Profits vs Prophets

In case you missed it: the point of the election was the recognition that we, as a nation, are failing at the equitable distribution of compensation for work (“profit”). The obsessive (demonic) need of C-Suites to aggregate (purposeless) money is called “greed”. The worker’s unwillingness to put personal capital at risk for the corporate good (“skin in the game”, investing) is also called “greed”.

“Prophets” call for the just distribution of compensation for work; this is known as “righteousness”. (They also call for the protection of the vulnerable).

In the beginnings of the early churches, greed, one of the opposites of righteousness, was a challenge:

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you. James 5:1-6 NIVUK

Jesus taught and warned that we cannot serve two masters; we can either serve God (which he said we express by loving one another) or we can serve Mammon (the obsessive accumulation of power and stuff to a degree harmful to humanity, our “sisters’ and “brothers”).

James noted that our Mammon worship, unchecked, eventually leads to war (collective use of violence to gather booty).

James knew we do not like to admit the shame and guilt we feel when collect wealth at the expense of others — and so we do not pray to God for our needs. We know if we pray, his Holy Spirit will convict our hearts that our ways need to change in the direction of generosity toward one another.

From time to time we need to reflect on how our actions (and our inactions) harm one another. This is called “mourning our sins”. It is often accomplished by a setting a special time to reflect (often collectively as a group or in groups). This is referred to as a “fast” or “a day of mourning”.

During such a time, we review the compassionate actions of God toward us in the past, we admit if we have failed to be grateful, and we purpose to do better in the future. This is called “repentance”.

Harsh reality: not everyone wants to repent.

Harsh reality #2: worshiping Mammon isn’t just a mental decision to be indifferent toward humanity; it is the first step toward the destruction of humanity (more on that later; see also, yes, Virginia, there is an Adversary). There are those who choose to be filled with the Unholy Spirit, the “perfectly possessed”. The perfectly possessed often raise into positions of power. They are not out for humanity’s good. To check this danger, Paul of Tarsus wrote:

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Paul’s advise is neither capricious nor superfluous. Leaders and followers of every type need spiritual assistance. This includes global corporate c-suites, the leadership councils of worker collectives, the heads of family businesses, those in government positions of responsibility and bureaucracy.

When we pray for one another, we fulfill a role called “priest” (intercessor [standing in the gap]). When we encourage one another toward acting authentically and compassionately, we fulfill a role called “prophet”.

Harsh reality #3: Not every nation appreciates priests and prophets.

Harsh reality #4: No nation lasts forever.

Question: For whom are you praying today?

Suggested prayer: Heavenly Father, please reveal to us knowledge and insights into generosity. May we see it in your daily actions toward us (your steadfast lovingkindness), those of your King during his days of earthly ministry (Yeshua of Nazareth), and those of the Holy Spirit working among those who seek to obediently trust you, both individually and in congregations and their alliances.

GLORIAD News

Update: Insight Application

Greg Cole, Director, Center for International Networking Initiatives, The University of Tennessee, the Principal Investigator and Director, GLORIAD, passed these links along about the Global Ring Network for Advanced Applications Development:

Overview Movie: .mov (214 MB, download first, then play)

Former NSF Director, Subra Suresh speech re: GLORIAD Egypt launch: .mp4 (205 MB)

Former NSF Director, Subra Suresh talk re: GLORIAD and other efforts in India: .mp4 (39 MB)

AMCOST New GLORIAD Egypt/Africa effort: .mov .m4v Desktop Provides overview shots of the Africa Union Ministerial Meeting for Science and Technology, from March 7-10, 2010

GLORIAD/Tata Movie: Youtube

UT-produced Video re: GLORIAD: Youtube Greg Cole comments on GLORIAD’s role and potential

US NSF Press Release (Taj)

US State Dept Article

UT Quest Article

US NSF Press Release

GLORIAD dvNOC “click on GLORIAD-EARTH” tab to see live display of science applications using the network (updated every 10-15 seconds):

Recent GLORIAD newsletter from recent trip to India: (pdf)

Recent GLORIAD presentations

Zeeba, the Social Network Connecting the World of Science and Cyberinfrastructure

PlayPlay

US Ignite Tutorial on CloudLab.US

I’m reviewing the US Ignite Tutorial on CloudLab.US, featuring an OpenStack Juno on Ubuntu 14.10 instance with a controller, network manager, and one compute node. This profile runs on either x86 or ARM64 nodes. It takes advantage of Vanilla Apache Hadoop, Hortonworks Data Platform, Apache Spark, etc.

CloudLab is a leading-edge laboratory for exploring and applying new computer cloud architectures at scale. The CloudLab infrastructure consists of three new clusters at U. Wisconsin, Clemson U., and U. Utah augmenting the existing Emulab and GENI (Global Environment for Network Innovations) distributed computing facilities. Each of the new clusters is aimed at providing hardware support for a different point in the cloud design space, and together they represent an extraordinary flexibility for computer scientists to try new ideas and for domain scientists to match CloudLab infrastructure to their applications.

CloudLab is a project of the University of Utah, Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin Madison, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Raytheon BBN Technologies, and US Ignite. CloudLab is part of the National Science Foundation’s NSFCloud program. To design and build the CloudLab facility, we’re partnering with three vendors: Cisco, Dell, and HP. Seagate has also provided a generous donation of hard drives.

Another similar project is Chameleon. Some videos here.

UPDATE: see also this additional recently announced project: Cornell to Lead NSF-Funded Cloud Federation for Big Data Analysis By David Raths 11/04/15

Some Thoughts

A: The Tower of Babylon

Gen. 11 At one time the whole earth had the same language and vocabulary.[a] 2 As people[b] migrated from the east,[c] they found a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let us make oven-fired bricks.” They used brick for stone and asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky. Let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise, we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” 5 Then the Lord came down to look over the city and the tower that the men were building. 6 The Lord said, “If they have begun to do this as one people all having the same language, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let Us go down there and confuse[d] their language[e] so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”[f] 8 So from there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babylon,[g] for there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth, and from there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

B: The Times of the Ethnes

Acts 17: 26 From one man[f] He has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. 27 He did this so they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.

C: Pioneer Bible Translators

http://pioneerbible.org/

D: Ontologies, Taxonomies, Knowledge Management

Protégé – http://protege.stanford.edu/

Protégé Team – http://protege.stanford.edu/about.php

Tennessee Big Data Science

Tackling Big Genomics Data meetings.internet2.edu/2014-global-summit/detail/10003140/

Data Logistics Toolkit (DLT) [Indiana University; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Vanderbilt University] http://www.data-logistics.org/?q=about @NSF Grant Number OCI‐1246282

Two UT Researchers Win Fifth Annual IDEA Awards

http://tntoday.utk.edu/2010/05/11/ut-researchers-win-idea-awards/

2010 Internet2 Driving Exemplary Applications (IDEA) Award for their work in developing a network storage infrastructure that will aid the nation’s researchers and educators in transferring large amounts of data and research quickly and easily for collaboration.

REDDnet: Enabling Data Intensive Science in the Wide Area www.reddnet.org/mwiki/index.php/Main_Page

 

Update: (ht Ben White via Facebook)
40 maps that explain the internet
www.vox.com/a/internet-maps

Internet2 Sessions

08:45 AM
10:30 AM
01:15 PM

Monday General Session: Global Innovation

Sponsored by Juniper Networks
Netcast sponsored by 2014 GS – Cisco

ROOM: Plaza Ballroom A/B/CSPEAKERS: Patrick BurnsAnthony Frank

01:15 PM- 02:30 PM

Keynote Speaker: Chris Vein

Chris Vein leads the implementation of the World Bank’s ICT strategy, ICT policy and engagement dialogue with internal and external clients, and global ICT knowledge and expertise sharing with client countries. Prior to joining the World Bank, Vein was the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he focused on making government more open, entrepreneurial, and lean; creating new and innovative opportunities for delivering government products, services and processes; and incubating innovation capacity in the civic, technology and civic society arenas.

Over the past two decades, Chris Vein has had the honor of serving four U.S. Presidents, thousands of professional association practitioners around the world, for-profit consulting organizations, and local government organizations. Learn more about the World Bank’s Chris Vein at http://www.govtech.com/e-government/Chris-Vein-Leaves-White-House-for-the-World-Bank.html.

Photo courtesy of the World Bank.

03:00 PM
04:30 PM
08:45 AM
10:30 AM

Tuesday General Session: Future of the University

Sponsored by 2014 GS – Microsoft
Netcast sponsored by 2014 GS – Cisco

ROOM: Plaza Ballroom A/B/CSPEAKERS: H. David LambertPhilip DiStefanoMichael McRobbieLarry Levine

10:30 AM- 11:45 AM

Keynote Speaker: Shirley Ann Jackson

The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., is the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, New York, and Hartford, Connecticut, the oldest technological research university in the United States. With a focus on Rensselaer as a top-tier technological research university with global reach and global impact, her tenure has been marked by a successful $1.4 billion capital campaign, the hiring of over 300 new faculty, a tripling of research awards and a tripling of applications to the freshman class, the construction of state-of-the art research platforms, and innovations both in the curriculum and student life. Dr. Jackson is a director of several major corporations, including FedEx and IBM. She serves on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), the White House Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Steering Committee 2.0, the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Secretary of Energy Advisory Board.

01:15 PM
03:00 PM
04:30 PM
08:45 AM
10:30 AM
10:30 AM- 11:45 AM

Keynote Speaker: Larry Peterson

01:15 PM
03:00 PM
04:30 PM
08:45 AM
10:30 AM

My Response to Milt’s Tweet

Milt Capps ‏@miltcapps Venture validation? #Nashville #startups & Tech talent so good they get bought and move elsewhere – natural, but not what we’re hoping for.

My response:

My major fear for a gigified Nashville (ATT, Google, Comcast, NES, whomever) is that managers|C-suites will not learn that geography doesn’t always have to matter. I feel|think that the telephonification of rural America could provide an apt parable. If we bring communication to the farm, that does not equate with the adoption of the technology. If farmer Brown insists on continuing to drive into the General Store to get his real time information then much of the value of the telephone is lost.

The European Enlightenment is another good case study. Tho @jhagel and @sgblank have caused me to more greatly appreciate the value of technology clusters (Silicon Valley) and while Michael Faraday needed the facilities of the Royal Society, today’s cloud|software products|services and tech talent often do not need a similar laboratory* (they, of course, often share a similar need for patrons). The Enlightenment spread, in part, by use of the printing press. While the coffee house effect was very important, publication allowed for non-face-to-face communication on a mass scale, for those willing to avail themselves of the opportunity. Here lies my point: just because one European city did not adapt to new technologies quickly, that didn’t mean that others (their “competition”) did not.

Now that we have the entréstructure, and the hope of gigification, it is time for us to put a laser light upon the education|modification of the Nashville legacy management culture’s reticence to adopt tech to its fullest or we are lost; lost, I say! (OK, it will continue to produce sub-optimal results).

*I find the trend of Library|MakerSpaces very intriguing

GÉANT Open Calls

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – WoT4LoA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJI2nY7iUWM

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – SENSE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBJ1pmoLAM0

GÉANT Open Call: Applications and Tools – ARES http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MROTjv2CNsg

GÉANT Open Call: Applications and Tools – NSI-CONTEST http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cp5yIW-pJ6A

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – MEAL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_Z4veFFdJI

GÉANT Open Call: Authentication – CLASSe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D74UjLnMNqE

GÉANT Open Call: Applications and Tools – eMusic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAlH92lOj5k