Hadoop – The Data Scientist’s Dream

Everyone is talking about Hadoop. According to many data scientists, it doesn’t get better than this. But how is Hadoop being used today? What are the top lessons learned from those that are deep with Hadoop? What are they accomplishing? What are their plans for the future?

Enterprises today collect and generate more data than ever before. Relational and data warehouse products excel at OLAP and OLTP workloads over structured data. Hadoop, however, was designed to solve a different problem: the fast, reliable analysis of both structured data and complex data. As a result, many enterprises deploy Hadoop alongside their legacy IT systems, which allows them to combine old data and new data sets in powerful new ways.

Technically, Hadoop consists of two key services: reliable data storage using the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) and high-performance parallel data processing using a technique called MapReduce.

Hadoop runs on a collection of commodity, shared-nothing servers. You can add or remove servers in a Hadoop cluster at will; the system detects and compensates for hardware or system problems on any server. Hadoop, in other words, is self-healing. It can deliver data — and can run large-scale, high-performance processing jobs — in spite of system changes or failures.

Originally developed and employed by dominant Web companies like Yahoo and Facebook, Hadoop is now widely used in finance, technology, telecom, media and entertainment, government, research institutions and other markets with significant data. With Hadoop, enterprises can easily explore complex data using custom analyses tailored to their information and questions.

Yoga & Magical Thinking: A Defense

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Lets face it, when it comes to magical thinking, yoga people are some of the worst perpetrators around. Author and yogi Matthew Remski is right on the money when he observes “the facebook status updates that define yoga culture can be summed in one line. As I think so I shall be”.

And while this idea is often attributed to no greater mind than the Buddha – we’ve got to get a grip. Wishing for something does not make it so. Because according to scientific arbiters of reality, treating the physical world as though it had mental properties and treating the mental world as though it had physical properties – is to be guilty of  “cognitive dysfunction.”


To believe in the “powers of intention” is to have fallen victim to the fallacy that consciousness extends beyond the brain. And no matter how much we may want to believe it…

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Coming To Grips With The Divine: The Sacred Language of the Hand

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handofgod1“Our ability to grasp, to build, and to make our thoughts real lies inside this complex of bones, nerves, and vessels”…“The hand is a signature for who we are and what we can attain.” Neil Shubin, Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5 Billion Year History of the Human Body.

 In the past year my hands have taken on a life of their own. During yogic and meditative states, an external/internal energy begins to pour into my palms, compelling my hands to form basic shapes and gestures. Sometimes it feels like my hands and fingers are being pulled by a force, other times it feels as if they are seeking to express something, embody something – but what?

So in a quest to better understand what was happening- I began to research everything I could find about the hand. And what I discovered was revelatory.

Today mysticism and…

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Fat Girl Does Yoga

I hurt myself last night in class. My fault completely, of course. I tried to challenge myself, and myself won. Luckily it’s a common injury for me, my SI joint and lower back de-whacked. By which, of course, I mean they got out of whack. I immediately took care to finish out the class carefully and without further injury. I did a good job, and I think finishing allowed me to stretch it out somewhat. I took some powdered magnesium when I got home and laid flat on the floor. All of those things are combining to help me be able to move today, but I wish I had time to go to the chiropractor!!

Sometimes, this attempt at getting back in shape is extra frustrating. My body is prone to a few different sets of injuries. I wish I could say that when I am fit and healthy again…

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The Five Tibetans(DVD): An Expert Teacher’s Know-How Revealed (2007)

The Five Tibetans(DVD): An Expert Teacher’s Know-How Revealed (2007)
Carolinda Witt (Director) | Rated: G | Format: DVD



Editorial Reviews

By author & acclaimed Five Tibetan’s teacher Carolinda Witt. The DVD’s two ‘Teaching Guides,’ are emailed to you and contain all the tips, hints, modifications, common problems and solutions to learning the Five Tibetan Rites (82 & 59 pages). You will learn the history and secrets of the monks’ rejuvenation exercises and become totally confident that you are doing The Five Tibetans correctly. Contains the same unique step-by-step method developed over years and thousands of students (and forty Instructors) during Carolinda’s Five Tibetans workshops, books, DVDs etc. Taught in a clear uncluttered studio setting where you can see & hear exactly what you are meant to be doing. Covers the postures, warm-ups, breathing & core stability and ensures that your alignment – your posture – and your technique is correct from start to finish.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overall Exercise Regime July 28, 2010

I have a copy of both the book and the DVD. The DVD covers all the 5 rites thoroughly, and for those with limited movement will find that there are alternative postures until you can master anything that you may find challenging.

I have been doing this style of T5T for close to ten years and have enjoyed the benefits immensely. The DVD is an excellent addition to the book and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to explore an easy, safe and yet uncompromising form of exercise.

This is the best on the market for doing the 5 rites and it’s an affordable gift for family and friends who’re too lazy to attend classes!

5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to kick yourself into action! July 29, 2010

I am a professional Corporate Trainer and am extremely impressed with the instruction in this DVD. I have never done any form of exercise like this before, but I found learning the movements with this DVD really easy to follow.
I felt confident when I realised that the teacher had so much experience.
I have had a number of sports injuries and I when I first heard about the Five Tibetans I was concerned that I would be somehow pushed into movements that I was not ready for – but I need not have worried. This excellent DVD breaks each movement down into smaller steps so I can be sure about how to place my neck or how high to raise my legs etc.
I liked the fact that I could learn the Rites step-by-step in an uncluttered studio setting and then when I felt ready, I could simply move to a track and follow along with the instructor as they did their repetitions accompanied by very clear verbal instructions.
I can’t imagine a better way of learning The Five Tibetan Rites and really enjoyed the settings as well as the music on two of the tracks. I am very motivated to continue with this practice as I feel totally confident that I can do this correctly over the long term with this DVD.
I found the accompanying e-booklet a great easy reference tool if I had any special questions about my practice. For example I am unable to lift my legs straight in to the air due to stiffness, and I simply referred to the booklet to find the answer in both the short-term and the long-term. A very useful tool indeed.
I had an unexpected bonus when I discovered I could also improve my breathing by doing the suggested exercises on this DVD. My energy and vitality has improved dramatically as has my strength and flexibility.
5.0 out of 5 stars the best dvd in the five tibetans a good method to stay healthy in 10 minutes a dayAugust 25, 2011

I found this dvd when i was already practising the five tibetans what i have learned by myself. I wish i had it at the beginning. It teaches you how to build up the exercises without getting injured what is very important and offers an easily understandable step by step way to learn it . What is good in it that Carolinda corrects all the possible mistakes we can do and prevents doing the exercises in a wrong way. She also adds core stability exercise and energy breathing so it makes it a more complete system.
If you have 12 mintes for yourself a day it is for sure that his is the BEST method for health keeping and sickness prevention. And what is more if you do that that after 3 months everybody will say that you look so much younger.
The dvd is really well done, the menu is very user friendly since you can search by the individual rites and warm ups as well. A big plus to the dvd that after buying it you can get support from Carolinda through her home page what i have found and share here […] It is a big advantage . And she answers . She corrected e.g. my breathing that it is better not only inhale through the nose but exhale as well.
I think it is a very usefull thing for those who just begin the rites now, those who want to find something for themselves and have 10 minutes a day and even for those who are doing the rites for a while and what to make a system out of it . I suggest getting it with full heart .
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rites Revisited… September 22, 2011

The Five Tibetan Rites have a reputation for being the fountain of youth, and they were my baptism of fire into Yoga, I did a one-day workshop in Sydney about 4 years ago, and did the exercises for 6 months, building up to 21 repetitions of the rites.

During that phase I felt my core muscles build up helping my posture in general, as well as a better, deeper, fuller, slower breathing pattern, and more energy in general. When I first did the training, only the book and an audio CD was available, now a complete comprehensive DVD package is available. I moved away from the Five Rites and more towards traditional Yoga and Qi Gong. Somehow you body knows what it needs, and I revisited the Rites again by getting the updated DVD program, now I could look at the Rites again, but this time with a new perspective and understanding of Yoga and Qi Gong.

Most of us are not yogis or monks and in this day and age, we live stressful lives, we have poor postures, we have poor diets, we have poor breathing patterns. We have little time for exercise and spiritual fulfillment; we rely on addictive band aid health care solutions to fill in the gaps. Carolinda seems to understand this and provides a week by week progression building up to the whole rites after a period of 10 weeks.

The DVD comes with two E-Books (The Original Eye of Revelation book both the 1939 and 1946 version combined) and detail supplementary 82 page course material. It is particularly well structured. I particularly liked how the rites are taught in a detail incremental week by week progression, the integrated energy breathing technique, the warm-up exercises and the affirmations.

Detailed Week by Week Progression
Looking at the DVD I must say it is a thorough, detailed, step-by-step, week by week explanation on how to do the rites correctly. From Qi Gong, I know that “forms” evolve over years getting better and better as generations improve it. Carolinda has certainly evolved the rites, however still keeping true to the original essence and form, but adapting it to today’s environment, considerations and lifestyle.

There is great attention to detail in the instructions given; this is a prime example on how to do a proper training course without the aid of any physical instructor. The author is quite active on her Facebook page and seems to be very responsive on any questions raised. She also maintains a very informative blog site […] which has a wealth of free material on the rites.

A week by week program is provided, allowing one to build up to the strength, flexibility and focus slowly, which is required to do the rites properly over 10 weeks. For example the leg raises start with 1 leg at a time, breaking down the sequence from the breathing, to the first head movement, then the single leg movement up, the flex of the leg straight up.
The author focuses on alignment, awareness, breaking down the steps and sequencing them into smaller learning elements, then bringing all elements together incrementally. Particularly key is the focus on safety, as the rites done wrongly without developing the strength and flexibility first could be unsafe. Even steps on how to get down and get up are covered.
I liked the intermixing of various other elements of yoga to the original rites, for example rocking on the back before the leg raises, and the cat and cow pose after the leg raises in the week 1 training. The pendulum uses both the down dog and the up dog as a base to build the more dynamic pendulum movement.

The Integrated Energy Breathing Technique
The energy breathing is based on the complete yogic breath, including the diaphragms, the rib cage and the clavicles, the good thing is that it is not forced, a relaxed breath is emphasized, no breath should be ever forced, as subtle pranic elements are associated with the breath. I like the way the breathing is combined into the core stability “tight jeans” exercise, I have never quite seen the pelvic floor incorporated into a breathing exercise before.

The Warm up Exercises
I really like the warm up exercises. I feel they can be used separately by themselves. The shaking and tapping seem like they have been borrowed from Qi Gong. In Qi Gong they use shaking to expel negative Qi, I feel that this mental visualization can be adopted while doing the exercise. The tapping is particularly powerful exercise, these stimulate the meridian points all over the body, the demonstrations show how to do this properly, even getting to difficult to reach places such as the lower back.
On the warm up exercise with the spinal twist, according to Qi Gong a twist should be done moving from the waist.

The Affirmations
The affirmations are a particularly powerful compliment to the exercises. I feel that you could probably use these affirmations by themselves and they would still be useful. I think an audio affirmation track to do the rites would be very valuable. These are:

– I am flexible and receptive
– My mind is clear and calm
– I am full of energy
– I am strong and balanced
– I am positive and motivated

Overall Review
Overall the rites pack a lot of punch in a 10-15 minute workout, Carolinda has improved the rites by adding a great energy stimulating warm-up, related affirmations, integrated core and breathing exercises, insider teacher tips all into a tight little package. It would be hard to get this sort of expertise in a live teacher, unless Carolinda or one of the Monks is teaching the class themselves
If you read about the rites and its reputation for being the “Fountain of Youth”, and want to learn this, this DVD program is probably the most comprehensive instructional material available.