Elasticsearch is an open-source, distributed data search engine that has been blowing up in popularity — Here’s the 411 on what you should know

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These days, due to digitalization, unstructured data is getting generated at a higher volume and velocity than ever before. Organizations are sitting on tons of unstructured data, but retrieving effective information from this data is not an easy task. Elasticsearch is a popular document-oriented search engine that is well known for its ability to search and retrieve both unstructured and structured data fast and efficiently.

In this article, I will give a simplified introduction to Elasticsearch and by the end of this, beginners will be able to understand its advantage, architecture, and some notable use cases.

What is Elasticsearch?

There are plenty of…


As a creator, your mental health is of the highest importance for innovative creation

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Ever have one of those friends where you feel less good after you talk to them? Or maybe they just make you feel tired, demotivated, or slightly bad about yourself? These people are prime candidates for Shadowbanning.

Shadowbanning is the practice of quietly blocking a person from your life to save yourself from the negative emotional reactions you get from interacting with them.

This person can take many forms:

  • A co-worker who constantly brags about how good their life and makes you feel inferior.
  • A spouse who brings a cloud of negativity with them wherever they go.
  • A friend who…


Here are 3 options for analytics platforms to switch to

Chartio has joined Atlassian and will be sunsetting the Chartio analytics platform (image by author)

You may have heard, Chartio is getting acquired by Atlassian. Following the acquisition, it looks like they will be sunsetting the analytics platform that many companies have come to rely on.

Current customers will have one year to transition to a new vendor to get their analytics needs met. Here’s what they said in their announcement/migration guide:

“If you haven’t seen our announcement, Chartio has joined Atlassian and the product will be shutting down on March 1, 2022. …


Don’t do these 3 things

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1. The “@here” and “@channel” Tags

Like everyone else, I’m a member of several Slack workspaces. There is one that is for my day-to-day job and there are a few others that are communities to which I belong and (when time allows) contribute.

The problem arises from the fact that notifications from my job workspace and notifications from these other workspaces are not equally important. …


From the ancient Stoic Epictetus

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“Don’t seek for everything to happen as you wish it would, but rather, wish that everything happens as it actually will” — Epictetus

For those who don’t know, the ancient philosophy of Stoicism is all about finding peace and happiness regardless of your external circumstances. It does this by re-framing the way you look at events in your life.

Epictetus was one of the great Stoic philosophers and all of his teachings were around how to live a good life without suffering too much mental anguish.

The above quote, if understood, is one of his…


Two important concepts for any startup

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Burn Rate

Burn rate is how much money your company is spending each month.

So that means that your burn rate is simply the amount that comes into your bank account, minus the amount that goes out, for each month. This number is usually pretty constant. If there is some variability you can average over several months to get a good representation of your monthly burn rate.

For startups, the burn rate is going to be a negative number. This is the amount you are “burning” each month to stay in business.

Runway

Runway is how long…


He uses this trick to repeatedly skirt accountability

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As a kid I had a weird hobby. I liked to do magic tricks. My hands were so small back then that when I performed sleight-of-hand card tricks where you conceal the card behind your hand, much of the card would stick out on either side and ruin the trick.

But from that time there is one thing I remember well. Magicians call it misdirection. And even if your hands are too small to perform the trick properly, you can sometimes pull it off if the audience is looking elsewhere.

It’s a…


Source: Wikipedia

If this article is coming up for you at all I have no doubt you have seen this quote before.

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Just be one.” — Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Everyone seems to get some sort of Instagram-worthy good feels from this quote and I can’t for the life of me figure out why. There were so many profound things that Marcus Aurelius and the other ancient Stoics said (my preference being the works of Seneca), why focus on this single insipid, arguably tautological, line?

For starters, it doesn’t hold up very…


5 ways my digital nomad VanLife taught me to love apartments

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Since the start of the pandemic, there’s been a lot of interest and hype at the idea of fixing up a camper or small van and taking off to see the country. This desire is understandable — we’ve all been trapped in a hollowed-out version of our own lives for half a year now. The idea of being able to get out there and live while still having your own contained pod of safety is very appealing. But, having done it multiple times, I’m here to tell you it’s…


Or will we all end up back in the office

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I live and work in Oakland. Just across the bay from San Francisco — arguably the startup capital of the world. And I work in a tech startup. Like almost every other tech company during this pandemic, my company quickly switched to working from home.

It’s been a time for discovery both at our company and for me personally. There are a lot of dynamics at play when abruptly switching to remote work — some good and some bad.

How remote work has worked well

Like many who switched to a fully working from home, I’ve…

Sean Knight

Data Scientist, Physicist, Stoic, Growth Hacker.

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