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Is anyone out there using Apache Kafka? This is a very nontraditional way of dealing with massive data in realtime and I would love to talk about it...

Is anyone out there using Apache Kafka? This is a very nontraditional way of dealing with massive data in realtime and I would love to talk about it with folks that have real world experience. The IoT (a dated term of art, but still valid) requires something like this and I'm wondering if Kafka is it. Here's a rough description from the article:
This trend is driving the adoption of technologies that can reliably and scalably deliver and process data as near real-time as possible. New frameworks dedicated to this architecture needed to exist. Hence, Apache Kafka was born.
What about Apache Spark? Well, as Gorman points out, Spark is capable of real-time processing, but isn’t optimally suited to it. The Spark streaming frameworks are still micro-batch by design.
This leaves Kafka, which “can offer a true exactly once, one-at-a-time processing solution for both the transport and the processing framework,” Gorman explains. Beyond that, additional components like Apache Flink, Beam, and others extend the functionality of these real-time pipelines to allow for easy mutation, aggregation, filtering, and more. All the things that make a mature, end-to-end, real-time data processing system.
This wouldn’t matter if Kafka were a beast to learn and implement, but it’s not (on either count). As Gorman highlights, “The beauty of Apache Kafka is it exposes a powerful API yet has very simple semantics. It is all very approachable.” Not only that, but its API has been implemented in many different programming languages, so the odds are good that your favorite language has a driver available.

Sick

Sick. Hit about 10:30 last night. Went from being uncomfortable to having the shakes and high fever in under 5 minutes. Fever broke about 5am, but I still feel absolutely awful. My body's way of telling me to take a day off. But I can't, since one of my clients has Comcast coming to put in a new modem at their new office and if I'm not there to configure it, they won't have Internet. Gawd I feel awful.

Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, all but confirmed the new strategy in an appearance on CNBC Wednesday morning

Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, all but confirmed the new strategy in an appearance on CNBC Wednesday morning. “What we need to do in the Senate is figure out what the lowest common denominator is, what gets us to 50 votes so that we can move forward on health-care reform,” he said.

I have survived through this and I can attest that this is true:, On the surface it appears to be incongruous that the Christian right would rally...

I have survived through this and I can attest that this is true:
On the surface it appears to be incongruous that the Christian right would rally behind a slick New York real estate developer who is a very public serial philanderer and adulterer, has no regard for the truth, is consumed by greed, does not appear to read or know the Bible, routinely defrauds and cheats his investors and contractors, expresses a crude misogyny and an even cruder narcissism and appears to yearn for despotism. In fact, these are the very characteristics that define most of the leaders of the Christian right. Trump has preyed on desperate people through the thousands of slot machines in his casinos, his sham university and his real estate deals. Megachurch pastors prey on their followers by extracting “seed offerings,” “love gifts,” tithes and donations and by selling miracle healings along with “prayer clothes,” self-help books, audio and video recordings and even protein shakes. Pastors have established within their megachurches, as Trump did in his businesses, despotic fiefdoms. They cannot be challenged or questioned any more than an omnipotent Trump could be challenged on the reality television show “The Apprentice.” And they seek to replicate their little tyrannies on a national scale, with white men in charge.
The personal piety of most of the ministers who lead the Christian right is a facade. Their private lives are usually marked by hedonistic squalor that includes mansions, private jets, limousines, retinues of bodyguards, personal assistants and servants, shopping sprees, lavish vacations and sexual escapades that rival those carried out by Trump. And because they run “churches,” in many cases church funds pay for their tax-free empires, including their extravagant lifestyles. They also engage in the nepotism found in the Trump organization, elevating family members to prominent or highly paid positions and passing on the businesses to their children.
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Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is home to many of the worst charlatans in the Christian right, including the popular healer Benny Hinn, who says that Adam was a superhero who could fly to the moon and claims that one day the dead will be raised by watching TBN from inside their coffins. Hinn claims his “anointings” have cured cancer, AIDS, deafness, blindness and numerous other ailments and physical injuries. Those who have not been cured, he says, did not send in enough money.

My question is WHY would anyone EVER fly United Airlines again? I would rather hitchhike at this point than fly United

My question is WHY would anyone EVER fly United Airlines again? I would rather hitchhike at this point than fly United.
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United posted a notice telling “Comic-Con attendees [to] remove all books from checked bags.” When people complained on Twitter, United confirmed the news. “The restriction on checking comic books applies to all airlines operating out of San Diego this weekend and is set by the TSA,” a spokesperson wrote. From there, things got even weirder: it told one confused attendee that only comic books were banned in checked baggage, while regular books were “A-OK.” But then, the TSA categorically denied this rule’s existence, saying that all books were fine in both checked and carry-on baggage.

My hope for health care isn't particularly tied to single-payer, just to the effect of single payer and to a simple solution that can work for...

My hope for health care isn't particularly tied to single-payer, just to the effect of single payer and to a simple solution that can work for everyone (although single-payer seems the most rational to me). And here is an interesting possibility:
However, with Maryland’s novel all-payer structure, you could potentially reinvent health care outcomes by merely tweaking the system. For example, expanding all payer across the healthcare system, along with tight regulation of insurers to keep premiums low, could mimic some benefits of single payer. Even Vincent DeMarco, who flat-out rejected the notion of state-level single payer, agreed. “If we can do that, we can achieve the same goals in a way that’s doable,” DeMarco said.

One more of Karen Lovely and the band

One more of Karen Lovely and the band. Goddess, I did love this set.
The background should give you a bit of a feel for the venue. That's the Willamette River on the left, with all the boaters pulled up to listen to the music. You can see the south Brewery Stage on the other side of the field. Crossroads Stage is behind this one on the other side of the main walkway through and the Front Porch Stage is a couple hundred yards beyond it.
This is Friday, a couple of hours after BluesFest opened, so the crowd was still building. I wish they had put Karen on later, but I'll listen whenever she plays.

So, I am just loving some of these photos

So, I am just loving some of these photos. Here's one of Karen Lovely, Ben Rice, and Lisa Mann. You can hear the sizzle of that slide and the drive of Lisa's bass. I get chills thinking about this set.

I’m listening to Karen Lovely as I edit her photos from BluesFest 2017

I’m listening to Karen Lovely as I edit her photos from BluesFest 2017. What an AMAZING voice.
Listen to track 2, Twist My Fate, and tell me you don’t hear the Etta James influence. And she puts on a really great show, too!

OK, here's just one shot from BluesFest 2017 of Eric Gales on the Crossroads Stage (seriously, there is probably more good music happening on this...

OK, here's just one shot from BluesFest 2017 of Eric Gales on the Crossroads Stage (seriously, there is probably more good music happening on this stage than on any of the bigger stages). Eric Gales is a bonafide guitar hero.

I'm sitting on the front porch in the shade with Cody drowsing at my feet, editing BluesFest photos in Lightroom

I'm sitting on the front porch in the shade with Cody drowsing at my feet, editing BluesFest photos in Lightroom. I haven't had much time before now to do this, so I'm pretty content at the moment.
For those who are curious, here's my workflow for dealing with 28,211 photos to get at least one good shot of each band:
1. Tag all photos as Waterfront Blues Festival 2017
2. Go through by time and select all photos of a band on a stage and tag them with the band name. If the band played on more than one stage, tag them with the same name.
3. Turn on Lightroom's Auto-Stack feature, grouping together all photos shot within a 1 minute period. Since I was shooting in 10 frame per second bursts, I might get two or even three different bursts within a minute, but I don't care.
4. Select all photos of one band at a time, then go through the stacks. If there are no good shots in the stack, collapse the stack and give the top photo 1 star. If there is a good shot, put it on the top and give it 2 stars. If I get more than 1 good shot in a stack that are significantly different (it does happen), split the stacks and move both good shots to the top of stack and assign them both 2 stars.
5. Make a second pass through all the stacks for that band and decide on the best shot, which I assign 5 stars. Other good/great shots get 4 stars. If there are no good shots of a band (unfortunately, that does happen more often than I would like to admit), I give it 3 stars. The hope is that one of the other photographers got a great shot of that band. Incidentally, there should only be one (1) 5 star rated photo of each band, which is why I also want to keep track of the 4 star photos. Incidentally, this is how I tell where I am in the process, just by selecting each band's tag and then selecting only 3 or more stars. If there aren't any, I haven't gotten to that band yet.
6. Once I've rated all photos, I start with the 3 star photos to see if there is any way I can get a rayon purse (silk is too much to hope for) from a sow's ear. I don't spend a lot of time on this.
7. Then I go through the 5 star photos and see if I can make them really shine, including round-tripping them to Photoshop, Affinity Photo, and/or ON1 Photo RAW.
8. Once I'm done with those, I export all of the 3 star and 5 star photos as full-res JPEGs and send them over to Norm Eder to give to the festival organizers.
So, I've gotten a lot of questions from folks on how I could possibly go through 28,211 photos and this is how I do it. I'm sure other photographers have another workflows, but this is what I came up with and it works for me.

This is most interesting

This is most interesting. The name Lee Cooperman keeps popping up.
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All of Scaramucci’s Super PAC contributions would have been illegal before the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision.
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Here’s what Scaramucci said about Citizens United, himself, and Cooperman:
Scaramucci, the organizer of the dinner, told me the next day that the guests had witnessed the “activation” of a “sleeper cell” of hedge-fund managers against Obama. “That’s what you see happening in the hedge-fund community, because they now have the power, because of Citizens United, to aggregate capital into political-action committees and to influence the debate,” he said. “The president has a philosophy of disdain toward wealth creation. That’s just obvious, O.K.? We talked about it all night.” He later said, “If there’s a pope of this movement, it’s Lee Cooperman.”
By contrast, here’s what the conservative Supreme Court majority proclaimed in the Citizens United decision:
"[W]e now conclude that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption. That speakers may have influence over or access to elected officials does not mean that those officials are corrupt. The appearance of influence or access, furthermore, will not cause the electorate to lose faith in our democracy."
Now get this: The politicians in attendance at the dinner were Al Gore and the then-mayor of Los Angeles, Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa. Villaraigosa was so eager to hear more about Cooperman’s fascinating ideas that, according to the New Yorker, he gave the hedge fund manager his direct phone number. Now out of office, Villaraigosa is running for governor of California in 2018.
So on the one hand, there’s actual hedge fund manager Scaramucci celebrating the fact that thanks to Citizens United, he and his friends “now have the power” to “aggregate capital” to change U.S. politics. On the other hand, the Supreme Court is certain that Americans won’t “lose faith in our democracy” just because a Democratic politician feels he has to cozy up to a billionaire who believes that Obama’s election was kind of like Hitler taking power.
“Apparently the sleeper cell has now seized the White House communications office,” says Robert Weissman, president of the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen. “But that’s less eyebrow-raising than it might be, since they also have an accessory in the Oval Office.”

I was on the verge of crying by the end of this article

I was on the verge of crying by the end of this article. Oh, how I so very much wish I could have done this for Chad. I miss him so some sometimes. He was my son and a dear, dear friend.

It's official! We've added three new people to our family in under 6 months!!! What an amazing year! :) So excited for Corey and Morgan!!! Ps

It's official! We've added three new people to our family in under 6 months!!! What an amazing year! :) So excited for Corey and Morgan!!! Ps. Thank you Bobbi for our pretty signs!!! So glad we took these pictures last summer!!

Not going to lie

Not going to lie..... I'm pretty proud of myself! :) I've missed shooting weddings during maternity leave!!! There are images in this post that I'm super proud of and not just because it was super windy and chilly... but because I know that I pushed myself to step it up a notch!! It feels so good when that happens! Thank you Matthew and Cameron for letting be me creative! xoxoxoxo

I could write a novel on all that we've learned about ourselves, our past, our tendencies and the way we relate to each other but I'll just leave you...

I could write a novel on all that we've learned about ourselves, our past, our tendencies and the way we relate to each other but I'll just leave you with these thoughts.... If you aren't happy with the way things are in your marriage, you have to proactively pursue change... and 99% of the time, the change has to start with YOU. More about our time at the Connect Retreat on the blog!!!!

We've been waiting over THREE YEARS for this workshop! We spent over a year waiting for our land to be rezoned so that we could purchase it and then...

We've been waiting over THREE YEARS for this workshop! We spent over a year waiting for our land to be rezoned so that we could purchase it and then we waited for our previous home to sell... .. and then we waited a year for our house to be built!! We FINALLY have our Home Made for Hosting and our first workshop was such an amazing experience!!! We couldn't have picked a more perfect group of photographers!!! Here's a little look behind the scenes!!!!

Can I ask a favor?! I normally don't do this but this is too exciting not to try! :) One of our 2016 weddings is a finalist for Charlottesville Wine...

Can I ask a favor?! I normally don't do this but this is too exciting not to try! :) One of our 2016 weddings is a finalist for Charlottesville Wine & Country Weddings "Wedding of the Year" and we're SO excited about it!!! BUT! We need some VOTES!!! Do you mind helping us out! Just vote for Katherine and John!! : http://woobox.com/w2d2ph/it7pte

View the PRESSURE as a PRIVILEGE

View the PRESSURE as a PRIVILEGE....be RESOURCEFUL instead of RESENTFUL! .... the list goes on. There are so many things that we need to remind ourselves about before beginning to capture a wedding day! We tend to make things overly emotional and totally about us when in reality..... that's not the reality at all!!

There is something so special about having a friend who knows you story capture a new season of your life!!! I'm not a film photographer but I have...

There is something so special about having a friend who knows you story capture a new season of your life!!! I'm not a film photographer but I have such an appreciation for it! These images make my heart melt!! Film + Tiffany Farley + our white walls = dream family portraits! Enjoy some of Tiffany's favorites!!!

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