On Social Media

There are 3 kinds of people on social media. People who make comments, People who share content, and people who stay silent.

Out of the people who share ,they are 2 types of people, people who want to promote their professional interests, and people who want to share personal stories.

People who share get better responses than people who promote.

There are 2 types of people who make comments. One who say they like content because they do, and the other who say they dislike.

I just wish the negative commenters learn to speak less, and the people who are silent on social media speak more

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Will Rio Olympics be like Munich

The continued inability of American led IC to decrypt , intercept and predict extreme events associated with the assholes known as ISIS- leads one to wonder if Big Data,  Data Science and Complex Event Processing can ever come in time to easy to use interfaces. Analysts are currently on overworked scrambled mode, and so are law enforcement while sleeper agents of ISIS sleep.

The targeted events of California (Pakistani Shooter), Paris (ISIS bombers-shooters), Belgium (continued) and Orlando (Afghan origin shooter) suggest terrorism communication has evolved or are using freelance agents from multiple sources. While Communist Russia used to provide freelance advice to terrorism in the past, and Pakistanis have been master in low intensity terror led assymetric warfare, one can only shudder if Intelligence can evolve in time as Terror. or Does Eisenhower’s famous remark on the military industrial complex suggest- USA needs another Nobel PEace Prize winner and a war to justify it

Will the 5 eyes ( America , Canada, Australia, UK, et al) ever take help from the rest of the free world. Or is Presidential ego in building a bigger library bigger than the need for a clean Olympics

Complex event processing, or CEP, is event processing that combines data from multiple sources to infer events or patterns that suggest more complicated circumstances. The goal of complex event processing is to identify meaningful events (such as opportunities or threats) and respond to them as quickly as possible.

Related- Time Series Analysis of Complex Events and Signal/Noise Ratio Evolution

The Battle of Badr On 17 Ramadan


A New York Hackthon

I was asked to be a replacement judge for The FinTech City that Never Sleeps hackathon! This two day hackathon took place on Friday to Saturday in New York . It was brought by a startup accelator Startupbootcamp FinTech New York (@sbcFinTech) and sponsored by Byte Academy

 (Blogger conflict of interest disclaimer- I briefly advised one of the startups at Startupbootcamp for two weeks in data science and I gave a couple of free talks at meetups organized by Byte Academy)

Overall the theme of this hackathon was how to use innovation in technology for the biggest industry in New York (finance). Ergo the curious but rather catchy term fintech. Technology in Finance! Wall Street for the good of main street! One curious and common refrain was how millennials trust their mobile and Uber more than Banks or financial advisors.

My observations were- engineering talent in New York continues to lag behind California. Access to both money and design  makes New York a serious contender for usurping Silicon Valley’s mountain glory.

A serious advantage New York has over California is water. A serious advantage California has over New York is the sunlight.

The hacking kids in this hackathon were bright and innovative. Hacking is both a social experiment as well as practical need to think and innovate in stagnant industries like Finance, Fashion , Theatre, Social Empowerment and Entertainment. A healthy dose of reality shall ensure hackathons become the new more productive passtime of the children of America.  Star Trek Next Generation!

This one man team /guy won the best technical award and took all his prizes.


The judges pose


These guys (ideal karma !) won the overall hackathon

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For details see http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-fintech-city-that-never-sleeps-hackathon-tickets-25550744966 or more tweets me at https://twitter.com/holydatascience


I really enjoyed judging the hackthon in New York, which ironically is still my favourite city because of the libraries, trees and well pretty people besides the lovely Hudson in the summer.  It was nice to be back in New York since 2009 when I came over for the first Big Data meeting ( by AsterData later acquired by Teradata).

Afterthought- What is built by a human can be and should be hacked by another human. That is the only way we are going to be continuously improving as a species and as one world. Hacking is important to simplify a complex world where resources are precious and the costs of error huge 



Hack for Change #hackforchange

As part of National Day of Hacking, I took part in the hackathon in New York. Here were some insights

A few teams had come prepared reading the challenge questions. These teams had an advantage on time

Creating something in time was a big challenge ( how do you make a product in a single day)

Hackathon consists of 1) organizer giving challenge questions 2) people coming to venue 3) making teams 4) working together as team 5) presenting results (usually one person per team)

The idea is the most important in how relevant and closely aligned to the questions in hackthon you were. Creativity rules

The next important thing was making a balanced team in which everyone gels well, and have skill sets that are complementary ( one front end, one back end, one data scientist in Python, one person who is good at presentation etc)

The next important thing was not getting intimidated by other teams and working on your team idea till last moment

The presentation should be given to a person who is best at expressing 1) what you did 2) how the solution is innovative 3) how it is relevant and useful to challenge

Lastly have fun hacking. People who have fun hacking generally tend to be better hackers.

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Thanking Yoga

So I made an update on LinkedIn where I am lucky to find 12000 connections to talk about Yoga and get 1100 likes.. Connect with me on LinkedIn here 🙂


The post

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The likes


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The profile views

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LOL. Internet works in a strange way. I just wrote it as a thank you note to myself on my 39 birthday.

Related- Inspired by my favourite American hacker




Rise of ISIS surprised CIA: Incompetence as a conspiracy

Some liberals think the CIA stands for Christian Intelligence Agency. Some thing it is a Conspiracy Investigation Agency.

But why did CIA get caught by surprise when ISIS rose?

Oh Shit happens!

Who benefits (Quo Bono) when ISIS rose?

Why did the current CIA director get his job when the last Director got caught in a affair (General Petreaus ) who knew the area well.

Is John O. Brennan trying to run for Vice President in 2020 ? George H W Bush did that before

Incompetence in a democracy demands answers! Before you invade the wrong country (it has happened before !)


Brennan withdrew his name from consideration for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the first Obama administration over concerns about his support for transferring terror suspects to countries where they may be tortured while serving under President George W. Bush.[3][5] Instead, Brennan was appointed Deputy National Security Advisor, a position which did not require Senate confirmation.[3][5][8]

Brennan’s 25 years with the CIA included work as a Near East and South Asia analyst, as station chief in Saudi Arabia,

After leaving government service in 2005, Brennan became CEO of The Analysis Corporation, a security consulting business, and served as chairman of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, an association of intelligence professionals

His term as CIA Director coincided with revelations that the U.S. government conducted massive levels of global surveillance, that the CIA had hacked into the computers of U.S. Senate employees, and the release of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture.

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