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Lunch with Fay

12/20/06 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

Today I had lunch with an old friend, Fay. In addition to catching up and being teased about my limp and inability to grasp things with my left hand as a result of my fall, we discussed blogs, wikis, feeds and the problems with the publishing industry. Fay's a very astute business woman, successfully running A Coastal Affair for over 18 years, but she just doesn't see the value in much that's been termed Web2.0. She did see where the publishing industry could benefit, though.

To those who believe in these technologies, and even the static web, blogs and feeds have become the new PR and the only marketing worth doing. To the rest of the world, not so much.

Then we had a much more fun conversation: talking about upgrading her from an old Mac running v9 to a shiny new Mac with Tiger. That got her much more excited - especially so since she now has a Mac fan [me] to help her with the transition. Not that I think she'll need much help.

The risotto with prawns was wonderful. And, to discount that there's no such thing as a free lunch, Fay picked up the tab. Thanks Fay.

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you can count on always getting a free lunch from friends when lunch coincides with your birthday. Happy Birthday Joseph

12/21/06 @ 12:22
Comment from: JAdP

Thank you, Fay. 51 years of trying new things, probably another 50 or 60 to go. I’m not sure if I’m excited or scared by that thought.

12/21/06 @ 12:27
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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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