Storm: the Hadoop of Realtime Stream Procesing

This presentation was great to get a peek at what Twitter’s Storm was about: YouTube: PyCon US 2012: Gabriel Grant:


Twitter Engineering: “A Storm is coming: more details and plans for release”

GitHub: Storm

Alistar Croll: “much of human interaction has shifted from atoms to bits”

Read his post on O’Reilly Radar: “The feedback economy”:

In a society where every person, tethered to their smartphone, is both a sensor and an end node, we need better ways to observe and orient, whether we’re at home or at work, solving the world’s problems or planning a play date. And we need to be constantly deciding, acting, and experimenting, feeding what we learn back into future behavior.

We’re entering a feedback economy.

entaroadun/hnpickup – An educational example of a data mining app

entaroadun/hnpickup looks like a nice project to introduce you to some data mining application design patterns to follow any place. It uses Google App Engine and Python.

“6 million orders on a single thread”: on systems

Martin Fowler a few months back wrote a piece on an interesting retail financial trading platform called LMAX and its design that is thought provoking on a few levels.


Martin Fowler: EventSourcing

Nathan Marz: “How to beat the CAP theorem”

Visualizing the news: on storytelling

Matthew Ericson of the New York Times (and former co-worker of mine) put together slides of his recent presentation at AIGA Pivot. The presentation must have rocked because the slide deck, while short on details, is rich in thought provoking: PDF.

For a recent example from his team, check out today’s interactive on the Euro debt crisis.

AWS, MapReduce, a lot of Music, and some Python

Music Machinery: “How to process a million songs in 20 minutes”

Music Machinery: “Looking for the Slow Build”

Mind blowing TED talk on algorithms as a ‘3rd evolutionary force’ Kevin Slavin: Kevin Slavin: How algorithms shape our world:

A visualization on the growth of public APIs and open data

GOOD: “Out in the Open”

Florence Nightingale… the Statician and Data Viz Scientist

A good read about an aspect of Florence Nightingale that isn’t mentioned commonly. Hugh Small: Presentation to Research Conference organised by the Florence Nightingale Museum: St. Thomas’s Hospital, 18th March 1998: “Florence Nightingale’s statistical diagrams”

Alex Hillman: “Want a Hall Pass for Bureaucracy?”

That’s the question Alex Hillman posed in his latest post, a great introduction to the efforts of Jeff Friedman, Manager of Civic Innovation and Participation for the City of Philadelphia and Code for America. Both, along with The Media Mobilizing Project are helping to surface, and connect people and resources leveraging in great part what Tim O’Reilly had called “the architecture of participation” way back in 2004.

I’ve always believed, due to personal experience, that when you enable people to connect and communicate with who and what they need to, with each other, great things are possible. These efforts provide gateways for those who work in technology to make contributions strengthening neighborhoods, communities, and the world.

BTW – check out the NYTimes piece on IndyHall, founded by Alex, which from everything I’ve ever heard from everyone who has worked there, sounds based on enabling the above.


The Freedom Rings Partnership


Prometheus Radio

The Hacktory Preston Rhea: “How to Create a Public Computer Center”

O’Reilly Radar Gov 2.0

Quora: “How should the United States Congress use social media to enhance the legislative process?”

Wired: “Disrupting poverty: How Barefoot College is empowering women through peer-to-peer learning and technology” “How Khan Academy Is Changing the Rules of Education”

flying kite: “Radio Revolution: West Philly’s Prometheus Promotes Stations by the People, For the People”