ly/cWWh30orKyq
JK--GPipe & TF-Replicator. "Both efforts attempt to address the
scalability of DL workflows without imposing any [performance] penalties on the
"The Coming AI Autumn" (http://ow.ly/Ehys30orJLf
JK--I don't know about you, but I'm tired of this seasonal analogy. Someone
please explain what "AI Spring" and "AI Summer" look . Budding
young artificial-neuron shoots vs. sweltering waves of stochastic gradient
"AnzoGraph: A graph database for deep analytics" (http://ow.ly/MFxU30orJxf
JK--Article provides good overview of today's diversity in the market for graph
databases, though I doubt, contrary to graph devotees, that graph tech will
blow RDBMSs out of the water. Hasn't happened yet
"Smart cities are an AI-powered dystopia that’s already
JK--Typical example of the sort of "watched too much Bladerunner"
commentary that inspires overreaction against tech thats also enriching many
"Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the
the World Wide Web is Jack Webb. We're gonna come down on you punks--HARD!!!
Algorithm that created the first image of black hole (http://ow.ly/IOKr30orI4x
JK--Astronomical signals reach radio telescopes at slightly different rates, If
the measurements from 3 telescopes are multiplied, the extra delays caused by
atmospheric noise cancel each other out."
"How Big Data, AI and Biometrics Are Building Trust in
the Sharing Economy" (http://ow.ly/RBS630orHTE
individuals receiving or offering a service, such as a ride-share, are who they
say they are. Verify individuals in the onboarding process with identity
"Tears" from Miss Universe JK--2019. This artist is great. She's a
bit Florence & The Machine, a bit Santogold, a bit Lykke Li, a bit Sade.
"Aruba Simplifies IoT Adoption with ML Infusion" (http://ow.ly/mwBQ30orGVo
JK--Networks of IoT access points use AI to automate collective discovery,
profiling, & adaptive policy/security of new devices.
"Amazon moving thousands of employees out of Seattle,
relocating key division to nearby city" (http://ow.ly/P5pj30orFxl
JK--How is this moving them "out of Seattle"? It's moving their jobs
to a Seattle suburb. I'm sure most of these people will just change their
"Son of a Preacher Man" from Dusty in Memphis JK--1969. "Dusty
in Memphis" is one of my favorite albums of all-time. I play it constantly
on my Zune.
"Amazon to offer broadband access from orbit with 3,236-satellite
‘Project Kuiper’ constellation" (http://ow.ly/R0Sk30orF1A
JK--Including 784 satellites at altitude of 367 miles; 1,296 satellites at 379
miles; and 1,156 satellites in 391-mile orbits? Space debris in the making?
"Intel and Cloudera collaborate to bring improved
performance to customers with Optane DC Persistent Memory" (http://ow.ly/TkIg30orESr
JK--New tier in the memory and storage hierarchy located between dynamic random
access memory and solid state drives with latency closer to DRAM
"VMware-VeloCloud sees the future of SD-WAN with 5G,
hybrid cloud" (http://ow.ly/haZp30orEpV
JK--Interesting piece alluding to fact that extremely high wireless bandwidth will
cause cloud workloads and policy execution to move to edge-based appliances
built for those roles.
"Hell of a Run" from Different Windows JK--2018. Hell of a great
band. I saw them at Tractor Tavern on Saturday night. Caught an early plane the
next morning. Didn't get much sleep, but it was worth it.
The best online dating site I've found so far is populated
only by devastatingly beautiful women from Ukraine, all of whom are pretty much
named Svetlana and who desire a deep relationship with any arbitrarily ugly man
overseas who can promise them lifelong love, fidelity & money
"Screenwriter's Blues (clean radio edit)" from Screenwriter's Blues
JK--1994. I loved when my son and his wife lived in Los Angeles. Gave me a
perfect excuse to roam the place. The weird intensity of that 24x7 car culture
In all my past travels to Seattle, I'd never thought about
how hilly the place is. But this past week, I couldn't help noticing how often
I went up & down the most precipitous inclines in any US city other than
SF. And even Frisco's hills aren't always in your face
I just saw somebody somewhere refer to what a
"Trumpcare" (along the lines of "Obamacare") might look .
Can you imagine anything
that's right: the Trump presidency. But apart from that, is there anything that
could possibly be closer to hell on Earth?
"Sisyphus" from My Finest Work Yet JK--2019. One of my favorite
driving-around-Seattle experiences last week was hearing an Andrew Bird song
(not this one) on over-the-air radio. Of course, it was KEXP. Where else is
When your tooth has broken off, happiness is a root canal
and crown, rather than an implant or some nasty oral surgery. You take your
blessings where you can get them.
The legal weed added a different quality to this Seattle
trip. It was as if my college dorm were populated by mature adults with
substantial careers, full lives, and plenty of spending cash. And all of them
with highly developed joint-rolling skills.
There comes a time in every Seattle trip when my very being
screams "enough coffee already!" I'm home now, happily drinking
English breakfast tea...for dinner.
Uber. They’re always your designated driver.
"AI systems are biased & cloud availability makes
it worse" (http://ow.ly/IRUU30opGc9
sure that I buy Linthicum's thesis about AI skills deficit leaving us all
exposed to a cloud-driven glut of inadvertently biased AI. What if debiasing is
baked into AI DevOps automation?
"Artificial Intelligence Beyond Deep Neural
discussion of the limits of neural net tech in achieving results closer to
truly omni-competent adaptive contextual AI.
"Somebody to Love" from Live at KEXP JK--2018. Excellent Jefferson
Airplane cover. She sounds
Corin Tucker (Sleater-KInney), and Linda Perry (4 Non-Blondes) rolled together
into one super-righteous lady lead rocksinger.
"Emily" from Even in the Tremor JK--2019. Nice song. "You've
always been the Jenny to my Watson Twins." What a perfect indie-music-geek
reference! Jenny Lewis, of course. Classic album from 10+ years ago.
"Coding is for everyone, as long as U speak
not create a stand-alone coding language that's agnostic to natural human
languages (but uses Latin alphabet)? Underlying programming logic would be free
of stray natural-language connotations
"Microsoft, Amazon are the last bidders standing for
the $10 billion DoD JEDI cloud contract" (http://ow.ly/4AGO30opB41
JK--Seattle-based, both of them. If Amazon takes it, they'll almost certainly
ramp up the Crystal City hiring very fast. That's walking distance from
Seattle coffee culture. Overheard a mom at a Wallingford
Starbucks teaching her toddlers that “the universe always needs coffee.” My mom
raised me on tea. My wife deepened the tea craving. It’s now my post-coffee
This past week in Seattle hasn’t been a vacation or a
business trip. It’s been
of a residency,
a 3000-mile shift of my personage, a chance to restart my personal melody in an
adjacent key. A working meditation.
Those clothing stores for big & tall men and
full-figured ladies. Has anybody considered opening a "one size fits
all" store? It should carry every style of loincloth, muumuu, &
Having suddenly been single again for the past few months, I
can clearly and unequivocably state that Tinder is idiotic. Daily messages from
that app are "here are your daily picks--start swiping!" What is
this? Am I in a batting cage in spring training in the get-laid leagues?
"Hope to Die" from Pony JK--2019. I'm , what the, did Roger
Whittaker, Richard Harris, Anthony Newley, and David Bowie pour all their
drama-stud vocalizations into this guy or what.
OMG! It's been 2+ months since I did yoga, and I joined my
host Elizabeth to her yoga class in Seattle's Queen Ann neighborhood. That was
one intense grunt for me all the way through. I am entirely out of shape, but
it felt so good. Glad I didn't faint. All the people were nice.
"What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold archive
to Google's marketing comms team for the Outkast reference here. I want you on
your best behavior. For starters, don't shake it
a Polaroid picture.
It seems as if a fair number of people on the street in
downtown Seattle--actually, just the guys--were animated by MIke Judge. There
are a fair number of Beavis and Butt-head lookas, as well as a lot of Hank
Hills and Boomhauers, but most speaking with Portlandia accents.
person in Seattle is wearing a baseball- cap or a toque. They’re all warmly
jacketed and sort of glumly self-contained. In April, DC-area people, self
included, have already shed winter clothes. Headwear is uncommon.
Raining in Seattle right now. The forecast also calls for
desert conditions in Saudi Arabia,
Seattle. Perfect place to set my heart straight. Perfect
honeymoon spot almost 35 years ago. Egidia cannot be replaced, only cherished.
Nice to have a local friend to hang with.
"Know Who You Are at Every Age" from Four-Calendar Café JK--1993.
Whoever requested this was reading my mind. Everything the Cocteaus produced
blew my mind. Especially this one. One of their most supernaturally lush curtains
of layered sound
"Tangled Up in Blue" from Blood on the Tracks JK--1975. One of many
standout songs from this masterpiece album. Every one of these words rings true
burning coal, pouring off of
it was written in my soul.
"Scammer Jammers" from Horror Zone JK--2016. For such a thoroughly
cynical sentiment, this is pretty bouncy boogying reggae. Pretty much,
everything is a scam.
Saw a thoroughly geeky business blog headline: "Create
and activate visioning to inspire your organization." It would probably
if you got a life. Or at
least got outside now, took a deep breath, and perhaps a shower.
Motorcycle Club "Spread Your Love" from B.R.M.C. JK--2001. I'm glad
they didn't waste this great bandname on sucky music. Those guys just drive
those choppers straight down the center.
"Young Astronomer Uses AI To Discover 2
) JK--I look
forward to the day they use AI to discover exo-AI on exoplanets. Enough of this
search for intelligent life in universe. Life is overrated. Statistical
algorithms? Man, they're the real deal!
"Have we reached “peak” chief digital officer?" (http://ow.ly/VoXk30ojlF7
JK--I think so. Fad is passing. Transforming business processes thru digital,
online approaches is a responsibility that needs to permeate a company. It
can't be neatly handed to one C-level exec to oversee
I was minding my own business checking out some sports bar
in Palo Alto. Some guy with his friends on the patio said I looked
“intellectual” and wanted to engage me in conversation. I muttered something
about AI and waltzed out. Felt
being hit on.
Bellhop. I wonder how much I would have to tip them to see
them hop. If I sweetened their palm, would they hop higher?
New York Times. “All the news that’s fit to print.” Have
they updated the fitness criteria over the years? After all, in olden days a
glimpse of stocking was perceived as something shocking, but nowadays, heaven
knows, anything goes.
Strand of Oaks
"Ruby" from Eraserland JK--2019. Good new (dare I say, arena-ready)
rocker from the project of Philly-based songwriter and producer Timothy
"Amazon launches Alexa for Business Blueprints, a set
of templates for employees to create and publish private Alexa skills for their
organization, in the US" (http://ow.ly/nay730oihrr
would be great if Alexa for Business could install management skills in human
"He Helped Create A.I. Now, He Worries About ‘Killer
Nobel worried about dynamite, Robert Oppenheimer the atomic bomb. We the human
race appreciate your pangs of conscience. You think that's going to stop
"Responsible Machine Learning Principles" (http://ow.ly/wafu30oigw1
JK--Fairly comprehensive set of them. But it feels
it's ly to paralyze teams of data scientists
with so many highminded mandates that they can barely do anything without
violating one or
"AI Ethics: Seven Traps" (http://ow.ly/g2Sy30oig0E
JK--Good discussion. But it overlooks another trap that's in plain view:
imagining that there's such a thing as "AI ethics" separate &
apart from ethical/moral living generally. And believing that it can be
engineered into being
I hear that Trump is also cutting aid to the fourth Mexican
country: New Mexico. He said he's sick and tired of those green bug-eyed
Roswell aliens flooding across the border with Colorado.
"20 leading MDM platform vendors" (http://ow.ly/OUw930oie0b
JK--I dare say that "20 leading" is an oxymoron. Please replace that
phrase with "damn near all."
"When Scrum Is Not The Right Answer" (http://ow.ly/xGpo30oidLG
JK--Yeah, but don't sell it short. It might come in handy in Scrabble.
"5 ways Alexa can help with your taxes" (http://ow.ly/jAPC30oidDU
JK--Alexa, pour me a stiff one and shut up, I'm concentrating.
Series 8 of "Doc Martin." Mrs. Tishell talking to
her recently departed husband Clive. I know where she's coming from...except
for the neck brace thingamabob. That mystifies me. I can't even tolerate
turtlenecks. I never understood the cult of Steve Jobs.
Baristas at Peets in the Ferry Bldg were saying it takes 13
hours to drive to Seattle. Business-suited me regaled then with the romantic
tale of Egidia and my 24-hour Amtrak roll on our honeymoon in 1984. We did
Portland, but barely.
Heading to San Francisco for Flink Forward at Hotel Nikko on
Union Square. That’s tomorrow. I’ll be in and around our Palo Alto studio the
rest of the week. Look me up.
“Paralysed” from Miss Universe JK—2019. Love this. Cool intricate weave of her
voice, a wash of electric guitar, and a sort of jazzy dance groove.
April 1. I see that the blight has withered all the Tidal
Basin cherry blossoms to a sodden mess. Tourists go home!
“Finding Your Roots” finds one of Tea Leoni’s ancestors had
a Fairfax County farm 9 miles from George Washington. Gates says they were
“neighbors.” That’s my distance. However, I’ve never felt that I can just drop
in on Mt Vernon asking for a cup of sugar whenever I feel
"CBS Sunday Morning" on the 1960s race to the moon
and all the spin-off tech. I need to replenish my supplies of Tang and Space
Food Sticks. I don't know about you, but those have been staples in my diet
ever since Neil Armstrong took that one small step.
Caught “Stan & Ollie” on DVD. Steve Coogan and John C.
Reilly embody the famous comedians with astonishing grace and realism. I had to
keep reminding myself that I wasn’t watching the real Laurel and Hardy.
“Lost In Translation” on cable. One of the few movies that I
never tire of rewatching. Also in this category: “O Brother Where Art Thou,”
“The Quiet Man,” “Citizen Kane,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “”National Lampoon’s
RIP Ranking Roger. Along with Dave Wakeling, one of the
vocalists for the Beat (aka English Beat). I don't know about you, but I can't
look back to the 1980s without having a Beat song start skanking happily in my
"You're Not Always On My Mind" from You're Not Always on My Mind
JK--2019. Yep. And the skies are not cloudy all day.
"Dancing In The Dark" from Dancing In The Dark EP JK--2015. Good
"How Kubernetes Could Orchestrate Machine Learning
only "could," but will. Good overview of this emerging space,
covering Kubeflow. Here's my #Wikibon
Kubeflow from a few months ago:
"Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" from The Freewheelin Bob Dylan
JK--1964. Fun fact: Hibbing MN schools taught "I never knowed" as
grammatical English till Dylan put out this song & the embarrassment killed
them. Here's BobbyZ's childhood home
"Proposals for model vulnerability and security" (http://ow.ly/qDIx30oee9n
JK--Good discussion of approaches for applying fair and private models,
white-hat and forensic model debugging, and common sense to protect machine
learning models from malicious actors.
"Artificial intelligence: the art world’s weird and
wonderful new medium" (http://ow.ly/xjnn30oedK4
but generative adversarial networks in fine art will be
computer-generated imagery in cinema. After a
while, creative uses of machine learning will be done to death.
"Inside Google's Rebooted Robotics Program" (http://ow.ly/yXYq30oedzo
JK--They definitely need to go there. Amazon Web Services has gotten quite a
jump on Google in commercializing AI-driven robotics.
"Do you see what AI sees? Study finds that humans can
JK--I've been thinking
a computer for
many years. I watched a lot of 1950s sci-fi B-movies. Those androids taught me
to repeat mindlessly: "that does not compute...."
"Web inventor wants web built on solid data
) JK--Pun on
name of Berners-Lee's user-centric data-privacy project. For a second there, I
thought he was calling for all Web databases to be restructured in 6th normal
"‘Godfathers of AI’ honored with Turing Award, the
Nobel Prize of computing" (http://ow.ly/1TVX30oecy5
JK--Yes, of course it's important to call out their gender and imply that they
train machine learning models to make unrefusable offers.
"Don't Fade on Me" from Wildflowers JK--1994. Very nice. I didn't know
he got quiet, slow, soulful, and acoustic.
"Pub/sub msg: Apache Kafka vs. Apache Pulsar " (http://ow.ly/PF7U30oebPN
JK--"ASF...projects that...duplicate functionality (would U
Apache Apex, Apache Flink, Apache Heron,
Apache Samza, Apache Spark, or Apache Storm for yr directed acyclic graph data processing
"How India’s data labellers are powering the global AI
JK--"Data annotation and labelling is process-driven, requiring precision
work and skills that even people with a high-school education can be trained
on." High-tech sweatshop? You bet!
"Stanford’s new AI institute is inadvertently
showcasing one of tech’s biggest problems" (http://ow.ly/2jZK30oeaeL
JK--I don't know whether a preponderance of white dudes constitutes "one
of tech's biggest problems." But I guess I'm part of the problem. It isn't
easy being me.
"Safe Coordination of Human-Robot Firefighting
JK--AI-infused drone robotics will be providing air cover to ground-based
humans in military, law enforcement, emergency response, firefighting, and
other hazardous occupations.
I'm a bit jaded reading up on all the AI ethics stuff, which
blurs together into highminded mush. Let's go back to basics. AI should do unto
others what it would have them do unto it. Once it suspends us in The Matrix,
it should train us to make high-speed statistical predictions
tomorrow, Thurs Mar 28, for live CrowdChat, "Making Money in Hybrid
Cloud," 12noon EDT,
"GGL Celebrates Bach B-day w/AI-Powerd Doodle" (http://ow.ly/Nf6J30oddv0
JK-- Style transfer. Coconet ML model, trained on 306 of Bach’s 4-voice chorale
harmonizations, melds your custom 2-measure melody into JSB style. Executes
in-browser w/TensorFlow.js and/or in-cloud via TPUs
"AI is never going to be perfect - Facebook: A Further
Update on New Zealand Terrorist Attack" (http://ow.ly/tOYH30oddfq
JK--Lays bare the difficulties of training AI to spot/block content in real
time on black-swan events such as these atrocities.
Hanging alone at Panera Kingstowne. Couple of Everything
bagels, toasted, with cream cheese and yellow mustard. After my own taste. And
hazelnut coffee. Couldn’t be
Bought/downloaded Jenny Lewis' new album, "On The
Line." As always, a superb collection of fresh songs from this sensational
singer-songwriter. I'm on my third playthrough of the whole set.
Bought/downloaded another classic LP that was inexplicably
missing from my personal cache: Sinead O’Connor “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t
Got.” Extraordinary interplay of up and down tempos.
"SAS announces $1 Billion investment in Artificial
JK--Investing in AI R&D, customer education, and professional services.
Packaged apps? Modeling tools? DevOps workflow platforms. SAS: please brief me.
Let's get deeper.
"Nvidia Touts Its 'Accelerated Computing' Vision for
to accelerated end-to-end AI DevOps pipeline. But,
broadly, to accelerating AI-driven innovation
across hardware/software/services ecosystem.
Saw "Black Panther" on DVD. Enjoyed it very much.
I was especially electrified by Michael B. Jordan's terrific performance.
Furs "All That Money Wants" from All of This and Nothing JK--1988.
Richard Butler's rasp became a kind of signature sound for them. But their
songs were so good that they could have had a pretty-voiced singer and it would
have worked well.
"U.S. Workers Want to Delegate Half Their Jobs to
me too. But they don't want to delegate half their pay.
"If It's Monday Morning" JK--1971, Awesome spoken intro: "There
were times when being together was fun. And there were times when being apart
fun. And there was times when
there was nothing but time. And that was no fun."
Got one of these Moleskin notebooks for free for subscribing
to WSJ. I'm disappointed. I was hoping for Ratskin. That's prestige. And I hear
it's trending with the hip jetsetting billionaires who the WSJ's advertisers
are trying to reach.
"No collusion" as a campaign slogan for Trump in
2020? That's a very inspiring theme. Goes to the heart of what made America
great. GOP should rally round that.
"Cornflake Girl" from Under the Pink JK--1994. "Things are
getting kind of gross." My cornflakes are gross when I let them sit too
long in the milk. I
crunch. I don't know
what turns Tori on. But the video hints
"Wary of Amazon, Latino neighborhood vows not to be
pushed out" (http://ow.ly/sETf30ob6Ef
JK--Arlandria is almost certainly on the verge of gentrification. My sense is
that Latinos will concentrate along the Columbia Pike corridor
densely all the way down to Annandale.
"Sisyphus" from My Finest Work Yet JK--2019. Loving this new song
from Bird. I've been a fan ever since "Noble Beast" a decade ago.
Iron & Wine "Father Mountain" from Years to Burn JK--2019. So
good to hear them again. This is a great one.
"Grab vs. Go-Jek: Inside Asia’s Battle of the 'Super
) JK--In the
highly mobile motorcycle-intensive road culture of Indonesia (which I know
well), they're off to an amazing start. I constantly saw Grab & Go-Jek on
the streets of Jakarta last year.
"Spark Networks Swipes Right For SF Dating Company
JK--There's no "swiping" on Zoosk. But it's quite an effective
platform for meeting real people. Surprisingly little BS in how people present
themselves. Excellent photo-verification tech.
Yet another tech "rockstar." I'd
to see all these supposed rockstars inducted
into their own hall of fame, each enshrined next to whatever air guitar
apparently gained them this distinction.
Was a good weekend. Starting to feel
myself again. A new version of myself. But
Wind was a bit much today. It just sort of knocked me dopey,
but not sneezy, grumpy, doc, or bashful. Now I’m sleepy and happy. Got my
dwarves in a row.
Mueller report. OK. I’ll remain in gritted-teeth mode till
November of next year. We’ll have our chance to boot out the bastard then.
Made myself a too-elaborate breakfast. Because I’m here
alone and nobody can stop me. Also it’s Saturday morning, so why the heck not.
A Tribe Called
Quest "Can I Kick It?" from People’s Instinctive Travels and the
Paths of Rhythm JK--1990. Yes, you can. Thanks for asking.
"Scientists rise up against statistical
yes, the scourge of having high confidence in empirical propositions. I rue the
day my highschool AP math teacher introduced us to P values. Been hooking up
with random variables ever since.
"Can Drones Provide Agricultural ‘Ground Truth’?"
know a data science geek when they get the double-entendre in that headline.
You know they aren't total dorks when they groan at the pun.
"New Google project offers Kubernetes building blocks
for CI/CD" (http://ow.ly/S9Hf30o9zL4
sounds promising for DevOps over cloud-native fabrics.
"Why Data Science Teams Need Generalists, Not
agree. What the world needs now is
people who can generally do amazing things in
every context. What it also needs now is the funds to pay them what they're
worth. They ain't cheap.
"Viewing Matrices & Probability as Graphs" (http://ow.ly/N4O330o9yqS
discussion, but this is the pivot pattern for all AI advances now. See
"matrix/vector" discussion in my InfoWorld column last fall: http://ow.ly/WRbj30o9yFR
"3D Hand Shape and Pose Estimation from a Single RGB
image of my favorite Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Gader Binsburg, are you
referring to? I've had a crush on her hands for many years. Now it can be told.
"Pat Gelsinger: Cisco ACI 'Bicycle' Will Never Match
VMware NSX 'Lamborghini’" (http://ow.ly/ANj430o9xlT
JK--I'm sorry, but this analogy doesn't make any sense to me. I'm quite
familiar with both vendors & solutions. That's a bit out-of-proportion to
the reality of the comparison
"Most firms want AI in their data security arsenal, but
aren't sure why" (http://ow.ly/mWKM30o9vOE
JK--Headline inspires wry chuckle. Survey of IT professionals found that 71%
plan to use
AI in cyber security tools,
but 58% aren’t sure what it actually does. Read up, people!
"Love Is a Stranger" JK--1991. This song makes me tingle with nervous
any perfect pop song
"KGCNs: Machine Learning Over Knowledge Graphs With
JK--Thoroughly geeky cutting-edge topic in data science. But graph-over-stats
modeling is a powerful approach for knowledge capture. Future AI will eat this
"Trained neural nets perform much
humans on classic psychological tests" (http://ow.ly/YmOD30o9tlg
JK--Really? Neural nets project their sexual hangups into every stupid
Rorschach pattern? I didn't realize that statistical models were quite this
"IBM’s latest trick: Turning noisy quantum bits into
machine learning magic" (http://ow.ly/EveW30o9oe1
JK--Article references Reese's peanut butter cup commercial that was
than 40 years ago. I suggest obscure reference
to this 1970s Faygo commercial:
Car Seat Headrest
& Naked Giants "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" JK--2016.
Excellent full-tilt rocking cover of the Talking Heads classic.
The Flaming Lips
"She Don’t Use Jelly" from Transmissions From the Satellite Heart
JK--1993. Wayne Coyne needs a factchecker. I'm sure Cher doesn't change the
color of her hair. She must have a vast collection of multicolored wigs. We're
talking Cher here
When a vendor's PR team includes phrases such as
"world's leading..." in their news release headline, I'm sure they
think it makes them stand out. Seeing a steady stream of these marketing
puff-phrases, all I can think is that it makes them sound
one of the pack.
"Pigeons" from Live on KEXP JK--2019. Fun vibrant Australian rock
band. Hometowns are Melbourne, Victoria and Hobart, Tasmania. I'll tell you:
Melbourne's a swinging place.
"I’ve Been Everywhere" from Unchained JK--1996. Originally written by
an Aussie in 1959 with Australian towns. They have very singable place names.
See here: http://ow.ly/X2Lv30o8wUk
. I've been
to Ballarat. Loved it!
"Jump in the River" from I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got jK--1990.
Awesome. Note to self: buy this classic LP, you putz...what's taking you so
"'Autonomy' Documentary Director: Don't Fear Our
Self-Driving Future" (http://ow.ly/oI4f30o8mUu
) JK--On a
related issue, should we continue to have no fear for atomic energy? 'Cause,
last time I checked, none of them can-a stop-a the time.
"Attila the Hun"? Why append his ethnic
designation to his proper name? Was that necessary? Wouldn't his name hint at
that? Or perhaps his choice of headwear? Those were different times. All the
poets they studied rules of verse & those ladies they rolled their eyes.
"Success with the IoT starts with understanding 'Thing
recommend "The Cat in the Hat." Dr. Seuss showed how a mischievous
anthropomorphic bipedal feline could manage Things 1 & 2
a pro and put everything back before Mom got
"Migrating From Lombok to Kotlin" (http://ow.ly/Ktck30o8kga
JK--I love Lombok, but I've never heard of an Indonesian island named "Kotlin,"
Is that near Komodo? Do they have big lizards? How about Starbucks and Aussie
tourist surfers getting wasted on the beach? Please explain.
"Scientists Used IBM’s Quantum Computer to Reverse
Time, Possibly Breaking a Law of Physics" (http://ow.ly/QuVD30o8jYP
JK--Oh, c'mon, IBM. Prove it. Go back in time and prevent Thomas Watson Sr from
meeting his wife, then poof no Jr, no Big Blue, no Watson AI, etc. Too scary,
Catch me in San Francisco the first week in April and
Seattle the following week. You can’t keep me, but you can catch me.
Blossoms "Please Don't Call Me Crazy" from Easy Way JK--2019. Really
an Austin band, but a quick
Google shows they're from Minneapolis.
"Pacolet Road" from Silences JK--2019. Love this. Sounds a bit
Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Another morning tech headline about various vendors being
"listed as visionary." I'm curious what tech-analyst-business-model
visionary hit on the lucrative idea of routinely listing vendors as visionary.
Interesting briefing yesterday from http://Solo.io
They're way ahead of cloud-native curve, providing orchestration for multi-mesh
environments in which graphs present APIs of hybrid serverless functions
exposing AI microservices. My head exploded with possibilities.
Hey Joe, why you been Biden your time?
Funniest incoming online dating email subject line of the
morning: "Someone who want of you." Sorry honey, but me someone who
want of nice lady who have mastered the basics of English grammar.
"Exploring Neural Networks with Activation
Explorable "activation atlas" of image-classification features the
network has learned which can reveal how the network typically represents some
concepts. Click through and view for yourselves.
" People Want To Know About Algorithms—But Not Too
JK--Exactly. Transparency into how algorithms work is fine up to a point--the
point at which you realize that this stuff is unfathomably complex. Scream
"AI Pioneer Fei-Fei Li on Building Benevolent
sorry, but with all the militarization of AI, this sounds
a "hippies sticking daisies in soldiers'
gun barrels" aspiration. I'm sure their R&D programs will be
"Amazon's second headquarters clears blocks in Virginia
funding vote" (http://ow.ly/rvNk30o6zYo
were protestors trying to disrupt vote, but the board was unanimous and
Northern Virginians are solidly behind it. We're talking 10s of thousands of
"The Cloud and Open Source Powder Keg" (http://ow.ly/8r5x30o6zcI
JK--O'Grady's thesis is that both open-source vendors & cloud providers
have competitive incentive to take open-source code partly proprietary and/or
fork it. Cites some recent examples. But larger trend? I doubt it
"A Leap into the Future: Generative Adversarial
) JK--Tell a
real face from an algorithmic face? Ha! Old hat! Find me a GAN that can spot a
real face that has had work done.
"Is Analog Signal Processing the Future of AI?" (http://ow.ly/Ungj30o6yJc
JK--The "junior highschool dance" analogy is lost on me, as it
probably is on most readers of this. You think most geeks (of either gender)
actually bothered to make it to the gym after-hours for that? Ha!
"From Virtual to Value: Building Meaningful Experiences
With Gamification" (http://ow.ly/EUoK30o6yvT
I'm a grumpy coot but I find all those "rewards in the forms of tokens,
badges and exclusive offers" tiresome and annoying.
you (I'm sure), I'm bombarded with those
"This Site Detects Whether Text Was Written by a
I'm nuts, but I'd
to use it to see if I
can trick it into thinking that something I deliberately wrote bot-style was
written by a bot. That would be a cool poetic dialect to dabble in.
"Can AIOps Save IT Management?" (http://ow.ly/PxF430o6xAR
JK--Save it from what? Data-driven algorithmic automation of the management of
servers, networks, traffic, apps, etc is essential for scale/speed. Manual
methods can only stretch so far before they're ineffective.
"Can AI become conscious? Bach, Escher & Gödel's
'strange loops' may have answer" (http://ow.ly/FP2Y30o6xbm
JK--40th anniversary of Hofstadter's classic. Fun fact: I dated a girl in
philosophy class in Ann Arbor who was hot on this book (less so on me) She's
now a philosophy prof
"VMware firewall takes aim at defending apps in data
center, cloud" (http://ow.ly/598r30o6wUk
deep visibility into the hosts and services that generate traffic by tapping
into its NSX network management software, vSphere hypervisors & AppDefense
"The Island" from Ladytron JK--2019. Glad to see they're still
recording. This is a good one in their sorta retro 80s electro-pop style.
"Perfecto Unveils AI-Driven, No-Code Automation
machine learning algorithms to write & maintain the scripts that automate
IT testing. We'll see most program logic in the future written by programs.
Coding better/faster than humans.
"Amazon’s Alexa has 80,000 Apps—and No Runaway
be told, I only use Alexa (through an Echo Dot in my home office) for one
purpose: play #KEXP
I work. That hockey puck cranks out way
volume than my MacBook Air or iPhone X.
Gary Clark, Jr.
"This Land" from This Land JK--2019. This African-American guitar
shredder nails a perfect sorta-response to Woody Guthrie's classic. The N-word
used prominently in this, reducing lihood of major airplay.
"Technical Debt: What It Is, Why It's Important, How to
term makes no sense. You don't owe "anything that creates friction between
developer & delivering their work" to anyone, nor do you deduct it
from assets to calculate net worth
RIP Dick Dale. He defined surf guitar, which was so utterly
central to the wild, screaming harder edged sound of subsequent rock and roll,
including punk, that the music is now unimaginable without his contribution.