Tuesday, July 28, 2009
India and back in 1 hour and forty-seven minutes
12:46 pm pdt
Monday, July 20, 2009
One small step for man...One giant leap for mankind
9:33 am pdt
Today marks the 40th anniversary of those first, halting steps and those
famous words delivered by Neil Armstrong, the first human being to set foot on a planetary object other than Earth.
Truly a universal event and one that will forever be remembered.
Others have followed in Neil's footsteps with
equally imaginative and daring feats and many more are sure to follow as we humans continue our sojourn through time and space.
With all that said, it is equally as true that no feat nor any human will ever be able to top Neil's and humankind's claim
to inter-galactic history, 40 years ago today.
Video of Neil Armstrong's first steps and those famous words
Continue to relive the saga of Apollo 11 at We Choose the Moon.Org in real-time.
Update: Today Popular Science Magazine publishes very recent images from the NASA Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter (LRO). In the images you can clearly see various artifacts left by our too brief exploration of our sister satellite, including
the landing sites of Apollo 11 and 14 and the respective "litter" left by both missions.
2: Popular Mechanics joins the 40th birthday party with their compendium publication, APOLLO 11, THE UNTOLD STORY, PM's oral history with photographs, video, exclusive audio and more.
More to follow...
Thursday, July 16, 2009
We Choose the Moon
11:18 am pdt
May 25th, 1961. President John F. Kennedy sets what
turns out to be one of the loftiest goals ever set for a nation, or perhaps...even for a planet.
From the archives of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of
landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive
to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.
We propose to accelerate the development of the appropriate lunar space craft. We propose to develop alternate liquid and
solid fuel boosters, much larger than any now being developed, until certain which is superior. We propose additional funds
for other engine development and for unmanned explorations--explorations which are particularly important for one purpose
which this nation will never overlook: the survival of the man who first makes this daring flight. But in a very real sense,
it will not be one man going to the moon--if we make this judgment affirmatively, it will be an entire nation. For all of
us must work to put him there.
July 16, 1969. With his life cut short by assassination, JFK
does not live to see his dream become reality, but the United States and the entire Planet does.
The launch of Apollo 11 on July 16, 1969
Many of us have lived long enough to vividly remember the events of the epic flight of Apollo 11. If you would like
to relive your memories, or for you younger folks experience them for the first time, in real time, visit the website devoted
to commemorating this epoch time in human and planetary history.
We Choose the Moon.Org
More to follow...
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
A Business Case for the Major Incident Handling Plan
3:57 pm pdt
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
1300 MPG automobile competes in Global Green Challenge
Coffee, er...Hydrogen. Is there anything it can't do?
12:07 pm pdt
More to follow...
Friday, July 3, 2009
Braun is going to India (virtually) to present to the ICMG Architecture World 09 Conference
12:01 pm pdt
I am honored to have been asked
to present at the ICMG Architecture World 09 Conference. Due to travel limitations I will be presenting via teleconference.
The topic of the presentation is The Major Incident Handling Plan; a Mandatory Requirement of any Enterprise Risk Management Portfolio
For the benefit of my audience
and because this is BraunsBlog, I am posting my goals, deliverables, and opportunities for this presentation below.
If you are attending I hope you can make an opportunity to catch this topic. It is timely, useful,
and mandatory in the world of today.
More to follow…
Goals – or “Why this presentation?”
- Major Incidents happen and they happen more frequently in complex environments.
- You should
respect, not fear, Major Incidents. The only fear you should have is if you have not prepared and / or
you have not documented your Plan and Procedures.
- These Plans work best when they are built and integrated at the Framework
and Design level. In other words Major Incident Handling should be in scope for any Architecture engagement;
developed of course with an Architectural perspective.
- Primary Risks – The absence of a tested and documented Major
Incident Handling Plan is almost always a sure guarantee of dramatically increased Service Delivery failures in the event
of a Major Incident. Catastrophic Failure in this situation is also a possibility.
- Primary Benefits – The
presence of a well developed and tested Major Incident Handling Plan helps insure that when individuals are called to act
in an emergency they understand exactly what they are to do (and what not to do). That is why the people
who sit in the Exit Seat on commercial airline flights are given a second briefing.
In it For the Audience – What I hope to provide the attendees
- A simple yet compelling case for Major Incident Handling as told from a “Without
a Plan and With a Plan” perspective
- A demonstration of a Plan in action
- A Plan Model that can be used by many industries or occupations and at most levels, from Architectural
Framework to Operational Processes and Procedures
- Other tools to help make the Planning process more effective
- A simple yet
compelling business case that cannot be easily rebutted
- Discussion of hurdles to implementation
- Some suggestions on how to overcome
What’s In it For Braun (WIIFB)– What I get by giving this
- An opportunity for peer review
of my thoughts and premises on this topic (Confirm)
- An opportunity to hear countering opinions to my thoughts and premises
on this topic (Challenge)
- An opportunity for better understanding diverse global requirements (Understand)
- An opportunity
to interact with a large number of experts and specialists, albeit virtually (Experience)
musings on specific topics. The central themes will be ITIL V.3, Information Security, and other sundry ITSM topics.
That said, there are many more things in this world on which to opine, so don't be surprised if I do now and then.
About me...Braun Tacon, Portland Oregon. Husband,
father, aviator and former Air Traffic Controller with over 20 years experience in the Information Technology and IT Service
Management field, the last thirteen years of which having been spent at a Fortune 500 in the Pacific Northwest.
Professional background and certifications include Aviation Management, Education, Systems Management, Information
Security and Process, Standards and Quality Management. Always delivered with a strong focus on ITIL and similar
Process Improvement Frameworks such as LEAN, SixSigma and TQM (Thank you Mr. Deming!).
Hobbies include reading, writing, and even the occasional Karaoke contest!
All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.
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