As part of my motivations for 2007, which includes implementing 43 Folders and Getting Things Done, I’d also like to cut down and possibly quit smoking cigarettes before the end of the year. Smoking kills, yet I can’t seem to stop. I’m sure every smoker knows the feeling.

Personally, as someone who has tried to quit several times already – its my belief that the best ways to deal with kicking the habit are:

1) Motivation – nothing beats motivation. If you’re firmly convinced of a fact, no one can change your mind. Conviction is 90% of the effort.

2) Positive smoke free environment – if your friends smoke cigarettes, it’s definitely harder to quit. Try to avoid social situations where you’ll be tempted to smoke.

3) Change in habits related to smoking – such as not having a smoke after meals / coffee etc… This is the hardest step, but with small steps such as reducing by 1 cigarette consumed per day.

4) Minty alternatives –  chewing gum, eating Mentos, Tic Tacs etc will clean your breath as well as give you something else to do.

I’m sure there are a lot of methods out there to quit, the key is to do what works for you… obviously it hasn’t worked for me yet, but there’s always a reason to try again.

Leave it to Lifehacker – which is one of my FAVORITE sites for life hacks/tips – to have a link to a Windows program that apparently helps people kick the habit.

“Windows only: Freeware program Quit Counter helps motivate you to quit smoking by tracking your progress and milestones.

The milestones, which track statistics like cigarettes not smoked and money saved (based on information you enter into the program), look like the best part of this utility. Quit Counter is the first freeware app I’ve run into designed to help you quit smoking, but I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if there were more out there, so if you know of a similar tool, let’s hear about it in the comments. Check out our smoking tag for more on kicking your smokes to the curb. — Adam Pash “

Download Quit Counter v1.2 from Xarca.com.

Robert DiNero speaks our language on SNL

This should satisfy your ethnic humor for the day.

As a proud owner of a White German Sheppard (WGSD) dog, I often get questions from Muslims and non-Muslims alike about Islam and its position regarding the taking care of dogs. Most Muslims have been misinformed through superstition or culture regarding the ownership of dogs as pets.

Allah (S) – God – the creator of all things seen and un-seen, created all things in the heavens and the Earth for us to marvel in its creation and to admire and preserve its existence. Animals are also God’s creation and it is inhumane and cruel to give less respect to any of Allah’s beautiful creation. Dogs, may be considered as ferocious or  filthy animals, but in reality, they share a companionship with their masters that rival that of mother-child bonding. In the days of plenty that we live in, it is more than possible to have a dog as a pet and maintain a level of cleanliness that facilitates the keeping of dogs as pets.

It is required of Muslims to change their clothes and perform wudu (ablution) prior to performing salaat (prayer). This is completely fine, and one should be in a state of purity before praying to God.

Well, I’ve found a well written and insightful article written by Dr. Ayoub M. Banderker (BVMCh), who is a veterinarian doctor – regarding dogs in Islam. Here is an excerpt from his article:

” Traditionally, dogs have been seen as impure, and the Islamic legal tradition has developed several injunctions that warn Muslims against most contact with dogs. Unfortunately, many Muslims have used this view to justify the abuse and neglect of dogs, even though cruelty contradicts the Qur’an’s view that all animals form “communities like you.” We are pleased to present several articles examining the place of dogs in Islam. “

Its worth a read. Check it out @ Islamic Concern: Dogs In Islam.

// This blog has been inspired by my favorite four legged buddy, my step child, the reason I’m a single parent, my bo-bo, my doggy  – Beckham Khan. //

 

Who doesn’t love a little spice with their fried rice and noodles?  Contrary to popular belief – hot sauce is not endogenous to the African Americanos. Indian’s have been firing up our curry’s and tika masalas with gharam/lal/hara mirchi for decades. I must say that for the most spice for your buck award goes to Thailand for their Sriracha and all sorts of kungpao sauces. Super.

Did you know that spicy food has many health benefits too? Well now you do, because I’ve found a web site that seems to explain the benefits of capsaicin, which is the chemical responsible for steam coming out your ears and lipstick on your bum.

Here’s an excerpt from the site:

“Millions of people from many cultures from around the world enjoy the flavor and fire of hot foods. After all, chiles are the second most common spices in the world, following salt. Few people, however, realize the many health benefits that chile peppers offer. A substance called capsaicin causes the heat of chiles and peppers. Capsaicin has been associated with many cures that include lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol and warding off strokes and heart attacks, speeding up metabolism, treating colds and fevers, preventing cancer and pain control. Capsaicin is a flavorless, odorless chemical concentrated in the veins of chiles and peppers.”

The rest of the page has a list of all the wonderful ailments that  can be treated by eating spicy foods such as arthritis, blood pressure and verbal diarrhea. Read more about your spices @: Hot Food Health Info… from SweatnSpice.com.

For the record… eating a pack/box/shitload of Oreo – Double Stuff cookies is not going to help you during study break. Its me, not the cookie who’s been double stuffed. There’s cream practically coming out of my nostrils (eww…gross). Who knew that the sweetest cookie on Earth could give you such a tummy ache?

Conclusion: Oreo cookies = packaged diabetes 🙂

Killing me softly – one cookie at a time.

 

So its 1:53 am, which is way too late for me to be doing this. But, I’m so thrilled with the features of this app, that its too good to resist posting a quick review of this incredible software.

First, its only 4.8 megs in size. Which is nothing and can easily be taken with you on your portable USB drive as a mobile blogging tool.

As I’m a recent convert to the WordPress school of thought on blogging, I found the web-based weblog editor that came with the WordPress account to be rather “shallow and pedantic.” (Gotta love Peter Griffin – Family Guy) Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer Beta (WLW for short) presents a great alternative for n00bs like me who want an all in one solution in their blogging arsenal.

 During installation, you’ll be asked to give your weblog address and account details (username + password). Unlike other applications (namely w.bloggar) you don’t need to input all the intricate details of your account like PHP this or hostname that… its just your web address (e.g. https://chotemammu.wordpress.com/) and your username and password. The program will handle all the advanced PC to host – blogging configuration settings. Its just that easy.

Everything including your post categories is transferred to your WLW profile and its that easy to stay on top of your blog. Edit old posts, create new ones – its all there.

Great thing about being a Microsoft product is the ability to integrate with the rest of the MS family – most notably – Microsoft OneNote 2007 which has the keen ability to take small screen captures of specific portions of my screen to use as notes. 

It may not seem like a great feature, but it definitely makes it easier to keep all your blogs, and class notes organized.

I strongly recommend everyone to upgrade to the new Microsoft Office 2007. Its really the definite office productivity suite. OpenOffice is great, but its just not Microsoft Office.

More information regarding Windows Live Writer, including how to use and download can be found here.

 

Ok… so its confirmed. The web tools given with the wordpress account blow nuts. My original “Generalities” post drifted off into the right column and was a horrible demonstration of the web-editors capabilities.

Do yourself a favor and download Windows Live Writer (Beta) from the Microsoft web site. Windows Live Writer (Beta) Homepage @ Microsoft

 

(View of WLW running)

The program seems pretty intuitive, easy to use and well… I hope it adds to my overall productivity.

Microsoft’s Office suite keeps getting better and better. 🙂 Good job Redmond.

So its your favorite chote mammu back with another blog. Yay! all I need is for my slow as hell inernet to catch up to my typing. I’m going to try andxperiment with Windows Live Writer to see if it’ll work with  the wordpress account. That’s all for now. 

Boy is this web editor slow!

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