Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
" . . . in order to meet the demands of search, handle the constant experiments the company ran, and accommodate the rapidly growing number of projects at Google other than search, the company had to basically reinvent the computer. “Suddenly, you have a program that doesn’t run on anything smaller than a thousand machines,” says Barroso, codesigner of Google’s data centers. “So you can’t look at that as a thousand machines, but instead look at thousand machines as a single computer. I look at a data center as a computer.”
One building in a data center may have 45 containers holding 1,160 servers, arranged in a two-story setup.
Monday, January 2, 2012
I have a new research toy. This site will take any document (blog) and reduce it to it's key themes. I can think of several interesting applications for introspection and pre-reading documents.
This image is a wordle of my blog. It is interesting that "Bloomberg var" (and any other financial term) doesn't even make the list.
I think I might try this on a few of the academic articles I read to see what comes out of it. Like I said, many interesting applications.
Here is another wordle I think is better.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Gist. Reading levels of the five hypothesized by Ronald P. Carver, a professor of educational psychology
- Skimming is reading quickly, about 450 words a minute for a proficient reader
- scanning—the way we read dictionaries or telephone directories—is done at about 600 words a minute
- "rauding," is the level at which we read literary fiction, or letters or long magazine stories. To oversimplify his theory, when we raud we are not only reading every word but comprehending their meaning in the context of sentences and paragraphs
- reading to learn—studying—at about 200 words a minute
- reading to memorize, 138 words a minute
Mortimer Adler, author of "How to Read a Book," recommends skimming as "the first sublevel of inspectional reading. Your main aim is to discover whether the book requires a more careful reading."
In "How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read," Pierre Bayard, a professor of literature, makes a case for skimming as a way to maintain "a reasonable distance" from a book. "Skimming books without actually reading them does not in any way prevent you from commenting on them," Mr. Bayard wrote. "It's even possible that this is the most efficient way to absorb books, respecting their inherent depth and richness without getting lost in the details."The
Article. Dear Book Lover: Skimming vs. Reading: Is skimming the best way to absorb a book? Cynthia Crossen on reading fast and slow.