What does "prate" mean?

What does "prate" mean?

From http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prate:
To talk long and idly : CHATTER

Eno River Sunrise

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Real CTOs of NFV

Over the last 6 months or so I have been publishing "The Real CTOs of NFV." It is based on interviews with my CTO peers from telecom service providers and suppliers to get a sense of what is real. The title is fun but the intent is serious. Here are the interviews we have published.

My colleague Deb Lovig ordered some special ball caps for all of us. Here is mine:

Going forward, we plan to broaden the topics under discussion. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Surprising Fishing Trip

Three years ago my son Ransom and I went on an epic fishing trip – one that almost didn’t happen.

Surprise 1: A Fishing Buddy

My family and I were staying in New Orleans during a spring break trip. I had heard great things about fishing in the Gulf of Mexico so I decided to charter a boat for a half-day trip. My son Ransom likes to fish but is not as avid as me, especially when the trip requires a very early start while on vacation. I invited him to go along and was pleasantly surprised when he agreed.

Surprise 2: A Breakdown

We got to the boat launch in good time, met the captain and headed out. We had to run quite a ways down the marsh channels to get to open water, and then another 10 miles or so to get to the fishing spots. We had just gotten to open water for the last part of the outward trip when the motor overheated and cut off. I had visions of spending the rest of the morning waiting for a tow boat and no fishing.
Fortunately the problem was that the lower unit of the outboard had picked up a piece of plastic bag that was blocking the water intake. Once it was cleared we were on our way.

Surprise 3: Oil Rigs Can be Small

I knew we were going to be fishing around oil rigs and I had a mental picture of the giant deepwater rigs. It turns out we were in only about 10 feet of water and fishing around small unmanned rigs that rose up about 10 feet from the surface of the water. You can see some in the background behind our guide and my son.

Surprise 4: Gulf Fishing is Better Than I Dreamed

We caught a ton of big redfish, along with black drum and sheepshead. All were on light tackle, and all were a blast to catch.

My son caught the biggest redfish of the day, and it had beautiful markings.

I caught the last and biggest fish of the day, which was a Jack Crevalle that weighed about 40 pounds.

We released most of the redfish, but our guide kept the black drum and sheepshead to cook up for the poor and homeless in New Orleans.  Here's our haul.

For more pictures and a movie, please see “Prayson and Ransom catch BIG fish!