will be giving my 10th presentation at this years AUG (Air Operators Users Group)conference in New Orleans on Jan 17-19. I have been part of this conference since 2000. A great conference focused on users with great knowledge exchange!
Below is a info-graphic I created using Canva that lists all of them over the years including the topics.
Back in 2015 I read the book “Becoming Steve Jobs” by Rick Tetzeli and he had this one story of going to the reception of Steve Job’s funeral. It focuses on how one of the riches people on the planet and arch rival of Jobs, spent his entire time talking to his daughter about horses. When I think about being a better person I often think of this quote.
I read 14 books this year for a total of 5005 pages(meeting my 5K goal for the 4th year in a row!). Below is the list:
I really enjoyed all of them but my favorite this year I think I would choose “Thank You for Being Late” by Thomas L. Friedman. It kept my interest very well as he explained the complex world and where we are headed. Of course “The Everything Store” was a close second.
On the next tier of my books that really helped me understand what happened in the election of 2016 was Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. he wrote this great book about growing up in southern Ohio / Northern Kentucky area and how his family and friends outlook on education. Here is my favorite quote from his book:
Merry Christmas! Have so much to be thankful for this year. the picture on the left was visiting my Daughter in Sydney trying while we tried to locate Lady Macquarie’s Chair near the harbor. The other photo is of our fantastic tree this year with Meghan and our two dogs, Dixie and Bella.
Just got back from a week in Western Canada where I traveled all over. It was a serious travel schedule where I was flying every night to another city. It ended in Fort McMurray at the Oil Sands. I gave presentations at a pulp and paper mill, oil refinery, and oil extraction. Very interesting and learned so much about emissions in the great white north.
This week I taught the level 1 packing class again. I have been teaching this class since the fall of 2000! All of our specialists for almost the last 20 years has learned packing from me. I am quite proud of that fact since our overall packing business has grown over that time and our sales force uses that knowledge to solve customer problems.
This class had 3 people from Canada and 3 from Chesterton Groveland.
Yesterday I completed a goal for the year to run in a 5K. Our running club at work (Chesterton Running club) selected for it’s couch to 5K event the 16th Annual Run For All Ages 5k in Wakefield around the famous lake Quannapowitt. I really enjoyed it and did not stop my slow jog the entire way!
Link to my results – not that great but getting better..
A few years ago I saw Mr. Rifkin on a podcast and I was so excited by what he was saying I went out and bought this book. Not only is he someone who really is a visionary about where the world is headed, he has been proven right from his earlier writings.
As the name of the books suggests ( the sub title of the book is The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism) he sees a future where the world will be built off of the work of collective commons and shared economy. he also realizes that free is coming to everything. A quote from the book: “But what if I were to say to you that 25 years from now, the bulk of the energy you use to heat your home and run your appliances, power your business, drive your vehicle, and operate every part of the global economy will likewise be nearly free? That’s already the case for several million early adopters”
He drives this home also with a subject I am very familiar with of electric power distribution. For example, Germany has focused on having homeowners are one of the main players of creating power through solar. He has been consulting with the German Government for years on his vision the the 3rd industrial revolution. “In Germany, a gas- or coal-fired power plant that might cost $1 billion to build, but that will no longer run at full capacity because of the onslaught of renewable energies into the grid, can only pay for itself on days when there is no wind or heavy cloud cover.”
He also discusses the IoT well. Here he talks about how it is hitting so fast with the other major movements: “The coming together of the Communications Internet, the Energy Internet, and the Logistics Internet in an Internet of Things provides the cognitive nervous system and physical means to integrate all of humanity in an interconnected global Commons that extends across the entirety of society.”
Vice Media just made a film about Jeremy Rifkin that was at the Tribeca film festival that I am excited to see but can’t find it anywhere. Below is a good sample of Jermey’s works on Youtube:
In the spring of 2016, I did a English / Dutch trip for the company and one day after doing some distributor training in Liverpool, we were asked if we would want to go to the last game of the season to see Manchester United in their home stadium Old Trafford. I was really excited to go since it is the most famous football/soccer team in the world! We had an amazing time and I really am gratful how lucky I was to go. Elarlier today I watched an ESPN 30 for 30 on George Best from Man U and it got me thinking about my visit.
This is the famous old Trafford the night I went. As you can see, it is an amazing holy place where giants of the sport world play!
We were in the Execitive club and this is a photo of George Best playing for Manchester united back in the 70’s that was on the wall when you come into the main entrance.
This is a selfie in front of the “captain’s” wall art. Such an amazing day!
Another of me looking into the stadium.
We had dinner as part of the ticket and it was a real swanky affair including the Manchester United logo on the butter!
I also took a video of the famous crowd singing a song during the game here.
The video the CSB just released shows in such great detail what happened and how maintenance confusion and training caused the massive fire. This actually fits into a valve and a flange issues all in one. Not realizing that the “cap” actually is a pressure boundary to the top of the valve is a major oversight and specific training would of assisted in avoiding this happening in the future.
One issue that is not addressed in the video is the root cause of this being the failure of the actuator. It is hard to tell if the issue was the gear box or the packing friction could of been too large to actuate with the hand wheel. When the final report is released there will be more details on what actually happened.