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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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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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