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Blogging techniques- Daily Blogging

Wow, it’s already approximately half way through 2009. That’s incredible. This June, I decided to try a blogging “style” I had yet to try: daily blogging. I decided that, given the mid-year nature of the month, it was time to try something fresh and new to me. I made a conscious point of blogging daily about whatever I thought about. Whether it was to do with WordPress, music or general thoughts, I gave it a whirl.

Daily blogging is an interesting concept. In terms of content, it can produce interesting results, some posts being “stronger” than others, depending on the day and topic.

Overall, I enjoyed the daily blogging experience. I’ve tried, and will try, one or two other techniques as well. My question today is; “How do you blog?”

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Train your brain using the Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS range of console, while primarily being hand-held gaming consoles, are also incredibly useful for non-gaming tasks. One such task is training your brain. This could also fall under the category of “edutainment” as it involves mini-games.

I recently got Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training – How old is your brain? for Nintendo DSlite. What a great game. It comprises a selection of short activities, designed by Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, to exercise specific areas of the brain and to improve various brain activities. The activities involve numbers, words, letters and colours and take a rough maximum of about 5 minutes each to complete. At the end of your training (done once a day) you will be provided with your brain’s current brain age (the ideal is 20).

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A few ingredients for a perfect Sunday

Whether it’s Winter or Summer, hot or cold, Sundays are days that seem to take on a mind of their own. They can be both relaxing and lazy as well as productive and motivating at the same time. I thought I’d share a few ingredients that make a perfect Sunday for me.

Tea.

Tea comes in so many flavours and fragrances. You can’t really miss when choosing tea. I’d recommend Ceylon tea or Cranberry, Apple and Cinnamon blend from Woolworths… hey, it’s pink. The only thing more awesome than tea is pink tea.

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Create your own Wordle

This is awesome. I was just emailed a link (thanks to The Ham) to Wordle, a “toy for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide”. You can either provide it with text of your own, a website that contains an RSS or Atom feed or a Delicious username. Wordle will then take the provided text, the text in the feed or the tags of the Delicious username and generate a word cloud. The more frequent the word, the larger it will appear.

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A quick word on the weather and productivity

Folks, it’s almost the end of June. Winter is here and it’s showing no signs of backing down.

While chatting with a colleague yesterday, we got onto the topic of the weather and how it has affected our productivity. I find that I enjoy being indoors in cold weather and that I find myself having more motivation to get things done as it’s nice and cosy and warm inside. On the other hand, it’s cold and wet and a nice cup of hot cocoa would be great. 🙂

Does the weather affect your productivity? And on that note, does anyone have an amazing recipe for home-made cocoa? 😛

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A quick word on Father’s Day

So, today’s Father’s Day. The third Sunday of June. I thought I’d do a Google search and share a little of how this Sunday came to be known as “Father’s Day”.

According to morning-glow.com, Father’s Day originated in 1909 and was started by a woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd. The concept was derived from and conceived during a Mother’s Day sermon. Coming from a single-parent family, Sonora’s father, William Jackson Smart, was the parent who made all the parental sacrifices for his daughter and gave of himself in every way he could to support her and give her the best he could. As Mr. Smart’s birthday was in June, Sonora decided to hold the first Father’s Day on the 19th of June 1910.

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BlogSpot Rugby – New rugby blog online

BlogSpot Rugby LogoHey everyone,
Just a quick shout out to say that BlogSpot Rugby,  a new rugby blog based in South Africa, has just gone live. 🙂

The content and layout look really awesome. I look forward to reading this blog, as will many rugby fans. 🙂

Nice one @AMyburgh and co. 🙂

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A quick word on inspiration

This afternoon, while thinking of what I could write about today, I got to thinking about the concept of inspiration. Where does it come from? How do we channel it? What is it, really?

I find inspiration to be an enigma. It can come from anything (a walk in the park, your favourite band, a smell in the air) and can be channeled into anything. For me, I’ve discovered that inspiration usually stems from things where I appreciate the quality of the end result; for example, a really slick looking design, really neat and streamlined code that serves an amazing function or a song that makes every vein in my body jump for joy.

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The One and Only

One&OnlyI just had the amazing honour of having a meal at the Nobu restaurant at The One and Only hotel and resort. The resort is situated in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and is Sol Kerzner’s latest venture.

The setting and overall environment of the 7-star resort is second to none. The rooms are spacious and inviting, the staff are friendly, kind and attentive and the visuals… no words could possibly describe the interiors and overall architecture and landscaping.

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I love Saturday Mornings

I love Saturday Mornings. Waking up to cool, calm weather (or blisteringly hot or cold, it doesn’t matter really), having a cup of tea and slowly getting into the day.

I find that mornings like Saturday (and Sunday… lets not forget Sunday) are great motivators for me. I get myself into “to-do” mode and get loads done. At this point you might be thinking; “but… it’s a Saturday?”. Yeah, I know. This is the interesting bit. Taking it slow, as one does on a Saturday or Sunday morning, seems to take the “work” out of to-do lists. You can get up when you like and get your list done at your convenience.

I also feel so relaxed on Saturday and Sunday mornings. I’m not certain if it’s just my perception of what a Saturday or Sunday morning is supposed to be like, or if it’s real… but hey, I love it. 🙂

On a side note, don’t forget to get your Facebook URL at http://facebook.com/username. 🙂