I’ve had a lot of people ask today how I am involved with Yuvi, the blog – stat Analyst Superhero 🙂
I “met” Yuvi some time ago, when he was looking for a digital camera. I gave him money so he could get one. I thought that would be that, and Yuvi would go on to take pictures, and show others his world. I expected my relationship with Yuvi to end there. I had gotten lucky in a poker game, and I shared some of my winnings. It was that simple.
But Yuvi started posting comments on my blog, and we started chatting on IM. I realized what an interesting person he was – and I wanted to keep in contact with him. I love smart people, and Yuvi is smart people.
Yuvi is 16, and I am almost 46. It’s a seemingly odd relationship – unless you spend a lot of time in Internet relationships. Yuvi and I have never met, but that doesn’t keep us from being friends, chatting a lot on MSN Live Messenger, and basically sharing our daily activities. We were brought together by a love of curiosity. By wondering the “what” and the “why” of things. I have a lot of iFriends – people I know only through online interactions. Yuvi is one of them.
In any case, we became friends. We actually know each other well enough that I can often predict what Yuvi is going to type next – enough so that in his Engadget post he calls me the “Psychic Mind Reader”. I don’t read minds. I do know people though. And I’ve come to know Yuvi pretty well – to my benefit!
So one day Yuvi was describing to me this desire to do an in-depth analysis of Engadget. Almost immediately I realized the barriers he had for completing this – Yuvi is on dial-up – with a limited monthly bandwidth. Engadget is a HUGE blog – the largest in the world, perhaps. Yuvi needed infrastructure. Yuvi needed help. Before he asked for it, I offered it – it wouldn’t cost me anything, and I was really interested in what he was doing.
I have a few big-ass servers on Rackspace – with all the bandwidth Yuvi needed. It was a serious case of the right need meeting the right provider at the right time. So over the past two weeks or so I ran Yuvi’s code on my server, and gave him feedback, got new code builds, and he finally got a complete data dump. Yuvi is extremely good at looking at an error and knowing exactly where in the code he needed to apply a fix.
I can’t tell you ho many CPU cycles this took – but it was a LOT. The fact that it ran as smoothly as it did cemented my belief that Yuvi is a savant of sorts. At least when it comes to scraping blogs for stats. Nobody does it better. Nobody. Not Google. Not MS. Not Technorati.
So what is next? Well, for starters, I want to find support for giving Yuvi a college education – here in the US, if that is what he wants.
I would also love to build a Social Networking site for global mentoring. I have some thoughts on that, but they aren’t fleshed out yet. Until then I just want to keep being Yuvi’s friend – and to watch and help him grow – as both a programmer and a global citizen.
I’m very proud today to call Yuvi my friend. My life has been enriched through knowing him.