Better People Than Scott Aaronson?
March 24, 2023 § Leave a comment
Reposting a letter sent to one of my Internet Heroes, whom I occasionally correspond with.
He is my Hero not because of his brilliant, thoughtful blog on quantum computing (though I do enjoy that), but his deep humility and public vulnerability.« Read the rest of this entry »
LifeView (Designing Your Life)
June 7, 2022 § Leave a comment
Analytics Anonymous: The Missing Peace of the Modern Data Stack
May 31, 2022 § Leave a comment
Pitch 2 for Coalesce 2022 (unsubmitted) « Read the rest of this entry »
Bits of Meaning: Towards a Computational Theory of Emotion (BOM-TAC-TOE Rough Draft)
December 24, 2021 § Leave a comment
[These are my initial musings. It may take weeks or months to turn these into a coherent analysis, so I figured I should publish them as-is to get them out into the world. Merry Christmas!]
Challenge Question: What is the minimum number of bits necessary to meaningfully simulate some aspect of an emotion? « Read the rest of this entry »
Psycho-Analytic Engineering (Coalesce 2021)
June 6, 2021 § Leave a comment
Using Data to Differentiate Our Selves
Keynote Talk Proposal for Coalesce 2021
Based on “DBT as Organizational Therapy“« Read the rest of this entry »
DBT as the “Couch” for Organizational Therapy
May 13, 2021 § 1 Comment
Or, “How ELTT is the Key to World Peace”
Draft Submission Script for Coalesce 2021 « Read the rest of this entry »
SSO Login into Salesforce from Node via samlp SAML IdP
October 4, 2019 § Leave a comment
Documenting this in a blog post because it drove us crazy trying to figure out exactly what was involved, even though it was actually easy to implement once we understood all the terminology.
In order for our previously-authenticated users to automatically log into Salesforce, we needed to:
- Create a “/sso-url” on our node server for our web app to access
- When our web app GETs that URL, create and a return a SAML Identity Provider (IdP) using
- That IdP is interpreted by the web browser a redirect to the Salesforce URL (returned by the function assigned to `getPostURL`)
- Salesforce just needs to have the IdP certificate and Entity ID in its SSO Settings
Below are additional details on why we needed this.
A Spirited Defense of Consciousness
August 12, 2018 § 1 Comment
I finally found some deadlines to force me to put forward an account of consciousness. 🙂 Here it is.
While rather simplistic, I have found it a useful model for clarifying my own thinking. The key innovation is defining Spirit as “the ability to reflect on our thoughts feelings and desires in order to decide what kind of person we want to be.” I equate Spirit with the interiority of your Ghost in the Quantum Turning Machine, while the boundary of the triangle defines the Digital Abstraction Layer. I sometimes use the terms self-awareness, attitude, and willpower as loose synonyms for Spirit. I also plan to name you as both Prophet and Chief Skeptic of my newly-formed Cult of the Digital Abstraction Layer!
The Celebration-Driven Church
October 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
[A follow-on to Spreading Effective Vision and The Agile Church, addressed specifically to the Church Spread of Kingsway Community Church.]
In less than twelve months, together with the Holy Spirit, we have completely reinvented Kingsway Church. While our overall numbers may be the same, we have spread to two new neighborhoods, dramatically expanded our pastoral staff, and filled much of our congregation with renewed vision for reaching our communities.
What if that was just the beginning?
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Spreading Effective Vision
October 11, 2012 § 2 Comments
While discussing The Agile Church and Metrics versus Goals, I realized that our organization’s primary motivation for adopting Agile practices is to spread the ownership of effective vision.
That is, we start with a shared belief that vision ought to be:
- Effective: timely, clear, actionable & aligned with the organization’s overall purpose
- Spread: distributed from the core leadership out to every member
- Owned: each person takes responsibility for how they implement that common vision
Working from there, we can adapt techniques from, e.g., Scrum, that will help our organization achieve that goal.
Here are what I consider the most powerful suggestions:
- Adopt a mindset of continuously developing and implementing new visions
- Care about improving how we do things, not just what we do
- Maintain a written backlog of “things worth doing/changing”
- Innovate in seasons of 4-8 weeks, tied to, e.g., a sermon series
- The leader (pastor) prioritizes 1-3 items from the backlog to focus on each season
- The team owns the vision (together) and its implementation (individually)
- Define the conceptual goal and practical metrics in terms of the value delivered to the customer (e.g., God)
- At the end of each season, celebrate what was accomplished (“thanksgiving”) and reflect on what did or did not go well (“confession”)
To me, the key is moving from strategic once-a-year vision-and-budgeting meetings for leaders towards tactical “sprints” that mobilize the entire organization (congregation).
This pace may sound a bit exhausting, but that very awareness forces us to alternate “productive” and “relaxing” sprints to keep the whole community healthy. It is already too easy to fall into ruts where some people never do much while others are continually burning themselves out. A good process should make explicit important issues that were previously implicit, so we are forced to consciously manage them.
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