Data Anxiety

Tempus fugit

mainframe longevity:

To a large extent, the mainframe’s longevity is a result of two major architectural innovations introduced with S/360. The first was the notion of a family of computers, from low to high performance, all based on the same instruction set which allowed customers to upgrade to larger systems as well as to future models without having to rewrite their applications.
The second was OS/360, a common operating system that supported the various members of the S/360 family except for the smaller ones which ran a subset with more limited capabilities. Today’s z/Architecture and z/OS are direct descendants of the original S/360 and OS/360. —Irving Wladawsky-Berger, The Wall Street Journalibm.com/mainframe50

If that seems too much like native advertising (Irving Wladawsky-Berger is such an IBM fanboi ;O) then pay a visit to Seeking Alpha with me. They live and breathe capitalism over there. Regarding IBM in general and the mainframe in particular, I found A Moat Full of Immortal Dinosaurs. Warren Buffet looks for “economic castles protected by unbreachable moats.” Good moats protect businesses from their competitors. They are made of brand power, scale/ cost advantages or intellectual property. The mainframe business is IBM’s very strong moat.

mainframe longevity:

To a large extent, the mainframe’s longevity is a result of two major architectural innovations introduced with S/360. The first was the notion of a family of computers, from low to high performance, all based on the same instruction set which allowed customers to upgrade to larger systems as well as to future models without having to rewrite their applications.

The second was OS/360, a common operating system that supported the various members of the S/360 family except for the smaller ones which ran a subset with more limited capabilities. Today’s z/Architecture and z/OS are direct descendants of the original S/360 and OS/360.
—Irving Wladawsky-Berger, The Wall Street Journal
ibm.com/mainframe50

If that seems too much like native advertising (Irving Wladawsky-Berger is such an IBM fanboi ;O) then pay a visit to Seeking Alpha with me. They live and breathe capitalism over there. Regarding IBM in general and the mainframe in particular, I found A Moat Full of Immortal Dinosaurs. Warren Buffet looks for “economic castles protected by unbreachable moats.” Good moats protect businesses from their competitors. They are made of brand power, scale/ cost advantages or intellectual property. The mainframe business is IBM’s very strong moat.

The ducks of Twitter

Each duck of Twitter has a characteristic piquant charm. I forgot where or when I found LimeDuck. He has an earnest, almost adult persona.

All the code that’s fit to print!

WordPress does something similar, “If you are reading this, contact us. We’re hiring!” WordPress doesn’t have the surprisingly lush New York Times typography themed ASCII art though. Limeduck even has a doppelganger of sorts!

Secret Neoreactionary Island

Duck Enlightenment a.k.a. Jokeocracy is my most recent duck discovery on Twitter, though he seems to have found an online home.  He is a humorous version of the Dark Enlightenment ideology that I otherwise find so disturbing. Duck Enlightenment is not a parody account, so there is an edge. He is a more youthful sort than LimeDuck. It is impossible to see that sweet little duck body, suitably darker hued, with petite nubby horns, and not feel a rush of empathetic loving kindness.

Finally, we have dear Gappy3000, who isn’t quite a duck. Rather, he is a duck-billed platypus hailing from New Hedgistan.

“Any data scientist worth their salary will tell you that you should start with a question, NOT the data. Unfortunately, data hackathons often lack clear problem definitions. Most companies think that if you can just get hackers, pizza, and data together in a room, magic will happen.”

"This is the same as if Habitat for Humanity gathered its volunteers around a pile of wood and said, “Have at it!” By the end of the day you’d be left with a half of a sunroom with 14 outlets in it."

— Jake Porway on how You Can’t Just Hack Your Way to Social Change

wendfarm:

This is a dynamic, pseudo-random system. It was produced in 100 lines of code. Looks like it’s back to Processing for me.

This reminds me of Windows XP Solitaire whenever I won a game. I think the trajectory of the bouncing playing cards was a simple exponential decay in two dimensions, but I liked it, a lot! I like this too. Click the URL and watch it animate!

wendfarm:

This is a dynamic, pseudo-random system. It was produced in 100 lines of code. Looks like it’s back to Processing for me.

This reminds me of Windows XP Solitaire whenever I won a game. I think the trajectory of the bouncing playing cards was a simple exponential decay in two dimensions, but I liked it, a lot! I like this too. Click the URL and watch it animate!

This is a view of the Solar System, as seen from a position in the center by the MESSENGER spacecraft. The planets appear as points of light. The closer and larger ones are the brightest. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are clearly visible in the image. The positions of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are labeled but they are too faint to see. I refuse to consider Pluto as anything less than a full-fledged planet!  I have my reasons! According to JPL, this image is the reverse of one taken from the outside of the Solar System in 1990 by Voyager One. Click on the second link below to see a larger version, along with a more complete explanation.
gravitationalbeauty:

The Solar System from MESSENGER

This is a view of the Solar System, as seen from a position in the center by the MESSENGER spacecraft. The planets appear as points of light. The closer and larger ones are the brightest. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are clearly visible in the image. The positions of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are labeled but they are too faint to see. I refuse to consider Pluto as anything less than a full-fledged planet!  I have my reasons! According to JPL, this image is the reverse of one taken from the outside of the Solar System in 1990 by Voyager One. Click on the second link below to see a larger version, along with a more complete explanation.

gravitationalbeauty:

The Solar System from MESSENGER