MissionalTrails.app: Pokémon GO Into All The Nations

June 27, 2018 § Leave a comment

“Where there is no vision, the people perish” — Proverbs 29:18a (KJV)

In our breakout session at the “hope” Kingdom Networking event, Tim Svboda of YWAM SF taught us that “Information creates Vision creates Mobilization creates Transformation.”  In particular, it is incredibly helpful to know the the ratio and distribution of:

  •  ethne: people groups, cultural touch points
  • evangel: churches, seminaries, ministries, etc.

Both at the aggregate “macro” city level for strategic planning, and at the “micro” street level for personal presence and ministry.

Right now, the only way to collect that information is through heroic personal efforts, such as when he mapped the ~400 churches and other religious buildings in San Francisco — which is about half that needed to serve the city’s 800,000 residents.

We came up with the idea of crowdsourcing that information using the idea of “missional trails,” such as when Perspectives students map the ethnic and religious makeup of their neighborhoods (what Sean Benesh calls “exegeting the city“). We could build an app that makes it easy for anyone to geotag and label relevant cultural and religious touchpoints (e.g., the various ethnic worship services happening at a church building).  The metaphor we used was Pokemon Go (though it is more like the Ingress Portals Submissions used to create new Pokestops  and Gyms).

One  critical issue that came up is ensuring each individual or sponsoring organization be able to control access to its own data, especially those working among sensitive populations.  This may require using some sort of federated database, where only trusted users (and not the central service) are allowed to access a particular organization’s information.  The primarily role of the central service would be to establish standards for how organizations can establish trust to share data and updates.

The next step is to identify key sponsors to help define and distribute a Minimum Viable Product (which we could start building as Open Source during the fall 2018 Code for the Kingdom).  Potential sponsors include:

Please contact ernest.prabhakar@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more or helping out!

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Whole-I-Ness: A New Job to Be Done for Christianity

June 17, 2018 § Leave a comment

In many ways, Western Christianity is now a solution in search of a problem.  We are a victim of our own success, having effectively worked ourselves out of a job by eliminating the “pain points” of Judaism, paganism and animism while diffusing most of our benefits into the culture. Like a technology-centric startup, we now find ourselves in the awkward situation of trying to define (or worse, create) problems that need our solution.

The alternative is to go back to the customer discovery phase. Who is our customer?  What are their most important jobs to be done?  What is the “impossible” thing that, if it could be done, would change everything for them?

What is it that the world most needs? Especially from us?

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What is a Technical Co-Founder?

April 8, 2017 § Leave a comment

Most successful startups require both a technical “hacker” and a relational “hustler” to bring them to life.  One common pattern is that a “hustler” has access to ideas and potential funding and looks for a “technical co-founder” to join him or her,  through a process often compared to finding a spouse.

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TypeScript 2: Adding custom.d.ts Typings Files for Existing JavaScript Modules

March 22, 2017 § Leave a comment

If you are trying to import ordinary JavaScript modules into a TypeScript project, and those modules don’t already have an internal or external typings file, you may get an error like:

  • error TS2688: Cannot find type definition file for ‘lodash’
  • error TS7016: Could not find a declaration file for module ‘himalaya’

For some reason, the TypeScript documentation talks a lot about how to create typings files for modules that don’t have them, but not about how to add them to your project. And it is incredibly difficult to Google the correct answer.

The best answer I found is from: https://www.bennadel.com/blog/3169-adding-custom-typings-files-d-ts-in-an-angular-2-typescript-application.htm

The actual answer is quite simple: are only four steps:

 $ npm install -g --save typings # if you haven't already
 $ cat > custom.d.ts # type definition file for that module
 declare module 'custom';
 ^D
 $ typings install --global --save file:custom.d.ts

That’s it!

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Auto-launching Chrome to Debug Mocha Tests on Mac

March 22, 2017 § 1 Comment

Are you tired of cutting and pasting URLs from node –inspect to launch Chrome?

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Stark Realty #20: Redemption

March 27, 2016 § Leave a comment

[The following is the final installment of a science-fiction serial I started writing at Matterport, where I worked from May to December of 2015. Someday I will get the rights to publish the entire story, but for now, enjoy this little vignette.]

Stark Realty #20: Redemption

“He didn’t kill your mother, Tanya.” panted the newly-arrived Jane Hathaway. “I did.”

Tanya Bain stared at the petite, matronly woman in shocked disbelief. Tony Stark, his hands nailed to the concrete wall with Q-carbon spikes, screamed “Jane, no!”

The demolecularizing grenade Tanya had placed over her father’s arc reactor-powered heart dropped from suddenly nerveless fingers.  With a supreme effort, Tony levered himself against the spikes and drop-kicked the grenade against the far wall, where it harmlessly vaporized a quarter-inch of foamed concrete.

“Tanya,” he gasped.  “Please. Don’t believe her. It was all my fault.”

His estranged daughter stared at him blankly, sinking slowly to the ground.  She, with help from the anonymous cyber-dwarf Rumplestilskin, had put herself through hell to destroy Iron Man for killing her mother. Had her whole life been based on a lie?

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Third Millennium Values

March 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

I deeply appreciate and respect the new focus and push for 21st-century learning outcomes.  I just don’t think they go far enough.

Here are the four core character traits that I believe are foundational to creating those outcomes, as well as healthier individuals, communities, and society.

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