Yeah… we have a blue one and a red one!


One of my top three movie quotes comes from Ben Stiller’s movie, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty where Ben’s character goes to a car rental company and asks if any cars are available. The guy in the booth was totally awesome and kind of reminds me of Robin Williams. The looks around and replies, “Yeah… we have a blue one and a red one”. The delivery of that line (or should I say punchline) was just to perfect. Every time I check out the trailer, that joke kills me.

Another thing I love about the trailer is the longboarding scene where he is cruising down some long stretch of road. Besides the fact that I love longboarding and I think he looks great, I was also wondering what deck and wheels he had on his board.

The third thing I love  about this trailer is that it introduced me to the group Of Monsters and Men. The trailer plays their song, Dirty Paws… I love that song!

The three most common ways data junkies are using Hadoop


Just a few weeks ago, Apache Hadoop 2.0 was declared generally available–a huge milestone for the Hadoop market as it unlocks the vision of interacting with stored data in unprecedented ways. Hadoop remains the typical underpinning technology of “Big Data,” but how does it fit into the current landscape of databases and data warehouses that are already in use? And are there typical usage patterns that can be used to distill some of the inherent complexity for us all to speak a common language?

Common patterns of Hadoop use

Hadoop was originally conceived to solve the problem of storing huge quantities of data at a very low cost for companies like Yahoo, Google, Facebook and others. Now, it is increasingly being introduced into enterprise environments to handle new classes of data. Machine-generated data, sensor data, social data, web logs and other such types are growing exponentially, but also often (but…

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