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Modern Man Meets the Source of His Food

03/29/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Living the Life, Personal Life

There is nothing like fresh dungeness crab bought right from the boat in Princeton Harbor.

Our good friend [and corporate attorney] makes the trek to the coast every so often to meet with us. And this time, he wanted to buy some fresh crab after we had lunch at Mezzaluna. As we walked down the pier, checking out the whiteboards that would tell us which boats were selling, you could see on his face the dawning realization: "fresh off the boat" means LIVE CRAB.

Words really can't convey how much fun we had as the fisherman explained proper handling and cooking techniques, how to assure that the crabs wouldn't throw a claw [A defense mechanism they have to escape when a halibut has bitten down on a claw] while he deftly selected two crabs, each weighing about 2 pounds, threw them into a plastic bag and handed them to our friend, warning him not to loose a finger. And then handed us two more bags, as "those two fellows will likely poke some holes in the bag".

We gave even more advice on the ride home. :p But all's well that ends well, for back in the East Bay, to quote his after supper email...

"I must say, however, that it was a bit out of the beginning of "The Last of the Mohicans" with my 'thanking my brothers for giving their lives for me....' And the meal was delicious."

This is the most I've laughed since before the accident of two weeks ago. It was a great day of crab hunting.

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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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