Monthly Archive: June 2009

WordPress 2.8

Maybe I lost it but for a while finding a free theme on the WordPress site was impossible. There was a search feature I use to use that I could find a 3 column, fixed width, black theme. It went away (or it was harder for me to find). With the new 2.8 version of WP that search function is easily found cause it exists in the dashboard now. What is even better is if I like what the search results come up with, I can download and activate it right from the dashboard with no need to use FTP.  Now that is DA BOMB! I went through so many themes today that I started to lose track which ones I looked at and fortunately it is just as easy to delete a theme. This will open WP themes up to all those individuals that are FTP challenged.

Time to move on though. According to the WP site, they have changed a good bit. Well most of it is lost on me except for the Code Coloring. I am a coder and use DreamWeaver a majority of the time with PHPed following a close second. I use DreamWeaver when I am going in to make a quick change to some code and the reason I use it is because the code is color coded. The editor in WP is now color coded! No reason to open DreamWeaver now for WP edits.  It also has some limited code completion. Now for most of you this is not something you will even want to see but eventually you will download a theme that you want to tweak. This coloring will make it much easier.

Is there a feature that I missed?  These are the 2 things that I saw that I think make WP upgrade worth doing.

….And now for something completely RANDOM! An influence from my childhood.

Up the Challenge! Pimp your EA Active!

The Wii EA Active is great but not quite awesome. I find many of the exercises that use the bands are not as good as they could be. The reason is those bands are just pitiful. Maybe mine were already stretched out before I got them. I really doubt that I would be considered to be in good shape so we can rule that out.  I have slowly been building my home gym up to become a Crossfit Home Gym. Crossfit is a whole different level of pain but like #wiimoms it has an awesome community of people. So now I am totally off topic. Topic On.  I have done 3 workouts and they have made me sweat like crazy but I have only been a tad sore and it’s more from stuff I haven’t done before like the side lunges. Have you been thinking the same thing? If so read on cause I got a way to make it brutal. (Disclaimer: I haven’t a clue about what I am talking about. Maybe you should ask your doctor before you have a heart attack doing something some idiot posted on a blog).

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

First thing’s first those bands have to be upgraded. I went out and found this set of bands that came as a pack of 3. Each has a different resistance. They are a little shorter then the band that came with the EA Active.  I had some web strapping from my personal fire gear for rope rescue but this stuff only cost $1-2 per foot and I used about 4 foot of a 20 foot length I had. You can find something much cheaper then this or consider it an upgrade. I got the webbing from REI. Exhibit A: bands and webbing.

Exhibit B

Exhibit B

I went ahead and since I am doing medium workouts I thought I would pick the medium band which happened to be the blue one. I used the same method to tie the webbing to the bands as the EA Active ones. Exhibit B: on left is original EA Active band and on the right is the medium band. Even the “red” band that came in the set of 3 is harder to work with than the EA Active one. Now go work out (and don’t even think about setting it up on easy).

40 Pound Weight Vest

40 Pound Weight Vest

I figured you were thinking that… switching bands? That’s it? Heck no lets get that heart rate going on all the leg exercises too. Next, we are going to add a weight vest to the workout. For me I chose the 40 lb variety. I had one sitting around when I decided I would train for the CPAT firefighter test that I failed on a major level. For the CPAT the vest is 50lbs and they add an additional 25 lbs to that when you are doing stairs so the 40lb vest is light. In fact, mow the yard with the vest on and now you can tack that on to your extra activity with a higher intensity level.

That’s all I got for now. Maybe if that isn’t brutal enough you can add some ankle weights but I think this should do you for a while.

Wordless Wednesday – FF8

FF8 Wear

FF8 Wear

FF8 Shirt

FF8 Shirt

The short story, since this is suposed to be Wordless, I got the Firefighter of the Year in 2008 for Tega Cay. Chief thinks I am a little to cocky for my own good and nicknamed me “FF of year” What kind of nickname is that? A nickname is something you can yell. Something like “Speedy” (my Fort Mill Fire Dept. nickname and yes the Highway Patrol was involved). What I have learned by having a last name like Bugert is if you embrace a nickname and change it a little you can make it what you like. So I had the shirt made and called myself FF8. At the bottom of the shirt it says “If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect” ~Ted Turner. How’s that for cocky?!  BTW I am wearing my EA Active Boxing Hulk Gloves. Yeah my wii is Pimped. Tomorrows post will be on my pimping of my EA Active.

Random Tuesday Thoughts – When I grow up?

I am getting older by the year and well I would think by now I would know exactly what I want to do when I grow up. I’ve been at my job now for 5 years …wow 5 years! I haven’t done anything that long. I have been an engineer, cnc programmer, insurance adjuster, short order cook (that sucked), stock boy, flower delivery boy (which surprisingly was a great job) and now a web developer. The only thing that is constant through all that time is being a firefighter. Maybe that is what I want to do. Nope I know exactly what I want to do watch TV and surf the web. Now all I have to do is figure out how to make money at it. On a totally random aside I have to remember to take a picture tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.

I love Kit Kat bars!

My wife looks like the Tooth Fairy (a very cute one I might add) …our oldest lost his 1st tooth…he used the wii remote to take it out.

Music Monday

I didn’t get a chance to see who else used the Bangles this is the first one I thought of though. I couldn’t find a better video so just jump to 30 seconds in.

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Wii EA Active workout

I got a song that may sound familiar to you and if you pretend I am not singing then it will be better for you in the long run.

“Here’s a little sorry I got to tell about 3 bad brothers you know so well. It started way back in history with @Momspective, @SuperJennBlogs and me Chris B (@DeNifty) …” If you don’t recognize the song then I will provide a link when I am done with my story of how this could have happened to me. Lets start from the beginning.

Random events that led to purchase of said EA Active:

  • I joined Twitter
  • I followed as many people as I could that were in Fort Mill/Charlotte Area
  • @Momspective happens to live in said area
  • read some Momspective blog and ended up at
  • ended up following more interesting moms on twitter (strange but true)
  • went to a party on Memorial day (put on by @MrsJennyO) and chatted about all these #wiimoms and what they did even though I really didn’t know that much
  • wife heard me talking about this in a group of mothers (strange but true) and decided she wanted this for her birthday
  • I thought long and hard about being the “husband that gave his wife a wii game that was supposed to get her fit” for her birthday…seemed like one of those women test that they put men through
  • gave it to her on her birthday…I passed the test… it really was what she wanted

So there is the short version of how it came to sit in our family festivities room. I thought about actually doing the 30 day challenge and @SuperJennBlogs decided to encourage me to start or nag me to get the house painted. Well so I didn’t have to tell her that I didn’t do it yet another day, I went ahead and started the 30 day challenge at 11:30 PM. It’s now officially. I did it on #fitnessfriday.

Here’s what I thought about Day 1:

  • I feel stupid walking/running in place
  • I like punching targets
  • squats were awesome for getting form right but there wasn’t many of them compared to a Crossfit workout
  • I sweated a lot on the Medium setting
  • I like the fact that when your running someone tries to pass you…in my case it was an old man with a walker
  • the band included didn’t have much resistance so I used bands that we had from a previous workout set
  • the skate ramps were good for motivating me to stay in a squat position

All-in-all, I sweat therefore it was good. Tomorrow I am going to paint and do Day 2. Now for the song I referred to above.

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