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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Improving Your social skills: JUST HOW?

Courtesy of The Leaked!

life something that revolves around our social abilities and thus making it vital for us to appreciate the simple fact of socializing.BEING SOCIAL DOESN'T REALLY MEAN YOU HAVE TO BE THE MOST VOCAL DUDE/CHICK AROUND. here are some basic tips as to how you can achieve this goals

1.making yourself aproachable
    - body language
    -facial expression
2.being social
  - facial expressions
  e.g friendly smile, hearty laugh, maintaining eye contact and an understanding nod
3.improve your conversational skills
   -actively listening 
  - responding to speaker
  - speaking out your own formulated thoughts
4. making a conversation
  - understand your audience
5. dressing for occasion.
  - right dress at the right time(dress for success)

 - knowing the lingo,cliche

this doesn't exhaust the many avenues that you can indulge in to make sure you're socially good, but the basics\ ones will surely push you long strides.


additonal tips from


here is his brief work

Studies show that the general population's No. 1 fear is public speaking, followed shortly by the other No. 1 fear: Death. That means that people prefer to find the answer to the ultimate question rather than speak in front of strangers. So if you struggle with social settings, feel awkward speaking publicly or have trouble meeting new people, there’s nothing wrong with you. Most people feel the same way, and are deathly opposed to changing this aspect of themselves.

There is an ideal that someone who is socially skilled speaks with a silver tongue and can dazzle a captive audience. There are plenty of books and other resources that you can invest in that promise to help you achieve this goal. Being successful in social situations, however, doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with speaking. Here’s how you can improve your social skills without having to say a word in a social gathering 


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Monday, 12 September 2011

'Spartacus' star Andy Whitfield has died [Updated]

Andy Whitfield, who appeared in the Starz period drama "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," has died, the network confirmed.
Whitfield died Sunday of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Sydney, Australia. He was 39.
Whitfield appeared as the gladiator hero in the first season of the cable series but stepped down from the role before the second season because of his illness.
Andy Whitfield dead at 39“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield,” said Starz President and CEO Chris Albrecht in a statement. “We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in 'Spartacus' and came to know that the man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life. Andy was an inspiration to all of us as he faced this very personal battle with courage, strength and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. He will live on in the hearts of his family, friends and fans."
The network announced back in January that Australian actor Liam McIntyre had been enlisted to take over the role.
“It’s hard. You kind of wish you didn’t have the opportunity,” McIntyre said at this year's Comic-Con about taking on the role. “The best thing I can do is bust my [butt] … and honor the legacy.”
"Spartacus: Vengeance" is slated to premiere in January.
[Updated at 8:20 p.m., Sept. 11: The following is a statement from his wife, Vashti Whitfield: "On a beautiful sunny Sydney spring morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18-month battle with lymphoma cancer. He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was."]

Why text messages are limited to 160 characters

Alone in a room in his home in Bonn, Germany, Friedhelm Hillebrand sat at his typewriter, tapping out random sentences and questions on a sheet of paper.
As he went along, Hillebrand counted the number of letters, numbers, punctuation marks and spaces on the page. Each blurb ran on for a line or two and nearly always clocked in under 160 characters.
That became Hillebrand's magic number -- and set the standard for one of today's most popular forms of digital communication: text messaging.
"This is perfectly sufficient," he recalled thinking during that epiphany of 1985, when he was 45 years old. "Perfectly sufficient."
The communications researcher and a dozen others had been laying out the plans to standardize a technology that would allow cellphones to transmit and display text messages. Because of tight bandwidth constraints of the wireless networks at the time -- which were mostly used for car phones -- each message would have to be as short as possible.
Before his typewriter experiment, Hillebrand had an argument with a friend about whether 160 characters provided enough space to communicate most thoughts. "My friend said this was impossible for the mass market," Hillebrand said. "I was more optimistic."
His optimism was clearly on the mark. Text messaging has become the prevalent form of mobile communication worldwide. Americans are sending more text messages than making calls on their cellphones, according to a Nielsen Mobile report released last year.
U.S. mobile users sent an average of 357 texts per month in the second quarter of 2008 versus an average of 204 calls, the report said.
Texting has been a boon for telecoms. Giants Verizon Wireless and AT&T each charge 20 to 25 cents a message, or $20 for unlimited texts. Verizon has 86 million subscribers, while AT&T's wireless service has 78.2 million.
And Twitter, the fastest growing online social network, which is being adopted practically en masse by politicians, celebrities ...

... and news outlets, has its very DNA in text messaging. To avoid the need for splitting cellular text messages into multiple parts, the creators of Twitter capped the length of a tweet at 140 characters, keeping the extra 20 for the user's unique address.
Back in 1985, of course, the guys who invented Twitter were probably still playing with Matchbox cars.

Friedhelm Hillebrand
Credit: Friedhelm Hillebrand
Hillebrand found new confidence after his rather unscientific investigations. As chairman of the nonvoice services committee within the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), a group that sets standards for the majority of the global mobile market, he pushed forward the group's plans in 1986. All cellular carriers and mobile phones, they decreed, must support the short messaging service (SMS).

Looking for a data pipeline that would fit these micro messages, Hillebrand came up with the idea to harness a secondary radio channel that already existed on mobile networks.
This smaller data lane had been used only to alert a cellphone about reception strength and to supply it with bits of information regarding incoming calls. Voice communication itself had taken place via a separate signal.
"We were looking to a cheap implementation," Hillebrand said on the phone from Bonn. "Most of the time, nothing happens on this control link. So, it was free capacity on the system."
Initially, Hillebrand's team could fit only 128 characters into that space, but that didn't seem like nearly enough. With a little tweaking and a decision to cut down the set of possible letters, numbers and symbols that the system could represent, they squeezed out room for another 32 characters.
Still, his committee wondered, would the 160-character maximum be enough space to prove a useful form of communication? Having zero market research, they based their initial assumptions on two "convincing arguments," Hillebrand said.

For one, they found that postcards often contained fewer than 150 characters.
Second, they analyzed a set of messages sent through Telex, a then-prevalent telegraphy network for business professionals. Despite not having a technical limitation, Hillebrand said, Telex transmissions were usually about the same length as postcards.
Just look at your average e-mail today, he noted. Many can be summed up in the subject line, and the rest often contains just a line or two of text asking for a favor or updating about a particular project.
But length wasn't SMS's only limitation. "The input was cumbersome," Hillebrand said. With multiple letters being assigned to each number button on the keypad, finding a single correct letter could take three or four taps. Typing out a sentence or two was a painstaking task.
A GSM document outlining the definition of SMS. Credit: Friedhelm Hillebrand.
Later, software such as T9, which predicts words based on the first few letters typed by the user, QWERTY keyboards such as the BlackBerry's and touchscreen keyboards including the iPhone's made the process more palatable.
But even with these inconveniences, text messaging took off. Fast. Hillebrand never imagined how quickly and universally the technology would be adopted. What was originally devised as a portable paging system for craftsmen using their cars as a mobile office is now the preferred form of on-the-go communication for cellphone users of all ages.
"Nobody had foreseen how fast and quickly the young people would use this," Hillebrand said. He's still fascinated by stories of young couples breaking up via text message.
When he tells the story of his 160-character breakthrough, Hillebrand says, people assume he's rich. But he's not.
There are no text message royalties. He doesn't receive a couple of pennies each time someone sends a text, like songwriters do for radio airplay. Though "that would be nice," Hillebrand said.
Now Hillebrand lives in Bonn, managing Hillebrand & Partners, a technology patent consulting firm. He has written a book about the creation of GSM, a $255 hardcover tome.
Following an early retirement that didn't take, Hillebrand is pondering his next project. Multimedia messaging could benefit from regulation, he said. With so many different cellphones taking photos, videos and audio in a variety of formats, you can never be sure whether your friend's phone will be able to display it.
But he's hoping to make a respectable salary for the work this time

Friday, 9 September 2011

Editor's Corner

Sup guys,
We just wrote a story about Java Entertainment. So, if you happen to be in Embu, Kenya, make sure you pass by Java Entertainment for the latest movies, videos, playstations and PC games @ very affordable prices. I'm a member there and am I ain't regretting a bit.
See you there!

Victor Muto
The home of leisure, pleasure &entertainment

Embu County is blessed to have so many businesses of diverse nature and background. Java Entertainment is one of such business located at Shanyaki House along KubuKubu Rd. This is the story of Ken Mwara, the proprietor of Java Entertainment…

“When you hear the name java being mention you think about Java software’s or Java cafĂ© but here is a different case Java entertainment. The world of movies and play station. You try to figure out the people to bow down for making our name so special and it narrows down to students and teachers responsible for entertainment sectors in various schools.

          Having being on the market for only 14 months we can only think God for the massive results and performance. I personally thank God for He has seeing me through many stages to parlor of success, 2 years ago as I sat for my O’ Levels at Kegonge High School I thought business would do good for me but the question was which business? I thought of movies but the fact the movie business was so floated did not give me case of heart but I still settled on it and promised myself to do it in a special way.

          Starting a business is not a cup of tea; first there’s capital which to some extent was difficult to raise accelerating heat to the whole family. Successful opening up to raise accelerating heat a big deal but earning customers trust. I believe we gave our customers quality services and products and that’s why we have so far maintained our day one customers.

          Challenges in business are what have made Java to be what is today and in the future.

          Our/my special thanks for those people who have made us so proud goes to; the whole community of Embu town and its environs, students of Bluxx, Nguvio gee, Mbich, kangach, Mecca, reddz, Kamathy, Donnie Band, Embu hae Skul, Embu College and Kenya Institute of Management. Java has captured the attention, imagination and loyalty of generations of diverse individuals and we are so proud of the guys.

          A special wish to all the Form Fours of the year 2011,we wish you success come Oct/Nov papers.”

Friday, 2 September 2011


They were determined to make this a real vacation by not wearing anything that would identify them as clergy. As soon as the plane landed they headed for a store and bought some really outrageous shorts, shirts, sandals, sunglasses, etc.
The next morning they went to the beach dressed in their ‘tourist’ garb. They were sitting on beach chairs, enjoying a drink, the sunshine and the scenery when a ‘drop dead gorgeous’ blonde in a topless bikini came walking straight towards them.
They couldn’t help but stare.
As the blonde passed them she smiled and said ‘Good Morning, Father ~ Good Morning, Father,’ nodding and addressing each of them individually, then she passed on by. They were both stunned. How in the world did she know we are priests? So the next day, they went back to the store and bought even more outrageous outfits.
These were so loud you could hear them before you even saw them! Once again, in their new attire, they settled down in their chairs to enjoy the sunshine. After a little while, the same gorgeous blonde, wearing a different colored topless bikini, taking her sweet time,
came walking toward them. Again she nodded at each of them, said
‘Good morning, Father ~ Good morning, Father,’ and started to walk away. One of the priests couldn’t stand it any longer and said, ‘Just a minute, young lady.’ ‘Yes, Father?’
‘We are priests and proud of it, but I have to know, how in the world do you know we are priests, dressed as we are?’ She replied,
‘Father, it’s me, Sister Kathleen.’


I was a very happy person. My wonderful girlfriend and I had been dating for over a year, and so we decided to get married. There was only one little thing bothering me … it was her beautiful younger sister.
My prospective sister-in-law was twenty-two, wore very tight miniskirts, without underwear or a bra. She would regularly bend down when she was near me, and I always got more than a pleasant view. It had to be deliberate. She never did it when she was near anyone else.
One day “little” sister called and asked me to come over to check the wedding invitations. She was alone when I arrived, and she whispered to me that she had feelings and desires for me that she couldn’t overcome. She told me that she wanted to make love to me just once before I got married and committed my life to her sister. Well, I was in total shock, and couldn’t say a word. She said, “I’m going upstairs to my bedroom, and if you want one last wild fling, just come up and get me.”
I was stunned and frozen in shock as I watched her go up the stairs. When she reached the top she pulled off her panties and threw them down the stairs at me. I stood there for a moment, then turned and made a beeline straight to the front door. I opened the door, and headed straight towards my car.
Lo and behold, my entire future family was standing outside, all clapping!
With tears in his eyes, my father-in-law hugged me and said, “we are very happy that you have passed our little test…..we couldn’t ask for better man for our daughter. Welcome to our family!!!”
And the moral of this story is: Always keep your condoms in your car.