Splunking’s like spelunking: but the exploration of data saved, we’ll bring light into the darkness like finding clues within a cave. We’ll start by guessing patterns in hypothetical directions, but shortly we’ll find truth with regular expressions. And when we figure out how to get the torches burning, knowledge will spread like fire in supervised machine learning. When we know the contours of the stalactites and stalagmites, we’ll lay the foundation for a digital data pipe. Data is like water — pooled deep and murky, we’ll filter all the streams so they’re no longer dirty. And that will be where our analysis begins, becoming the dashboard of visualizations.