Friday, 28 April 2017

Inner Geek Updated - April 2017

Inner Geek Updated - April 2017

It has been a few year's since I updated this thread. I have now changed roles again and am in my third corporate It role. I am on a SysOps team with some great guys at an excellent organisation. With three young children my time to study and certify has changed radically. But I still love learning. I have done courses on Dell hardware, Oracle Software, VMWare VCP and more. So the journey continues. But a lot of courses and exams have taken place over the last 10 years. 

The certification's I have earned are:

Exams Written:
Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure - Exam 70-414
Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure - Exam 70-413
Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8 - Exam 70-689
Upgrading your MCSA to Windows Server 2012 - Exam 70-417
Apple Certified Technical Coordinator - Exam 9L0-510
Apple Certified Support Professional - Exam 9L0-403
Mac Integration Basics - Exam 9L0-263
MCITP - Windows 7 Desktop Administrator - Exam 070-686
Pro: MS SQL Server 2008 Design, Optimize and Maintain - Exam 070-450
MCITP - Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator - Exam 072-646
MCITP Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator - 070-647
CompTIA Security+ - Exam JKO-015
MCITP Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Technician - EXAM 071-685
MCTS Windows 7 Configuration - Exam 070-680
Implementing Security in MS Win Server 2003 - Exam 70-299
MCTS System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuration - Exam 70-403
MCTS Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Implementation & Maintenance - Exam 70-431
MCTS Upgrading MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008- Exam 70-649
MCTS Deploying & Maintaining Vista Client Office System - Exam 070-624
Microsoft PowerPoint - Exam 810
Microsoft Outlook - Exam 813
Microsoft Access - Exam 807
Microsoft Excel - Exam 804
Microsoft Word - Exam 801

For the last few years my focus has been training for job skills and not really writing exams. Currently I am working through the Pluralsight PowerShell training path. Also I am working on self study for LPI-1 Linux Certification.

Articles in this Series:

These exams were written either at a Prometric Testing Center or at a Certiport Testing Center for the Office exams. The Exams names that have links link to reviews of the books I used to prepare for those exams. These exams are a mix of CompTIAMicrosoft Exams and Apple certification exams.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Exercise Update 2017-04-27

Exercise Update 2017-04-27

To be brutally honest my weight is not where I would like it to be. I have gained back about ½ the weight I lost 4 years ago. My weight has barely changed since January 1st. But I love the body weight exercises that are part of Exodus 90, that were created by by Mike Short, from Intentional Encounter. My knees still hurt often, but between the Exodus 90 program and Karate twice a week I am starting to feel a difference.

This was today’s exercise log.

You can see all my workouts for the year here. Or see my tracking of goals for body, mind, and spirit on coach.me, just click on the goals and scroll down to see what I track on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Exodus 90 Articles:
Exodus 90 My Commitment
Exodus 90 My Commitment - Take 2
Exodus 90 at Day 30
Exodus 90 at Day 60
Exodus 90 at Day 90
What's Next After Exodus 90

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Where's Spot - Eric Hill

Where's Spot
Eric Hill
Puffin Books
Penguin Random House Canada
ISBN 9780140504200

My youngest and I read this and a number of other books together the other day. She loved this story and the other Spot books that we have read. There are a number of books in the series and a number of versions of each book. There are editions of this book with as few as 12 pages for the board book version and as many as 32 for the picture book version.

My daughter 6 loved this story and my son 9 was willing to read it with us and then read it to his sister after we had read it through once. Both children enjoyed the story though the younger one loved it. There is a great deal of repetition which is the purpose of this type of book to help early readers with learning. My daughter really enjoyed the flaps and helping Sally search for spot throughout the book.

A good read for young children and a book parents can handle reading again and again. And since it is the first in a series I am sure we will be tracking down the read to read together.

Books by Eric Hill:

Spot Goes to School
Spot Goes on Holiday
Spot Visits his Grandparents

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

20 Answers Faith & Science - Trent Horn- 20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers

20 Answers - Faith & Science 
20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers 
Trent Horn
Catholic Answers Press
ISBN 9781938983870
eISBN 9781938983894

Some good news first, this series has just been expanded from 20 to 23 books and I believe more will release in the fall expanding it even further. Of the 23 books now available Trent Horn has written 10. His books are always great reads. And I can say the same for this one.

This past Lent I did the 20 Answers Challenge, read all 20 books in the Catholic Answers series (that were available at the time).  Currently you can get the first 20 books for 50% off, an amazing deal, so get them with this deal while you can! They are really great reads. I have rated 18 of the 20 with 5 out of 5 stars, and the other two got 4 stars. I hold a BA in Religious Studies with a focus on Roman Catholic Thought, and I love the clarity of through and the format of this series. My son age 9, recently came home from school saying kids were bugging him because he wants to be a scientist priest when he grows up. This book is a little beyond him but I cannot wait until he is a little older to share it with him. The 20 questions that Trent answers in this volume are:

1. Didn't the Catholic Church condemn science and as a result send us into the medieval "Dark Ages"?
2. Did the Catholic Church teach that the Earth was flat?
3. Did the Catholic Church condemn human dissection and so stifle understanding of the human body?
4. If the Church was so hospitable to science, then why did it kill the ingenious scientist Giordano Bruno?
5. Why did the Church torture and imprison Galileo for his belief that the Earth revolved around the sun?
6. Doesn't the concept of faith, or believing without evidence, contradict the concept of reason, which means to follow the evidence where it leads?
7. Why can't I just have faith in science as the way to understand the world?
8. Isn't all of the evidence for God just "God of the gaps" reasoning? Won't science eventually explain everything that religion cannot?
9. Hold on a minute. Hasn't science shown that something can indeed come from nothing and that moral behavior exists among chimpanzees and could have come from evolution?
10. How can you trust the Bible when the book of Genesis contradicts the theory of evolution by saying the world was created in six twenty-four-hour days 6,000 years ago?
11. How do Catholics view intelligent design?
12. How can you say God created the universe when science has proven that humans are just an insignificant speck within it?
13. Hasn't science proven there is no such thing as a soul?
14. Why is the Church opposed to stem cell research that could provide medical breakthroughs for millions of people?
15. Why doesn't the Church accept the American Psychological Association's conclusion that homosexuality is not disordered?
16. Why does the Church oppose fertility treatments that can help infertile couples have a baby?
17. Why doesn't the Church support the use of contraceptives that have been scientifically proven to reduce rates of unintended pregnancies as well as sexually transmitted diseases?
18. Does the Church believe that some vaccines are bad because they come from "aborted babies"?
19. How do you explain the fact that the majority of scientists are atheists?
20. What have religious people ever done for science?

The introduction of this booklet states:

"Didn't the Catholic Church ban science in the Middle Ages in order to protect the Faith? Wasn't Galileo tortured for proving the Church was wrong about the sun orbiting the Earth? Didn't Columbus bravely defy a Church that believed he would sail off the edge of a flat planet?
These and many other myths about the relationship between the Catholic Church and science are just that: myths. In fact, you can find the origins for many of them in two books written more than a hundred years ago: Andrew Dickson White's A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom (1896) and John Draper's History of the Conflict between Religion and Science (1874). 
Today, historians have largely abandoned the conclusions reached by Draper and White, who promoted what is now called "the conflict thesis," the belief that science and religion are at odds. In the book Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction, science historian Colin Russell writes, "The conflict thesis, at least in its simple form, is now widely perceived as a wholly inadequate intellectual framework within which to construct a sensible and realistic historiography of Western science. . . . At different phases of their history, science and religion were not so much at war as largely independent, mutually encouraging, or even symbiotic."

Unfortunately, as Mark Twain said, "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes." The purpose of this booklet is to help the truth catch up to the lies about the Catholic Church and to show that there is no contradiction in worshipping the God who created the universe and in using science to explore and understand that creation."

And this book then goes on to counter many of those lies and misconceptions about the church and its stance on science over the years. He debunks a lot of myths, and provides a reality check from historical sources. Of particular interest were the chapters on Intelligent Design and the section on Stem Cell research. 

No to be honest not all of the answers in this book are easy to take, especially in a western culture that has drifted so far from its roots. But the book does give clear concise answers that are in alignment with church teaching. This book was a bit more of a surprise than some of the other books. But in many ways that made it even a more important read for me.

This is a wonderful book in an amazing series! Another great read from Catholic Answers and Trent Horn.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2017 Catholic Reading Plan!

Note 2: Currently this is an amazing series of books is being offered at a 50% discount so get it while you can. That is right you can get all 20 physical books or all 20 eBooks for just $34.95! If you want a way to go deeper this year give this series a try! #20AnswersChallenge

20 Answers Series:
20 Answers Abortion - Trent Horn
20 Answers Angels & Demons - Fr. Mike Driscoll
20 Answers Atheism - Matt Fradd
20 Answers Death & Judgement - Trent Horn
20 Answers Divorce & Remarriage - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers End of Life - Jason Negri
20 Answers Faith & Science - Trent Horn
20 Answers God - Trent Horn
20 Answers Islam - Andrew Blezad
20 Answers Jehovah's Witnesses - Trent Horn
20 Answers Mary - Tim Staples
20 Answers Miracles - Karlo Broussard
20 Answers Mormonism - Trent Horn
20 Answers Salvation - Jimmy Akin
20 Answers Scripture and Tradition - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Bible - Trent Horn
20 Answers The Eucharist - Trent Horn
20 Answers The Papacy - Jim Blackburn
20 Answers The Real Jesus - Trent Horn

20 Answers The Church - Trent Horn
20 Answers Witchcraft & the Occult - Michelle Arnold
20 Answers Apparitions & Revelations - Michael O'Neill
20 Answers The Sacraments - Fr. Mike Driscoll

Other Books from Catholic Answers:
Hard Sayings: A Catholic Approach to Answering Bible Difficulties - Trent Horn
A Daily Defense: Apologetics Lessons for Every Day - Jimmy Akin
The Apostasy That Wasn't: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church - Rod Bennett
Answering Atheism - How to Make the Case for God with Logic and Charity - Trent Horn
Persuasive Pro Life: How to Talk About Our Culture's Toughest Issue - Trent Horn and Fr Frank Pavone
The Protestant's Dilemma: How the Reformation's Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism - Devin Rose
Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines - Tim Staples
Handed Down: The Catholic Faith of the Early Christians - James L. Papandrea
Demons, Deliverance, Discernment: Separating Fact from Fiction about the Spirit World - Fr. Mike Driscoll
Navigating the Tiber: How to Help Your Friends and Family Journey Toward the Catholic Faith - Devin Rose
100 Biblical Arguments Against Sola Scriptura - Dave Armstrong
The Drama of Salvation: How God Rescues You from Your Sins and Brings You to Eternal Life - Jimmy Akin
The Truth is Out There (Brendan and Erc in Exile Book 1 - Brother Amadeus and Amadeus
Memorize the Reasons! Defending the Faith with the Catholic Art of Memory - Kevin Vost
Marching Orders: A Tactical Plan for Converting the World to Christ - Dan McGuire