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Showing my 6yr old how to install ADFS v3.0

I know sounds odd to be showing a 6yr old how to setup and configure ADFS, but this is what I did tonight as I had no one else to work with on this exercise.

So lets go over what was done.

  1. Three (3) Windows Server 2012 R2 installs
  2. Server 1 was promoted to a domain controller
  3. Server 2 was made an enterprise CA for the domain
  4. Server 3 was made the ADFS server
  5. After testing the configuration I enabled the update password feature.

Now that this install has been completed I will federate with something such as my Sales Force dev account or my Office 365 account.

All done!

And my 6yr old is not paying a bit of attention to this work. He’s playing Minecraft and watching YouTube videos.

 

The Appearance of Physical Strength May Be the Look of Leadership

In a further sign that humans aren’t so different from our simian forebears, it seems that what really makes a man look like a leader is…muscles.

That is the implication of a recent paper that outlines several experiments exploring the relationship between perceptions of physical strength and leadership abilities. The research suggests that both men and women associate the appearance of physical strength with leadership qualities and higher status, at least in men.

The experiments—conducted by psychologists at the Berkeley and Santa Barbara campuses of the University of California, the University of Portland and Oklahoma State—showed a group of volunteers images of young men and women supposedly hired by a new consulting firm. In the pictures, the young people, who had previously been tested and scored for upper-body strength, wore tank tops that showed off their physiques.

When shown sets of men, the volunteers consistently rated the ones with higher strength scores as having more leadership ability, evidently inferring strength from buff physiques. But when shown sets of women, there was no correlation between perceived strength and leadership qualities. Greater height, on the other hand, made both men and women seem more like leaders (and smarter too), although the leadership effect of height wasn’t as great as that of strength.

A key caveat: If a man looked to the raters as if he were likely to use his strength “in forceful pursuit of self-interest”—if he somehow looked like a bully—it detracted from his leadership aura.

The researchers didn’t ask the raters about something as vague as “leadership skills.” Instead, they hypothesized that people see “physical formidability” as a measure of the ability to perform specific leadership roles. Sure enough, the experiments revealed that the more muscular men were rated as more likely to enforce rules and norms within a group and to represent that group effectively in encounters with other groups.

“Strong men are seen as deserving of high status because of their ability to generate valuable leadership benefits,” says Aaron W. Lukaszewski, an Oklahoma State psychology professor who worked on the study. But they are only seen this way if they benefit the group, he adds: “Physically strong men who are perceived as aggressively self-interested are actually granted less status than their gentler counterparts.”

To make sure that the findings weren’t just an effect of facial attractiveness or a lantern jaw, the psychologists ran the experiment again, with pictures showing the faces of weaker men attached to stronger bodies and vice versa. The switch basically had no effect; the leadership ratings of the strong bodies were about the same as they had been before, despite the addition of the weaker men’s faces, suggesting that the key factor was strength and not physiognomy.

“The Role of Physical Formidability in Human Social Status Allocation,” Aaron W. Lukaszewski, Zachary L. Simmons, Cameron Anderson and James R. Roney, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Dec. 14

 

Comment:

I was forwarded this article from “The Wall Street Journal”.  IMO, an interesting read, I had to share.  — More of a reason to go to the gym

 

natural emergence of augmented reality

One of the new emerging information technologies that we are witnessing today is this idea of augmented reality. This notion of taking the world of everyday perception and tweaking it, augmenting it, and impregnating perception with mindedness and with aesthetics.

So what does that mean?

It essentially means that the information technologies and instruments we’re using today to manipulate and transform the world are now allowing us to overlay digital information onto of the physical world.

Today we have a multitude of apps that allow you to look through the camera and place and interact with virtual elements into real environments. With that we now have this notion that we are mapping the real world while overlaying agency, information, and kind of gamification, and ultimately mind.

So what does this mean?

It means that more of the world starts to become re-enchanted, there becomes more cognitive activity occurring between self and world around us until self and world become one.

I believe this is where we are heading as augmented reality is what it means to be human.

Then again this is nothing new.  It has existed from the moment we started to create architecture, put objects (such as statues) in the world, to create art, tools, we’ve been in an augmenting reality.

So for this digital age to finally catch up, it’s a natural emergence.
And I for one am excited to be witnessing this in my lifetime.

 

Nails In The Fence


There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”

The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said “I hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you.”

“Of course I can,” said the father”

-Author Unknow

 

What is consciousness?

What it is, why we have it, it’s still an unknown and we are a long ways from understanding.

Also ref: Theory of mind

QOTD: Marshall McLuhan

“First we build the tools, then they build us.” – Marshall McLuhan

 

Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC, was a Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar — a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communications theorist. McLuhan’s work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory. McLuhan is known for coining the expressions “the medium is the message” and the “global village”.

For more on McLuhan check out the wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_McLuhan

Other interesting reads: http://codex.stanford.edu/first-we-build-the-tools-then-they-build-us-marshall-mcluhan/

And example of the tools is social media and  has taken over the lives of most of many on a global scale.

My First Uber Experience


So let me share with you my First Time Uber Experience

I’ve taken work trip out to Chicago, IL this week and decided on not renting a car, and attempt using Uber.

Uber is a taxi cab like service with a slight twist,  allowing customers with smartphones to literally summon a car ride to take them to a destination. The drivers are just everyday people who use their own cars to earn money by driving persons from one location to the next. Best of all, the rates are very competitive to the standard car service and is 100% cashless.

So this is how I started my Uber adventure

  • Download and install the Uber app onto my smartphone
  • Registered – After registration you will need to verify a few things such as mobile number, and email address to complete your profile
  • Payment – You just setup payment info such as your personal or corporate credit/debit cards. Uber allows for multiple payment options.
  • Added my photo (not required, but I did this anyhow – why not)

How I got my ride

I just launched the Uber and set my pickup location followed by my destination address; similar to using Google maps. Uber even allows for you to select the types of vehicles you wish to drive in.  I found that to be very impressive.

In under 8 minutes I was in  a car and on my way. Cool this about my wait was I could watch the driver heading to me via the apps built-in map. The driver was very friendly and informative about how he had become a Uber driver which made my drive very interesting. When the drive was completed I was able to give the driver a rating in the form of starts ranging from a single star upwards to five star.

 

So will I use Uber again

YES! Most defiantly. In fact I can’t wait for the next opportunity to do so. Who knew that paying for something could be rewarding to the point you want to pay.

 

And how could I end this post w/o sharing my own Uber referral link. I am confident you would enjoy the service as much as I have.  https://get.uber.com/invite/jermals6ue

 

 

John Lewis Christmas Advert 2015 – ManOnTheMoon

Its hard to believe that millions of older people can go up to a month, even more without speaking with anyone. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

These men and women from all walks of life need interaction just like the rest of us. This is why John Lewis has partnered with Age UK on their new Christmas appeal to help raise awareness of what life can feel like for lonely older people.

No matter where you are in the world I am confident a program exists.  I am sharing this to help bring about awareness to do something for someone which you may need done for you later in life.

Be safe, love others, be loved.

The music is ‘Half the World Away’ performed by Aurora, the original song was by Oasis.

 

Full  YouTube Video of John Lewis Christmas Advert 2015 – #ManOnTheMoon

This is the story of a young girl called Lily. Looking at the moon through her family telescope one night, she is amazed at what she finds, a man on the moon.

Lily watches on as our man goes about his chores, all alone up there. She becomes determined to get something to the moon, to send him a message and show him that someone down here is thinking of him.

 

For more on this advert follow this link

Here is one of the volunteer sites I’ve found:

http://www.elderhelpers.org/

http://www.fulllifecare.org/we-can-help/by-service/elderfriends/

if you have more please share

 

Minecraft – Hour of Code

Whether it’s a new technology, or way to do things; Learning is something I love to do.  So much so I share my passion for wanting to know new things with my children, their friends and all I know. In many ways I feel its my life long mission to learn and share with others in hopes they would do the same.

The good people over at Mojang and Code.org have come up with another fun way to help kids fall in love with computer science and learning via Minecraft. And I for one am proud to share the announcement that Minecraft is part of this year’s Hour of Code campaign – My kids are going to love this

So to coin something I recall from my youth which has been with me all my life: “each one, teach one…”

 

Greenlight A Vet

“Because even if we can’t see them, they should always be able to see our support.”

A sign of hope in one green light.

Change one light to green in a visible location-on your porch, in your home, or at your office-and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans. Then, share your support by taking a picture of your green light and posting it using the hashtag #greenlightavet.

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