Tuesday, January 29, 2013
5th Swiss Big Data User Group Meeting

Oh, yes, and I went to the "5th Swiss Big Data User Group Meeting" last Monday. I found out about it at the last minute thanks to a good friend, and I went there mostly to hear about "Splunk", indexing machine generated data et al. I found the presentation rather interesting... So now I'd like to know, is any of you folks actually using Splunk? Let me know if you do...

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Friday, January 25, 2013
J.J. Abrams to direct "Star Wars VII"!

Ok I am officially excited about this! As it turns out, not only Mr. Abrams is directing "Star Trek : Into Darkness", he's actually going to be directing "Star Wars VII" also!! Wow wow wow! Full article here.

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Happy St Dwynwen's Day, 2013

Dydd Santes Dwynwen Hapus, to all my Welsh friends and anyone else who celebrate this day. =)


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Friday, January 11, 2013
Webilea # 10

Yes, [Dennis! =P] I did go to the Webilea event in Basel on Wednesday [and don't even ask me how I was in Basel on that day...]. I didn't write about it because I'm not sure what to say, haven't quite developed an opinion. It's entirely possible that I was way too distracted and mentally busy on that day...

At any rate, I found the topics interesting and the presenters knowledgeable. The venue was nice and the food was great. ;) However I also felt that the presenters may not have been terrible well prepared. Also it might have been more interesting [at least to me] if there would have been fewer presentations, but a more in-depth representation of each topic would have been provided. As it was, it felt to much of a "cram" to me.

Anyone I know planning on going to the next one?

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Saturday, January 05, 2013
Colour Digital Paper?

So is it going to be this, or what we've already seen on the colour E-Ink side?

Article here.

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Thursday, January 03, 2013
Life of Pi

I read the book "Life of Pi" a few years back, due to the suggestion of one of my profs. I enjoyed reading the book quite immensely, and felt quite moved by it. Somehow I felt a lot of connections between the life of Pi and the life of myself. The book is definitely one of the best I've ever read.

When I heard that "Life of Pi" was made into a movie, and especially after reading up on the crew and the cast, I figured this is probably not yet another case of a really good book being mutilated into a movie. The book, as deep and wonderful as it is, it also tells a very simple story which I didn't imagine would be too hard to make into motion picture. And then I saw the trailer, and I knew that I absolutely had to see the movie.

As it turns out, the movie is indeed a very good adaptation of the book. Aside from remaining completely faithful to the book, the visual aspects of the movie are quite marvellous, and the music is breathtaking. And I'm also very happy to see that they didn't try to somehow hollywoodize the whole thing. =)

So for anyone who is a fan of the book, as well as anyone who's never heard of it before, "Life of Pi" is totally recommended. Best if you actually go to a movie theatre and see the 3D version, as there are some truly spectacular scenes in there. I enjoyed it very very much. =)

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