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Give an Epic Minecraft Gift

Minecraft makes even less sense than Twitter to the uninitiated. Big pixel visuals get no love from gamers anticipating in 2013 realer-than-life graphics. Long login routines seem to imply the developers, lead by Markus “@Notch” Perrson, holed up in Sweden, don’t know simple is in. A distributed worldwide network of new servers, coming online daily...

from everyone but Minecraft’s parent company Mojang, avoid the giant serverfarm fashion. Yet the fanatical following Minecraft has gained since launching a public alpha in 2009  dismisses what’s expected, snickering at how software’s suppose to be done. I grew curious as my son became smitten, then fascinated, then enthralled. Despite more than a decade working inside software... [read more]

Give an Epic Minecraft Gift

Working Hard Amid The Stars

My dad, Bob, was the hardest working person I’ve ever known. The son of immigrants, his dad died when my dad was very young. When his much older brother and sister left home, he grew up in the rooms behind a grocery store. His mom made his clothes, and he learned that the way...

to improve your situation was to work. When I was born, my dad was a school teacher in Chicago’s inner city. He saw that work as a way to improve the situation of the bright, hopeful kids in that school. Then his father-in-law, my grandfather Nathan, suggested he could assist in other ways too. When we moved... [read more]

Working Hard Amid The Stars

Baseball, Big Data, And Learnings From Advanced Analytics

Analyzing the massive explosion of baseball information capitalizes on a growing trend toward "big data," the tools and processes to harness insights found in gigantic data sets. A project to uncover Twitter sentiment around the 2011 post-season play provided an example of how the sheer amount of information need not outstrip our capacity to...

manage or access it in useful ways.

Baseball, Big Data, And Learnings From Advanced Analytics

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