It's my opinion that the pinnacle of artistic contribution from the American experience is found in Jazz (proof that art and suffering go hand in hand?). And I remain convinced that one of the most important exponents of Jazz as not just "high art" but truly great art is Wynton Marsalis.
Check out this Jazz-meets-Gospel concert in full. A uniquely American synthesis; uniquely wonderful.
Between just being flat out busy and frankly finding Twitter a much lazier way to share basic information, this blog has been dormant for too long. In May, it will get a lot more attention - too much is going on in the Big Data space and Hadoop area more specifically to keep so quiet about it. Time to speak up a bit...
One observation I have is that this is actually pretty straightforward. The genesis of these kinds of solutions may be companies like Google, but it is no longer safe to assume that this kind of infrastructure is meant (more...)
The last 16 years or so of my professional life have been dedicated to working on problems (and solutions!) in transactional middleware - by this, I mean systems that provide strong consistency guarantees: reliable queueing, distributed 2pc engines, higher level quality of service guarantees for lower level protocols (iiop, (more...)
Dave Berry starting new twitter feed on big data movement, something we were deeply worried about back when I was trying to do middleware for digital media assets. I expect he'll find some interesting stuff: http://twitter.com/@BigFiles
Have again this year happily agreed to work the program committee for wesoa, the always useful workshop attached to icsoc. This year, wesoa will be in Cyprus, which should make my attendance a bit more challenging than last year's event in San Francisco...
Please consider giving relief aid to Japan for the worst disaster since the second world war. Appended is a list of relief agencies accepting donations for Japanese relief work compiled by the Associated Press:
U.S. organizations accepting donations to assist Japan included:
A few years back I participated in a study on early stage investing in Russia - motivated by the fact that there is a lot of money staged by both the Russian government and Russian investors. What's become even more intriguing since then is the flow of Russian money to (more...)
For several years, I've been using Feedly on my personal computer to quickly browse across lots of content from news feeds, blogs, and other sites of interest. It's been a very handy way to keep up on information from lots of sources without getting bogged down - scan lots of (more...)
This year, both the International Conference on Service Oriented Computing and the long running companion Workshop on Engineering Service Oriented Applications will be in San Francisco. I have had a long involvement with both as a program committee member, presenter and author and have always found them to be valuable (more...)
While I was in Moscow a few weeks back, the temperatures were stably higher than anything ever experienced in the history of record keeping: temperatures were literally unbearable. Traveling to India after that - where temperatures were thankfully cooler - I was impressed by exactly how difficult it will be (more...)