Football

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Now that i have started school I have started playing football. My positions are runningback and outside line backer strong safety and I’m number 25. I just started so I made B team. right now our B team is 1 and 2 but the next school we play has 3 teams so we have to split our 2 teams into 3 teams. and so we now have one A team and 2 B teams. so now we all get more playing time. I am starter for second half and i really love playing so i hope this is something i will do for a long time.
 

Keep up with my blogs because I will write more thanks.

 

-Mitchell

Friendship Poem

Two weeks ago me and my class learned a poem. We had to do it in front of the whole class.  We had to stare at them and say it. It was a great poem and we practiced it for the whole week except for Friday.  I was very nervous standing at the front of the class.  I did a great job and got a 100%.  Here is the Poem:

Friendship

A friend is a person

who wishes you well

and keeps all the secrets

that you like to tell

Friends share their toys

and storybooks too

Friends can be older

or younger than you

More soon…Surprised

-mark 

New Blogging Project

You might see that there are is a new Blogs menu on the right-hand side of the page.  We are trying something new here at doerrstop.com in an attempt to get the kids more involved in the content on the site.  Over the next few weeks my hope is that you will begin to see more weekly blogs from the kids on pretty much any topic they want to talk about.

It’s an experiment that has a bit of monetary enticement for them, and hopefully some good content and insight into their world for the rest of us.

So stay tuned to doerrstop.com and once they start posting, send them some feedback so they know you are out there.

-brian

 

iPhone fun…and frustration

As many of you already know I am a self-confessed Apple fanboy.  It’s mostly because I have used their products since I was a child and their ease of use has always allowed me to spend more time using the machines and less time fixing them.  I was recently given an iPhone as a gift from a friend and have been loving it.  Of course once I had it up and running for a few days, I had to jump in and start hacking on it.  It’s an amazing little piece of hardware.

 

The first thing I did was jailbreak it and change the ATT logo to a MSU Spartan logo.  Oh yeah!  Then I added custom ringtones and a bunch of custom apps like a NES emulator, IM client (catch me on AOL IM as doerrstop), drawing programs, text editor, voice recorder, and dictionary.  This made the iPhone almost everything it should have been coming out of the box (except for GPS and video capture)  When I was done I had a nearly perfect phone.  

 

Then this morning I read about the new "update" for my iPhone from Apple…

 

The new firmware update adds a few new features like buying itunes music on your phone and a few minor tweaks to the interface that make it easier to get around.  It doesn’t add video capture to the camera or any of teh things that I had hacked it to do…and it wipes out all the cool software hacks and then encrypts the filesystem, making it very difficult to rehack into.  

 

Let’s just say that I was lucky enough to read up on the impact of the "update" before I clicked the install button and I won’t be upgrading anytime soon. (Unless someone cracks the encryption) I’m also a bit miffed that Apple is locking the phone down so hard and not giving users a way to make their iPhone experience customized.  Without all the cool little apps I installed, the iPhone is nice (and still the best smartphone out there) but its no where near as powerful as what it with them.

 

I’m reading a lot of similar feelings on the web and if apple keeps this up, they may find that their biggest fans become their biggest critics.  Next time you see me, let’s play a game of Zelda on my phone…it’s awesome.

Colorado Trip Pictures

I just put up a few pictures from our road trip to Colorado.  We had a fantastic time.  Let us know what you think.  Take a look in the Photos section by clicking here.

-Brian 

Transformation

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OK…so Cheryl won’t write this article but I need to.  Over the past 4 months, Cheryl has been busting her tail in a workout boot-camp program at a local gym called The Ultimate Body Studio here in Frisco.

It‘s a pretty intense 1 hour a day, 5-day a week workout.  In addition to the workout, they put you through an intense detox and eating regiment.  Cheryl stuck with the program and followed the guidelines to a "T"…

The results were pretty amazing to say the least.  Over the 20 weeks, Cheryl lost over 25 pound and reduced her percent body fat from 29% down to 18%.  The results were good enough to get her inducted into the Gym’s Ultimate Fit Club, which is reserved for people who make a "Complete Body Transformation" during the first 20 weeks. 

The Gym’s owner was so impressed that he asked Cheryl if she would mind if they used her picture in marketing material and advertisements.

To the left is her after picture and if you want to see her before picture and her ad, you can do so here.

Like I said, she won’t write about it, the rest of us are very proud of her efforts and her success and thought yo might like to know. 

TriadFamilyReunion.com

TFR LogoScott and I were talking about life after Triad a few weeks ago and he was mentioning that a lot of the Triad execs were looking for a good way to keep in touch with each other, Triad corporate employees, and facility management after the sale to CHS goes through.  "Hmm…", I said. "A community website might just do the trick!"

I went home that night , bought a domain name, spoke with Gobie at Kolusu.net, (have I ever mentioned that his hosting is the best and I can get you a good deal?) and spent the next 5 nights up late at my computer.

The next Saturday I called Scott and told him to check out www.TriadFamilyReunion.com.  There I had created a little community complete with registration, user profiles, user lists, and forums. We discussed his idea to add a job listings app and I jammed on that for another day or two. I also added some code in the background fro a few secret features coming out a couple weeks after it launches like chat, IM and a google maps mashup.

Some 80 hours later the site was ready and launched to 30 Triad execs. Within 5 days we had 20 registrations a lot of compliments but not a lot of activity. Next week we'll be launching to the rest of corporate and after that, the field. I'm hoping to have a few hundred users on the site in the next few weeks and hopefully a lot of interaction.

When you have a moment, stop by and check it out.  you can't register unless you work at Triad, but you can take a peek at the look at feel of the site.

Let me know what you think.

-Brian