Using the Hadoop book without an Amazon account

I'm working through some of the examples in the O'Reilly book "Hadoop: The Definitive Guide". One of the first things I noticed is that to get the data set the author uses, you must have a cluster set up using Amazon AWS. Since I don't (I've got a small cluster at home), I didn't have a way to get the data. Therefore, I've done the hard work to get all the data downloaded, transformed, and uploaded to my site so that you can avoid the hard work of tracking this down yourself.

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Only a biker understands why a dog sticks his head out the window

Why do I ride? Given the choice, I almost always choose two wheels over four. Granted, I make exceptions for snowy weather and carrying big loads, but seriously, how often do I find myself in those situations? Never, anymore.

Why do I ride? Because my brain lights up and my worries wash away. Because I am integrated with amazing machinery and with the road. Because it's serious fun.

Years ago I read an article that tries to answer the question of why people ride, and I recently found it again:

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Run for your lives!

OK, this weekend was the perfect combination of exhausting and fun! It's been a long time since I've had this much fun. What was I doing? I'm glad you asked!

One of the newer themed fun-runs is the Run for Your Lives event, a zombie-infested obstacle course about 5 km long. Everyone gathers together in groups and heads out.

The first fun part about the weekend was doing the run. Between zombies, hills, mud, electric fences, and lots of other obstacles, it was a blast.

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The wide, amazing range of human sexuality

Human sexuality is one of the most interesting topics in the universe to me... I've been studying it mostly informally (but some formal education) for most of my adult life. There is an amazing universe of orientations, desires, behaviors, and choices, and it's all fascinating.

And it scares the crap out of a lot of people. The thought of sexuality being anything other than one man, one woman is frightening to significant portions of the population. Which is unfortunate, since it results in so much hate in the world that is, essentially, a waste of everyone's time and energy.

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