The GM Diet! The What?

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OK, so my wife was cruising the internet the other day and stumbled across something called the GM Diet. This diet or detox plan was created by GM to help keep their employees stay in shape. I jokingly told her that I would totally give it a shot for at least a full seven day cycle if not for the rest of the month. The joke turned into a challenge and I just finished the first day. You will supposedly lose anywhere from 10-17 pounds by the end of the seven day cycle. Most of this is probably going to be water weight and probably muscle but at the same time there is some science behind the detox of it as well. Truth be told I am still reading about the whole thing. I will post about it a few different times if not every day to give you an idea of the progress and how I am feeling. Tonight and the later half of today was not too bad although I have found myself a little light headed. The first and second day are pretty straight forward. Today was an all fruit day excluding bananas while tomorrow is an all veggie day. I imagine tomorrow will be a little easier than today as I am not a huge fruit eater to start. Weighed myself this evening and I was 208 pounds with jeans, shoes, etc. I will try and check a boxer only version later tonight and try and keep track of the progress a bit. Should be interesting. Here is a quick and dirty explanation…

During the first seven days you must abstain from all alcohol
You must drink 10 glasses of water each day

Day One All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. It is strongly suggested that you consume lots of melons the first day. Especially watermelon and a loupe. If you limit your fruit consumption to melons, your chances of losing three lbs. on first day are very good.

Day Two All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount or type. For your complex carbohydrate, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with one pat of butter.

Day Three A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today.

Day Four Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.

Day Five Today is feast day. You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you will be producing.

Day Six Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your hearts content.

Day Seven Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.

 

Hopefully I don’t kill myself. You can also learn more at www.gmdietworks.com

 

Thinking About Reviving Bristoltobathurst.com

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After watching the Budweiser Shootout tonight I am toying with the idea of starting to post on my old racing blog site bristoltobathurst.com. Figure that I will probably write enough about racing that it would be a great place to write those posts. Feel free to check it out and let me know what you think. I will probably address the look and feel in the next week or so and fancy it up with a free theme and something that is just a little more solid looking. Maybe less visual than this site since actual photos are hard to come by that are any good that would not infringe on copyright issues. Wondering if there is someway that I can find some cheap for editorial use only type photos.

Anyway, looking forward to reviving it. Two years ago I decided to start the site as more of an experiment than anything. I had a read a book called Pro Blogger and I wanted to understand better what it took to run my own blog that had solid information. I was very excited about it but quickly learned how intense of a challenge creating a quality content was. Especially for someone like myself who is not the best writer. I ended up doing pretty well for the first month or two and then it fizzled into just weekly updates about who had won in which series. When it was all said and done I had posted some 70+ times although the quality and use of the posts where what I would consider pretty weak. There was no following as that was one of the elements that I was keenly aware of but did not pursue due to the challenge of content creation that would come with it. I purposefully did not pursue an audience. What I did glean from it was that to have a blog of the caliber that I wanted I would have had to probably put int he neighborhood of 10-15 hours per week. Something I did not have time. This time around my approach will be a little more straight forward. I will not try and craft articles. More just write what is on my mind. Some posts may be a paragraph and some might be a lot more than that. Either way I want to make it about fun and learning. So look out for it peoples! More racing posts coming in 2012…. hmmmm, I think I may have wrote this same post last year now that I think about it. We’ll see how it goes!

Nascar 2012 Budweiser Shoot Tonight!

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The Nascar Sprint series officially hits the track in its first event of the year. Although it is not for points there is still a lot at stake. Mostly information that can be gained for next weeks Daytona 500. Trevor Bayne, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and more will hit the track tonight in search car setup information as well as an obscene amount of prize money. Two years ago I wrote a bit of an article that explains how the shoot out works. Some of the information may be a little bit dated but most still applies. Read about the Budweiser Shootout here.

We are about 12 minutes out from coverage of the 2012 Budweiser Shootout on Fox so clear the couch, grab a snack and enjoy! Looking forward to the 2012 Nascar Sprint Cup series getting off the ground. Daytona is one of my favorite times of the year. My racing itch certainly needs to be scratched.

Code Academy Helps You Learn How to Program

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Read an article sometime at the beginning of the year that talked about a new site for the year 2012 called Code Academy. The site is supposed to help you learn and understand how to program using some basic program languages. The course would be broken down into 52 separate course to be consumed and completed a week at a time throughout the year. Yes, I am already behind, although when I want to dive in I would say the courses take anywhere from 15 min. to 45 min. depending on your skill level. You don’t have to download or have any special tools as they are active and available right in the browser. Hints and other tips are available although they are not always a hundred percent helpful. If you get stuck to a point where you cannot get past the next lesson I believe there are forums to help as well as a section where you can explain where you had the disconnect or where not able to follow the instructions. Thus far it has been a fun little tool. Would like to be more diligent about attacking this on a week to week basis. The first step would be to catch up. So far all the courses and lessons I have experienced are in Javascript and I have been able to solve the by the instructions they provided and my limited knowledge of programming already. Have not been super stuck but I am sure the day will come. They even have tasks, goals and rewards to earn to add sort of a gaming element. It does make it a little more satisfying once you complete a lesson when you have a shiny little award icon waiting for you. Anyway hop on board and give it a try…

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Red Bull Parallax Scrolling Websites

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Over the past few years you probably have been lucky enough to see a few sites that have implemented the use of a technique called parallax scrolling. Used for years within video game design and animation it has finally found its way on to the web. Due to the dawn of jquery and other javascript magical libraries parallax scrolling is finding its way into full fledge websites and designs. There are many a list that highlight various sites that are out there. They usually include the Nike Better World site which was actually the first parallax scrolling site I had ever seen. Since then I have seen many and it is no surprise that Red Bull have pumped out a few of my favorites. You can see them in action at the following URL’s.

Although there are some cons to these types of sites the ascetics and just pure cool factor cannot not be denied. Have a look…

The Art of Flight

Red Bull Stratos

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Old School WordPress Widgets Post

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Was searching for a plugin that allows you to create and update multiple sidebar widget areas for WordPress and stumbled on an awesome old post from Automattic. It was talking about the implementation of widgets to WordPress for presumably the first time. Looked at the URL and it was touting the year 2006. Just made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing how much WordPress has grown since then. I did not even crack into WP till post 2010 I don’t think. Oh how things grow and catch on. I for one would definitely consider myself a WP fanboy. Not because I really believe that it is the best solution out there, although it might be, but because it is the best solution for me and my abilities and skill sets. Love WordPress and love the accessibility that it provides. Anyway have a look at the post “WordPress Widgets” from back in the day and enjoy!

Wordpress Widgets Post by Automattic from 2006

Easy to Play Conversation Friendly Dice Games

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Headed over to a good friends house later today and just know that we are going to have some great conversation and catching up to do. However, we may also get the chance to break out a game or two as well. With both of our family having two kids a piece and often times chaos ensues. The two games that I will throw out there allow you to really take your turn and enjoy some friendly competition while at the same time being able to hold a conversation or keep track of the little ones as they play with each other and just have a good time.

The first game I will recommend is Catan Dice. It takes the same basic principle a of Settlers of Catan and turns it into what can really be a single person dice game based on high score really. There are some bits of strategy, however they are simple enough concepts and choices that you really don’t have to keep your head deep into it like a standard game of Settlers or Catan. Once your turn is over you just pass the dice and go about your conversation.

The second game I would recommend is Phase 10 Dice. We had played this in the past and as you would guess it is a simple spin off the popular card game but takes probably a third of the time to play. You are rolling a total of ten dice to meet the requirements for each phase. The most complicated task that you will face in this game is some basic math and scoring. Outside of that you will be off and running and again this simple dice game will allow you to easily engage in conversation as well as keep track of any little ones that you might have running around.

Of course we may not even crack in to these games this afternoon but it is always fun to take them along in case someone would like to dive into a little bit of competition.

 

Change of Theme… already!

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OK, so I wanted to try and  look at something a little more flashy so I thought I would change up the theme already. However, don’t be deceived into thinking that I don’t want to go down the thematic road a bit more as I move forward with the blog. Might not get to that for a while and may take some time to design, think through the functionality I want, etc. In the meantime I found a batch of pretty cool WordPress themes out of the box. You can see them on Site5’s website here. I am going with one of the nice clean basic feels just to see how it all works. There are some nice basic settings and the feel of the site seems to be pretty clean. This is almost a fopah since I am a designer and work with themes and designs all day. Bottom line is that I want it to look great, learn some more about themes and do a little R&D in the process. So that is why we have the update. Let me know if you like it. Let’s be real, I think only two people know about this blog at this point. Anyway, you can both say what’s up if you like.

2012 Super Bowl… Pretty Average and Borderline Boring

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Spent the late afternoon watching this years Super Bowl matchup between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. Pretty boring for the most part. Maybe it was because I did not watch from the beginning or have the sound up all the way as I was playing with the kids and hanging out with my sister and her husband to be. There just did not seem to be a lot of fire and the presentation was somewhat blah. Brady seemed limited. Eli is pretty boring to watch although very good. Outside of the game winning catch on the sideline I felt like the play was pretty average. I was much more entertained by the games that led up to this years Super Bowl than the game itself. Could have been because it was just a rematch and teams that we have seen in the last 10 years. Not really sure. Anyway, it was fun to be with family and hang out for a bit and eat some good food. Maybe it will be a bit better next year. All I have to say is that I can look forward to the Daytona 500 now which is expected boredom with some calculated moments of excitement. NFL is done for this year…. I say bring on the motorsports baby!

Rayman Origins – A Great Multiplayer Family Game

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Looks like I am in a bit of a video game mindset this fine Super Bowl Sunday morning. Might be because the last two nights I enjoyed playing Rayman Origins with my 4 year old son and awesome wife. This game provides the opportunity for up to four person play. We however currently have two controllers but will be shortly purchasing a third controller. I have been looking for something that the entire family could play and after trying the demo that I downloaded from the Playstation Network I found myself hooked. The characters are quite fun and the game play is fluid, responsive and easy to pick up. My 4 year old is able to enjoy the game with us while at the same time my wife and I can put in multiple hours together after he has gone to bed. My wife was a bit hesitant at first but after only about 20 mins. of play she was also hooked. We are those weird people who have to get all the medals, all the awards etc. So with 60+ levels I think we will be busy for a while. We also have some friends that would dive into some four player multiplayer side scrolling action and so we will grab those extra controllers, some chips and salsa from Chilli’s and jam it out together.

Although we have not beat the game and really just have reached the second world I can absolutely recommend the game, and judging by the many awards it has received I think it would be a safe purchase for you and your family as well. The other plus to the game is the awesome visuals. Looks amazing on HD screens and is honestly quite incredible. To top it all over the sound track is a perfect compliment and even worked into game play and character actions. Have a look at the trailer below. Seriously though… just buy it.

 

Last Of Us Trailer

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I am a huge Naughty Dog fan and in particular a huge Uncharted fan. Uncharted is by far one of the most epic, exciting and enjoyable games series that I have ever played. Takes you out of the standard rut of FPS’s with lame story lines and the over emphasis on online multiplayer game play. For those of us with limited time and the in ability to defeat a 12 year old Japanese girl at Modern Warfare online an action packed five to ten hour adventure is quite welcome.

It looks like Naughty Dog is up to something special and has released a trailer to their latest game called “Last Of US”. It looks to be an “I Am Legend” type of title and should make for some amazing storyline opportunities as well as amazing in play action sequences. After finishing Uncharted 3 I am looking forward to another exciting game to play through. Also looks like it will scare the crap out of you too, so that is always exciting. Check out the trailer…

 

Posting via WordPress mobile app

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Often we have clients that would like to post from their mobile device. Usually we direct them to the very WordPress app that I am using to type this entry up. It supports both horizontal and vertical typing and on the iPhone horizontal is key if you are going to do anything with any speed. Still need to look into options but things seem to be pretty basic. I believe I can attach at least one photo to this post. Not sure about multiples. I believe the exact same app is available for iPad and works very similar if not the exact same. This is a great for a quick post on the run but anything with multiple photos or a lot if formatting is probably out of the question. Harder to review and clear of errors as well. Intentionally am not going to look back through to see how well I did. Here is a screen shot for your viewing pleasure. Oh yeah, don’t forge to set up mobile publishing as well via the WordPress admin.

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What Can I Get, Turned Into What Could I Give

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Had an interesting little life lesson this morning. We were eating breakfast and just kind of hanging out when we heard a knock at the door. My son of course jumped up immediately to run to answer it. We opened it to a 13 year kid looking to make some money shoveling our drive and front walk.  It has been snowing since Thursday night. The heavy wet stuff. This morning is the first time we had seen a break and the sun was shining a little but making the snow a little bit heavier than usual. We typically pay around $10 for someone to shovel for us on a light snow. I asked the kid, who now I know as Vincent what his price was. He was asking for $10-$15. I nailed him down for

the lower of the two prices and told him to hit me up when he was through. After 40 minutes he was only a 1/5 of the way done with the job. I then had a shift in my thinking with a little push from my wonderful wife and instead thought why not go help him out and at the same time pay him more. I threw my boots and jacket on and headed out the front door.

 

We talked about football, the Super Bowl and who our picks are. Both of us are leaning toward the Giants. We have simply had enough of the Patriots, although I am not sure a 7th grader has the recollection of why. Vincent proceeded to help me with the side walks, brushing off my car and my wife’s friends car. He was very nice and gracious to my son that joined us about half way through. It was actually nice to have help. We completed the job and I gave him a little business advice on future clients. We shook hands and I wished him good luck with his football dreams of which we discussed extensively and I handed him $20 and told him to come back again sometime. He was clearly thankful and very polite. Hoping someone else gets the blessing of getting to give this morning as well. I think it is easy to always figure out how I can get a deal or make something cheap. I think this morning I received far more by giving away a little bit of money and time. Hopefully it made an impact on Vincent, maybe it didn’t, however I know it made an impact on me and my kids and my family. Pretty good morning so far.

Daytona 500 2012 Trying to Add Some Excitement

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Looks like Nascar is trying something a little new this year. Whoever leads the 100th lap of the Daytona 500 this year will receive a check for $200,000. An interesting addition to the format if you ask me. Honestly I am not sure how I feel about it. I think it will definitely make things a bit more entertaining at the point in the race where things are typically not that exciting. Let’s be honest, the last twenty minutes is typically all you need to see during a restrictor plate race. The only other advantages of hanging up front is to stay out of trouble and lead the most laps. There are of course some  rules that apply it to prevent cautions around that time. In fact if they are under caution at lap 100 then they have worked out a plan to get that covered and put some competition into it at the same time. Read more here.

Enter in Thematic

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I have been working with WordPress for over 2 years now and have become a huge fan. I think there are a lot of good CMS options out there but for the skills that I carry and my lack of programming knowledge WordPress is a great fit for me personally. I would consider myself a front end designer, therefore the ease in the WordPress structure lends itself to my knowledge of HTML, CSS, JS and PHP of which the later two I have a lower ability in. I have been wanting to dive into various frameworks and base themes for WP development. I landed on Thematic just out of curiousity and popularity of it across the web. I am a huge fan of Automattic, of course. Looking forward to sharing my adventures and anything that I pick up along the way. I am looking forward to shaping a creative child theme for thematic and doing in the cleanest way possible. Also, looking to gain a basic knowledge as we are beginning to utilize Thematic as a base theme for some projects at work.