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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

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.”

Suddenly 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...

Braun Tacon

1:01 pm pst 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 1859...a Black Swan Erupts

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".

Just 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.

"What 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.

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Braun Tacon

10:36 am pst 

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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!

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