Category: "HonorTagPersonal"

Good Week, Bad Day

07/29/05 | by JAdP | Categories: HonorTagPersonal, Computers and Internet, Personal, Business

We've had a great time in SoCal working with our new customer. There's a lot of work ahead of us, in transforming the information gathered and the function mapping we've done so far, into a full-fledged Strategy Document - in one week.

Work wise the week was great. Otherwise, today was a bad day. It started with my partner, Clarise, slipping on someone's dropped room key card, and falling flat on her back in the hotel's stone-tiled lobby. Luckily, she wasn't seriously hurt. When we arrived at the customer's site, her laptop chirped and stated that there was no bootable drive; as it also couldn't find the optical drive, we're guessing the IDE controller has failed, or - with any luck - the cable is just loose. When we got back to our rooms, our key cards wouldn't unlock the doors. At the registration desk, we were informed that our reservations were only until Friday. We did have copies of our Expedia reservations, but they were locked in the rooms. :lalala: It took the hotel over 15 minutes to find the record and discover that indeed, our customer had booked us through Saturday.

But we had a lot of fun with the customer's crew. We're looking forward to setting up a collaboration site for this project, using open source software for a project blog, wiki and more. We'll be developing the strategy document using the wiki. All in all, a lot to do, and a lot to look forward to.

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Trip to SoCal

07/27/05 | by JAdP | Categories: HonorTagPersonal, Blog, Personal

The trip down to SoCal was uneventful.

Generally, I like to drive down CA-1 [the Cabrillo Highway in NoCal and the Pacific Coast Highway or PCH in SoCal]. 'Tis a beautiful drive, with the ocean pounding away at the cliffs for most of it. It can take 11 hours though, and this trip we wanted to get down south quickly. And we wanted to see how well they had put our Highlander back together after the accident. So, we took I-5.

The I-5 goes down the central valley of California, an agricultural region similar to the midwest of the USA. San Luis Reservoir affords some great views, but mostly it is sear, dry land speckled with vineyards and orchards. Along the drive, you can see the aqueducts.

The brown grasses punctuated by the greenery of forced agriculture really strikes home how vulnerable California is to drought, and how dependent we are on diverting waterways, dams and irrigation. All in all, an interesting trip.

The Highlander did fine, though there is this hum from the rear. /sigh

We're looking forward to our meetings later today. This should prove to be a very interesting engagement for us.


Coastal Fog

07/23/05 | by JAdP | Categories: HonorTagPersonal, Blog, Personal

'Tis strange outside, the sky is mostly blue with patches of high marine layer grey, but fog is streaming past my window.


What is PET

07/17/05 | by JAdP | Categories: General Thoughts, HonorTagPersonal, Science

Just to help out a fellow Coastsider, wiki(Polyethylene_terephthalate,PET) is PolyEthyleneTerephthalate. Steve, follow the link to wikipedia, and then keep following links until you finally get to an hint of an answer to the question you raised in "Recycling". &#59;)

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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