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  • Energize Your End Game

    Energize Your End Game

    When the board is tight, forget about that brilliant seven-letter word that is taunting you in the rack. Look between the gaps for generating shocking end-game plays. Brilliant! OIL and …
  • Oh No! Ma, I’m Poetic

    Oh No! Ma, I’m Poetic

    Onomatopoeia is the formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated. BAM! Before we dive into this noisy ocean, let’s be clear …
  • Body Parts on the Rack

    Body Parts on the Rack

    Are your tiles seemingly locked up with no chance for release? Don’t despair! Look for common little words that can be “hooked”—that is, they take a letter on either end—or …
  • Nth Degree

    Nth Degree

    Today, we’ll deal with all of those juicy consonants. Actually, they’re not so juicy when there’s hardly any place to play them! You really need to know a handful of …
  • Breaking Your Vowels

    Breaking Your Vowels

    Aiieee! You just filled your rack with every vowel in the bag. Or so it seems. You are sick of playing two-letter words and you don’t have the guts to …
  • Find the Best Play: EELRSTV

    Find the Best Play: EELRSTV

    Welcome to another edition of Scrabble Sunday! This is a straight-up quiz: What is the best play you can find for this rack? Hint: you will be able to use …
  • Bingo Long Words Travel Far (Sometimes!)

    Bingo Long Words Travel Far (Sometimes!)

    The premise of games like Scrabble and Words With Friends is mastering anagrams. The ultimate anagram, of course, is the Bingo, using all of your tiles in one turn. In …
  • Find the Best Play: MOKV_ ZE

    Find the Best Play: MOKV_ ZE

    Welcome to Scrabble Sunday! This is a straight-up quiz: What is the best play you can find for this rack? Hint: you will not be able to use all seven. …
  • Bye-bye PeoplePerHour.com

    Bye-bye PeoplePerHour.com

    Want to see what seller frustration looks like? Just check out the reaction to a recent change instituted by PeoplePerHour.com. When Sellers have received low ratings for their recently delivered …
  • Super Shortcuts Using Everything and Quick Cliq

    Super Shortcuts Using Everything and Quick Cliq

    Since I have been using Everything.exe as a portal into my daily files, I was slow to realize that I was missing an opportunity. Quick Cliq saves a few steps …
  • Retrieving the Blog Content for Your eBook

    Retrieving the Blog Content for Your eBook

    After extracting your blog posts and pages from the WordPress database, you have a file that uses XML formatting to describe every element exported. Needless to say, you need to …
  • How to Extract All Content From Your Blog

    How to Extract All Content From Your Blog

    Unless you have a massive blog or multiple contributors, the easiest path from blog to eBook starts with exporting all of your content and using a separate tool for retrieving …
  • Head in the Clouds

    Head in the Clouds

    One phrase in nearly every cloud storage provider’s copy goes something like this: treat the sync folder like any other folder on your hard drive. I’ve taken them at their …
  • Extracting Your Blog

    Extracting Your Blog

    Blogs and eBooks are two completely different beasts that just happen to live in the same digital jungle. One of the things exposed by converting between the two formats is …
  • Preparing Your Blog to eBook Categories

    Preparing Your Blog to eBook Categories

    Two concepts drive the strategy outlined in this article. First, no one method of categorization is superior to another. Second, let the tools do as much of the work as …
  • Using the WordPress Exporter

    Using the WordPress Exporter

    The built-in WordPress Exporter utility is a great tool for retrieving some or all of my blog content. Finally, I can describe a process that is potentially useful to others. …
  • Accessing the WordPress Database Posts Table

    Accessing the WordPress Database Posts Table

    When I first wrote about converting some of my blog posts to an e-book, I hadn’t planned on repeating the process. Since I’m including a tutorial this time around, I …
  • How to Backup All Your WordPress Posts

    How to Backup All Your WordPress Posts

    As part of the Blog-to-eBook Project, I will present a step-by-step procedure for acquiring your blog posts and pages. You will also gain the benefit of having a backup plan …
  • Extracting Posts from WordPress Backup Files

    Extracting Posts from WordPress Backup Files

    The parsing and extracting portion of my Blog to eBook project was a fun, one-time exercise in reading the WordPress database backup file. Even though the database can be read …
  • Working with Extracted WordPress Blog Posts

    Working with Extracted WordPress Blog Posts

    The last thing I had to do was to clean up the actual posts, by removing HTML tags, web addresses and embedded scripts. I used Retrievem, software that I developed …
  • One Way to Convert Your WordPress Blog to an e-Book

    One Way to Convert Your WordPress Blog to an e-Book

    My blog to ebook project is going to be an exercise in parsing and extracting. I briefly considered using Anthologize, a WordPress plugin that many people seem to love. Personally, …
  • The ParserMonster Project

    The ParserMonster Project

    I have installed the ParserMonster Project wiki on this site to document the features of the new ParserMonster Framework. There is not much on it, at the moment, so you …
  • 5 Reasons to Do Whatever You Want With Your Blog

    5 Reasons to Do Whatever You Want With Your Blog

    Five simple truths may help you avoid analysis paralysis when it comes to radical changes on your blog: Sean via Compfight 1. Be Yourself–Nobody Does it Better You can’t please …