Where Information Goes to Die

I’ve heard the phrase “where information / knowledge goes to die” applied to a variety of targets: email, wikis, various software products, even governments. But I wasn’t sure where it originated.

End of the Free Lunch

I’m part of that awkward, in-between cohort, a little too young to fit in with Gen Xers but — although we grew up with computers like our younger siblings, the much-loathed Millennials — still old enough to recall life before the Internet. The Oregon Trail Generation still remembers, dimly, the screech of a dial-up modem… Continue reading End of the Free Lunch

JDK Version Survey Results

After a month and about 175 responses, here are the results of my JDK Version Usage Survey (now closed): Versions: Almost everyone uses 1.6. A few are still using 1.5, and a few are trying out 1.7. Only a handful are still on 1.4. Fortunately, no one is on a version older than 1.4. Reasons:… Continue reading JDK Version Survey Results

clojure-hadoop 1.1.0 release

I’ve made a new version of my clojure-hadoop library. Downloads are on the main page. List of changes here. This fixes some missing pieces in the first release, and adds some more Hadoop configuration options.

Two Upcoming Clojure/Hadoop Talks

Hello, everyone. I’ll be performing my Clojure+Hadoop magic tricks at the following events: Friday, October 2: Hadoop World NYC.  Use the code hadoopworld_friend for 10% off the registration fee. Monday, October 5: NoSQL NYC Meetup.  Free! At both events I’ll be talking about: Why Clojure and Hadoop are a perfect fit. How to write Hadoop… Continue reading Two Upcoming Clojure/Hadoop Talks

Bilingual AltLaw Interview

A first for me — I’ve been translated! Frontier Economy interviewed me about AltLaw, then translated my responses into Spanish. The Interview in English The Interview in Spanish

“Tidying Up the Law” at VoxPopuLII

I wrote an article for Cornell’s VoxPopuLII blog: Tidying Up the Law. It’s about the curious intersection of computer science, legal scholarship, and the Lexis-Westlaw corporate duolopy.

Twitter Heckling

I have, to my chagrin, recently discovered Twitter. I was at a conference at which the attendees twittered (tweeted?) every presentation as it happened. One speaker accidentally/deliberately left his Twitter client running during his presentation, resulting in a stream of jokes and off-color comments in the corner of his PowerPoint slides.  Maybe every presentation should… Continue reading Twitter Heckling

Clojure talk at LispNYC, June 9

Update: Slides and video available at LispNYC. Ok, it’s really happening this time: Stuart Sierra presents: Implementing AltLaw.org in Clojure This talk demonstrates the power of combining Clojure with large Java frameworks, such as: Hadoop – distributed map/reduce processing Solr – text indexing/searching Restlet – REST-oriented web framework Jets3t – Amazon S3 Join us from… Continue reading Clojure talk at LispNYC, June 9