Finally. I have been really jealous of the Facebook mobile client that iPhone users have had for sometime now, but this really evens the playing field.

AllFacebook brought the news of the new app earlier today, and I have been really impressed with it.

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Bloggers Are Dangerous

It’s true… To protect the kids on the street, here are a few of the telling signs.

There are some serious common misconceptions about Bloggers within the Enterprise.

Many company executives see bloggers almost as a roving band of gangsters. Forbes wrote about “Attack of the Blogs”.

It is all true. Bloggers even have gang hand signs. Sean Bonner, curator co-owner of the sixspace gallery came up with the original gang sign on September 23, 2005. Boing Boing covered the story, complete with the blog T-shirt war that followed. The poster above gives a more detailed view into the intricate workings of the blogger underworld.

Via Innovation Creations

Trunk or Treating

Well, tonight Melissa and I headed over to the church building for some good old fasioned trunk or treating. It was fun to see some of the folks from the ward, and their cute kids. If you can’t tell, we tried to go as iPod ads. We got some funny looks from some people. To help out some of the older folks from the ward, I took my laptop, and put on loop one of the iPod ads. It was pretty fun.

Hello All

This is the start of the blog for Jake and Melissa. We will use this site to post updates about the our lives, and allow us the chance to keep in better touch with our family. As it stands now, Melissa is about done with school, and we are excited about what the next few months will bring. Hopefully we (Melissa) can make it through school without to many problems.

New Apple Media Center

This was taken from a post in Macworld online. It looks as if there will be a new Media Center for living room, and it doesn’t have a 20 Inch screen.

First: The reason for the silent Mac mini update is because it doesn’t matter until it is upgraded to G5.

Second: The article refers to an Apple Media Center that would include the features of the new iMac, with Front Row and Photo Booth. Ssshhh… it’s coming. Modeled as a set top version of the XServe, the Apple Media Center will be a Dual processor, Intel dual core system (yes, that’s right – quad speed) with two 500 GB internal drives. It will plug into your existing DVI monitor (or adapter will connect to most televisions manufactured in the last year). HD ready with Remote Control. There is also an iPod dock built into the top on the left side. These are just a few of the cool things being discussed.


Planning, organizing, leading and controlling. The four ideals of persuasive management. Do managers really earn money for business or do they just cost money? Are these ideals effectively taught and practiced in business, or are they sidelined for radical ideas that destroy trust between employees and management? Without the right training for management there can be no real accountability to those that they supervise. So what must be done? We will rely upon these four traits of good leaders throughout the course of this paper, and it will be my effort to show that when using these, productivity, along with morale is improved.

Planning. An important lesson in planning can be learned from the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. As Alice looked for a way out of Wonderland, she came to a fork in the road. “Which road should I take?” she asked the Cheshire Cat. “Where are you going?” the cat responded. Alice said she didn’t know. The smiling cat gave her this reply, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Ken Blanchard, author of the One-Minute Manager series says that an important way to motivate your people is to make sure they know where they are going. It is important to see that each persons goals are clearly defined and he or she knows what good performance looks like. This will give them a clear focus for their energy and put them on the road to becoming high performing, empowered producers.

Organizing. The great minster of positive thinking Norman Peale offered this suggestion for organizing. At his ninetieth birthday party, shared a story about a man that he had met on a plane. The man looked worried so Norman decided to engage in a conversation. “What’s wrong?” he asked. After some coaxing, the man shared that he had just received a promotion, but had doubts about whether he had what it would take to be able to the job. “Yes you do!” stated Dr. Peale. “How do you know?” the man replied. “You do if you think you do.’ Then he encouraged the man to start each day by chanting “Think big! Act big! Be big!” By the time they landed the man was in a different frame of mind. It is important as we work to lead others by effectively planning, we have to have to be our own best friend, and believe in ourself. Then we can have the esteem to organize well.

Leading. If you are not sure how much direction to give others for a certain task, it is always better to over-supervise then to under-supervise. Why? Because if you find your people are better than you thought, and you loosen up, they will like you, and respond in a positive way. It also helps as you seek to communicate your growing respect for the quality of work your people are producing.

Controlling. As the saying goes, anything worth doing does not have to be done perfectly–at first. Managers should recognize that good performance, both their own, and others, is a journey, not a destination. Everyone learns by doing. It takes time and practice to achieve specific goals.

So we see that when attention is paid to the specific details of leadership, namely here:planning, organizing, leading and controlling, management can be productive, and create a harmony between themselves, and leadership.

Cheering is a Jump and Tumble Life

By Laura Hancock

Deseret Morning News

OREM — In a gymnasium at Utah Valley State College on a Wednesday night, the air is stale from the sweat of young men playing basketball. As they run the court, the squeak of shoes echoes off the large gym’s walls. And the basketballs — bam! bam! bam! — smack against the hardwood.

But in a corner of the gym behind some bleachers, about 20 men and women work on skills in another just-as-tough sport.The teammates move in sync with a woman’s voice. She counts, “One-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight. One-two-three-four-five-six-seven-eight. One-two-three . . . ” These athletes gyrate, tumble, flip, lift and tuck. Quick as cats, they climb into a human pyramid, then dismantle with similar ease, each body dropping from formation, flipping and twisting downward until landing — feet first — on the floor.

      The UVSC cheer squad is preparing a routine to perform at halftime during a basketball game on Saturday. Earlier this month, the squad traveled to Las Vegas for a major competition, the 2005 USA Collegiate Nationals. UVSC nabbed sixth place in the large school-coed category — beating several Pac 10 schools. Other Utah colleges and universities also picked up trophies at the competition. Brigham Young University, Salt Lake Community College, Dixie College and Weber State University also won awards in various dance and cheer categories at the national contest. “Dance. Stunts. Tumbling. That’s what makes up a routine,” said Jake Spurlock, a member of UVSC’s cheer squad who majors in accounting. The routine they are doing for the game is the same one they did at the Las Vegas competition. This year, the UVSC squad was bumped into a more competitive category, against other four-year colleges with coed teams, said coach Jeannette DeGraffenried.

      Routines can be physically draining. Sometimes during practice the squad refrains from difficult stunts to prevent exhaustion. “I think strength-wise, it’s more on the guys. For the girls, it’s leg work,” said DeGraffenried, a former UVSC cheerleader who made the team coed when she became coach five years ago. When a woman is lifted, she must squeeze every muscle in her body tight — and hold still. If she’s sloppy and relaxed, it feels like “she weighs 500 pounds more than she really does,” DeGraffenried said. Her cheer partner is trained to use his arms and legs to absorb her landing. Men use their legs in throwing and catching the women, too. “I tell the girls anytime they fall, to keep their arms straight in the air or straight down so they don’t elbow anyone,” DeGraffenried said. The physicality of performing on a cheer squads could make it a blood sport.

      Members of UVSC’s squad have suffered split lips, concussions, shoulders pulled out of sockets, sprained ankles and broken feet. DeGraffenried begins to partner teammates during the first practice based on ability to work well together. She cannot pinpoint what qualities make good partners, however. “I don’t know. It’s ingrained. The guys know their job. The girls know their job,” she said. Members of the UVSC cheer squad are selected in a tryout process. If they win spots on the team, they receive partial college scholarships. In return, they practice seven hours a week and cheer at up to three games a week, beginning with volleyball. Many members go to the gym on their own time to lift weights or practice stunts, DeGraffenried said. “What’s nice about it is, in the college ranks you don’t have to baby-sit them,” DeGraffenried said. “They’re here because they want to be here. Not for the short skirt or name or cliques.”

      Carissa Deason, who’s been on the UVSC squad for three years, wants to be a Utah Jazz Dancer. And she loves cheering for the fleeting moments when she’s “flying.” “I love to try scary things that make the crowd go, ‘Ahh,’ ” she said.

Aaron Samudio, 20, said he taught himself how to tumble and flip off walls. “It’s addicting to be up in the air, to be weightless,” he said. “I like how unique and how challenging it is. There’s not many people who can do it,” said Aaron Lattin, who is a team captain with Deason.

      Spurlock got into cheering at Skyline High School because “I didn’t make the baseball team in ninth grade,” he said. Competition drives him. “It’s the competitive atmosphere against each other. You want to get better,” he said. “You work with your partner to become better.”