Profile

Cover photo
Jon Swanson
Works at Playfish
Attended University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Lived in marquette, michigan
847 followers|30,060 views
AboutPostsPhotosYouTube

Stream

Jon Swanson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Great data on AWS I/O Perofrmance.
6
1
Charles Rice's profile photoJon Swanson's profile photo
4 comments
 
Totally agree. We're using rightscale and chef as well, so in most cases (if we've done it properly) it's only a click of a button or a one liner.  Still have to wait about 20 minutes for everything to finish converging though.
Add a comment...

Jon Swanson

Shared publicly  - 
4
Add a comment...

Jon Swanson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Parkour seems like a really cool sport. And any mention of it makes me want to watch poorly plotted french movies.
3
Faith G's profile photo
2 comments
Faith G
 
can you help me? 
Add a comment...

Jon Swanson

Shared publicly  - 
 
More impressive stuff done entirely in the browser, without flash or java.

You can play the actual games (a lot of fun) here: http://www.atari.com/arcade
3
Naoki Watanabe's profile photoJon Swanson's profile photoRick Knowles's profile photo
7 comments
 
It loses a lot without your delivery +Jon Swanson 
Add a comment...

Jon Swanson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Some delightfully stereotypical pictures of the Republican National Convention.
4
Phil Lovecraft's profile photoJay Fuerstenberg's profile photoNaoki Watanabe's profile photo
3 comments
 
If there is anything worse than these clowns, something offering us even more insight into the sad psyche of the general population, is it this?

http://www.eonline.com/news/342326/honey-boo-boo-beats-republican-national-convention-coverage-in-ratings
Add a comment...

Jon Swanson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Never really made the link between Gacha and slot machines, despite it being so obvious. A good blog post explaining how japanese social games are utilizing the gocha mechanic.
1
Phil Lovecraft's profile photo
 
This is definitely the latest big trend in social gaming here. It's often presented as a wheel of fortune-style "daily spin" as well.
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
847 people
Jeff Blackman's profile photo
Josh Delp's profile photo
Ryosei Mori's profile photo
Tommi Lätti's profile photo

Jon Swanson

Shared publicly  - 
 
I grew up next to lake superior, and it seems like every year some idiot would try to walk out on the break-wall in the middle of a storm. The swim teacher for the high school, Mr. Carr, would actually devote an entire class each semester to explaining why, no matter how tough you think you are, if a sizable enough wave hits the breakwall you're going over.

This picture made me think of that.
4
Add a comment...

Jon Swanson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Odd how abandoned buildings and decay can be so beautiful. 
3
Charles Rice's profile photoJon Swanson's profile photo
2 comments
 
Definitely
Add a comment...

Jon Swanson

Shared publicly  - 
 
More cool stuff with Javascript. Interesting how what was once considered a 'toy' language is becoming full featured and used for far more than just web UI.
3
Charles Rice's profile photo
 
Pretty awesome.
Add a comment...

Jon Swanson

Shared publicly  - 
 
I used to assume 'birds' were far below mammals in terms of intelligence. Then I found out that magpies will remember your face for pretty much their entire life if you piss them off, use tools on their own, and can be trained to do all manner of interesting things.

Even the small songbirds have some interesting habits.
3
Add a comment...

Jon Swanson

Shared publicly  - 
 
Everything goes nuts at around the 1:45 mark.
1
Jay Fuerstenberg's profile photo
 
I think it's appropriate to say "FUCK!"
Add a comment...

Jon Swanson

Shared publicly  - 
 
There's an old story about a man trying to sell souvenirs to (Japanese) tourists. He tries everything he can think of, bundles, discounts, different signage, various arrangements of stock.

Finally, someone told him to triple the price and only have one or two of a particular item visible at a time. And that is what worked.

I think this psychology is not specific to japan, and this little cultural experiment seems to bear that out.
 
A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?
By: Josh Nonnenmocher
1
Phil Lovecraft's profile photo
 
Pretty much all of social psychology can be summed up as "context is everything" and "perception is reality."
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
847 people
Jeff Blackman's profile photo
Josh Delp's profile photo
Ryosei Mori's profile photo
Tommi Lätti's profile photo
Work
Occupation
Linux Systems Administrator work, plus random stuff.
Employment
  • Playfish
    Senior Systems Operations Engineer, 2012 - present
  • ValueCommerce
    Systems Architecture - Engineer, 2008 - 2012
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Previously
marquette, michigan - 和歌山市和歌山県日本 - green bay, wisconsin - 江戸川区東京都日本 - 熊谷市埼玉県日本 - 練馬区東京都日本
Links
Contributor to
Story
Tagline
Random geek living in Tokyo
Introduction
I work for an internet advertising company trying to keep linux servers running, deploy procedures sane, and untangle 10 years of spaghetti cabling in the datacenter.   

I enjoy cycling, snowboarding, swimming, and riding my motorcycle.  On the less physical side I read way too much science fiction and fantasy, play Go from time to time, game weekly with friends, and frequently fail at StarCraft.

 
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
    Computer Science, 2001 - 2005
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Relationship
Married
Apps with Google+ Sign-in