Posted by ssatoru | Feb 03, 2006 @ 08:55 AM | 22,707 Views
A nice new feature. Hope I can replace my separate blog.
Posted by noodle | Feb 03, 2006 @ 08:35 AM | 20,082 Views
Just testing the new blog!
Posted by mhale71 | Feb 03, 2006 @ 06:18 AM | 19,494 Views
1500 lemmings have viewed this post
Posted by Mike Kolesnikov | Feb 03, 2006 @ 05:36 AM | 25,781 Views
We just rolled out the blogs here at RCGroups. Amazingly, they're all done using vBulletin forum engine, unlike some other blog hacks for vBulletin which use the separate database tables for blogs, and thus are somewhat detached from the forums. In our version, a blog entry is simply a thread and the comments are the thread replies.

Member profile page was "blogified", we believe it'll instantly make blogs much more visible and will help them to gain momentum.

Profile pictures have got an increase, too, you can upload an image up to 200x200 in size as your profile picture. Try them out, they look cool in the new blog page, vs old member profile page.

There're some other small changes here and there, most of them "under the hood" and are not visible to the members.

Have fun!
Posted by jbourke | Jan 15, 2006 @ 04:00 AM | 39,227 Views
It's been a week since I took the video I'm sharing today.

My daughter, Camma, is now 6 years old. A sonogram late in gestation revealed a brain tumor. After several brain surgeries she has recovered amazingly well, but has been left almost completely paralyzed on the right side of her body.

Camma gets along by scooting on the ground. We have a wheelchair for her and she has sometimes had some luck using a cane.

Lately we've been holding her hand and encouraging her to walk. She hasn't shown much interest, but her legs have gotten stronger.

Last Sunday she had a lot of energy. We were playing on the floor of her room, tickling each other and rolling around and laughing. She got up on her two feet and bodyslammed me a couple of times.

I could tell she was ready to walk. I told her to try taking a couple of steps. She did it! For the first time she took 3 or 4 shaky steps with no support at all.

I then challenged her to walk across the room. I told her that if she did it that I would take her to her favorite restaurant (it's the local Indian place called "Evergreen" - she calls it "Indian Green").

Well, she wanted "Indian Green" really bad so with no further provocation she stood up, sized up the 10 feet or so from one side of the room to the other, and she took off!

It didn't look pretty. Heck, it was downright scary! I had to resist the urge to help her. She looked like was going to topple over at any moment....Continue Reading
Posted by jbourke | Jan 14, 2006 @ 09:43 PM | 36,032 Views
Just a quick note that I thought about the style of my last entry a bit and I've decided that it is going to be a lot more useful for me to informally jot a few things here and there than it will be to write carefully-constructed essays.

So please don't expect perfect grammar or perfectly organized thoughts in this blog. I'm typing up what comes to mind.

Jim
Posted by jbourke | Jan 14, 2006 @ 08:57 PM | 37,575 Views
I've lost about 30 lbs in the last year. I'm entering 2006 at 201 lbs.

A few years ago I was over 250 so I've come a long way.

How did I do it?

Consistency.

When I decided to get really serious about losing weight I made a commitment to myself that I would eat no more than 1100 calories a day for the first month. This was really hard at first, but by the end of the first month I had grown comfortable with the low calorie diet.

Since then I've edged up to 1300 to 1500 calories a day. Previously I was losing a couple of pounds a week. Now it is more like a half pound a week or so.

In addition to the diet plan I have been going to the gym regularly. Each pound of added muscle increases the number of calories that are burned when the body is at rest. I don't like running, but I enjoy lifting weights and riding my bike. I've found if I stick to what I like I'm more likely to enjoy my workouts and therefore I'm more likely to be consistent in what I do.

That's really been the key for me. I used to overeat on some days and then try to make up for it later. Now I'm about 90% likely to eat well on any given day. Not every day is perfect, but that doesn't matter. I'm not in a race to lose weight. What matters is that I don't consistently make mistakes. Over the last year or so I've been able to make that happen by habitually exercising good choices.

Reasons I had trouble losing weight

1. A feeling like I was entitled to certain foods based on...Continue Reading
Posted by jbourke | Jan 13, 2006 @ 03:40 PM | 38,917 Views
Welcome to my new blog.

I'll be typing in my thoughts about life, work, and whatever else I find interesting. Some of it will be personal. Other stuff will be educational or even funny.

I hope you find it worth your while to stop by from time to time.

Jim
Posted by supportex&test | Feb 11, 2005 @ 02:29 AM | 14,978 Views
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