Jury Duty

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

I have Jury Duty.

Everyone receiving a notice must show up. That's the first time that's happened to me in a long time. For the past several years, only a range of juror numbers were activated, and rarely was mine in the range.

I've never actually served on a jury. I've either not had to show, or been sent home after sitting in the waiting area all day.

The one time I was called into a court room, I knew the plaintiff, and all the named defendants. A woman I had known for years, a retired restauranteur on the Coast was suing all the doctors on the coast over complications from a medical procedure. A rather personal medical procedure that I really didn't want to know about. :lalala: She had actually cared for my house the previous week while I was away. :D

I was called into the juror's box for the preliminary vetting. I looked over to the plaintiff and said "Hi Sally". She looked up and said "Hi Joseph, how's everything?". The judge said "dismissed". :>>

Remember the old movie based on Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities? Remember the old woman sitting, knitting and cackling "guillotine, guillotine"? That should quell any enthusiasm for selection as a juror.

I'm not really sure that I believe in the current incarnation of the jury system in the US. Originally, the idea was to have a jury of the defendant's peers, to balance strict interpretation of the law with human emotion and knowledge of the specifics. Jurors were from the community, and like me in Sally's case, knew the folks involved and maybe even the circumstances surrounding the case. Now a jury is to be impartial, and decide only on the facts of the case in accordance with the law as explained to them. What rubbish! The jurors aren't familiar with the law, or the internal logic of the legal framework, which often defies common sense. It often seems to me as a perfect set up for misinterpretation and nonsense.

Ah well, we'll see what the day brings. I'll make sure that my Palm and mobile are fully charged... maybe I can blog from the court. &#59;)

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04/17/05 | by JAdP | Categories: General Thoughts

I've recently discovered c h a n d r a s u t r a and her "Blogger's Blogger" interview series. These interviews are very enlightening. I believe that they may be more helpful to folk trying to figure out if they should blog, what to blog, and why then many of "self-help" syle guides to blogging that are out there. Get into the mind of a blogger, and see if you are one.


Emerging Opportunities in Open Source Technologies

04/16/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Business Life, Open Source

Clarise and I had the opportunity to attend The Leadership Forum and University of California Club of Santa Clara County (a Cal Alumni Association Chartered Club) presenting an evening seminar: "Emerging Opportunities in Open Source Technologies"

Moderator: Raj Rao, Former VP Program Management & Operations,
Peoplesoft (Former Sr. VP Product Management &
Marketing, BroadVision)
Speakers: Bernard Golden, CEO, Navica
Mark Towfig, VP Engineering, NexTag
Date: Wednesday April 13, 2005

The perspective demonstrated by Mark Towfig on his company's use of open source struck a chord with me. It was very reminiscent of the corporate attitude that has IT departments build all their software rather than buy packages. Like a Fortune 500 company for which we did a data warehouse in 1999 building a large, unwiedly and unworkable inventory management and order fulfillment tool using Pick Basic and a Universe database in 1998, when Dr. Pick died in 1985.

It seems there are now three types of IT corporate cultures, build, buy or modify Open Source. I pointed this out during the first speaker's [Bernard Golden] talk. Oddly enough, Towfig had that statement on a slide as the new choices facing companies. But he didn't recognize it as a corporate culture, until I asked the question. It's a new thought.

Are there now three types of IT cultures? Is modification of open source projects becoming an established way of doing business, right up there with build and buy. The other choice, outsource or "offsource" was never mentioned. But it some ways, that is a separate decision. Software as a Service versus buying software licenses is also a separate decision.

Overall, the speakers were interesting. The subject certainly is. Unfortunately, the discussion during the presentations was so engaging that the panel discussion was canned. That's a shame. I had several questions that I was saving up. But I'll blog about those another time.



04/12/05 | by JAdP | Categories: General Thoughts

On Sunday, Steve Gillmore coined the term Syndisphere making the point that links are the coin of the realm and that we can vote with our feeds; page views are no longer the measure of choice. Dan Gillmorled me to Steve's article, with his post "Attention in the 'Syndisphere'". I think that Dave Winer over at Scripting News may have been the first, as he often is, to pick up on this new term. When he wrote about Steve's post, Google hadn't any hits for Syndisphere; as I write this, there are 61 hits on Google.

I agree, linking is the key measure. Google has been demonstrating this for years now. But subscribing to a feed syndication, and displaying your list of feed, isn't the only means of linking, and perhaps not the major one. I vote for wiki(trackback) myself as a major differentiator of the new forms of communication. Subscribing to Feed Syndication, whether RSSv1, RSSv2 or Atom, is like TiVo for the web, and great, but we musn't ignore the other interlinking technologies that facilitates these communities.

So, if blogosphere is too limiting, perhaps syndisphere is as well; the wikishpere is just shaping up as well; maybe Chris, at Tech Linkletter, had it with his blog's name. 'Tis all about interlinking - and that was what the web was all about even back in the Lynxx http 0.9 days.


Blogging and Localization

04/03/05 | by JAdP | Categories: TIA Life, Science and Technology

Localization through the use of meta data defining from where the blog or individual post is being written, or, if more to the point, a locale that is the subject of a blog post, makes a lot of sense. Even when blogging for business purposes, there is a personal aspect to blogging, and 'tis always good to know who your neighbors are.

This may be even more important for mobile and wireless blogging (moblogs). Whether a modern day wiki(Tocqueville,Alexis de Tocqueville) chronicling political opinions along with your travels, or a realtor blogging about a new listing, being able to tag your posts with pertinent location information is very valuable.

Several services have been created to ease the blogger's task in adding localization. Some use GeoCode tags taken from RFID that can be added to any post, and some use meta tags that must be in the Head information of a web page. Generally, I prefer the ones based on GeoCodes. First, it's easier to have multiple blogs that share the same theme, skin or wiki(blogware) to have different localization tags. Second, these allow individual posts to be tagged with different locations. Both types of tags can work with longitude and latitude, or with other types of location data such as City and Country. Some services can help you find the longitude and latitude for a street address.

We first added a Blogmap to our "About" section of our blogs several weeks ago. You can see that the TeleInterActive Lifestyle, Yackity Blog Blog and Cynosural Blog come from three different, though close locales. It works fairly well, but sometimes slows the load time for our blogs to an unacceptable level.

Another service is Blogmapper, run by the mapbureau which offers a way to add full maps to blogs. They show some very cool examples on their site.

Here's examples of the embedded tags:

geo:lat> 37.56295 /geo:lat>
geo:long> -122.50167 /geo:long>

Here's examples of the meta tags:

meta name="ICBM" content="XXX.XXXXX, XXX.XXXXX">
meta name="DC.title" content="THE NAME OF YOUR SITE">


META NAME="geo.position" CONTENT="latitude; longitude">
META NAME="geo.placename" CONTENT="Place Name">
META NAME="geo.region" CONTENT="Country Subdivision Code">

Other localization services that use meta tags are as follows.

  • GeoURL
  • GeoTags
  • Getty Foundation uses another type of tags, using a different set of Meta data based on their own ID system, as shown in the final example.

meta name="tgn.id" content="ID#" />
ID: 2012778
Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Montara (inhabited place) Montara (inhabited place)
Lat: 37 32 00 N degrees minutes Lat: 37.5333 decimal degrees
Long: 122 30 00 W degrees minutes Long: -122.5000 decimal degrees
ID: 2012832
Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Moss Beach (inhabited place) Moss Beach (inhabited place)
Lat: 37 31 00 N degrees minutes Lat: 37.5167 decimal degrees
Long: 122 30 00 W degrees minutes Long: -122.5000 decimal degrees
ID: 2013175
Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Pacifica (inhabited place) Pacifica (inhabited place)
Lat: 37 36 00 N degrees minutes Lat: 37.6000 decimal degrees
Long: 122 29 00 W degrees minutes Long: -122.4833 decimal degrees


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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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