Heart grafitti

Heartfelt

My heart is like a big, fat, ripe pomegranate. Juicy, yet stale pieces of it fall off with every beat and every impulse of every common day, until nothing but a clean meaningless white crust of impressions remains. It’s an outward silence twisted inside into a rhythmic piñata of raw meat and regrets.

My heart is also an hourglass. Not because it is counting my life backwards. But because it is churning all my possible existences, all my potential me’s through a pulsating funnel of contradictions. With every beat my heart splits me sideways, shrugging off every meaningful me and rounding up this shattered self one grain of “nothing” at a time.

My heart is playing hop-scotch . And with every hop juice and sand mingle. And it reminds of blood, but it tastes rotten and ashen and rough. And I pray on that pebble to choke and trip my heart into another dream, where sandstorms rule the land of pomegrante trees.

Hive plays well with ElasticSearch

Using the Amazon Elasticsearch Service with Hive

Amazon launched the Amazon Elasticsearch Service less than a month ago to enable their clients to spin up scalable Elasticsearch clusters directly from the AWS Management Console and forget about about managing these clusters by themselves. While you can spin up and use an Elasticsearch cluster in several minutes, this ease of use comes with a small disadvantage: as opposed to a classic Elasticsearch setup, the Elasticsearch service only exposes the publicly accessible client gateway, making it impossible for Hadoop applications to connect to the nodes behind this gateway using discovery mechanisms.

Hive and Elasticsearch

To connect to the ElasticSearch service from any popular Hadoop applications (Hive, Pig, Spark etc.) you need to use the Elasticsearch Hadoop connector. This can be imported into your Java/Scala application using build tools such as Maven and sbt respectively. To use the connector in Hive though, you need to download the standalone jar package available on the Elasticsearch website.

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Amazon AWS Flow SDK with IntelliJ and Maven

Using the AWS Flow Java framework with IntelliJ IDEA and Maven

Enabling AspectJ support in Java is a bit of a “love” story in itself. But making sure aspect weaving works for Amazon Simple Workflow in the Maven context (in which, I might say, any developer that operates in a production environment lives and breathes) is a challenge on its own. I’m sharing this article as a result of several days of research, sweat and hair pulling. In short, I am going to explain how to enable compile time weaving for the AWS SWF Flow Java Framework in combination with IntelliJ and Maven. So here goes…

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ccloud

Simple fix for “Creative cloud desktop failed to install” error

“Creative cloud desktop failed to install” seems to be a very common problem for the Adobe CC users and that’s why I decided to share this simple fix. There is also an answer from Adobe but from my readings on different forum topics, that didn’t seem to work too smoothly. That is why I decided to try my luck with this very simple fix before making all those steps that Adobe thinks could help and fortunately I got rid of the Failed to install error the easy way.

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The new Tomb Raider character evolution

Tomb Raider: The New Feminist Dream?

Why did Tomb Raider had to be reinvented? What was wrong with the generously breasted, fully lipped flawless female pistol wielder that used to territorial piss on ancient tombs with lame British jokes? If you look back in the press, it seems as if the Indiana Jones femme fatale concept has suddenly become exhausted, at least from the game publisher’s point of view. Does this mean that games are growing up, or is this the direct result of the fact that the demographics of players are changing, that women are slowly taking their rightful place at the keyboard and gamepad? Continue reading…