Quick Update

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Oct 142009

I’m looking forward to going to class tonight, and as you may or may not see (depending upon whether you’re reading this via the RSS feed or actually on the website), I’m settling into my new virtual home here on WordPress.  There are some details here and there that need to be fixed up.  For example, the graphics haven’t been sized quite right… just sort of thrown in there.  And the “about me” page says nothing at all about me.  Of course, that may be a positive thing.

All that said, there are some little details that I haven’t yet figured out.  First, does anyone have any blogroll tips?  On Blogger, it was relatively easy to tie the blogroll to my RSS subscriptions.  I love that.  Second, are there any plugins you guys think I can’t live without?  I’ve installed a few over the last few days, but I’m sure there are some that I need… I just don’t know it yet.

My back is feeling pretty good right now and better every day.  The birds are chirping.  The sun is… well, shining somewhere.  All in all, I’m feeling pretty good.  Now, in a few hours when the lithium wears off, I might be singing a different tune. 

Just… kidding about the lithium. 

I worked out with my bud, Elena, yesterday.  It’s really been helping me to get some mat time in outside of class.  Elena and I are pretty similar in that we’re both coming into BJJ later in our adult lives.  We’re also both visual learners.  It seems that most people who are naturals at BJJ are kinetic learners.   That is to say that they learn by doing.  I learn by watching.  I have to see something, to be able to recreate it in my mind before my body can figure it out.  Now, this isn’t to say that “hands on” is unimportant to me.  Rather, I get nothing out of the “hands on” UNLESS my brain has first wrapped itself around the technique.  I can do something 100 times, but if I don’t understand it, it gets flushed from the memory banks as soon as I’m done.  Elena is much the same way.  So, we go slow, working through techniques without any pressure to do them quickly.   It seems to help her, because I can answer many of her basic questions, filling in details that she’s forgotten about the fundamentals.  It really helps me because she’s at a point where I can focus on using as little strength as possible and really zero in on clean technique, particularly those techniques that are somewhat new to me. 

Mustaches vs Cancer is going well.  I want to thank again everyone who’s checked out the website, particularly those of you who have (or who intend to) sponsor my mustache by making a donation to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center pediatric department.