A scenario I want to demonstrate to our internal user group is how we can build an application that will record Annual Individual Success Plan goals for each employee and Manager to have touch-base meetings to review their progress for the year. As a way to make it easy for data entry into a form, I want to remove extra work by the user(s) to entry their Windows AD Attributes, by making calculated fields that will query this data based on the ‘User :’ field.

For example, I would like to create (3) new calculated fields for this list called [Department], [Job Title], [E-Mail]. I want to make a calculated statement for each field to retrieve the respective data from Windows AD based on the ‘User :’ field.

So for ‘Department’. . . I want to select [Department] from WinAD where [User :] LIKE ‘xyz’
And ‘Job Title’ . . . select [Job Title] from WinAD where [User :] LIKE ‘xyz’
then ‘E-Mail’ . . . select [E-mail] from WinAD where[User :] LIKE ‘xyz’

Ideally if the [User :] changes to ‘123’ the [Department], [Job Title], and [E-Mail] fields will update with new content.

If this approach isn’t possible, is there a way to recommend Auto-Populating another List Called [User List] updating on a daily/hourly basis from WinAD and referencing calculated fields to that?

Thanks – J. Wright


To set in motion. . .

March 23, 2009

Over the weekend I discovered a unique Latin phrase described by an individual who recently returned from a (2) years in Germany with ROTC Airforce and then another year in London serving as a parishioner for a Catholic Church in the area (I forget the name of the parish). She (Jenn) described the experience moving as she spent time understanding the theological anatomy and philosophy of the Catholicism. I couldn’t question the enjoyment she had from the experience as her delivery of the topic came with overwhelming amounts of joy, excitement, and a memorable smile.

So as we began to review her journey and become better introduced to a mere friend of Jeff’s, I reconciled how I would like to be more reflective on my journey(s) and share the same amount of detail with those I meet or catch-up with. And so I’m taking her inspirational, well technically Pope John Paul II’s, to begin the deep dive into Fides et Ratio. (Latin: Faith and Reason). It’s meant to describe that Faith and Reason are not only compatible, but essential together.

Faith witout reason leads to superstition. Reason without faith, leads to life without meaning. So I want to be mindful of my experiences, learn from them, and share to those who may read.

And so it begins. . .

A cursory glance into the history of the rowing sport. What is it? Where did it come from?

The history of the sport is that it wasn’t a sport at all. Originating as a mean of transporation in the ancient culture of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Used in the time for wafare as well.

In the 1700s, rowing evolved into a sport through competition among the watermen that provided ferry and taxi services along the River Thames in London, England. Prices for wager races were encouraged by trade unions, a cartels,  secret societies, and/or trade associations.

Der Hamburger und Germania Rudr Club was founded in 1836 is one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world, an marked the beginning of the organized sport in Germany, which is second to Leander Club (Establishe in 1818) is the world’s oldest public rowing club.

Racing boats (Shells) are long, narrow, and broadly semi-circular in cross-section in design to reduce drag, the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid. A fin located on the under-side, near the rear helps prevent the tendency o roll and yaw and to assist the rudder.

Materials began with wood, but today almost always shells are made from composit material like a carbon-fiber with reinforced plastic. Together use to acquire strength and weight advantages.

In rowing you have numbers of 1, 2, 4, or 8. You may have heard of coxswains, one who is charged with navigating and steering the shell. Cox that literally means “boat servant”. Ship also known as a swain. Boats are either coxless (aka “straight”), bow-coxed (aka “bowloaders”) or stern-coxed.

Sculling and Sweeping are nearly identical, but slightly different. Similar in terms of the possible number(s) of rowers. It’s the rigger configuration that differs.  Sweep rowing puts ONLY (1) oar into the rower’s hands. Alternating the riggers, for example with an 8, you would have eight rowers with (4) riggers on port and (4) riggers on starboard; Alternating provides a symetric # of oars per side.

So the configurations are as follows :

Sweep: straight pair (or coxless pair) (2-), coxed pair (2+), straight four (or coxless four) (4-), coxed four (4+), eight (8+) (always coxed)

Sculling: single (scull) (1x), double (scull) (2x), triple (scull) (3x) (very rare), quad (or quadruple) (scull) (4x), octuple (scull) (8x) (always coxed, and mainly for juniors and exhibition)

Sweep/Sculling: Queep, 2 scullers and 2 sweepers (very rare)

That’s a good review of the sport’s equipment and general history. More to review soon.