15 Best Available Bourbons

There’s no denying that bourbon is having a moment. It’s become the basis for an obscene number of cocktails, and any bar worth its weight in complimentary pretzels is stocking the stuff, often exclusively. Why? The pride of Kentucky wins out over other whiskies because it’s a little sweeter, a little smoother, and a whole…



Best Beers Extreme Beer Festival 2014

Sociologists talk of FOMO (“fear of missing out”) and never has this feeling been more powerful than 20 minutes before the end of the Extreme Beer Fest. The event, which took place in Boston, MA, had 68 of the world’s best breweries offering 2-ounce pours of more than 300 “extreme” beers — defined simply as…



The History of Beer in Milwaukee

Milwaukee has always been a beer town. Even before it was officially a city, Milwaukee had one tavern per every forty residents. A boom-town that quickly filled up after the discovery of large iron-ore deposits in nearby Dodge County, the city attracted large numbers of immigrants in search of the American dream. A decade and…



Texas Quail Rigs

Apparently in Texas they take their quail hunting pretty seriously — okay, make that very seriously — so seriously that they outfit trucks, jeeps, quads, even vintage sedans with everything you could possibly need for the hunt. Texas Quail Rigs profiles this unique intersection of car and hunting culture with beautiful photographs of more than…



What Makes a Great Dive bar?

Dive bars face a tug-of-war: they’re either worshiped or ostracized. This must stop. Dive bars are just like any other bar — plus or minus a few roaches and/or bathroom stall sex stories — in that “good” or “bad” depends on who’s asking. The Jersey Shore cast goes head over slutty heels for a sweaty-floored,…



Big Data needs to mean big insights

Recently the focus on increased insights and data driven decisions has become paramount from the board room to marketing, and even to the production floor. Those insights and decisions were promised by the world of “Big Data”. The hype around big data is unmistakable. You can’t miss it. I think Big Data will perform…



RDBMS vs. NoSQL

Before studying the features of a variety of NoSQL systems, it would be useful to learn the background history of the NoSQL storage system.

NoSQL as antithesis

Here is a little mnemonic device. If NoSQL is No SQL, it must be an anti-RDBMS system. The logical flow explaining why NoSQL is the opposite of RDBMS is as…



Big Data Hiring: Unorthodox Advice

Building a data science team? As a first step, swap in subject-matter experts from the business to help you formulate the right questions. Next, consider hiring physicists and music majors as well as statisticians and computer scientists.

These are the key, and in some ways unorthodox, data-science hiring pointers offered by Josh Sullivan, VP of the…



The Science Behind the Netflix Algorithms That Decide What You’ll Watch Next

If you liked 1960s Star Trek, the first non-Trek title that Netflix is likely to suggest to you is the original Mission: Impossible series (the one with the cool Lalo Schifrin soundtrack). Streaming the latest Doctor Who is likely to net you the supernatural TV drama Being Human (the UK version). Watch From Dusk Till…



Bahamas Diving Essentials

While we love diving for its ability to transport us to an alien world, defy gravity and commune with nature, we also love it for the gear. Diving may be the most gear-intensive sport out there, with the possible exception of mountain climbing. Without your mask, you don’t see, without your tank and regulator, you…