Obama's Post-White House Photo Album Suggests He's Already Gotten The Best Birthday Present of All: Freedom
Photos: Barack and Michelle Obama’s Life After the White House
Barack Obama and his family are in the middle of an adventure-filled, nine-day vacation to Indonesia, where the former president lived for several years as a child. Their latest stop is Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java, where the former president and his family were invited to stay by Indonesian President Joko Widodo. In this photo, President Widodo is seen taking Obama on a golf-cart tour of the palace’s grounds.
The two men also explored the 200-acre palace on foot.
As president, Obama met with Widodo several times, forging an international friendship.
Obama moved to Indonesia in 1967 at age six after his divorced mother remarried an Indonesian man. He returned to his native Hawaii when he was 10 to live with his grandparents.
Obama also met with Widodo’s wife, Iriana, at the palace. She is the former governor of Jakarta, where Obama grew up.
One day earlier, the former president and daughters Sasha and Malia visited Prambanan Temple in Central Java, where they were given a tour by a team of archaeologists. Obama is pictured here bowing in greeting to a staff member outside the temple.
The former president and his daughters also took a walk through Becici Pine Forest in the ancient city of Yogyakarta, on Java Island.
Former U.S. President Barack Obama walks during his visit to Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, June 29, 2017. Obama and his family are currently on vacation in the country where he lived for several years as a child. (AP Photo)
The Obamas stayed in Yogyakarta, where the former president’s mother, Ann Dunham, spent years doing anthropological research.
The Obamas flew into Yogyakarta on a private jet before driving to their luxury hotel in the historic city’s downtown area. After settling in, they visited the ninth-century Borobudur Temple in Magelang, where they snapped photos and the former president waved to locals. Borobudur Temple, one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world, overlooks the green hills of Java and the active volcano Gunung Merapi.
One day earlier, the Obamas visited Tirta Empul temple in Bali, where former First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia all wore matching yellow sarongs.
A popular tourist attraction, Tirta Empul is one of the island’s ancient water temples, and is dedicated to Vishnu, the Hindu god of water.
While his family (and his Secret Service detail!) sported local garb during the outing, Obama wore a simple, short-sleeved white polo shirt with jeans.
Obama shook hands with locals as he made his way inside the temple.
Earlier in the trip, the Obamas went rafting on the Ayung River in Bali.
The family was invited to vacation in Indonesia by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who also asked the Obamas to visit the presidential Bogor Palace in West Java during their trip.
Sasha Obama (right, front) catches the eye of the photographer.
Michelle Obama took to Instagram to share photos from a recent bootcamp weekend that she hosted for her “crew” at a friend’s house outside Washington, D.C. The bootcamps are a tradition carried over from the former first lady’s White House years. “Our bootcamp weekends were a reminder that if we want to keep taking care of others, we need to take care of ourselves first,” Obama said.
Barack Obama was all smiles as he played a round of golf at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Michelle and Barack Obama took a stroll in Siena, Tuscany during their six-day vacation to Italy. The couple were greeted by crowds of cheering fans as they left the Duomo di Siena. And the former first lady turned heads in an of-the-moment, off-the-shoulder top.
Michelle Obama gave remarks at the Partnership for a Healthier America Summit in Washington, D.C., where she spoke out against the Trump administration’s decision to scale back school meal nutritional requirements. "Every elected official on this planet should understand,” Obama said. “Don’t play with our children. Don’t do it.”
Barack Obama looked relaxed and casual in sunglasses and a white button-down shirt without a tie during his two-day trip to Milan in May. Obama mixed business and pleasure on the trip, meeting with former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and discussing climate change at a conference, while also squeezing in some sightseeing.
Before heading to the Profile in Courage Awards ceremony in Boston, the Obamas attended a reception with members of the Kennedy family, including John F. Kennedy’s grandson, Jack Schlossberg, who later presented the former president with the annual award.
At the same event, Obama showed off his golf swing — sans golf course — backstage in the green room.
Michelle and Barack Obama shared a smile at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation’s dinner gala, where the former president was honored with the annual Profile in Courage Award.
On stage with Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, Barack Obama accepted the Profile in Courage Award for “his enduring commitment to democratic ideals and elevating the standard of political courage in a new century.”
After accepting the award, Barack Obama appeared to give his wife an approving once-over on stage.
Michelle Obama spoke during MTV’s 2017 College Signing Day, promising to continue her efforts to promote higher education. “I might not live in the White House anymore, but Barack and I are going to keep on celebrating you all,” she told students as she took the stage, “and supporting you and lifting you up no matter what house we live in.”
College Signing Day was always cause for celebration in the Obama White House, a tradition they’ve continued while out of office. During the event, held at the Public Theater in New York City, Obama gave hugs to college-bound students in the STEP dance group. The all-girls dance squad from Baltimore will be featured in an upcoming documentary, Step.
After the hugs were given out, Mrs. Obama joined some soon-to-be-graduates in a mid-jump photo opp.
Barack Obama and his former chief of staff and current mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, visited the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago — where both men married their wives.
Michelle Obama celebrated the first day of spring by going for a walk with dogs Sunny and Bo. “Look who has a spring in their step,“ she said in an Instagram photo of the outing. "Celebrate the #FirstDayofSpring by grabbing a friend, heading outside, and getting moving.”
Barack Obama enjoyed an afternoon round of golf at a local country club in Oahu, Hawaii. Mid Pacific Country Club General Manager Jim Swieter told PEOPLE at the time that Obama seemed more relaxed in his post-presidency. “He was much more approachable and accessible to members and guests around the club,” Swieter said.
Michelle Obama marked International Women’s Day with a surprise visit to 12 female students at Cardozo Education Campus, a combined middle and high school in Washington, D.C.
After a round of hugs, Obama and the young students sat down to talk about education and their goals for the future.
The American people are here for Barack Obama’s post-presidency style, especially this sleek leather jacket he wore on a visit with wife Michelle to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Barack Obama’s chief of staff Anita Decker Breckenridge told PEOPLE in May: “He’s had that jacket for quite some time … I just don’t think he’s had the opportunity to wear it. When does the president ever get to go out in his leather jacket? It’s not something we see.”
At Ballou STAY (School to Aid Youth) in Washington, D.C., Michelle Obama spent two and a half hours talking with adult students working to finish their high school degrees.
Later during the school visit, Michelle Obama offered a hug to a student who was very happy to see her.
Michelle Obama took to Twitter on Valentine’s Day to send her husband a sweet message. “Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life and favorite island mate, @BarackObama. #valentines,” she captioned a picture of two pairs of feet (presumably belonging to the Obamas) on a sandy beach. The photo may very well have been snapped during their recent 10-day vacation to the British Virgin Islands.
After a quick post-presidency getaway to Palm Springs with daughters Sasha and Malia, Barack and Michelle Obama set off for a 10-day vacation to the British Virgin Islands. They stayed at Richard Branson’s luxurious Necker Island retreat, where Obama tried his hand at kitesurfing.
Pieter Florentius Nicolaas Jacobus Arntzenius (9 June 1864 – 16 February 1925) was a Dutch painter, water-colourist, illustrator and printmaker. He is considered a representative of the younger generation of the Hague School. Arntzenius was born in Surabaya on the island of Java where his father served in the Royal Dutch East Indies Army. In 1875, at the age of 11, he was sent to the Netherlands to Amsterdam to live with his aunt and uncle in order to complete his education. In 1882 he became a student of Frederik Nachtweh, under Nachtweh’s supervision he gained admission to the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten. During his time at the Rijksacademie, from 1883 to 1888, his teachers included August Allebé and Barend Wijnveld, and amongst his fellow students were Isaac Israëls, George Breitner, Willem Witsen and Jan Veth. After his studies in Amsterdam he spent another two years at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp, studying under Charles Verlat. Back in Amsterdam, Arntzenius became a member of the artist’s societies Arte et Amicitiae (1890) and St. Lucas (1891), and he had a studio at the Sarphatistraat. In 1892 his mother became widowed and moved to The Hague and Arntzenius also moved there to keep her company. Around the same time his former fellow students Isaac Israëls and George Breitner left The Hague for Amsterdam to be a part of the capital’s more vibrant artistic climate. At The Hague the established painters of the first generation of the Hague School dominated artistic life. Arntzenius became a member of the artist’s society Pulchri Studio in The Hague in 1892. From 1893 to 1895 he shared Bernard Blommers’ former studio with Cornelis Antonie van Waning. He also contributed illustrations to Elsevier Geïllustreerd Maandschrift from 1892 to 1894. In 1896 he was admitted to the Hollandsche Teeken Maatschappij, a society that promoted the medium of watercolours among its members. He got married in 1900, to Lide Doorman, a talented painter of floral still lives, who lived in the house opposite of Arntzenius’ mother, together they had four daughters, who he frequently painted. Arntzenius was an accomplished artist in several mediums, but especially his watercolours gained high praise. During his first years in The Hague, he painted landscapes in the typical Hague School style. Arntzenius later switched to mainly painting cityscapes and street scenes, just like Israëls and Breitner made in Amsterdam. Arntzenius’ cityscapes were painted mainly in misty or rainy weather, he made use of these weather conditions to have his subjects be reflected on the wet asphalt. He also painted a lot in Scheveningen, which had changed from the poor fishing village it was in the time of Jozef Israëls and Hendrik Willem Mesdag, into a popular seaside resort. Though Arntzenius isn’t considered to be a relevant artist nowadays, he was appreciated in his own day. He won prizes at the exhibitions of Munich, Venice, Pittsburgh and Brussels and his works sold well during his lifetime. His friends in The Hague included Willem Maris, Willem Bastiaan Tholen, Bernard Blommers and Herman Johannes van der Weele. In 1910 he opened a studio and started taking in students. During this time he mostly painted portraits in commission of wealthy patrons. This he continued to do until he died of tuberculosis in 1925, at the age of 60.
Today was the one-year anniversary of the day I began posting this heart, fossilized and silent (once was tender and once was violent). I know you all know how special that story was and continues to be to me.
As per @delightedcrow‘s suggestion, I’ve changed how I title these to Roman numerals. They are also doing #apptober (and also founded it) and their app is absolutely amazing! Go check them out.
Today was a big day for this project. Today was a lazy day in terms of I had nothing to do and I hate not being productive, so I dumped a solid 8 or so hours into coding this today, and I think the effort shows. I also learned that “designing” an app in Visual Studio with the toolbox is a nightmare. I’m used to making UIs in Java where I have to hard code everything myself, not some drag-and-drop style. Luckily Visual Studio still lets me hard code everything myself without complaining too much.
Today saw the birth of the GUI for the calculator and a whole lot of functionality from it. I’ve also added Parse functions for both Binary and Hex so that when I pass the string to it, I can get the corresponding value. Pictures below the cut.
Hi! i am looking to get into computer science and i have no previous knowledge of coding programming etc. What would you recommend i start with ?
First: Awesome! You should and you can get started pretty quickly and easily.
The first think you should ask yourself is: what do you want to be able to do?
The answer to that question all help guide your choice of language or tools you learn.
Are you interested in data science? Python or R
Are you interested in writing programs that can interact with your operating system? Java, c++, ruby, Python, etc
Are you interested in writing iOS apps? Swift
Are you interested in writing android apps? Java
Where to start? Go and do some beginner tutorials on codeacademy.com. It’s free and it’s the best way I’ve found to introduce you to the basic concepts of computer languages through scaffolded exercises and active learning.
When you’re ready for more or if you want more advice just ask.
The ! isn't actually an exclamation point, it's called a "bang." It signifies a specific relationship between a trait and a character, so emo!harry would mean that Harry's most significant and relevant trait for that story would be that he is emo. It's derived from coding in java script, where using ! means "not," so using a bang between a trait and a character means you are portraying them as something they usually are not. People started using it this way in the X-files fandom.
The History of Large-Scale Data Pipelines (Part 1): The Migration to Hadoop
By Matt Ahrens, Sr. Manager, Advertising Data Systems
Introduction To Data Pipelines
At Yahoo we build large-scale data pipelines to support many of our key businesses and products. Data pipelines help to transform, organize, and aggregate key data sets for our advertising businesses, our internal analytics, and many science use cases. Our pipelines are processing billions of events and many terabytes a day.
The data pipelines at Yahoo in general have the following components:
transformation of events that are collected from data centers around the globe
decoration of data with dimension data coming from user and business systems
joining of events with secondary events (e.g. joining a user’s click with the user’s original page view)
validation of data to determine if the activity is human or spam and also to determine if data contains all the proper information to be classified as a storable transaction for analytics and revenue counting
aggregated data sets for specific internal and external data consumers
data warehouse system for accessing data sets internal to the pipeline and for data consumers
As data demands have grown, so has the need to scale out our data pipelines. User and advertising traffic has grown 10x over the past few years, and new types of interactions and instrumentation capabilities have been introduced in the end-to-end system. As Yahoo has rolled out next products like digital magazines and mobile apps, data pipelines have served as the bridge between the user traffic and the insights needed to help improve the products for Yahoo’s users.
Data Pipelines Before Hadoop
As Yahoo built pipelines to support its search and display advertising businesses, the data systems developed internal software to handle billions of transactions a day. This software was built out of software written in Perl and C++ to handle the components listed above.
For deployment, we built out specific clusters for each type of processing. For example, there was a dedicated set of servers to do the transformation stage in the data pipeline while another cluster of servers did the event joins. The dedicated clusters were tuned (in memory and CPU configuration) to be optimized for the type of job performed.
For data storage, the data pipeline stored data in a custom data warehouse built internally across filers using NFS mounted file systems. The use of storage filers allowed the data warehouse to store on the order of 100 TB of data for our data pipelines. The warehouse had client interfaces on the command line, in Perl, and in C++. Most data consumers did not access the warehouse directly but instead used a proxy server to stream data files from the warehouse to their own processing system.
Additionally, we have a custom-built scheduling solution to represent the pipeline stage dependencies and execute the workflow for the various stages. There also was monitoring components for various parts of the pipeline.
Migrating to Hadoop
In 2009, the business demands on our data pipelines were growing. External customers wanted more access to event-level data and our pipelines were hitting scale issues on the custom systems. The forecast was for a 3-5x increase in the amount of data, but our existing systems had only 10-20% headroom. In addition, the amount of overhead needed to manage the hardware allocation for our custom clusters and data warehouse became a growing concern.
Hadoop was created in 2006 and by late 2009 it was ready for large-scale production use in Yahoo as large multi-tenant clusters became available with petabytes of storage and thousands of CPUs. The data pipeline team made the decision to start the migration to Hadoop to be the place where our data pipeline processing and storage would live. One of the big advantages to be on Hadoop was that the servers in the Hadoop multi-tenant cluster could serve the purpose of storage and compute resources. That helped free our engineers from having to do hardware management across our dedicated clusters and data warehouse that we had previously done with our legacy systems.
It took a small team of engineers around six months to fully migrate an existing data pipeline from the legacy systems to Hadoop. The team chose Pig Latin as the main scripting language for our data pipeline stages along with a few Map Reduce Java jobs where performance optimization was needed. The data validation across the legacy and Hadoop pipeline was arduous, but we eventually enabled live customers in early 2010.
The first customers who migrated saw an immediate reduction in data latency; the data sets that took ~6 hours on the legacy system path now were available in less than 4 hours from the Hadoop system. In addition, once we had the raw event-level data on Hadoop a number of internal teams surfaced that wanted to access the data. Because the Hadoop interface (having data stored in HDFS) was a simpler access mechanism, the amount of internal data users grew exponentially.
As more legacy customers move to Hadoop later in
2010, we faced some significant obstacles.
Some of the legacy data streams were available in around an hour, and
that type of latency was a challenge in 2010 given where the Hadoop platform
was it in terms of performance and maturity.
In addition, the consequence of being on a multi-tenant cluster was that
other users of Hadoop could have an adverse affect on the data pipeline’s
performance and stability.
After many joint sessions between our data
pipeline and Hadoop development and operations teams, we were able to make
significant improvements both in the data pipelines jobs and the Hadoop
platform, yielding a latency improvement of around an hour for most data sets. By mid-2011, the data pipelines on Hadoop
were considered fully stable and could handle the demands of batch systems for
our user and advertising businesses.
Over time, the Hadoop pipelines have adopted other frameworks such as Hive,
Oozie, and HBase for various use cases inside our pipelines. Migrating to Oozie allowed us to retire our
custom-built scheduler and integrate scheduling on Hadoop to make monitoring
and job execution run on the same platform.
In the time since we migrated to Hadoop, our data
latency and job run times have continued to shrink even as our data volume has
grown. Critical data sets that provide a
feedback loop to our ad servers have reduced latency from 90 minutes to 45
minutes. Complex join jobs that run
every 5 minutes had reduced in runtime from 30 minutes to less than 10 minutes
over the past few years. In addition,
the redundancy and availability of the Hadoop platform has allowed us to not
have any data outages for the revenue systems that run on Hadoop. This is a great testament to the maturity of
the Hadoop platform and its ability to scale even as more applications across
Yahoo migrated to Hadoop and started using the multi-tenant clusters.
The Rise of
Coming in the next part of the history of
large-scale data pipelines is the introduction of real-time data pipelines for
Yahoo businesses and how Hadoop pipelines have evolved to complement real-time
My boyfriend surprised me today by taking me to where they filmed the greenhouse scene in City of Bones. It didn’t actually have the staircase inside where the kiss happened, but it was lovely! Next on my list is to go to where they filmed the Java Jones scene.
As always with my SSS posts, HERE BE MAJOR SPOILERS!
The spoilers in this post come straight from different drafts of Shadowhunters scripts.
Same as always, guys! THESE CAN BE MAJOR SPOILERS SO PLEASE STICK TO THE SAME RULES!
The ground rules are:
1.) Don’t you dare spoil someone who has specifically told you not to spoil it for them.
2.) TAG YOUR SPOILERS.
3.) Unless someone has given you express permission to spoil this for them, DO NOT SPOIL IT!
4.) Make sure, if you share this, YOU LET ANYONE WHO COULD BE READING IT THROUGH YOUR PAGE KNOW THAT SHADOWHUTNERS SPOILERS ARE ABOUNDING IN THIS POST! ALWAYS POST SPOILER WARNINGS!
5.) Respect other people’s opinions. This is mostly for fan sites to know what to look forward to. This is not a post to bash the writers on. I believe they are treating the source material very fairly, and so I don’t accept hate here. You want to complain, go somewhere else and don’t tag either myself or ShadowhunterChat in your hate mail. They are your opinions, and you have a right to them of course. But don’t think that you having an opinion is more important than other people’s self-confidence, opinions, beliefs, etc. TREAT EACH OTHER RESPECTFULLY! And that not only goes for each other in this fandom. Treat the writers, directors, actors, author, every single person in Shadowhunters with the utmost respect. They don’t owe us anything, and none of them had to bring this series back after the movie flopped. Keep that in mind when you are whining over the tiny details that didn’t make it into the show.