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Full Power Coming Capt'n

02/01/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

When I got home around 7:30 this evening, only half the house had power. You may not know this, but there are two legs coming into your home, each energrized with 120 volts. Even though my 79 year old father had already checked the circuit breakers, I did so again. None were tripped, so I reset them all. Still half power.

I had been through this 20 years before, when I lived one town North in Montara with Dan and Jill. That time, one of the connectors coming into the house had rusted out.

I phoned PG&E, and after a 20 minute wait (out of an estimated 11 - 20 minutes), spoke with Joan. An half-hour later, a service fellow came out, pulled the meter and confirmed that one leg was dead. So, he had to refer it to the line group. That was at 8:30 p.m.

All the line folk were out at Digg Canyon, as a tree came down and ripped out the power lines. Sounds familiar.

The lineman just left. No rusted out connectors this time. The wires going through the tree next to the fallen Holy Cypress, were burned out - fully on one leg and partially on the other. He had to go back to the yard to get wire. When he comes back, he'll cut the power, splice the lines, and then Full Power Will Be Restored. He thinks the young cypress was burning for most of the day, making it the new Holy Cypress.

As you can guess, my office including the DSL router, is on the energized leg. B)

Once again, PG&E is working through the night to keep the electrons flowing. I'm shutting down before the power is cut. Good night, all.

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that reminds me of my parents’ home in malaysia. it’s actually made up of two houses, with the middle partition wall near the kitchen area(s) knocked down to make the 2 sidebyside/terrace houses into one. AND they also have different power sources..sometimes there’s a power outage in one house but not the other.. :)

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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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