From Cowbirds in Love
I'm not quite sure how an engineer got invited to SciFoo, it was all very mysterious, but I'm planning on having fun! I am passionate about the possibilities for answering some of the important questions using the new sources of data we're all creating on the web, so I'll be evangelizing cheap web crawling, analysis using Hadoop and of course visualization. After some last minute idiocy on my part over the hotel, I'm now all set for the flight to San Jose tomorrow, and my first visit to the Google campus.
Talking of visualization, I was really curious to see where the other attendees would be coming from, I built a special-edition OpenHeatMap to display the locations of the attendees mentioned on Kaitlin Thaney's Twitter list: