Sarcasm Font

posted Oct 9, 2014, 9:47 AM by Michael Bray

I had this thought back in April, see FB and Twitter posts, "I think the sarcasm font should just be italics leaning the other way." I wanted to see what it would look like..


"I See"

posted Sep 15, 2014, 6:50 PM by Michael Bray

I see My County burning.
And shriveling with drought -
And it breaks My Heart,
It tears My Soul -
But I know, without a doubt...

Soon the leaves will turn,
The snow will fall,
We'll pick up and start anew,
'Cause - folks of Siskiyou County -
There's none better..
Than You.


"Wildfire Prayer"...."Haiku"

posted Sep 15, 2014, 6:48 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Sep 15, 2014, 6:50 PM ]

Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain
Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain
Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain


Natural Disasters and Information Technology

posted Aug 12, 2014, 7:39 PM by Michael Bray

This latest round of wildfires has really brought home the importance of crowdsourcing, particularly for hyperlocal events. My information technologist heart goes out to those who are struggling with finding a balance between the importance of the local feet-on-the-ground posts across social media, what the official word should be, and filtering all the garbage and redundant information out. It's a puzzle and needs more study...I like puzzles...and study...hmm...

Also, it's 2014...I'm still upset I don't have a flying car...we have all these satellites cruising around and have made great strides in drone technology...some near-real-time fire perimeter data should not be out of our grasp.

My Ode to Sciatica

posted Aug 10, 2014, 12:30 PM by Michael Bray

Sciatica you have more in common with
Scythes and Scissors,
Than you do Scintillation.
Begone you scary schmuck,
I have things to do

Wildfire Twitter Feeds

posted Aug 4, 2014, 8:41 AM by Michael Bray   [ updated Aug 4, 2014, 10:43 AM ]

Lesson In The Mess

posted Aug 3, 2014, 3:25 PM by Michael Bray

My typical procedure for breaking up a bag of crushed ice is to pick it up and drop it several times. Today that occurred on the kitchen floor. Today that bag decided to break open and shoot ice cubes all over my kitchen...

As I raced to get the broom and the get all the ice cubes swept up quickly so they wouldn't melt all over the occurred to me...

Ever had a day like that? A month like that? Ever felt like you had to sweep up all the problems immediately, before...what? You give them some time and they melt and you mop them up? You give them even more time and they melt and evaporate?


A Cell Phone Is Not A Sat Phone...

posted Aug 3, 2014, 2:33 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Aug 3, 2014, 3:09 PM ]

Since December of 1998 I have been employed in rural telecommunications. Early in my employment, this included providing computer and data network support to a small, rural cellular communications provider, which is now part of a nationwide cellular communications provider. 

Please help me to educate the masses with this simple phrase, "A Cell Phone Is Not a Sat(ellite) Phone." I have had this conversation no less than three times in the past 30 days with intelligent people who somehow believe their cell phone communicates directly with satellites for its voice and text communication functions!

Now, as with all things tech, there are a couple of factors that may be contributing to this false information. The first is that, yes, our networks - almost all communications networks either directly or indirectly - receive their "timing" from satellites. Feel free to look into that further, I am not going to go into it in this post.

Secondly, for GPS (Global Positioning System) enabled devices, yes - your device is communicating with satellites for that functionality. The GPS radio in your device talks to the GPS system, but your calls and text messages don't take this path...currently...that I'm aware your local NSA office for, not really, even if you have one, don't call it.

Also, it is technically possible that a cellular communications provider - or a wireline communications provider - could be transporting some of your traffic via a satellite link. I suspect there are a few of these - very few - the latency involved in this particular design means it is only used as a last resort.

So..., the next time you hear a friend tell another friend that their cell phone talks to satellites...please resist the urge to smack them upside the head and share this post with them. It is easier and not as likely to end up in court.


He Never Lets Go

posted Aug 3, 2014, 1:50 PM by Michael Bray   [ updated Aug 3, 2014, 1:52 PM ]

My life has been chaotic...yes, I think I'll go with "chaotic"...since January 17, 2012. I believe I can now see the faint glow of a light at the end of my personal tunnel. 

Throughout this experience, I have failed miserably at remembering the message of this worship song; however, through the experience I believe My Lord has been teaching, guiding and preparing me. My perspective, on many things, has changed for the better. I am more centered, more in touch with my weaknesses and my strengths, and  much more understanding of The Power of The Holy Spirit and The Grace and Love of God The Father and God The Son.

May His Love and Grace fill you today and every day, in the face of storms and in the calm between.

The Valiant Little Heat Pump...?

posted Jul 7, 2014, 5:58 PM by Michael Bray

I'm thinking of writing a new children's book, "The Valiant Little Heat Pump," with early concept apologies to the Brothers' Grimm.

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