• Quantified Self: IFTTT, Zapier, and Elasticsearch

    As a new years resolution I’m embarking on a Quantified Self project. It is known that I love tracking things. As an example: 3 years of my beer drinking history from Untappd exported to CSV as a static dataset and loaded into Kibana: Dashboards and visualizations are fun, but in...

  • Pulling and Splitting live XML with Logstash

    As someone who demos Elasticsearch and Kibana quite a bit, the new “http_poller” input to Logstash [1] is probably the most useful tool I have yet run into for quickly cooking up real-time demos for Elasticsearch that use live data. Here’s a quick outline of what I’m going to do...

  • Web Augmented Reality Experiment

    Above is a weekend project visualizing data from Logstash and Elasticsearch using Web Augmented Reality. According to many on the web working with Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies, something big is about to happen. With the upcoming release of a number of gaming head mounted display (HMD)...

  • Logstash CSV with Custom Geo-Enrichment

    The city where I live, Washington, DC, has a public bicycle share program called Capital Bikeshare. One of the first things I did while learning Elasticsearch was to load the public system data available on the capital bikeshare program’s website. [1] The results were fun. I got to learn the...

  • Converting To Jekyll

    This blog started life as a Wordpress site backed by a LAMP server over at Hostmonster. While the service was awesome, I decided to get more onboard with what the cool kids were doing and convert to a “compiled” static site rather than one backed by a database and CMS...