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Frank and Andy Mix Things Up and Try Not Get Blocked on Twitter

Frank and Andy mix things up a bit and talk about running R in SQL Azure, becoming Anti-Fragile, Appalachia, and how they got blocked by a big time blogger.


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Notable Quotes

Andy and Frank agree The Expanse is well-written. ([02:00])
Frank’s super-secret conference… wasn’t. ([04:00])
You should definitely check out Franks World ([04:30])
Keep up with Azure Data Fest on Twitter ([05:00])
AI Super-Powers ([05:20])
Frank and Andy “learned a lot” when we tried to land a “big fish”… ([05:40])
… and were blocked on Twitter ([06:15])
(It’s all Andy’s fault. Frank’s Twitter block was collateral damage.) ([06:30])
Frank is a Microsoft AI Ambassador ([07:15])
Check out the show with Ronald Schmelzer and Kathleen Walch on AI, Enterprises, and Startups ([08:00])
Shoutout to Milena Rodban and her show on Geopolitical Risk, Cybersecurity, and Tennis ([08:30])
Milena’s LinkedIn article ([09:15])
DIVE DIVE DIVE ([10:00])
“R-uh” ([10:45])
Kent’s show ([11:00])
Frank has another certification: AI ([11:15])
“No brakes on the F train…” ([12:00])
Frank has 36 certifications in the past 2.5 years ([12:30])
COBOL mentioned… ([13:00])
Regarding “SELECT *…” ([14:15])
More information about Azure Data Explorer ([15:30])
On dataframes… ([17:30])
Setting up R in Azure ([18:00])
Frank writes the Artificially Intelligent column at MSDN magazine ([20:00])
Learn more about Azure Databricks ([23:30])
Graeme Malcolm is an awesome presenter! ([26:00])
Frank totaled his car in December 2018 🙁 ([26:30])
More information on Honda Adaptive Cruise Control ([28:00])
Frank’s role – as a driver – has changed. ([31:12])
Book Recommendation: Anti-Fragile ([35:30])
Frank’s brush with “Ponch” ([36:50])
Interesting article about combination of tolerances ([38:50])
Andy shares thoughts on the economics of self-driving trucks ([43:00])
Frank shares thoughts on the shifting role of a driver in self-driving trucks ([45:30])
“Learn how to code” is not particularly helpful ([47:00])
AFAF == “Anti-Fragile As Frank” ([47:30])
Upcoming show with Anders Schneiderman, who has not (yet) blocked us on Twitter ([50:00])
“Disruption is now the norm.” ([51:30])
Mr. T predicts pain. ([53:30])
Frank’s *DataPoint* Be Playful With Your Data, but Judicious With Your Time ([54:30])
“Potpourri episode” ([55:55])
Book reference: Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) ([56:15])
Book references: The 10X Rule and Be Obsessed or Be Average by Grant Cardone (@GrantCardone) ([57:15])
Nassim Taleb is writing an Incerto. ([58:00])
“You’re not that guy. I’m that guy.” – Amos Burton ([1:00:00])
More love for The Expanse… ([1:01:00])
Love for Star Trek: Deep Space 9 ([1:01:30])
Love for “Stargate: Galactica” (Stargate Universe) ([1:02:30])

About the author, Frank

Frank La Vigne is a software engineer and UX geek who saw the light about Data Science at an internal Microsoft Data Science Summit in 2016. Now, he wants to share his passion for the Data Arts with the world.

He blogs regularly at and has a YouTube channel called Frank's World TV. (www.FranksWorld.TV). Frank has extensive experience in web and application development. He is also an expert in mobile and tablet engineering. You can find him on Twitter at @tableteer.