Sunday, December 25, 2011
Merry Christmas 2011
1:01 pm pst
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch
over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were
terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the
people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will
find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” — Luke 2:8-14
A very merry Christmas 2011
to everyone, and wishes for a safe and prosperous 2012 to all.
And since our family is as much about animals as
it is people, here is a very special rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas brought to you by a group of some very talented critters!
More to follow...
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 1859...a Black Swan Erupts
10:36 am pst
Thursday, September 1st, 1859 Richard Carrington would become a placeholder
in history as he recorded Sol's burst of gastric relief which became one of the most recognized and followed astronomical events of modern times. History records this as the "Carrington Event".
before dawn the next day, skies all over planet Earth erupted in red, green, and purple auroras so brilliant that newspapers
could be read as easily as in daylight. Indeed, stunning auroras pulsated even at near tropical latitudes over Cuba, the Bahamas,
Jamaica, El Salvador, and Hawaii.
Even more disconcerting, telegraph systems worldwide went haywire. Spark
discharges shocked telegraph operators and set the telegraph paper on fire. Even when telegraphers disconnected the batteries
powering the lines, aurora-induced electric currents in the wires still allowed messages to be transmitted.
Carrington saw was a white-light solar flare—a magnetic explosion on the sun," explains David Hathaway, solar physics
team lead at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
If this same event were to occur
today, most if not all of what we take for granted (electricity, solid-state electronics, radio/TV, etc) would cease to exist.
Our safe and sound world is far more fragile than we imagine.
More to follow...
musings on specific topics. The central themes will be ITIL V.3, Information Security, and other sundry ITSM topics.
That said, there are many more things in this world on which to opine, so don't be surprised if I do now and then.
About me...Braun Tacon, Portland Oregon. Husband,
father, aviator and former Air Traffic Controller with over 20 years experience in the Information Technology and IT Service
Management field, the last thirteen years of which having been spent at a Fortune 500 in the Pacific Northwest.
Professional background and certifications include Aviation Management, Education, Systems Management, Information
Security and Process, Standards and Quality Management. Always delivered with a strong focus on ITIL and similar
Process Improvement Frameworks such as LEAN, SixSigma and TQM (Thank you Mr. Deming!).
Hobbies include reading, writing, and even the occasional Karaoke contest!
All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
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