Thursday, May 23, 2013

Daily Thoughts 05/23/2013

Langston Hughes by Winold Reiss, circa 1925. Pastel on illustration board. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery.

Daily Thoughts 05/23/2013

I read a little bit more of Give and Take last night.  The author describes how asking lots of questions and not making demands can lead to getting what you want around a specific desire.  I also read some of Big Data.  The authors are describing how it is now possible to analyze massive amounts of data without having to use small samples of the data.  Often this is not about looking for causalities, but instead looking for correlations between events.

This morning, I checked the Facebook and Twitter for the library.  I also checked the displays and did a little bit more weeding in the 900s.  I am trying to do a little bit each day.

The computer lab is open from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. today.  We have a new computer technician.  We spent some time talking about the computer lab and the website.  We also have two computer classes tonight, a Microsoft Excel class from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a Microsoft Powerpoint class from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

On the way home, I read some more of Big Data.  The book tells the story of how Amazon let go of most of its staff of human book reviewers in favor of correlational data between sales of books.

If you are interested in learning Hadoop or SQL this may be useful.

Web Bits

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