anyone figure out how to speed up app loads
That should be speeded up in the over the air update. For now, just be aware of RAM hogs like games, or flash. If you are just running basic applications the loading should be fairly fast.
The first time will cache the app information, then starting the app after that should be faster.
One thing that can help out until the OTA update is webOS cards and multitasking, just keep the apps open and arrange them in stacks, with webOS it is not necessary to waste your time needlessly opening and closing apps like on other OS's.