One strike from a perfect game. No-hitter for Max…

One strike from a perfect game. No-hitter for Max Scherzer. And I was here in person. #gonats

40 today! (In HEX)???? #oldgeek #birthday

40 today! (In HEX)???? #oldgeek #birthday

At the train station this morning. 10 middle aged…

At the train station this morning. 10 middle aged white men. All staring at their smart phones. #mobilezombies

That regression that you know works. Run it. I jus…

That regression that you know works. Run it. I just did and…..ouch!!! #testing

IPAWS version 3.08 in Test Environment.

From IPAWS:

IPAWS Operational Users and Developers,

IPAWS-OPEN version 3.08 has been deployed to the FEMA Test Environment (TDL) for initial testing and may be accessed now by IPAWS compatible Alert Origination System developers with current MOAs.  We expect to formally begin User Acceptance Testing (UAT) on March 12, 2015, with anticipated deployment to the FEMA Production Environment on April 15, 2015.  …..  Upon successful testing and acceptance, IPAWS will send the updated IPAWS-OPEN 3.08 Interface Design Guidance document to developers with current MOAs.

Primary changes in this version include improvements to response codes and re-alignment of validation to better match channel processing.  For most developers there will be little if any change to what has already been built.  It would be a good idea, however to test you current release against what is in TDL beginning March 12 and report any issues you may have to ipaws@fema.dhs.gov with subject line “IPAWS-OPEN 3.08 issue”.  It is likely that there will be no issues, but it is important to test your software to be certain.

Release notes are also available for developers with IPAWS MOA’s from the IPAWS mail box link above.

Cracker Barrel – Super Bowl Sunday – empty.

Cracker Barrel – Super Bowl Sunday – empty.

Happy Birthday to all Marines.

Happy Birthday to all #Marines. I retired 21 years ago. Served 20. We all gave some. Many gave more. Some gave all. #SemperFi

All insect game tonight (g)nats vs. GI(army)ants….

All insect game tonight (g)nats vs. GI(army)ants. Hope the #Nats can fly above the swarm.

Does texting inhibit grammar and writing skill? Maybe not.

Check this link for an interesting perspective on the texting generation: http://xkcd.com/1414/

On-Line NIEM Courses Completed

I just completed the on-line #NIEM (National Information Exchange Model) courses from niem.gov.  Yes, all 7 of them in one weekend.  It is doable if you know some UML and  XML Schema.  I also have some background in NIEM from previous work that made it a lot easier.  It was actually a very good presentation of concepts.  Got me “all caught up” which the concepts.   Will be doing some more work in the NIEM model, so I needed the refresher for background.