A generations moment in history

My generation had it’s first defining moment in history, tonight. We took back our country, and put a leader in place that knows what it is like to be a true American. The world watched but I shedded tears. A tear came when I heard President Elect, Barack Obama state the many ethnic backgrounds in the opening of his speech. Obama said the most amazing things to every person in the country. I am glad I could support our new leader by casting my vote.

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iPhone Apps

Everyone who currently has an iPhone and uses it regularly is excited about version 2.0 firmware.

With a great increase of developer support it appears that the iPhone is going to not just make a spot for it’s self in the smart-phone group but it appears like that it’s going to make some competitors shudder in fear. The firmware adds the capability to install applications, get and push contacts, bookmarks, email, photos via mobile me and more but the more depends on the developers.  When developers get excited and start developing cutting edge applications that are useful in the workplace but also on a social level, the platform that they are developing for explodes into the market.  Already some people have developed applications that show you resturants near you by shaking your phone and a guy who doesn’t even own an iPhone made an application that can control a robot that is used for tactical deployment/SWAT use.

Positively Influential

8 Key Points from the book “Hard Optimism” by Price Pritchett

  1. Control Your Thought — Positive thoughts Energize
  2. Change Your Inner Voice — You can be optimistic or pessimistic. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  3. Dispute Pessimism-70% of your negative thoughts slip-by without being noticed by you as negative. Catch yourself in the act.
  4. Re frame your values  –LIFE HAPPENS. Stop complaining, criticizing and catastrophizing.
  5. Choose your focus. Focus on hope, gratitude, forgiveness. Clear out anger and resentment. It will lighten your life. Lift yourself emotionally, forgive yourself.
  6. Play to your strengths — Do what you enjoy. (Not at the expense of others though)
  7. Go for flow — live life in the zone. Rivet your attention on the present (the moment)
  8. Act Positive  —  Take charge of your body language.  Carry yourself the way you want to feel. Walk, breathe and talk with confidence.

Optimism can be learned.

Work harder on yourself than you do at your job.

Any time there is change there is opportunity

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.

Where you are today is the result of how you have invested in your life up to this point in time.

What will happen when iPhone 2.o is released?

  • Girls will take off their tops to get you to take a pic so you will show them your iPhone 2.o.
  • Amazing hacks will be released for spying on your friends via the front facing camera.

(You will be watching the side of a friends/persons face.)

  • Gizmodo will find a way to use the iPhone 2.o for another way to turn off screens during a major tech convention.
  • A website will be launched for virtual video conferencing via Twitter but with your mug talking and no one can shut you up.
  • A new iVibe will be released to have a camera on it
  • Steve Jobs will have another accomplishment bronzed for his shrine
  • Airlines will kick another passenger off a plane durring flight this time even though the new iPhone will be in Airplane mode
  • Random lines will never stop existing at the Apple Cube in NY

Quest For The Perfect Tea

Today my wife and I went to our local grocery store (Wegmans) and decided to get some loose leaf teas.  I followed my nose opening each tin and ended up smelling some tea that smelled like the back end of an elderly person who has no capability to take care of them self.  I did find an enjoyable elegant tea called Earl Grey Premium Blend.  The tea has a smooth, fresh aroma that tickles your nose.

As I sniffed this blend of tea I could not place what was making it smell so good.  Pulling every thought of flavors from my mind, I figured out what made this tea smell so good.  A hint of lemon.  Yes, it was a hint of lemon that made this tea smell just fantastic.  I just wanted to have a glass right then.

Getting home I continued to grab the tea pot and put on a pot of water.  Standing there I just kept smelling this tea.  Not only did it have an excellent lemon scent but it also has a robust earthy smell that creeps up and socks you right in the senses.  As for the perfect tea I am not quite sure it is perfect.  It does leave a slightly bitter taste in your mouth.  I would also suggest putting a dash or two of sugar in to lighten the kick.  I have had 4 cups so far and I think I am going to grab another cup.

This Earl Grey Premium Blend is a Black Tea.

Black Tea is Robust, energizing, higher in caffeine.

The steeping time is anywhere from 4-6 min and at a temperature of 200°-212° F

Benefits of Black Tea:

  • Heart health: black tea can help prevent heart attacks
  • Helps prevent plaque build-up in arteries
  • Increases bone density
  • Oral health: kills bacteria in mouth that can cause cavities
  • Fights bad breath

Other General Benefits:

  • Promotes mental clarity and alertness
  • Stimulates neural activity and improves learning function
  • Provides even, sustained energy and sound rest
  • Much lower caffeine content than coffee
  • Strengthens immune system and has anti-stress properties
  • Cleansing, detoxifying and longevity promoting

These benefits are seen when tea is added as a healthy lifestyle on a regular basis.

I will post pictures tomorrow of the tea so you can see the fine quality that Wegmans provides.

(UPDATE)

Pictures Added