Tiny Wings – My New, Favorite iPhone Game

Note: Today’s post is dedicated to mindless fun. If you came here looking for practical tools and tips to guide you in your leadership efforts…come back tomorrow.

When I’m perusing the App Store on my iPhone, I’m typically looking for two things: an app that will assist with my productivity and an app that will entertain me.

Tiny Wings is my new favorite. It does a horrible job in the area of productivity. Yet the tradeoff in entertainment value is well worth it.

Tiny Wings is a very, very simple game. The only controls you have to worry about is touching the screen. You can touch the screen anywhere. But you can’t touch it anytime. When…not where is the key to this game. It’s simple…and addicting…and very fun.

Creating Video With The iPad2

I haven’t really used the cameras as much as I’d like on my iPad2. So today, I set the device up on my desk and created a video blog entry (vlog!). After I recorded the video, I edited it on the iPad in the iMovie app.

I learned as I went along. Here’s some of my observations about the process:

My iPad2 Review

I stood in line at the Best Buy in Boise, ID on Friday, March 11 to purchase an iPad2. I got in line around 2:30pm (I was #9). By the time they started passing out numbers at 4:30pm, we had around 100 people in line.

I purchased the 64GB, Wifi-only, black iPad2. I’ll explain why I chose the model with the most memory a little later in the post. Taking a quick poll from those around me in line, this was the model most of us were waiting to buy. The other thing I noticed from my line-mates was most of them were iPad1 owners.

Meeting Planner/Organizer Worksheet – Version 2.0!

Meeting Planner/Organizer Worksheet (click for larger view)

Every once in awhile I go back through some of the resources I’ve created and give them a fresh look.

I just updated what has been my most popular resource ever – The Meeting Planner/Organizer Worksheet (MPOW).

Version 2.0 includes:

  • A cleaner layout
  • COLOR!
  • Better use of symbols
  • COLOR!

The MPOW has been a wonderful tool for people who lead meetings. It is a one page PDF designed to help you cover all the bases – both before, during, and after the meeting. Many of the ideas I’ve learned for what makes an effective meeting have been incorporated into the information and checklists on this worksheet.

Check it out. Pass it out to the people who lead your meetings. Point others to the download link.

This resource, as with all my resources, is available on my Resources page.

6 Ways I Use Facebook To Connect

Are we really friends if we’re not Facebook friends?

If you aren’t using Facebook, then I would like to invite you to join us here in the year 2010. Facebook is so much more than simply posting what you ate for lunch (or what you’re hoping to eat for lunch). While status updates are a prominent part of the Facebook architecture, there are some great ways to use Facebook to make connections with people. Both people you know and people you don’t know…yet. You can connect with me on Facebook here.

Screenspective

I am going to make up a new word. At least I think it’s a new word.

Screenspective.

Screenspective is perspective shaped through screens. It’s a view of the world formed by the various screens one looks at.

Let’s take a quick poll. How many of you are reading this on some type of screen? Unanimous!

I use a screen to get information.
I use a screen to market to others.
I use a screen to communicate with others.
I use a screen to watch life in my community.
I use a screen to watch life in everyone else’s community.
I use a screen to tell time.
I use a screen to entertain.
I use a screen to teach.
I use a screen to learn.
I use a screen to engage others.
I use a screen to disengage from others.

I use a screen every…single…day.

It’s tempting to say “well that’s just the way it is.” We love technology (I love technology). But if we always keep our eyes on the screen we run the risk of missing the out on the life that’s playing out right in front of us. Leashed to the technology of our cell phone screen or our laptop screen or our iPod/iPad screen – we may find our attention diverted. Concepts like proximity and community slowly lose their meaning. Our connection to the screen community can lead to a disconnect with the community that lives next door (or is standing right beside us in line).

If our eye’s are always on a screen, then our view of the world is shaped by our screenspective. Screenspective influences our overall perspective. Did I mention how much I love screens (and the technology behind them)? Most of the ways we use screens are incredibly beneficial. Screens are changing our world. They’re making the world smaller. But is there a dark side we should be aware of?

I guess it comes down to what we do with our eyes. If our eyes are always looking for the next screen, we’ll miss out on some pretty good things – like looking into the eyes of others.

What do you think? What do you see as the benefits/consequences of a screen-filled world?

One Calendar To Rule Them All

Continuing with the theme of planning from yesterday’s post (read it here), I want to share some observations about my calendar.

1. I have one calendar.
You might walk into my office and see a calendar hanging on the wall, but that’s not my calendar. The calendar that shows me the date on my desktop isn’t my calendar either. I am surrounded by gadgets and paper – all of them provide calendar information. But none of them are my calendar. My CALENDAR is Google Calendar (or Gcal). It’s the only one I use to keep track of my schedule and to note deadlines and timelines. One Calendar. If you have more than one…consolidate into one.

Learning To Share Isn’t Just For Kids

Sharing is the platform for social media.
Sharing is the skeleton key that unlocks the door to opportunity.
Sharing is the new marketing tool.
Sharing is the ethic of an online community.
Sharing is the way to begin a conversation.
Sharing is the artform of a digital generation.
Sharing is the antithesis of secrets.
Sharing is the avenue through which followers become friends.

When you’re a two year old, your toybox is your most prized possession. Looking across the carpet at that other two year old who came over for a play date and happens to have your lego’s in his mouth causes you to lash out and grab it with instinctual ferocity.

MINE!

At that instant, the loving and caring and somewhat-embarrassed-by-your-proprietary-outburst parent instructs you that you need to learn to share. It’s a lesson we all have to learn. Sometimes, we find we’re still learning it.

Today I’m grateful for the millions of people on the internet who are willing to share their stuff. They give it away. They put it on the web for anyone and everyone to see (and use). Sharing is a very satisfying currency in the internet economy.

This is why I created an entire page dedicated to resources (only one of which has a price tag attached). I want to offer some of my best stuff to others. I find there’s great value in sharing my stuff.

But more than tooting my own horn, I think it’s even more meaningful when I’m able to share the good work of others. The best kind of sharing is when I find something of value someone else created and point others toward it (by tweeting, linking, digging, stumbling, liking, or posting about it).

The beauty of this whole thing is that the folks on the internet recognize and reward those who take the time to share. It’s the law of sowing and reaping. If you help enough other people in your sharing, you’ll be amazed at how much comes back to you in tangible and intangible ways.

So let’s start sharing people. Here’s some practical ideas to get you started:

  1. Write a post about someone else’s blog.
  2. Tweet about someone else’s accomplishment or article.
  3. Press the “like” button as often as you can.
  4. Review someone’s book and post it online in more than one place.
  5. Spend a little cash to encourage someone else’s art.
  6. Post a comment on someone else’s blog.
  7. Always say thank you whenever someone does one of these things for you.

What are some other ways we can share what we have with others?