Beautiful day for a train ride. Potomac river vie…

Beautiful day for a train ride. Potomac river view on a clear day. #VRE

VRE Delays

Yesterday the first VRE train of the day killed someone, literally.  No one said, but I am guessing a suicide where someone jumped in front of the train. Suicide or accident, it affected 5000 commuter who did not get to work on time and probably 30000 more from the added traffic on I 95 north from Fredericksburg.  Was the victim so self-absorbed that he could not see the effect his act would have on others? Or, are we (the others) so self-absorbed that we dwell more on the problems he caused for us instead of being empathetic to his plight in the world?  Your call.

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.