Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Sunflowers - acrylic painting

My new acrylic painting called Sunflowers is finished.

First of all I made a photo reference and manipulated in Photoshop. Then I quickly sketched it on the canvas.

The basic skatch was done using charcoal and siena and burnt umber brown acrylic colors.

From that point I slowly started adding more colors and details.

Almost done...

And here is the final framed painting. I will post an updated once it is hunged on the wall.

I hope this will make a nice birthday present for my wife :-)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Powerset acquired by Microsoft

Powerset has been acquired by Microsoft. Except official announcement on Powerset blog you can find a lot of comments on news sites. But as far as I know very little is known what this acquisition means for Powerset home grown search technology and culture. It is known that Powerset is heavily using open source tools including Hadoop and what is more important, Powerset engineers are the leading developers of HBase. I am really curious about what is the Microsoft's plan for Java based open source and Powerset's engineers building it every day. Some of the comments below the official Microsoft announcement can be read for fun...

Another blog post at Jeff's Search Engine Caffè seems to be sharing similar kind of fear about HBase.