Posted: May 21, 2011 Filed under: arts
“Our engineering team has been working around the clock to manage and monitor increasing amounts of data as our userbase continues to grow past 15 million. We¢â,¬re lucky to have a stellar team of HBase specialists ¢â,¬” including Michael Stack, one of the creators of HBase (an Apache project), and Jean-Daniel ¢â,¬oeJ-D¢â,¬, Cryans, database engineer and HBase committer ¢â,¬” that helps StumbleUpon manage 2.5 billion data points every week. (Since there are only eight HBase committers in existence, Michael and J-D take their jobs very seriously!) We couldn¢â,¬t manage our data without open source projects like HBase and Hadoop ¢â,¬” they¢â,¬re critical to our ability to build a fast and reliable user experience.”
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back
— Lewis Carroll.
Posted: April 12, 2011 Filed under: arts
Thor Slaying the Midgard Dragon – Henry Fuseli
…Then Thor was angered, and took upon him his divine strength, braced his feet so strongly that he plunged through the ship with both feet, and dashed his feet against the bottom; then he drew the Serpent up to the gunwale. And it may be said that no one has seen very fearful sights who might not see that: how Thor flashed fiery glances at the Serpent, and the Serpent in turn stared up toward him from below and blew venom.
(Prose Edda, Brodeur Trans.)