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daily 01/30/2014

  • @cshonea Thanks for not getting sick of it.

  • tags: CSLewis

    “Our prayers for others flow more easily than those for ourselves. This shows we are made to live by charity.” #CSLewis

  • Just finished today. On my wall now but I don’t get to keep it long. “Perchance to Dream” 48X24″ acrylic on canvas. http://t.co/8ZRDr8pNNf

    • The plagues were designed to contrast the power of Yahweh with the impotence of Egypt’s various gods.
    • The plagues of Egypt are also mentioned in the Quran (7,133–136).[3] According to the Book of Exodus, all the gods of Egypt will be judged through the tenth and final plague:
    • “Who is Yahweh, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go?”[5] and to indelibly impress the Israelites with Yahweh’s power as an object lesson for all time, which was also meant to become known “throughout the world”.[6][7]
    • If God triumphed over the gods of Egypt, a world power at that time, then the people of God would be strengthened in their faith, although they were a small people, and would not be tempted to follow the deities that God put to shame. Exodus portrays Yahweh explaining why he did not accomplish the freedom of the Israelites immediately:
    • I could have stretched forth My hand and stricken you [Pharaoh] and your people with pestilence, and you would have been effaced from the earth. Nevertheless I have spared you for this purpose: in order to show you My power and in order that My fame may resound throughout the world.
    • Historians assert that the plague stories are mythical, allegorical, and inspired by passed-down accounts of disconnected natural disasters.
      • 1. Blood2. Frogs 3. Lice/Gnats4. Flies/Wild Animals5. Pestilence6. Boils7. Hail8. Locusts9. Darkness10. Death of the Firstborn
    • ‘How long do you refuse to humble yourself before me? Release my people so that they may serve me!
    • Nothing green remained on the trees or on anything that grew in the fields throughout the whole land of Egypt.
    • But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not release the Israelites.
      • Why would the Lord harden one’s heart?
    • But the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.

       

    •  But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he was not willing to release them. 28 Pharaoh said to him, “Go from me! Watch out for yourself! Do not appear before me again, for when you see my face you will die!” 29 Moses said, “As you wish! I will not see your face again.”

       

    • Instruct the people that each man and each woman is to request from his or her neighbor items of silver and gold.”

       

    •  (Now the Lord granted the people favor with the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, respected by Pharaoh’s servants and by the Egyptian people.)
    • 10 So Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, but the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not release the Israelites from his land.
    • Matthew 20:1-28

       

       

       

      Workers in the Vineyard

       

    • So the last will be first, and the first last.”
      • Don’t compare your salvation to others. We each work out our own beliefs. Our own salvation. Because belief is salvation. Also – there is value and joy in being able to simply work the fields. Find that joy. 
    • Yet on the third day, he will be raised.”
    • Are you able to drink the cup I am about to drink?”
    • “You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right and at my left is not mine to give. Rather, it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”
    • Instead whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
    • My God, I trust in you.
      Please do not let me be humiliated;
      do not let my enemies triumphantly rejoice over me!
    • Do not hold against me the sins of my youth or my rebellious acts!
      Because you are faithful to me, extend to me your favor, O Lord!
    •  May he show the humble what is right!
      May he teach the humble his way!
    •  For the sake of your reputation, O Lord,
      forgive my sin, because it is great.
    • Go to the ant, you sluggard;
      observe its ways and be wise!
      It has no commander,
      overseer, or ruler,
      yet it prepares its food in the summer;
      it gathers at the harvest what it will eat.
    • 11 and your poverty will come like a robber,
      and your need like an armed man.
    • This is going to be a ball-control offense that is methodical in moving down the field and relies on a physical, inside running game to punctuate drives.
    • 1) Explosiveness 2) Efficiency 3) Field Position 4) Finishing drives 5) Turnovers.
    • The key to those Texas squads’ success was the remarkable efficiency of Colt-to-Quan and Colt-to-Shipley and Texas’ jumbo, short-yardage package.
    • It’s easy to look back and remember Texas’ weak run game in the Colt era, or the brilliance of the Texas short passing game, but Cody Johnson’s 24 touchdowns were an enormous part of Texas’ offensive success in those two seasons.
    • The Wickline hire had the obvious aim of forming the TexasStrong identity as a program that can run the ball and impose its will on an opponent. The most basic concept for Texas in accomplishing that aim will be Inside Zone.
    • Wickline’s OSU OL were known for their great gasp of the play’s concepts and techniques and their ability to adapt after the snap.
    • The first priority for the play is getting “full coverage” on defensive linemen, meaning that they are enveloped by the OL and unable to get into the backfield or create negative plays.

      The next goal is displacement, either driving defenders backwards or sealing them out of the zone pathway and creating creases for the backs to exploit.

    • In particular, OSU had a massively effective QB draw game that Wickline will probably have to shelve until Texas’ depth at QB allows them to risk their signal callers’ health on designed runs.
    • With Lead Zone, you have zone blocking by the OL with the insertion of a fullback between the tackles. Ouch.
    • With a younger OL new to the Wickline school there may be a learning curve in 2014 but it’s possible that the future will hold a brutal Longhorn run game that echoes what the Crimson Tide has done in recent years.
    • Regardless, you can expect the Texas passing game to rely heavily on “spacing concepts” that allow the QB to make quick, timing throws that consistently net positive yardage.
    • With both of these concepts, timing and accuracy is essential. Let’s assume that Texas is able to plug Malcom Brown in at F, Daje Johnson at H, Shipley at Y, Sanders at Z, and Marcus Johnson at X.
    • Two more concepts that will feature into this ball-control approach are your constraint screen plays and “Levels.”
    • by trying to work in every situation, UCP worked in none of them.
    • The competition solicited new patterns from hundreds of camo designers, then whittled the entries down to four finalists. After four years (and millions of dollars), the Army seemed ready to pick a winner.

      • There are hundreds of camo designers?
    • Yet that hasn’t happened yet, either—and the tale grows stranger. Back in December, Congress introduced a bill that would block the Army entirely from introducing a new pattern this year.
    • Amidst accusations of general incompetence and bureaucratic red tape, there’s also the fact that warfare technology is rapidly evolving—and no one can predict quite how camo will need to adapt in the long term. The burgeoning field of military science that revolves around how our eyes interpret—or misinterpret—information—is still very young. And flinging billions of dollars at the problem hasn’t had the intended effect.
      • A cool field – how we misinterpret cues. Look to magicians.
    • Dual-tex used perfect squares of color to mimic two patterns at once: one smaller, and one larger, effective at multiple distances.
    • Why did pixels do a better job that traditional blobs? Because pixels are better at mimicking fractal patterns—which our eyes interpret as white noise. By looking less like figurative “nature,” digital camo gives our eyes nothing to fixate on.
    • As Cramer explained to me, digital camouflage attempts to use advanced optical tricks to confuse the brain into missing the body of a target, rather than simply “blending in” to the surrounding landscape. “You can’t just throw paint on a wall and call it camouflage,” he says. “We’re not necessarily trying to create randomness. We want the brain to interpret patterns as part of the background.”
    • All digital camo has two layers: a micropattern (the pixels) and a macropattern (the shapes the pixels form). If the scale of the macro blobs is too small—as they are with UCP—it triggers an optical phenomenon called “isoluminance,” rendering the carefully-constructed camo pattern into a light-colored mass. In other words, it makes it incredibly easy to spot targets from a distance. That was one of the biggest problems with UCP, as you can see.
    • And what about color? In 2004, when the army introduced UCP, it revealed that there was no black in the entire pattern. Black doesn’t occur in nature, officials explained. But Cramer completely disagrees. Black and brown are essential to mimic shadows. Cramer’s finalist pattern for the Improvement Effort includes something called “boundary luminance,” a thin black line along the macro and micropatterns that tricks the eye into seeing 3D shapes:
    • “If you don’t have at least a percentage of that on your camo, it will stand out and look very 2D because it doesn’t have that depth effect,” he explains. “It was a hard lesson learned.”
    • Just like a tiger’s stripes, which run perpendicular to their limbs, these visual “breaks” help to disguise the anatomy of a human target.
    • So it’s incredibly important that a uniform’s left and right sides don’t ever match.
    • I now see the top part of a human body.”
    • He is a pioneer of algorithmic camo design: Rather than relying on his own brain to design patterns, he writes programs that generate true geometric fractals. Fractals, like the classic example of a leaf, are mathematical patterns that repeat themselves at any scale.
    • Because they are scaleless, they hide objects that are as small as humans and as large as buildings.
    • The art of testing these patterns is almost more important than the design itself—and it’s a process Cramer knows well, because he’s helped the Army test patterns for nearly a decade. The process involves quizzing the Army’s best snipers using thousands of photographs.
    • For every conceivable environment, from deserts to marshes, and every conceivable weather event. Beyond environmental information, there are issues like range: a pattern must perform well close up as well as far away. According to Soldier Systems,
      • variation between photo performance and real-world 3d performance
    • In late August, a Special Forces team was unexpectedly removed from a mission in Libya, after terrorist groups stole dozens of guns and gadgets from US Army trucks. What does that have to do with camouflage? Everything, actually.
    • Along with machine guns and lasers, the raiders stole a gadget that could eventually do just as much damage: A special type of US Army night vision goggles that detect short-wave infrared light—aka the SWIR spectrum. At $45,000 a pop, these goggles let soldiers see at around 1 μm wavelength, where colors blend together into a white mass. In other words, they make camouflage completely useless. The only pairs in existence have rested safely in the hands of the U.S. Army, until now. Hence the pull out.
    • It’s almost as if the Army isn’t looking far enough into the future—where rapid prototyping and smart materials could generate new patterns and textures simultaneously as field conditions change.
    • I targeted universities that had a women’s soccer program and a good college for graphic design and advertising. I then built my segmentation list of the head coaches I would target. Once my list was built, I developed my email template which told them who I was, what scouting tournaments I would be at, why they should consider me, etc.
    • The same concepts apply with B2B email marketing: research and define target audience, build segmentation lists, develop content that engages the reader and encourages interaction, and eventually convince them that what you have to offer is what they need and should pay for
    • Email marketing is no longer the only tool marketers have and Marketing Automation applications are no longer a tool only large companies can afford.
    • Marketing Automation combines email marketing, lead scoring, lead capture and tracking, nurturing, event management, and social media marketing into one application. AKA: a marketers dream.
    • In our core CRM business we help companies streamline sales processes within their CRM application.
    • This year we are diving into Marketing Automation as an extension of our existing CRM business and professional services. For any of our customers that have considered implementing Marketing Automation, we have already taken major steps to evaluate the applications on the market and will help to implement, train, and support the application for your company.
    • I’d now like to introduce our new partner Salesfusion. Salesfusion is a Marketing Automation application with connectors to SugarCRM and several other CRM systems.
    • Far too many organizations spend more time on strategy than execution.  This is a mistake.  A good game plan outlines an end result, sure.  But it also includes all the sub-tasks that need to be completed.  This year, make sure that the strategy or project you decide on gets executed. 
    • fter two years of fairly hectic activity in the marketing automation space, it might be useful to ask where all the commotion has gotten us.
    • The merger activity of the last couple of years has left the biggest players with competent marketing suites that few could have engineered on their own, because marketing is a discipline that frankly requires different DNA than you typically find in sales and service.
    • A few numbers will give you the feeling of the report: 88 percent said they used email marketing; 81 percent said they already used data and analytics; 78 percent used social media marketing; 64 percent used display/banner ads; and 75 percent used landing pages.
    • What struck me is how well we have the outbound side of marketing covered and how much more work there is to do to analyze what’s going on in the market. To me, the data show that the tools have changed, but the process remains the same — and that’s the big point.
      • There is an opening for competitive intelligence
    • It’s another pile of paper worth picking up, because the authors make the point that the last thing to change during a transformation involving the application of new technologies to business is process. How we use new technologies is what gives them their lasting power; prior to that adjustment, you might be hitching a horse to a car.
    • only 37 percent of the respondents used lead scoring, and while 30 percent said they’d try it this year, a full third say they didn’t plan to use it. Lead scoring is one of those things that can materially improve the responses you get from your marketing effort, and it goes right to the heart of the process idea expressed by Brynjolfsson and McAfee.
    • consider re-examining your marketing processes.
    • Since this service is set-up as an API, it’s not incredibly user friendly for us non-programmer types. Thus the Microsoft Excel macro that FullContact gives away was great because it suddenly gave non-programmers access to the FullContact database.
    • Open the spreadsheet by clicking the link.
    • Next, set up a developer account with FullContact.
    • FullContact API only counts successful matches. The successful match rate according to FullContact is around 60% – meaning you can probably run close to 400 emails before you run out of queries since many will be returned empty
    • There is no “run” button! The ImportXML function runs automatically, which is usually a good thing.
    • So when you’re finished with the document, you should DELETE all the emails (or your API key) so as to not waste calls every time you open the sheet.
    • One thing to clarify for your readers – sometimes someone will query our API with an email address we haven’t seen before. When that happens, we have to go out and search the web for information on the person. This search takes a few minutes, so our system returns a “202″ response – which means “queued for search – try again later.”
    • This is why we built the Excel macro, incidentally – because it allows us automatically go back and try again whenever it gets a 202 response.
    • Since this service is set-up as an API, it’s not incredibly user friendly for us non-programmer types. Thus the Microsoft Excel macro that FullContact gives away was great because it suddenly gave non-programmers access to the FullContact database.
    • . And I’m not buying a computer, a copy of Windows, and a copy of Excel just to run this.
    • Macros are a pain. You have to install them to make sure they are operating correctly. Sometimes they don’t work. Sometimes they don’t run with your version of Excel. There are literally hundreds of reasons why one might not work. They are just a major inconvenience.
    • I wanted something I could give to someone who had zero background in Excel that would allow them to run the queries without any kind of training or help.
    • , I was able to create a spreadsheet that pulls in social profiles from FullContact using only the built-in ImportXML function within Google Spreadsheets. I then managed to use a mess of CONCATENATE, Xpath, SEARCH, and other random functions(in other words, I did fancy spreadsheet things) to display each of the main social media profiles: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google Plus.
    • Keep that evolution in mind when you hear that today, Asana launches Asana Calendars, adding a way to view tasks and projects in a handy-dandy calendar format that maps data. On the surface, it seems pretty tame, but Asana Calendars points the way towards using project data for work the same way Facebook uses personal data for play — and the future of collaboration.

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