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Princeton Was So Cold

01/20/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

Our meeting in Princeton, NJ went very well. It was so cold though, about 15F at night; ice on the roads, not fun. I'm glad that I live in an area where I can drive a few hours to visit snow, but never need to shovel it. B)

No wifi at EWR, at least not in the Continental area. Actually, my wireless configurator did see an wireless access point, COwlan; but it required a certificate to logon, and the counter folk didn't know anything about it. /sigh

But we're back in sunny California, and even here on the San Mateo Coastside, it is bright and sunny today.

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On the Way to Princeton

01/15/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Mobile, Wireless, Business

Clarise and I are at SFO on our way, via EWR to conduct a roundtable discussion in Princeton, NJ. We have a fair WiFi connection in the Continental terminal - out in the hallway. It might be better when we move closer to the gate.

I understand that it's snowing in New York. Our flight has moved from being delayed 10 minutes to being delayed one hour and 15 minutes. /sigh

One of these days, I have to remember to buy gloves, other than ski gloves - too cumberson for driving. I dread getting in that rental car and grabbing that ice cold steering wheel. |-| /brrrr!


Fallen Eucalyptus

01/03/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

Rather than a fallen cypress, Shel Israel had to contend with the effects of a fallen eucalyptus. Shel's excellently written post, quote and link below, brings a sense of calm, perspective and even fulfillment to ending 2005 without the trappings of the 21st century, with warmth from a blazing fire, his wife, and pets.

"When we got home, another neighbor told us the tree had taken down a utility pole. Our house would probably be without electricity, and ComCast cable overnight, meaning that as we entered New Year's Eve, we would be without electricity, which in our home, meant no stove, no coffee, no hot water, no heat, no TV, no music. It took a few minutes later to realize that this also meant no landline phones, and our cells never work inside our homes.Then it finally hit me that this also meant no Internet, email and oh lawdy, oh no--no blogosphere.

"No nothing....

"I built a huge fire. Paula wrapped a blanked around her and sat by the fire reading a book illuminated with a flashlight. I laid down on the Red Couch and crapped out, falling soundly asleep by 10 pm. We have no idea what time it was when we crawled into bed cuddling with each other as well as the dog and the cat.end quotation
-- Shel Israel "A Dark Start to a New Year"

I've been reading Shel's two blogs for some time, commenting now and again, and even had an email exchange. I finally got to meet Shel at the Geek Dinner as Robert Scoble prefers, or Blogger Dinner, as Shel prefers. We didn't get a chance to talk other than "hello" and exchange cards. I had wanted to thank Shel for the motivation he provided to my partner, Clarise, and I in accepting the invitation to co-author a book on Open Source Business Intelligence. One strong factor in our discussion as to whether or not to accept the invitation was what we had learned from the Red Couch: we could extend the book with a blog, and even a wiki. We're just getting started on the project; the book proposal is out for external review from the first potential publisher, the blog is underway, and the wiki doesn't have much there yet beyond the proposal [login required, just ask].

So, Shel, thanks to you and to Robert. Here's hoping that your perspecitve on 2006 will be right on, and that Naked Conversations and all other endeavours of this year will be a great success.

BTW: Brian, you mentioned Scoble in the dark surrounded by books, but overlooked Shel's experience.


Thank you P G and E

01/02/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

PG&E took far less time than the estimated 3 - 4 days to restore power to the three blocks affected by the fall of the holy cypress.

They worked through the night on New Years Eve, starting around 10:30 that night.

PG&E Crew Starts to Work
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With the first circuit to the houses being energized around 6:30 a.m. on 2006 January 01.

PG&E Crew Finishing Up
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Full power was restored about an hour later. Unfortunately, we had intermittent outages and flickering [Did I just have a stroke, or is the power still flakey? types of flickers] throughout the day, failing again about 12 hourse after getting it back. At least it was time enough for the refrigerators to get cold again. :p

Once again though, PG&E was quick; especially considering the extent of the storm damage, flooding and power outages around Northern California. We had full power back just in time to set the alarms before going to bed. :)

So, while many folk were without power for far longer than we were, and might revile PG&E, I want to thank them. They worked tirelessly throughout a traditionally drunken holiday, in the rain and the wind. Thank you.


The Holy Cypress is No More

12/31/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

I didn't carry through on my promise to blog about the geek dinner this morning. You may remember the burning Cypress of last winter. Well, it happened again, with a vengenance. And first off, no one was hurt, minimal property damage, and no cars were destroyed - but it was all real close.

The tree toppled over before dawn this morning, pulling down the power lines, with branches bursting in flames in the winter storms we've been having.

Cypress Fallen Over Root Ball at Left
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I slept through the actual fall and initial flames, until those elderly folk under the stairs, you know, my parents, banged on the door. This was before dawn. When I awoke, all I saw were flames outside my bedroom window. A neighbor, Jennifer, out for an early morning walk, began banging on our back gate, as there were flames throughout our front yard and others.

I didn't have time to grab a camera, so all pictures here are from later in the day.

Even the road burned...

Cypress Fallen and even the Road Caught Fire
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Chip, who lives behind us, and is a fireman (just leaving Montara/Moss Beach FD for El Granada) had also been awakened to bangs and flames, and had hustled out in full gear. The MMBFD was already on the scene. I couldn't get any good shots of them, but here's PG&E arriving to shut things down. Here's a shot of him after the FD left...

Cypress Fallen Chip Watching
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Cypress Fallen but PG&E Arrives
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The tree is truly fallen.

Cypress Fallen Over Shut from Pond
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Grabbing the lines...

Cypress Fallen Grabbing Power Lines
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And it took the whole block of poles with it.

Poles Leaning
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At the end of Kelmore, at Vermont, the last pole shattered in three pieces, fell between two houses, but took out the electirical stand-off and connections to both houses.

Pole Shattered in Three Places
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Soon after, the county arrived to take away the Holy Cypress.

Cypress Fallen County Crew Cutting It Away
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They worked very hard...
Cypress Fallen County Crew Cutting It Away
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And were soon done...

Cypress Fallen and all gone
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leaving a root ball and a stump - where will the owls and the ravens live now?

Just a Root Ball and Stump Left
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And a drunkenly leaning pole.

Drunkenly Leaning Pole
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Neighbor Simon was fascinated...

Neighbor Simon was fascinated
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PG&E said to plan for three or four days without power. I ran up to my partners to blog this. I'll blog about the geek dinner and The Bay Area is Talking another day.

And for now, all I can say is Happy New Year.


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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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