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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Free Compliments!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Purple Personality

Personality Color Purple

While you may not exhibit all the character traits of a personality color purple or violet as listed here, if violet or purple is your favorite color you will find yourself somewhere in the description. You may also find you exhibit some of the negative traits, particularly when you are stressed.

  • Having a personality color purple or violet as your favorite color means you are sensitive and compassionate, understanding and supportive, thinking of others before yourself - you are the person others come to for help - being needed motivates you but sometimes people take advantage of you.

  • You are a gentle and free spirit. Your feelings run deep and you can be quite sensitive to hurtful comments from others, although you would never show it.

  • Being a personality color purple, you have a peaceful and tranquil quality and a quiet dignity about you. People are drawn to your charismatic and alluring energy.

Thursday, February 17, 2011



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Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Legend of Cliff Young: The 61 Year Farmer Who Run the World's Toughest Race

 I got this story from here: The Legend of Cliff Young

The legendary story of Cliff Young is already known to many runners. If you're aren't familiar with it, you're in for a fascinating read.

An Unlikely Competitor

Cliff Young winning Melbourne Sydney race

Cliff Young

Every year, Australia hosts 543.7-mile (875-kilometer) endurance racing from Sydney to Melbourne. It is considered among the world's most grueling ultra-marathons. The race takes five days to complete and is normally only attempted by world-class athletes who train specially for the event. These athletes are typically less than 30 years old and backed by large companies such as Nike.
In 1983, a man named Cliff Young showed up at the start of this race. Cliff was 61 years old and wore overalls and work boots. To everyone's shock, Cliff wasn't a spectator. He picked up his race number and joined the other runners.
The press and other athletes became curious and questioned Cliff. They told him, "You're crazy, there's no way you can finish this race." To which he replied, "Yes I can. See, I grew up on a farm where we couldn't afford horses or tractors, and the whole time I was growing up, whenever the storms would roll in, I'd have to go out and round up the sheep. We had 2,000 sheep on 2,000 acres. Sometimes I would have to run those sheep for two or three days. It took a long time, but I'd always catch them. I believe I can run this race."
When the race started, the pros quickly left Cliff behind. The crowds and television audience were entertained because Cliff didn't even run properly; he appeared to shuffle. Many even feared for the old farmer's safety.

The Tortoise and the Hare

Cliff Young waving during ultra marathon

Cliff Young

All of the professional athletes knew that it took about 5 days to finish the race. In order to compete, one had to run about 18 hours a day and sleep the remaining 6 hours. The thing is, Cliff Young didn't know that!
When the morning of the second day came, everyone was in for another surprise. Not only was Cliff still in the race, he had continued jogging all night.
Eventually Cliff was asked about his tactics for the rest of the race. To everyone's disbelief, he claimed he would run straight through to the finish without sleeping.
Cliff kept running. Each night he came a little closer to the leading pack. By the final night, he had surpassed all of the young, world-class athletes. He was the first competitor to cross the finish line and he set a new course record.
When Cliff was awarded the winning prize of $10,000, he said he didn't know there was a prize and insisted that he did not enter for the money. He ended up giving all of his winnings to several other runners, an act that endeared him to all of Australia.

Continued Inspiration

In the following year, Cliff entered the same race and took 7th place. Not even a displaced hip during the race stopped him.
Cliff came to prominence again in 1997, aged 76, when he attempted to raise money for homeless children by running around Australia's border. He completed 6,520 kilometers of the 16,000-kilometer run before he had to pull out because his only crew member became ill. Cliff Young passed away in 2003 at age 81.
Today, the "Young-shuffle" has been adopted by ultra-marathon runners because it is considered more energy-efficient. At least three champions of the Sydney to Melbourne race have used the shuffle to win the race. Furthermore, during the Sydney to Melbourne race, modern competitors do not sleep. Winning the race requires runners to go all night as well as all day, just like Cliff Young.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Local Boy Designs #1 App in Library

Utah Wonder Boy Writes Killer App in Library

By Lauren Barack February 3, 2011

At the ripe age of 14, Robert Nay has turned his library card into a ticket to computer fame, crafting Bubble Ball—an iPhone game that morphed into a number one free iTunes app in January.
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Robert Nay developed a killer app in the library.
While visiting the library to research a school paper is often the sign of a strong student, using the library to research and then write an amazingly popular physics game on iTunes is a bit more unusual. And yet the Utah wonder boy parlayed his afterschool studies at the Spanish Fork Public Library into something more experienced programmers only dream of creating, even knocking the hit iTunes game Angry Birds from its perch.
The app, which debuted December 29, 2010, involves a series of puzzles in which players must guide a ball through courses that they manipulate. Bubble Ball was downloaded a million times in its first two weeks.
"I don't think we consciously realized the extent of what he was working on," says Pam Jackson, Spanish Fork's library director. "But we're grateful as it shows to officials and people that libraries do matter."
Nay checked out how-to books on building iPhone apps and computer programming from the library's collection, even downloading the iPhone software development kit (SDK) and the Corona SDK, an app
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Utah's Spanish Fork Library, where Nay did his research.
development kit, from the library's own computers.
Nay is no stranger to the library. He started visiting as a preschooler when his mother, Kari Nay, would check out picture books to read to her son. Nay would also attend reading and arts programs that the library held during the summers, says Kari, who also volunteers running free classes on scholarship applications and ACT preparation.
Jackson says she wishes she could hold more programs for students, but notes that the library has been hampered by financial crunches just like library systems all over the nation.
"We wish we had more programming rooms, more shelf space and more Internet access for the community's needs," she says. "But we can't because of the economy."
Both Nay and his mother are remaining silent about what's up next for this eighth grader, but she says he does plan to attend college and perhaps pursue Web design or computer programming. Mark Zuckerberg may want to pay attention.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

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