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Jury Assembly Room

04/18/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal Life

I'm now at the jury assembly room at the San Mateo Superior Court in Redwood City. I should have brought my laptop, as they now have WiFi down here. But no cell signal in the "dungeon" as the guards called it; the jury assembly room is in the basement.

Full security is in place, empty your pockets and go through the metal detector. Bags, cases, etc. go through x-ray. I didn't see anyone take off their shoes though. The prospective juror in front of me for the security check has a metal knee [in her own words], but they dealt with it expeditiously.

So, with no cell signal, and without my laptop, how am I blogging? The court system nicely has provided Gateway Profile [computer in the monitor] systems - about a dozen of them. And they are all in use.

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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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