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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.

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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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