Lifestyle/Diversion

Lifestyle/Diversion (10)

In this section you'll find content that's more entertaining than factual. Everyone needs a little diversion, so we've arranged to provide you with some content that's related to big data and analytics that we believe you may find interesting. From short stories to serial novels, we hope to deliver something you can read in a few minutes to lighten your day and give you something to think about.

The Connected Agenda - Episode 10 - Relief

Chip had been carried off by Zabar’s henchmen even though Kay believed she had tricked him into calling off the attack. Zabar had been unmasked and his bank accounts found. Kay had only threatened to cause real damage. She and Norbert were afraid they had seen the last of Chip Mantooth and decided to execute on the threat they had made.

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The Connected Agenda - Episode 9 - Timing

Kay Whatley enlisted the assistance of Norbert Klein who was a close friend and former colleague of her Mother Patsy. Norbert was a genius at unlocking backdoors to the largest and most sophisticated computer systems. Kay was in a race to save her friend Chip Mantooth from a foreign money laundering consortium that he unwittingly became involved with. Just over 13-hours remained before Jan Zabar, agent to Plushenko Devices would send men to eliminate Chip. Chip had skimmed money, but it was about more than the money. Chip had come to know too much and had to be eliminated. They were buying parts from US producers for the production of arms to be used in civil wars. The purchases made stock prices soar because the US market had been decimated by overseas production. Parts were bought using US money sent to Plushenko Devices which was a sham corporation.

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The Connected Agenda - Episode 8 – Timing

With 18-hours, until Jan Zabar, Agent to Plushenko Devices, Inc expected Chip to return the funds he skimmed, Kay Whatley was hoping for a miracle. She had faked her way in far enough to confirm that Plushenko Devices was laundering money. Kay needed to find out the location of Plushenko and what they were doing with the laundered money. All she really knew was that the money made stock prices soar. She had no idea what stocks those were or even in what industry. There was more to figure out in 18-hours than one person could handle.

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The Connected Agenda - Episode 7 - Intervention

Kay Whatley was standing at Chip Mantooth's front door. His new job with Plushenko Devices, Inc. put him on a path to wealth, but he was in over his head. Millions of dollars were flying around the internet like bats in a cave. Kay wasn't sure where this money originated or where it landed. If Chip thought he could outsmart his boss Jan Zabar, he was wrong. Kay rang the bell a second time. She knew his doorbell was connected to a video feed he could see from his office.

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The Connected Agenda - Episode 6 – Excess

Kay woke up without relying on Tracey's alarm and soothing reminders, which didn't kick in until she was well into her shower. Since Kay wised up to the chatbots at work, to her theory about central recycling, and now the soap she was using, Kay realized that she had given technology too much control. The damn soap was recommended by Beauty Bot because a scan revealed dry skin. Kay never noticed dry skin. This was beyond clever marketing at the grocery store. Companies were handing their products to her. With a few words, the money was withdrawn from her bank account and a drone on its way. That was the way consumers lived and it was all controlled by a few select companies.

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The Connected Agenda - Episode 5 – Relationships

Kay was looking into Chip Mantooth's employer Plushenko Devices, Inc. because his recent influx of wealth raised red flags. Chip had always been cautious and never flashy as he was now with a fancy car and nice rental home. His home was filled with smart features that Kay and her peers could never afford. Chip never had a huge group of friends and it was troubling to see him dangle his wealth to gain popularity. Jade lusted after him before he had the trappings of prosperity and liked Chip whether he had a great job or not. Kay was raised to help people who needed it. Chip didn't ask for help, but Kay was determined to find out if Plushenko Devices, Inc. and Jan Zabar were taking advantage of her friend's good nature.

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Episode 4 - The Connected Agenda - At Chips House

Episode 4 - The Connected Agenda - At Chips House

Chip's rental house in the Heights was impressive and he was proud to bring his friends for a tour after a night of drinking. He and Jade may have thought Will and Kay were slowing their roll by tagging along, but the night was young for the lovers who had been heating things up for the past couple months. Bryce slipped home because seeing a house in a nicer neighborhood than hers wasn't on her to-do list. Kay was determined to find a clue about Chip's sudden wealth. Some of their under-thirty friends living in Silicon Valley made more but it seemed out of character for Chip. She knew the siren song of Technology captivated Chip and she didn't want him to be taken advantage of. Kay knew dealing with advanced technology was dangerous. Her parents warned her to be cautious but never gave an indication of why they felt that way.

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Episode 3 - The Connected Agenda – An evening outing

Kay entered the garage lit by sensors as she walked in to check on her car. She had the best intentions to begin charging the vehicle but didn't park it close enough to the charging dock. Most newer cars began charging when they were within 50 feet of the garage. Kay liked to call her car a classic, but her friends called it a medieval piece of junk.

"Tracey, Call Jade. "Hey, a group of us are going to Captiva tonight, and Chip will be there, if you recall. Have you even taken a shower today?".

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Episode 2 - The Connected Agenda

Kristie Leonard's new high-tech thriller The Connected Agenda, Episode 2 is now available. If you missed Episode 1, it's still avilable here.. The story involves artificial intelligence, chatbots, big data, and all the topics we discuss on Big Data Analytics Tech Brief - but in a more entertaining way. Follow Kay Whatley as she uses her cyber skills to defeat threats to her friends and discovers her family's link to the Austrailian hacker gang from the 1980s - The Realm. The first episode is available now and Kristie will post a new free episode every week for the next few months. Read Episode 2 below.

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First Episode of a New High-tech Serial Novel

One of our favorite authors, Kristie Leonard is making her new high-tech thriller The Connected Agenda, available to our readers in serial format. The story involves artificial intelligence, chatbots, big data, and all the topics we discuss on Big Data Analytics Tech Brief - but in a more entertaining way. Follow Kay Whatley as she uses her cyber skills to defeat threats to her friends and discovers her family's link to the Austrailian hacker gang from the 1980s - The Realm. The first episode is available now and Kristie will post a new free episode every week for the next few months. 

 

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