Imagine the chaos: FOX loses power to production truck for 2015 World Series Game 1 Royals and Mets – Program Manager’s perspective

I’ve had the ‘pleasure?’ of being involved when, well things go very wrong like they are right now on Fox network. Their production truck lost power and it has been offline for over an hour.  For this outage to be this long means this is no simple fix.   I can’t imagine there isn’t backup power available.  I don’t know how long it takes to reboot the production truck, but I KNOW it isn’t this long.

They have completed risks assessments for situations like this and know what to do when they happen.   This outage didn’t seem to be on the list.   Losing power, the #1 reason for outages, not covered?  I’m not buying it because being down is not an option.

I can’t help but believe what happened was intentional by someone who wanted to keep this from being broadcast.  A search of Google came up empty, but I did read that Google fiber apparently has a problem in KC as well that is preventing folks from watching this in their homes.  Two outages covering this game isn’t likely, but we will see what unfolds.  I have experience doing production work specifically as a sound engineer for broadcast and there are backup options.  The game was stopped because apparently this outage also meant the replay was no longer an option.    According to both coaches agreed to continue to play without replay.  This outage could impact the outcome of the game.  It’s interesting to witness.

I friend of mine is doing audio for the game.  Here are some photos taken today prior to the game:


Here he is with his credentials:



Apparently Game Creek Video normally handles these critical games like the world series, super bowl etc.   Check it out here:

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Breathing Lithium Ion Batteries Store 8-10 times the Power

An early demonstration model of the St Andrews air cell. Air enters and leaves via the porous circular membrane in the centre (Image: Peter Bruce/EPSRC)


  Interesting find

The lithium ion batteries used in laptops and cellphones, and tipped for future use in electric cars, are approaching their technological limits. But chemists in the UK say that there’s a way to break through the looming energy capacity barrier – let the batteries "breathe" oxygen from the air.

A standard lithium ion battery contains a negative electrode of graphite, a positive electrode of lithium cobalt oxide, and a lithium salt-containing electrolyte. Lithium ions shuttle between the two electrodes during charging and discharging, sending electrons around the external circuit to power a gadget in the process.

The problem with that design, says Peter Bruce at the University of St Andrews, is that the lithium cobalt oxide is bulky and heavy. "The major barrier to increasing the energy density of these batteries is the positive electrode," he says. "Everyone wants to find a way to push up the amount of lithium stored there, which would raise the capacity." 

New LASER can detect certain cancers in a patients breath?

Apparently it is true.  Using molecular markers by looking at wavelengths that are reflected can be used to fingerprint compounds.  This similar technique is used to determine the makeup of a distant star or planet.  Impressive

Photograph of Ioachim Pupeza and a colleague with the new laser system

Is there trouble brewing in the land of DevOps?

Does your organization use Agile project management?  Are you deploying new capabilities on very short intervals to your infrastructure?   Does your organization use middle-ware ‘service’ layer to help standardize your software product line? Is your organization such that this middleware is provided by a separate team?

It may behoove you to ensure there is compliance with time-tested documentation and proper change control.  Any middleware subsystems created as components used on new technologies but are not well documented, packaged, or maintained may suffer in the future and negate the benefit of being componentized.  This is “technical debt” that eventually will fall upon your organization.  All systems that use this middleware will be tied to a system that eventually will be unable to be updated unless the talent that created them are keep employed. This technical debt can bring down a company with a ‘market leading product’ quickly when the competition brings a new product to market.  New products can industrialize your organization’s product.  Your organization is quickly put into the position of having a legacy product, and management will need to invest heavily to bring your product up to the level and quickly to the new generation of product.

I follow gardeviance’s blog pretty regularly because he is the only source I have found insightful in IT leadership and how prepared organizations are for future success. This blog is gold for any CIO.

It is worth the investment in time to read. You may want to reserve time to read related content, but once you do he brings a unique perspective on new technologies coming to market, such as Amazon’s dash button.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

TIL that scientists in Florida plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild. The males still mate with females, but the hatchlings die before adulthood due to the presence of the new genes.

Brilliant!  Help me understand why this is a bad idea? 

The View from the Front Seat of the Google Self-Driving Car — Backchannel — Medium

Interesting read about accidents Google’s autonomous cars are having are due to other driver’s errors.  Worth the read especially if you ride motorcycles for things to watch.


I don’t know if this is publicly announced yet, but coming soon to a St. Louis Brad company near you is the jalapeños bagel.  Why is this so kick arse?  Have you ever tried their breakfast egg, white cheddar, and ham on a jalapeños bagel?  You haven’t lived, sir or madam.. 

Trust me, ask if they have it, and ask them to make you this one if a kind taste.

Reply back, and tell me if it isn’t the best thing since the bread tie was invented.

In all it’s glory:


New theory: dark matter is wrong, right answer is time is slowing down

Ok, it doesn’t matter, but I thought of this possibility myself years ago, but my lack of knowledge on the subject prevented me from sharing.

Everyone knows scientist say the universe is expanding at an remunerated rate, right?  ..And dark matter with done interesting properties you can’t measure is used to help explain this? 


What if the observations could be explained without the use of a Easter bunny?  Well, team had figured out the observations could be explained by removing the constraint that time is constant.