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A good visualization July 9, 2017

Posted by stewsutton in Visualization.
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A good visualization is:

1. reliable information
2. visually encoded so relevant patterns become noticeable
3. organized in a way that enables at least some exploration, when it’s appropriate
4. and presented in an attractive manner, but always remembering that honesty, clarity, and depth come first

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Five Steps to Insights March 8, 2017

Posted by stewsutton in Big Data, business analytics, business intelligence, Collaboration, Computational Knowledge, Information Technology, Knowledge Management.
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There are some very simple steps (five in this example) that can be taken as a curious person with the right tools seeks to understand what the data has to tell them.  Generally it starts with a simple question. You want to know something. This sends you on a quest to gather some data. Often this gather process is quite time consuming. In some scientific endeavors, the gathering is the tedious process of “recording” the data that you observe in your experiment.  This may take many days, weeks, or sometimes years.  Then comes the next step and that is the preparation of that data for exploration. The way data is recorded and gathered is seldom the structure needed for reporting.  The data must be transformed and reshaped.  This is not changing the values in the data, but rather it is molding the way the data is organized so that it can be explored with data visualization tools.  At this point I believe the fun part begins. This is the moment where you may begin to explore the data.  Exploration is a very good label for what happens at this point.  You are navigating and observing what is there and you are seeing things for the first time.  This process is exciting and it often brings you insights and understanding that you can share with others.

Limit the Triggers February 3, 2017

Posted by stewsutton in business intelligence, Collaboration, Communications, Education, Fitness, Social.
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Our brains are wired to feed on information.

So its a good idea for us to be in control of how that appetite gets satisfied and not let social media companies decide when they should tempt us.

We can start by turning off app notifications on our phones, tablets, and computer, particularly ones for live video broadcasts, whose see-it-while-you-can alerts are designed to engender a fear of missing out (they are stored so you can come back and watch later if/when you have time).

To further stem the temptations, try the social media news feed diet: Do serious work only on tech that was available before the year 2000.

Make your main work devices completely off-limits to social media so distractions aren’t even possible. Don’t log into Facebook or even install the app. (For extra help, try the News Feed Eradicator for Facebook browser plugin.)

Hide your phone when you’re working, driving or doing important socializing.

Studies have shown even the presence of a phone, on silent, can cause poor academic performance or less-meaningful face-to-face interaction.

It’s time to take your attention back!

Jesus is love! February 25, 2015

Posted by stewsutton in Humanity, Jesus, Love, Theology, Wisdom.
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When a merely moral man or woman comes in contact with baseness and immorality and treachery, the recoil is so desperately offensive to human goodness that the heart shuts up in despair.

God’s redemption is glorious in that the most horrible, offensive, and atrocious things can never get to the bottom of His love.

The God who loves you February 25, 2015

Posted by stewsutton in Humanity, Theology, Wisdom.
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Have you heard of the God who loves you?

With so much evidence of hatred on display around the world, many might conclude that religion is at the center of the worlds problems. And this conclusion is accurate if we properly define religion.

Religion is a man-made concept, yet the motivations extend beyond this physical world and into the dark recesses of the spiritual world.

In Genesis 3:1-5 we see Satan cleverly introduce deception into the world with a lie. A lie based on hatred toward God.
“Did God really say, ‘You must not…You will not surely die,… For God knows that… your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God…”

Lies born of hatred, and hatred born of pride. This is an all-consuming hatred that seeks death of all that is good and loving, and kind. It is a hatred that deeply infuses the religion of Islam and this is why we see increasing terror around the world.
The Muslim and Christian views of God have some similarities. Christians believe in one eternal God Who created the universe, and Muslims apply these attributes to Allah. Both view God as all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present.

A vital difference between the Islamic and Christian views of God is the biblical concept of the Trinity. In the Bible, God has revealed Himself as one God in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. While each Person of the Trinity is fully God, God is not three gods but three in one.

God’s Son came in the form of man, a truth called the incarnation (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:14; Colossians 2:9; 1 John 4:1-3). The Lord Jesus Christ conquered the penalty and power of sin by dying on the cross (Romans 6:23). After rising from the dead, Jesus went back to heaven to be with His Father and sent the Holy Spirit to believers (Acts 1:8-11).

One day, Christ will return to judge and rule (Acts 10:42, 43). Those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus will live with Him, but those who refuse to follow Him must be separated in hell from the holy God. “The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (John 3:35-36).

Either Jesus bears the wrath of God for your sin on the cross or you bear the wrath of God for your sin in hell (1 Peter 2:24).The Trinity is essential to the Christian faith. Without the Trinity, there would be no incarnation of God’s Son in the Person of Jesus Christ.

Without Jesus Christ, there would be no salvation from sin. Without salvation, sin would condemn all to an eternal hell.
So, do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?

A better question is, “Do Christians and Muslims both have a correct understanding of who God is?” To this question, the answer is definitely no. Because of crucial differences between the Christian and Muslim concepts of God, the two faiths cannot both be true.

The biblical God alone addresses and solves the problem of sin by giving His Son. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son” (John 3:16-18).

In this broken world that incubates hatred, we are fortunate to have a God that loves.

The most loving act of eternity is described in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Anyone who ignores God’s love, who rejects Christ as Savior, who denies the Savior who bought him (2 Peter 2:1) will be subject to God’s wrath for eternity (Romans 1:18), not His love (Romans 6:23).

God loves everyone unconditionally in that He shows mercy to everyone by not destroying them immediately because of sin. At the same time, God only has “covenant love” for those who place their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation (John 3:36). Only those who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will experience God’s love for eternity.

Does God love everyone? Yes.
Does God love Christians more than He loves non-Christians? No.
Does God love Christians to a different extent than He loves non-Christians? Yes.
God loves everyone equally in that He is merciful to all.
God only loves Christians in that only Christians have His eternal grace and mercy and the promise of His forever love in heaven.
The unconditional love God has for everyone should bring us to faith in Him, receiving in thankfulness the great conditional love He grants all those who receive Jesus Christ as Savior.

Following March 15, 2014

Posted by stewsutton in Fitness.
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Following…

 

What if the disciples of Jesus actually saw more in Jesus’ life—His way, His reactions—than they heard in His teachings or sermons?

What if we look at Jesus’ life and pay attention to what He did as much as we pay attention to what he said?

The way Jesus lived His life informs us how we can live ours. Following Jesus is more than following dogma or a creed. It is following a person who disclosed to His closest companions that He, in fact, was the way to God.

To follow Jesus is as much, or maybe even more, about feet as it is about ears and eyes.



Computational Knowledge February 4, 2014

Posted by stewsutton in Architecture, Big Data, business intelligence, Collaboration, Computational Knowledge, Economics, Education, Knowledge Management.
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Right now we have a serious need for more students to fall in love with all of the STEM subjects, which fall into the categories of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We know these fields fuel economic growth, so training a STEM workforce has been recognized as a key goal in education policy. And yet, there is an enthusiasm gap in these subject areas, and nowhere is that more evident than math. In the United States, students don’t think they’re good at math, so they become quite adapt at hatting it. Many students it seems would rather eat broccoli than do math homework (and that is within a culture raised on fast-food where the concept of broccoli is viewed as utterly disgusting). Not surprisingly, these students are significantly underperforming. So how do we change this?

The way we teach math needs to be reinvented!

In a nutshell, “students need visual and interactive curriculum that ties into real life.” Nowhere is the power of how good mathematical instruction better demonstrated than within the environment of Wolfram Mathematica.

Properly teaching math breaks math down into four components:

1. Posing the right questions
2. Turning a real world problem into a math formulation
3. Computation
4. Turning a math formulation back to the real world, verifying it.

We spend perhaps 80 percent of the time in math education teaching people to do #3 (computation by hand) — This is the one step that computers can do better than any human after years of practice. Why are we doing this?

Instead, let us use computers to calculate. After all, that’s the math chore we hate the most. It may have been necessary to teach this skill 50 years ago. There are certainly a few practical examples of how hand-calculation can be useful today.

The goal of the Wolfram technology is to collect and curate all objective data; implement every known model, method, and algorithm; and make it possible to compute whatever can be computed about anything. We see this technology achieving some pretty spectacular levels of performance in Wolfram|Alpha and within Mathematica as well. Integrating this form of computational knowledge within classrooms is going to have a powerful multiplying effect on student performance and understanding as they orient themselves to solving real-life problems with the power of computational knowledge.

December 25, 2013

Posted by stewsutton in Theology, Wisdom.
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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

John 17 – Merry Christmas from Jesus December 10, 2013

Posted by stewsutton in Fitness.
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John 17 - Merry Christmas from Jesus

The most amazing gift for Christmas

Autoloading Forever-Fire Pistol October 10, 2013

Posted by stewsutton in Firearms.
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Glen’s new AUTOLOADING (forever-fire) pistol that was tested successfully at BRRC Today by the Furlough Team. Click on the image to see the forever-fire pistol in action.

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