WordPress, Windows Live Writer, and Amazon Quick Linker

A friend of mine turned me on to Windows Live Writer for doing my blogs.  It works great with WordPress and I don’t have the trouble of waiting for post-backs or time-outs like I did when I work with WordPress.  I love it!  I can also save my drafts locally on my hard drive or to my blog and then pick them up later.  Its loaded with lots of great features.  One of my favorite is that it shows you just what your post will look like on your blog before you publish it.

I only had one problem installing it.  When I set up Amazon Quick Linker I pasted the code they gave me into the header.php file of my WordPress theme.  For some reason this stymied Windows Live Writer when it tried to return my theme.  After I removed the Quick Linker code and updated the theme in Windows Live Writer it installed correctly.  I then put the Amazon Quick Linker code back in and presto! I am off and blogging again.

Body Bugg to the Rescue

I’m late getting this out I know.  I said I would let my millions of readers know how Body Bugg helped me over the 2008 holidays.  The good news is I lost 2 pounds and I had a good time eating.  I think the key was I was more active over the holidays and I was able to keep a true eye on my activity and calorie in take.  I’ve go to the point now where I don’t need my Body Bugg.  I have a pretty good idea how much I consume and burn now in my daily routine.

iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot scores high marks with the Wife

I was trying to think of something the wife would love for Christmas.  Its hard to pick a useful or exciting gift for her.  It is even harder to keep it from her and surprise her with something she wouldn’t think of.  I scored a grand slam with the iRobot 560 Roomba Vacuuming Robot.  (Click on the name to see it at Amazon.com)

It doesn’t do the deep cleaning that a regular vacuum does but it does quick cleanings without my wife having to do any thing.  That is the best!  She programs it to go off while she is gone or kicks it off while she is doing other house work.  If you have kids like we do you are always in need of the floor being vacuumed.

We use it at least twice a day.  It does need some maintenance.  I have to clean the brushes and get the hair out of places.  They have made it so it is easy to do and even provide a great tool for quickly cleaning the brush.

My wife now uses the regular vacuum every Saturday for a deep cleaning and the rest of the week, “Moe” as we call our vacuuming robot, does the work the rest of the week.  This frees my wife up for more important things.

I might note the strange looking whiskers that stick out rotate and flick things out of corners into the path of the iRobot 560 Roomba.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Beginners Books

I’m a beginner to Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  I started Nov. 2008.  I was swamped with the many names of moves, techniques, holds, bars, chokes, sweeps, and the like.  I got a list of what was required for belt advancement or testing.  I then began to map them to pages in common books put out by Renzo Gracie and Royler Gracie.  The most common one that I use is:

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series)

As I am taught a new hold, arm bar, or technique I look it up on the belt testing list I have and then I find it in my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique book.  I add the page number to the list.  Its making it easier to remember what I’ve done and what the name is that goes with it.  I try to walk through the list now and again to help refresh myself.  I feel it is helping me advance faster.