Since my last book was published early this summer, I have had a full consulting work load - something that I very much appreciate, given the economic situation in the USA. I am helping two people with their start ups, building a modeling language in Common Lisp, and will soon start helping another company with semantic indexing tasks. I like to work between 25 and 30 hours a week, and I am in that sweet spot.

On the educational front, I have just bought two books on subjects that I already know a lot about (Hadoop and Natural Language Processing (NLP)) but that I want to learn even more. Hadoop rocks, and I have been interested and working with NLP since 1984. I am enjoying working through both books.

Carol and I have been enjoying our summer in Sedona: hiking, kayaking, gardening, and cooking.