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Ham to Iraq

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

An old college chum of mine is about to celebrate both his birthday and the end of his second year in Iraq, as a project manager. While we don't share polictical views, nor much ideology, we have shared a lot of history over the 34 years since we first met.

For Christmas, he sent me a plaque.

To celebrate his birthday, Easter, and two years of living in a man-made hell, I'm sending him a Burger Smokehouse aged-one-year, Ozark country ham. It's one of their products that can be sent to an APO address. I hope it makes it there without rotting.

Ozark Country Ham Aged One Year

Happy Birthday, Bunkey :))

Update: Well, a government attorney friend of mine, ex-JAG, tells me that it might be illegal to send pork or pork-products to Iraq. While we were having an email exchange about this, Burger's Smokehouse phoned and said that they were out-of-stock on the ham I selected, anyway. They didn't have any lamb products that they could send. Ah well, no ham for Bunkey. :( Sorry.

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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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