Christmas Throughout the Blogosphere

12/25/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

Christmas day is almost done. We've come upstairs from my parents'. [For those who don't know, 6 years ago I bought a home with two apartments so that my parents, in their 70's could come live out here - of course, they're both in better health than I am] &#59;)

Supper tonight was more simple than in the years when Bunkey, a college chum, moved from California to Iraq. Without his appetite, we just can't eat like in the olden times.

  1. We had some snacks early in the afternoon, truffled paté, hams and cheeses, greek olives in oil
  2. We just finished supper, and that started with the traditional holiday soup of small Abruzzi meatballs, cubes of parseley frittata, & spinach in chicken stock
  3. A simple green salad and ravioli in meat sauce

And finally, we ate the chocolate cake that was bought for my birthday this past Solstice.

The blogosphere was fairly quite quiet this holiday. The most entertaining meme happening around Dave Winer's sentiments and Mike Arrington's response. Miss Rogue said it was raining in San Francisco; well, 20 miles south along the coast, it was storming most of the day - heavy winds, heavy rain. And Letti stopped by for a visit - thank you Letti, the food was good; I wish I could let you taste it. That's what we really need, realization of the MIME type X-matter-transport. It's in the RFC after all. I also want to wish happy holidays to Nick, another BI consultant that we just met through our Open Source Solutions blog. I thought it was very funny when Dave started reciting carols in his wordpress blog.

I think that everyone, especially Dave and Mike, needs to read Shel's most wondrous holiday posts...

To my partner, Clarise, who's visiting family in the land of Oz. Happy day after to you , your sisters and their husbands, and to Athena, Sophia, Aletheia and Fedder. And of course to all your family in the Philippines. Kwawa ng Clarise... She's in blogging hell. She wouldn't take a laptop, after all, the house is full of computers and WiFi, and she can always moBlog. Except, all the computers are being used for family video projects, and she can't get a signal from her sister's home. Oh well, maybe we'll have some vlogs when she gets back. :>>

And to all, a good night.

update, 23h47 PST: The storm now has thunder and lightning. Cool. There is nothing more awesome than lightning bolts hitting the ocean.

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Christmas Eve 2005 Menu

12/24/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Food and Drink, Personal

I lied about tonight's menu. I can't just do two courses. There will be three.

  1. Yes, as in all years gone by, we'll start with a soup of white beans and anchovies made by my father, as made by his father before him using an old Abruzzi recipe.
  2. The pasta dish will be chunks of local tuna baked with peeled, seeded roma tomatoes, capers, calamati olives (house cured at Colombo's) and garlic, served over saffron fettuccini by rustichella d'abruzzo, purchased at Colombo's.
  3. Wild halibut served with bluelake green beans (couldn't find fresh fava beans) cooked in a fish stock and garlic mashed potatoes

Dessert would be a selection of Italian cookies that Mom bought.

And once again, Happy Holidays, safe journeys and good eating to all who won't be eating here tonight, and my family and friends wherevever you are this year.

 

Oh Christmas Eve

12/24/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Food and Drink, Personal

Our family's tradition is to have a meal of seven fishes (well seafood anyway) on Christmas Eve. But this year, having learned from last year, we're only doing two. What's different is that our friend Bunkey is spending his second Christmas in Iraq.

  1. Yes, in years gone by, we always started with a soup of white beans and anchovies.
  2. This was followed by baccala (salted cod) prepared with tomatoes, calamati olives and capers served with toasted polenta wedges or simmered in milk and savories and whisked into soft polenta.
  3. Clams in a broth with pancetta and leeks
  4. The pasta dish might be prawns with pancetta and arugala in olive oil and garlic, over spaghetti. Or it might be local tuna in one sauce or another over tagliatelli.
  5. Always, there would be smelts, deep fried.
  6. Salmon, baked flank or grilled steaks, served with garlic mashed potatoes
  7. A firm white fish, maybe sea bass or halibut, baked and served over fresh fava beans cooked in a fish stock

Dessert would almost always be a selection of Italian cookies.

But Bunkey's in the desert, and we can't eat all that fish without him. Well, the anchovies and beans are a must - Dad will make that. And then whatever I can find fresh over at Princeton Harbor. Mom's already bought the cookies. Oh, and cake, chocolate cake, to celebrate my 50th.

Happy Holidays, safe journeys and good eating to all my family and friends wherevever you are this year.

 

Solstice 50 Years Ago

12/21/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

Fifty years ago, at midnight, on the winter solstice, my mother gave birth to a short, chubby, hairy baby boy. Fifty years later, I'm a short, chubby, balding, bearded 50 year old man.

Not much changes over the years. &#59;)

 

Event Horizon

12/09/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Open Source

Over on his blog, Tech Linkletter, my old neighbor comments on Sun's open source strategy.

But while some companies in the same position might simply fade quietly into nonexistance, that didn’t seem likely with Sun. CEO Scott McNealy and President Jonathan Schwartz have always struck me as the "just crazy enough to do it" types--a personality trait not commonly seen in senior executives. What if Sun didn’t set? What if it went supernova instead?"

"Even if the open source plan works, it seems like a recipe for making Sun a much smaller company in the long run. And in the cold reality of space, supernovas happen just before suns die."end quotation
-- "Sun Continues Free Spree" by Chris Lindquist, 2005 December 08, CIO

I tried to submit the following comment, but seem to have failed, so here it is.

Sun seemed as though it was faltering badly over the past few years; the spark about to go out. &#59;) With this new strategy, it may indeed supernova. But stars don't all die after such an event, it might end up as a black hole - pulling all around it into itself, or at least its sphere of influence.

Remember, that in addition to its open source stratgies, Sun has been following an acquisition strategy as well.

So, old neighbor of mine, as you say, we'll see in a few years. But don't discount any aspect of Sun's strategy to remake itself as a total data management solutions company.

 

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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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