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Journal Journal: Year of the Black Swan

I'm reading Anti-Fragile, a book by Nassim Taleb, who also wrote a book called the Black Swan. I haven't read that one, and I'm thinking I should now, although he talks a lot about Black Swans in Anti-Fragile. A Black Swan is a disaster of levels previously unseen. Things like the 2008 financial meltdown, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, or Hurricane Katrina. In most Black Swan cases, people are only prepared for what they have seen, or what lies along the mean of the normal distribution. They

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Journal Journal: Sick of Being With the Sick

This won't be a very tech-y post. I just need to vent. I thought, maybe, JUST MAYBE, the end of 2014 would be the end of all of our problems. But then 2015 comes along and it turns out, it is trying to one-up 2014. I'm talking about illness. My girlfriend has somehow, since 2014, went from being completely healthy, to being one of the most fragile people I have ever known.

Let's break down the numbers.

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Journal Journal: I Hope the World Burns

There's a scene from Nickelodeon's Salute Your Shorts I remember where Donkeylips and Spud were assigned to trash pickup duty and Donkeylips wasn't going to make weight to go to a wrestling tournament or something, and it all boiled down to him probably not getting to go eat some delicious lobster. I don't know why I remember this so vividly, but I guess it has always stuck in the back of my mind. In that scene, the trash bag rips open and all the trash they had collected starts blowing all o

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Journal Journal: Adventures in Data Science

I knocked out a little bit of homework today. I've been doing my assignments in LaTeX (specifically ShareLaTeX), which is yet another skill I can kind of get for free while doing things I need to do. My handwriting is atrocious anyway, so I might as well. Plus, I'm in grad school. I should act like it. I'm going at a rate of about 2-3 hours per problem. It's rough. But I'm making progress.

Comment Re:Overview concepts, deepdive what your job wants (Score 1) 2

I actually started doing that. I grabbed a bunch of job postings on Glassdoor and extracted the "requirements". Turned it into its own Data Science project. heh.

It allows me to eliminate a few, but they really are all over the place technology-wise. Most postings put more emphasis on the statistical analytics background than on technologies, which is a fair point, hence why I'm getting my master's. Nearly all require at least a master's.

For now I'm just narrowing my focus to R. I gave myself a real world problem and now I'm trying to solve it by forcing myself to learn R in the process. Once I get more comfortable there, maybe I'll throw in Hadoop. The key, I think, is to not getting overwhelmed and just focusing so I can learn something and learn it well.
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Journal Journal: Dear Gournal 2

"Oh, you mean a journal?"
"Yeah, whatever. I guess I'm not all smart like you."
Really though, I'm kinda dumb. Yesterday I rolled my foot while out running. There was car trying to turn right. I was on his passenger side trying to cross the street and would have been directly in his path. And since I could see that he was looking left and had no situational awareness, was going to run me over, so I put the brakes on, only to have my foot find the edge of a sidewalk. I didn't go down, bu

Comment Re:Easy Fix (Score 1) 92

Nobody loves ads, but they keep content free. If you want to pay for Netflix, Hulu+, HBO Go, Showtime whatever, Slashdot Premium, Facebook PRO, LinkedIn LOL j/k, nobody wants that, or whatever else, then fine. But if you're not paying for it, you're being a bad internet citizen by blocking ads. Block Flash, sure. But the rest? Just let it do its thing and remember that it's keeping your beloved content alive and free. As a caveat, I do long for the days when a website (let's go with CNN here) doesn't need 150 MB to load fucking home page content. Everything is so bloated. I'm fine with ads, but can we work on tuning some of these pages? I don't even want to visit some sites because of the toll they take on my system resources. And to your point, I'm sure half of that is ads.
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Journal Journal: Systweak Scareware and Probability Models

One of my friends called me at work the other day and said, "So you know when you get a virus and you get this blue screen and it just says to call this number..." I was like, "No. No, that is never a thing."


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Journal Journal: Back to School, Back to School, Prove to Daddy That I'm No Fool

Last night I came in to work to help with an oracle table space migration. The benefit being that we would get ~100 GB freed up. The DBA said it would be about a 20 minute outage while he rebuilt the indexes. Well, 20 minutes turned into 2 hours, because he neglected to think of the load on the production database. So I ended up having to shut down one of our heavier hitting apps and that fixed the problem. Still, I'm sleepy because instead of coming in, doing nothing, sending out an email, a

Comment Research Funding (Score 1) 311

How frustrating is it to find that you can't even fucking donate to a cancer research fund without 90% of it going to overhead including marketing and executive salaries. It should be as simple as Kickstarter for research scientists to get money to work on things we all care about. Maybe even like a BountySource model. I'm just spitballing here, but there has got to be a better way than Pinkwashing For the Cure.
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Journal Journal: Every Time I EDI

As I mentioned before, I'm working on a RMM Level 3 RESTful service for our partners to use for B2B transactions. It is made up of resources and actions on those resources. But that's for the future. Right now, I'm stuck dealing with the less than stellar "Company R" as I will call them. They're primarily an EDI shop, like most of the partners I deal with. But they've been instructed to use web services. To them, that means "EDI over the Web."

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Journal Journal: I Push the Money Over Here, Then I Push it Over There

In the last 5 years, I've become something of an expert at managing my personal finances. Not that my finances are in great shape - it is what it is - but at least I'm good at working with what I have.

I've done this with a combination of technology and an incessant desire to know everything about my past, present, and future, especially financially.

Comment IMS (Score 1) 620

When I managed a ColdFusion environment years back, I got a request to write a custom tag to interface with IBM's IMS. I had no idea what it even was, but I obtained some sample Java code and basically wrapped it in the Custom Tag framework and it's worked like a charm ever since. I'm not sure if this counts as "old" since it is still maintained by IBM, but the system itself was born in 1966.
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Journal Journal: IT Heroes and Big Data

Many moons ago (circa 2006), when I was a young lass studying Computer Science, I had a teacher that really stood out. He swore freely in class, wasn't afraid to call a kid stupid for asking stupid questions or not being able to read code, and regaled us with probably one too many fantastic stories about how he played football for the Chiefs. And while he could be an asshole at times, I probably learned more from him than just about any other throughout my college years.

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Journal Journal: Less Hate for HATEOAS

I'm starting to finally warm up to this whole Hypermedia thing. It's really not so terribly difficult to understand.

I actually figured it out on my way to the Slayer / King Diamond show. It was a bit of a walk for me, so I use that time to think through my projects without being at my desk. Helps get me outside the problem and see the forest for the trees.

You are in the hall of the mountain king.