Wow, son. Look at all those stars up there. What a night. I know your old man can be a little silly sometimes—shit, I’ll be the first to admit it. But these nights out on the reservoir with you are some of my favorite moments. I mean, hell, fishing with my son? Can’t think of anything I’d rather do. What a life.

Son, have I ever talked to you about data? Maybe I have, yeah. Well data’s like those stars up there, son. It’s all around us. And as the current of information quickens, our ability to harness it and glean conclusions from it will be one of humanity’s most important responsibilities over the next century. Important as putting enough bait on your rod! Much, much more important, actually.

Whoa, feelin’ a tug there? Well, reel that baby in! You might have a bass chomping on your rod! Reel her in, son, reel her in. Awesome job, bud.

Anyway, a big misconception people have is that data’s clean and easy to work with. I hate to break it to you, but it isn’t. Sometimes sorting through data’s like reeling in a hammerhead shark with a wooden fishing rod. It’s rarely quick and easy. You have to consolidate the data and parse it no matter the volume of data points. Such scalability will only be possible through automation. Machine learning and the like.

Wow, another fish on your rod? Gee. You know what, put your rod down. Let her go. Let’s forget about fishing for a bit. In fact, let’s go home. I have a relational database I want you to see. I think you’re ready. Focus here, son. We’re talking data.


1. Lonely Planet Travel Guides

2. The City of Detroit is Dying, and I Know Why.

3. Door to Door Door Salesman

4. Luck of the Irish

5. No Cure for Lameness

6. Big Cojones

7. Cheese Whiz (hosted by Trent Dilfer)

8. The Giving Boy

9. Fourth Down

10. Horse Grooming

11. Goofus & Gallant

12. Bees

13. Parisian Love

14. Anteaters

15. Andrew Jackson Interview Responses

16. Ransom Note

17. Shisbos™

18. Sexual Healing

19. If I were the Mayor

20. Chunk Tennis

21. Political Cartoons

22. Book Review

23. Mom

24. Boats

25. Sister's Shower

26. Cougar Safety

27. Cheat Codes

28. Nancy Reagan’s Spec for The Wire

29. Alumni Message Board

30. Interns Wanted at L.A. Production Studio

31. Elevator Man

32. Hot Wheels

33. Ice Ice Baby

34. Playing Guess Who? with Wayne Gretzky

35. DNA Evidence

36. Teddy Bear

37. Get Rich Quick Scheme #13

38. Bill Clinton: Daredevil

39. Guide to Guerrilla Marketing

40. If Cain and Abel Were Sisters

41. Consulting Info Session

42. Euros

43. Fed FAQ

44. Actual Real Life

45. Surviving an Economic Depression

46. Mon French

47. A Mango in Manitoba

48. M.C. Escher

49. Budget Cut Speech

50. Forgetting the Titans

51. Budget Cut Speech

52. Murder on the Big Rock Candy Mountain

53. Beans

54. Betty Crocker

55. Get Rich Quick Scheme #38

56. Carhop

57. Mick Riddle is a Man Who Works in Tech Support

58. Good American Dog

59. Alien Invasion

60. A Speech for the Student Movement

61. Dog

62. Born Too Late

63. Adopt a Child

64. Subway Etiquette

65. Sex Machine

66. Castro Assassination Attempt

67. Data

68. Renessa

69. Terrorist Search History

70. Image Reinvention

71. Stenographer

72. Beach Bodies

73. A Resolution

74. Sit-In

75. The Zezk and You

76. When I Marched

77. Golf Course

78. How to Talk to Humans

79. Moonwalk

80. Revolutions That Will Not Be Televised

81. My Rock and Roll Idols

82. More Quotes from Ken Kesey

83. Revolutionary Art

84. Remember the Gophers

85. Africa

86. If Cain and Abel Were Sisters

87. Interview Formality

88. Best Day of My Life

89. Economic Terms