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12/03/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

As you may or may not know, I've been working on building bookcases around the stairwell from the living room down to my parents' apartment and the garage.
I had placed one set of bookboxes against the wall to check fit, and as I was moving them back out, to finish the attachments, I placed my right foot wrong. I looked down as the expected resistance of a floor wasn't there. and saw a glimpse of my foot suspended over the stairwell. I tried to fall forward but was too late. The next I remember was my back hitting the second stair from the bottom - about a six foot drop.

Hole remaining in stairwell bookcase railing
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On my way down I ripped out the very fancy copper and aluminum, custom low-voltage lighting system we had had installed going down the stairwell. :(

Remains of light fixture
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I was yelling and groaning. Everyone came running. I asked for some water to fight the nausea, but Mom was starting to get hysterical, so I threw it in her face. This made her mad instead. :> Much better than the nervous breakdown for which she was headed. Dad was calm and collected, and got out the vacuum cleaner to remove the mess.

At least the bookcases forming an half-height wall to which the railing will be attached held. I bounced off it, there's blood evidence.

Patricia brought me to the ER, where after two hours, I was pronounced, as always, in perfect health. No breaks, no fractures, just swelling, bruises, a few cuts.

I wonder if I'll be able to get out of bed tomorrow. XX(

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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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