Sunday, January 07, 2007

Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn from Guy Kawasaki

At his blog, How to Change the World, what he calls "A practical blog for impractical people", Guy Kawasaki has a useful post titled

How to Change the World: Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn

where he has discussion of the following eleven (yes, eleven) points.

If you are curious, take a look:

Increase your visibility
Improve your connectability
Improve your Google PageRank
Enhance your search engine results
Perform blind, “reverse,” and company reference checks
Increase the relevancy of your job search
Make your interview go smoother
Gauge the health of a company
Gauge the health of an industry
Track startups
Ask for advice

International Bowl 2007 : Cincinnati 27 Western Michigan 24

The inaugural International Bowl at Rogers Centre in Toronto proved to be a financial and athletic success as the Cincinnati Bearcats topped the Western Michigan Broncos 27-24.

Although the game early on looked like a Cincinnati blowout as the Bearcats built up a 24-0 lead in the first half, the Broncos scored 17 points in the last 10 minutes of the second quarter for a 24-17 Bearcat lead going into halftime. Both teams went scoreless in the 3rd quarter as Western Michigan tied the game 24-24 in the 4th quarter, only to have Cincinnati kick the deciding field goal with 6 minutes to play. The Broncos had a chance to tie with a bit more than minute remaining but Nate Meyer's 51-yard attempt was wide of the goal posts.

The stats for the game were pretty even in terms of first downs and total net yards gained.

In spite of the loss, the season has to be considered a win for Western Michigan, which lost 10 games in the 2004 season. Head coach Bill Cubit took over the program in 2005 and the Broncos 8-4 regular season in 2006 was a great turn-around.

Cincinnati had its first success in its first game under new head coach Bryan Kelly, who came from MAC champion Central Michigan to replace Mark Dantonio, hired by Michigan State.

We called this game 20-17 for Cincinnati which was favored by 8 at the time that we made our prediction.

Hence, we picked the winner and beat the spread. We are now 25-11 in picking winners and 18-14-1 against the spread (three of the games had no spread that we were able to find online).

Godalming Traben-Trarbach Attalla : Readers of LawPundit

Here is a tech trivia teaser:

What do the towns of Godalming in the UK, Traben-Trarbach in Germany, and Attalla, Alabama in the USA have in common from the standpoint of technological history?

Thomas Alva Edison invented the first commercially viable electric light bulb in 1879 (see incandescent light bulb for the full history of light bulbs).

One of the first practical applications that changed the world was electric street lighting. Godalming in the UK, Traben-Trarbach in Germany and Attalla, Alabama in America were the first towns in those three industrialized nations to install electric street lighting.

Godalming came to world attention in 1881, when it became the first town in the United Kingdom to install a public supply of electricity, and the first in the world to boast electric street lighting, driven by a Siemens AC Alternator and dynamo at Westbrook watermill, feeding seven arc lights and 34 Swan incandescant lights. These lights were later turned off as their supply proved too expensive for the town."

Traben-Trarbach, where we live in Germany, was the first town in Germany to have electric street lighting, based upon the patents of Thomas Alva Edison, which Emil Rathenau bought from Edison, leading to the founding of the German-based AEG.

As for Attalla,
"The first hydro electric plant for lighting a whole town was invented on a stream in Etowah County near Attalla by W. P. Lay in 1887. This invention in Attalla led to the creation of the Southern Company and Alabama Power."

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