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Bay area at its best Thanks to Bjorn Goerke

Bay area at its best. Thanks to Bjorn Goerke for quoting this by Steinbeck which is so apt ( http://bgoerke.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/ive-never-seen-her-more-lovely/ ) When I was a child growing up in Salinas we called San Francisco “the City”. Of course it was the only city we knew, but I still think of it as the City, and so does everyone else who has ever associated with it. A strange and exclusive word is “city”.

I have been slowly reading Thinking fast

I have been slowly reading ”Thinking fast and slow” by Daniel Kahneman. It is full of fun phrases like ” nonregressive assessment of weak evidence” still it is an important book in understanding of human biases and how we decide what we decide. I am sure toread it multiple times. One really good thing is you can pick any chapter and read it a they are independent.

BYO or otherwise Breaking the 10000 server

BYO or otherwise – Breaking the 10000 server barrier via Gigaom It’s in that 5 to 7.5MW area where the company starts having to know about the niceties of chillers and power systems, he said. “When you break through the 10,000 server barrier — that’s when you start needing 3 to 5MW of power and now you’re getting into major facility costs where you have to have multiple diesel generators, and complex power and cooling systems.

Towards more lighted pixels It has been

Towards more lighted pixels It has been more than three years that I have had a DSLR(T1i) My usage has been mostly family outings with friends and family. But only after these years of use I have come to terms with most of the controls in the camera except for flash. Last night we were at global wonder winterland (http://www.globalwonderland.org/2011/) where I didn’t have to think about setting to change and it came naturally.

Pound the rock and dig out a deep hole

While reading the book What I talk about when i talk about running, I came across this para about Talent vs Persistent hard work. This got to be the best lines I read this week I think this viewpoint applies as well to the job of the novelist. Writers who are blessed with inborn talent can freely write novels no matter what they do—or don’t do. Like water from a natural spring, the sentences just well up, and with little or no effort these writers can complete a work.

Digitopoly is becoming my favorite blog

Digitopoly is becoming my favorite blog as they seem to touch the very topics I am interested in. Future of libraries and books is something I think often. Let us say everytime I visit the local library. Here is there thinking on why reading book should be more like going to cinema rather than owning a physical artifact. You can always argue that there are folks who like to own discs/tapes but that would be minority compared to folks who see the movie.

Me Myself and Big Data It seems the future

Me Myself and Big Data It seems the future for self big data is not very far and I think it would be a good thing. Few days ago I read about Up from Jawbone (http://jawbone.com/up) which tracks activity data you in the hope it would nudge you for healthier style. But Larry Smarr from UCSD, chronicles Quantified Health: Towards Digitally Enabled Genomic Medicine:A 10-Year Detective Story of Quantifying My Body (Link below)

Trouble with bright kids There is very good

Trouble with bright kids There is very good discussion going at Hacker News (http://news.ycombinator.org/item?id=3284169) on an HBR blogs article. TL;DR version is that bright kids get praised for smartness plus our education system works for the lowest common denominator which means less challenges for the bright ones. These two things work against the bright kids. The Trouble With Bright Kids – Heidi Grant Halvorson – Harvard Business Review Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.

Photography is an art Dance photography

Photography is an art. Dance photography is an extreme form of it due to low light conditions, fast moving objects etc. Peter Norvig, a legendary programmers shares his thoughts on Dance Photography in a really good tutorial form. Read and learn (Most of the indoor parties are simpler examples of dance photography Dance Photography Table of Contents 1: Initial Disappointment 2: Basic Photo Editing 3: Basic Equipment 4: Types of Blur 5: Subject Motion Blur 6: Camera Shake 7: Plane of Focus and Depth of Field 8: Noise 9: Exposure …

A colored e reader This is sweet

A colored e-reader. This is sweet.