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Monday, September 15, 2008

Ping!  Fundraiser reminder

First of all, thank you SO much to every person that has already donated to the server fund.  Some of you did it anonymously, and some of you let me know.  Either way is cool, but those of you who let me know who you are...I’m trying to figure out something cool with which I can thank you.  At the very least I will address each of you individually, as I have developed at least that much class over the years. Well...almost.

As I said the last time, if you think we’re worth a few bucks...please hit the tip jar.  It’s not an emergency, it’s just a bit of a rough patch and this server never gets cheaper.  It never gets more expensive, thankfully, but it never gets cheaper.

All we’re asking for is a small contribution.  Think of it like buying us a pizza...or a couple of microbrews.  Just a few bucks to get the monkey called Softlayer (our hosting provider) off our backs.

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Posted by JimK at 01:24 AM on September 15, 2008
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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

It’s fundraising time…

People, you have no idea how little I want to write this post.  I have been putting it off forever, but numbers are numbers, and numbers don’t lie.  My numbers are telling me that I need to once again ask for the support and generosity of the readers of the blogs on our server.

If you read anything by me, Lee, any of the guys at MOA, Moorewatch or Right-Thinking or anyone else we host, and you think we’re worth a few bucks...please hit the tip jar.  It’s not an emergency, no one is dying, no one is losing their house, although our house is part of it - our tax bill went up because our house is worth more, so our mortgage escrow is short and you homeowners know what that means!  Monkeys on backs.

All we’re asking for is a small contribution.  Think of it like buying us a pizza...or a couple of microbrews.  Just a few bucks to get the monkey called Softlayer (our hosting provider) off our backs.


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You people are awesome, and have always treated us well.  I hope that every reader of this site knows I appreciate the years of posting, comments and general yacking we’ve all done.

Posted by JimK at 03:34 AM on September 09, 2008
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Monday, August 18, 2008

Woohoo!  Weight loss update

One word; Thinner.

Posted by JimK at 08:14 PM on August 18, 2008
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Friday, July 04, 2008

ENJOY THE HOLIDAY, DAMMIT

I worry about political bloggers who can’t shut the fuck up on the big, major “be proud to be an American” holiday of the year.  Seriously, people.  Stop.  Just for the day.  Stop attacking whatever side you hate, stop talking endless shit about your country and just enjoy the day.  Whattya say?

I’m not gonna hold my breath.  I’ll be too busy chilling the hell out and eating hot dogs.

Posted by JimK at 01:15 PM on July 04, 2008
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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Weight loss update

It’s been awhile since I talked about this, and I have photographic proof now, so...here I am talking about it. :)

I’ve lost 88.4 pounds so far.  I went from exhausted every waking moment of every day to exhausted about half the time because I don’t sleep enough.  Which is probably closer to normal than it sounds. ;) I’ve lost many inches off my waist, to the point where the new holes I drilled for my belt two months ago no longer work.  I even had to buy smaller underwear.  How fucking awesome is that?  Smaller.  Not bigger, smaller.  Underwear.

I think that might be the thing I am most proud of so far.  Weird, what you latch onto during a process like this. 

I’m a lot more fit, I can do pretty much whatever is needed physically without massive back pain...or needing to sit down every three minutes.  Most of my clothes don’t fit right.  I’m still in the stage where I’m OK with that...mainly because I’m broke and can’t buy new clothes, but also because I will keep getting smaller, so too much new shit would be a waste.

Let me be frank with all you fat fucking dudes reading this: SEX. GETS. WAY. BETTER.  Being a beached god-damned whale ruins your sex life.  Dropping even a few pounds makes everything exponentially better, and if you can work out and build some stamina...let’s just say that cardio training has many, many benefits.  If *I* can do this without starving or a special book, you can do it too.  I promise you it’s not as hard as the experts make it sound.  OK, it is hard, but it’s not as complicated.  You can do it.  Everything about your life will improve.

Photos: Some of you may have seen this picture before.  It’s our all-time favorite pic of us.

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Yesterday we stopped by the in-laws to visit with the family, and jo-jo snapped this pic (stole it off your myspace, jo-jo!  Sorry...)

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Christ I hate that tattoo.  And excuse the finger, that was just me goofing at jo-jo.  This was like the 40th picture someone took in like, two point three minutes.  Notice how there’s a lot less of me under the hot girl.  Less of a stuffed sausage casing ready to explode.  Fucking hell, I was literally ginormous.  Now the pants I was wearing in the first pic?  Can’t wear ‘em anymore.  They fall off, and even with a belt they look like clown pants.

I also have less hair too.  It’s hard to see in the first pic, but my hair was halfway down my back.  Now it’s a bit of a mop.  I’m so fucking stylish.

Obviously, I’m still a big fat bastard to be sure, but I’m more than halfway to my stage 1 goal.  I want to lose 150-ish pounds and then decide what my stage 2 goal will be.  Probably another 25 or so.  If When I ever reach that stage 2 goal, I swear to fuck I’m going to eat an entire sonofabitching cheesecake in one sitting.  And spend the week after on an elliptical machine for three hours a day. :) It will be worth every frigging bite.

By the end of the week it’ll be 90 pounds (I’m due for one of my 1.5-2lb drops).  In a couple of months it’ll be 100.  And I’m still eating chocolate, bitches!  Never shall I abandon my dark lord.  Bacon, red meat, butter and chocolate are four of the top ten reasons to wake up in the morning.  Never gonna give them up.  Never gonna say goodbye.  Never gonna run around and dessert (them).  See what I did there?  A clever bit of wordplay and a textual rickroll.

So that’s me bragging then.

Posted by JimK at 02:38 PM on June 29, 2008
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

New site: Madeofawesome.net - Taadaa

OK, I think it’s ready.

Made Of Awesome

All pop culture, no politics ever.  The return of Emily from the Starkcast.  Astoundingly awesome logo by artmonkey.  Tell your friends!

Made Of Awesome

Seriously, tell your friends.  If you read this site for the non-political content, it will ALL be over there.  I am SO sick to death of politics.  I cannot stand to prattle on about the same dumb shit endlessly.  No one is listening anymore, and no minds are, or will in the near future, be changed.  It’s a complete waste of time.  I’m preaching to the choir mostly, and while I love my choir, how does it help?  I’m awfully small-time to matter, I don’t break news or stories, and everyone can pretty much predict what I am going to say about any given story.  It’s all so ponderously depressing, and I’m not in that “my team is best-blog every bad story about Billary or Jesus Hussein Obama” mentality anymore.  I’m trying to lighten my life up in more ways than one.

I want to have fun on the internets again.  I started to dread the *idea* of blogging, because I got tied up in thinking that every day/week/indeterminate period of time has to contain some serious political shit or UR NOT DOIN IT RITE.  But, for the last year or two, I’ve only ever had fun writing about tv and movies and games and whatnot.

Couple weeks ago, the answer became clear.  A fresh start, an new outlook, do what I like, have some fun.  A new site.

Made Of Awesome

Tell your friends and family!  I plan to go see a lot more movies this year, as we found a theater that doesn’t allow the crap that has driven people out of theaters.  Punk kids, phone conversations, too much yapping, it’ll all get you thrown out.  I will be doing reviewcaps of more TV shows now.  I have a co-host again.

There’s a good chance that I might start up a modified version of the podcast again.  Something much shorter and simpler.  In short, I am *excited* by this.  It’s like when I first realized that a website could be in this interactive form, with automated software to set it up chronologically and with archives and stuff.  Those crazy webernet kids were calling the diary/linksites “blogs” and while that sounded a bit like the sound a dog makes when it vomits...blog it is then.  Let’s do this thing!  I was excited about the idea of interacting with people in this new way that wasn’t as demanding as IRC/chat, but more exciting than a regular website.

I’m excited again.

Made Of Awesome !!!  Tell your friends

If you could do me one favor...well, two really.  First of all, come by the new site and register.  Jump in with both feet.  Secondly, tell one person about the new site.  Email, a link off your site, however you can.  Just one person!  Please?  I do stuff for you.  Not sure what, but it’ll be good and you’ll like it.

Made Of Awesome

It’s the dot net, as someone out there owns the com and wants $500 bucks for it.  I have about $5.  So it’s www.madeofawesome.net.  If you see any bugs or something looks weird in your browser let me know.  I tested it with Firefox, IE 7 and 8, Opera and Safari so it should be good.

See you there.  It’s gonna be awesome.

Posted by JimK at 12:07 PM on May 20, 2008
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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Anouncement soon!

Man, I forgot what it was like to obsess over every detail of a pet project, every pixel.  If this was for a client, it would have cost more than I could charge.

I’m going to let it stew for a day.  Hopefully, Tuesday morning I will be making a big announcement.

Posted by JimK at 11:34 PM on May 18, 2008
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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Portion Size and weight loss

I’m the last person to blame hormones, glands or the food undustry for “making” me or anyone else fat.  let me say that right off the bat.  99.95% of us fatsos are fat because we eat too much and move too little and that’s the truth of it.  But…

How did we get here?  In part, this picture essay explains some of it.  I know that you have all heard a parent or grandparent telling you to clean your plate.  I don’t know if parents still use this one, but back in the day I would get that “There are kids starving in China” line.

Train kids to clean their plates and you end up with adults that do it out of habit and/or compulsion.  Couple that with the “more food is a better bargain” mentality and the propensity for larger and larger portion sizes, add in a dash of suburban sprawl forcing us to drive everywhere, take away any physical labor required to gather massive amounts of food and bing bang boom, you have a nation of sedentary, fat bastards.

I think the thing that illustrates the problem - moreso than the burger or pizza images, is the soda.

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Who ever needs that much soda?  I spent most of my life literally thinking that I was an idiot to even consider the smaller amount.  It just doesn’t make sense on a cost-per-ounce basis, right?  Whatta bahgain!  64 ounces for just ten cents more!  Meanwhile the cost of fountain soda is so low that the only reason most places bother charging for it is because the cup is so expensive.  The cost, for them, of 32 ounces of soda versus 64 ounces is probably less than two cents, if it’s even that.  It makes good business sense to trick the consumer into thinking it’s a bargain.  That’s where the “finish your plate” mentality comes in.  We’ve paid for it now, it would be senseless to waste it.

The way to fight this is first to be aware of it.  The second is to take the smaller option.  You are not an idiot for choosing the smallest portion possible.  Sometimes I get McDonalds for Donna as I am coming home from the gym.  One out of every four times or so, I order a small fry for myself.  Is it the best deal per fry?  I don’t know, nor do I care.  what I know is, I love fries, and I want fries, but it only makes sense to have a small amount that can easily be metabolized.  So that’s what I get.

Smart decisions.  That’s what it comes down to.  Don’t let the bastards get you down - or fatter.  They’ll sell you as much as you are willing to buy, and you know what?  They’re right to try.  Caveat Emptor, people.  The only way you become an idiot in this game is if you fork over your money for the big stuff because it’s a “better deal.”

Buy enough food to stop you from being hungry, eat it slowly and then stop when you aren’t hungry anymore.  That alone will transform your body.  No real work required.  Think smart, buy less, eat slowly.

It’s not rocket science.

Posted by JimK at 02:24 PM on May 15, 2008
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New project, plus Ariel

I’ve been furiously working on something new for days...and it’s not GTA4. :) It’s a new site.  This time my absence is warranted.  Stay tuned.  In the mean time, I forgot to link this gallery of superhottie redhead Ariel (AKA Piper Fawn or Faith Lightspeed) which is totally not safe for work, but is made of awesome.

...he said, embedding a hint about the new site in the post. :)

Posted by JimK at 12:10 PM on May 14, 2008
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Saturday, April 26, 2008

I am still here

I know, I haven’t posted in a week.  Been alternating between busy and exhausted.  I let the last few BSG episodes slip by and the RoL reunion show without comment, plus all the political bullshit that has annoyed the pants off of me the last few weeks.  I’ve also got quite a collection of redhead photos to post, gentlemen.

I’m starting to avoid posting online again, and I don’t know why...bear with me.  I’ll get my shit together soon enough.  And then GTA4 will show up and you’ll never see me again.  ;)

Posted by JimK at 06:11 PM on April 26, 2008
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