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Flaky Electricity

04/12/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

Sparks, snaps and pops, oh my...

  1. The new APC that I bought won't stop beeping every four seconds or so. Very quietly. Not a full fledged tone, and the on-battery light never comes on, and the software never admits to there being a problem.
  2. Almost every one of the overhead lights in my house have fried half of their sockets.
  3. I'm losing a spotlight every other week in my kitchen.
  4. One of the lights outside has failed completely.
  5. The fancy low-voltage lighting system we had custom made for the stairwell won't come on.

The electricity in the house has definitely gone flaky. Not the nice, delicate flaky of a fine pie crust. No, no, no. This is the full-tilt bonzo crazy FLAKY of unexplained weirdness. :crazy:

To the rescue is Tim Swillinger, providing residential electrical work and solar energy systems to the Coastside. He took pages and pages of notes today, and he'll be back on Monday to do begin the real investigation as to WHY. A report will follow. He's afraid that he may have to rip out walls.

He doesn't have a web site, so I can't link to him. I enjoyed working with him today. Maybe some blog hosting and consulting could be traded for some repair work. &#59;) Maybe not.

I think cake is in order. :lalala:

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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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