Entries by Jimmy

Freedom or Security: Where do you stand?

The debate concerning the balance between freedom and security has been a hot topic in US politics this summer of 2013. The topic reached a boiling point when Edward Snowden leaked information about how the US National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on the US’s own citizens.  Two NSA surveillance programs were revealed, one that gathers […]

A Successful Life

I love how Mitt Romney defines a successful life in the article quotes below. It’s not according to how much money, power, or fame you have. That’s how the world defines it, but not Mitt. For him, it’s about living in consistency with your core values. Worldly success is allusive to some and comes easily […]

Using Information Scent to Improve Web Usability

One of my favorite Web usability principles is called information scent. I like because, when properly applied, this principle makes websites tremendously more usable. Information scent has great correlations to search engine optimization and landing page optimization, and it uses the just plain fun and funny analogy of information foraging. Information Foraging Theory The theory […]

What Defines a Website?

What is a website? Where does one website end and another begin? These questions about what defines a website are basic and may seem inconsequential to some people, but I have observed that the answer has a major impact on website usability and performance management. I have seen countless times in my career that the […]

Website Menu Principles and Purposes

Creating a website menu or navigation system is one of the most fundamental and crucial tasks in the Web development process. The menu and other navigation is a road map people use to find their way around your website, therefore it must be well constructed, easy to use, comprehensive, and intuitive. A poorly constructed navigation […]

Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader

Ronald Reagan: How an Ordinary Man Became an Extraordinary Leader is a great book by Dinesh D’Souza, a former policy analyst for the Reagan administration. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and particularly, the leadership principles that can be gleaned from Reagan’s words and actions. After being shot in a failed assassination attempt, Reagan was visited by Mother Teresa who […]

Ward Emergency Plan

The LDS Church Handbook encourages wards to “develop and maintain a simple written plan for the ward to respond to emergencies” (LDS Church Handbook 2: Administering the Church, see the section on Ward Councils). As the Emergency Preparedness Specialist in my ward, I was asked to put together our ward emergency plan. The plan has gone through […]

62 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama

I wanted to call this post 101 Reasons Not to Vote for Barack Obama, but I’ve only gotten to 62 reasons…so far. I’m going ahead and publishing it because I felt it would be better to get the information out there rather than delaying. I want as much time as possible to convince at least […]

Basic Principles of Self-Reliance

As discussed in my post on the doctrinal basis of emergency preparedness, work and self-reliance are key aspects of having our physical needs met in good times and bad. These principles are, thus, essential to our temporal happiness. Our Father in Heaven, in his wisdom, has commanded us to “prepare every needful thing” (see D&C 109:8) […]