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Have been a Code Project MVP 5 years running and was Microsoft C# MVP 4 years running, MBCS, MIAP and a whole bunch of other stuff. Now I just help run Scottish Developers which is a user group with software development events in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee and I have also started an open source project to help with Password Validation

Main topics I blog about:
* Parallelization in .NET
* Code Quality
* Data Security

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The user group is a not-for-profit organisation, with a mission to improve the developer community in Scotland. The strategy is to utilise the Web Site, day conferences, evening seminars and other developer events to continuously improve and develop the skillset of members and the general IT community.

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GeneralOh! Ah! Just a little bit... Pin
Colin Angus Mackay19-Jul-04 0:43
memberColin Angus Mackay19-Jul-04 0:43 
GeneralA little off the top, sir Pin
Colin Angus Mackay11-Jul-04 20:41
memberColin Angus Mackay11-Jul-04 20:41 
GeneralRe: A little off the top, sir Pin
Jörgen Sigvardsson13-Jul-04 10:53
memberJörgen Sigvardsson13-Jul-04 10:53 
GeneralRe: A little off the top, sir Pin
Colin Angus Mackay13-Jul-04 12:55
memberColin Angus Mackay13-Jul-04 12:55 
GeneralRe: A little off the top, sir Pin
Jörgen Sigvardsson13-Jul-04 13:04
memberJörgen Sigvardsson13-Jul-04 13:04 
GeneralRe: A little off the top, sir Pin
Colin Angus Mackay13-Jul-04 13:18
memberColin Angus Mackay13-Jul-04 13:18 
GeneralRe: A little off the top, sir Pin
brianwelsch16-Jul-04 8:41
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GeneralRe: A little off the top, sir (and a bit of motivation) Pin
Colin Angus Mackay16-Jul-04 9:37
memberColin Angus Mackay16-Jul-04 9:37 
brianwelsch wrote:
I haven't been doing much lately exercise-wise

Come on, you've got to do better than that.

Here are a couple of motivational items that might help

First:
You know the human brain is a most remarkable thing. The old (and this is really old because it is in the Bible) saying "Ask and ye shall receive" is quite true. You can ask yourself any question you can think of and your brain will come up with an answer. So, it is good to try and ask yourself positive questions. Here is one for you: How can I find the time to do more exercise? Keep asking this and even if your brain doesn't come up with an answer right away, it will come up with an answer. Here is another one: Where can I exercise more? And: What can I do to exercise more?

Another interesting thing is that the answers to all these questions start with "I can". For example: I can watch less TV. I can combine exersice with another activity. I can do some exercise in spare moments. I can walk an extra stop when getting the bus. I can park the car at the far end of the car park.

You're looking for a new house at the moment. Why not park the car round the corner. Not only will you get a little extra exercise in, you get a chance to see what the neighbourhood is like and you can take a lot more in while walking along the street than you can as you drive up to the house.

Second:
Not only set a goal, which you've already done IIRC, but aim to do something every day to achieve that goal. If you're finding that you're not doing that and you really want to achieve the goal reinforce it by writing down (and I mean with a pen and paper) what you will gain by reaching the goal. If you were to wake up one morning and discover you've achieved your goal you've never actually gained anything. The real gain is in what you become by working towards the goal. So, write down all the positive things you will gain if you work to achieve this goal.

Here is part of what I wrote:
When I achieve my weight target I will be healthier, I will be able to run for the train effortlessly, I will breath easily at all times. I will fit into my kilt* again and wear it with pride. I will enjoy swimming again.


* It was a bit of a tight squeeze the last wedding I was at. Also, they cost upwards of £400 (US$720) for a very cheap one and that is without the Prince Charlie jacket, waist coat, tie, shirt, belt, buckle, sporran, kilt pin, argyle socks, flashes, brogues and skian dubh. All in all the entire package would normally come to over £800 (US$1440)


"If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him, for an investment in knowledge pays the best interest." -- Joseph E. O'Donnell

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GeneralRe: A little off the top, sir (and a bit of motivation) Pin
brianwelsch16-Jul-04 10:51
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GeneralRe: A little off the top, sir (and a bit of motivation) Pin
Colin Angus Mackay16-Jul-04 11:25
memberColin Angus Mackay16-Jul-04 11:25 
GeneralRe: A little off the top, sir (and a bit of motivation) Pin
brianwelsch16-Jul-04 13:55
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GeneralRe: A little off the top, sir (and a bit of motivation) Pin
Colin Angus Mackay16-Jul-04 14:23
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GeneralRe: A little off the top, sir (and a bit of motivation) Pin
brianwelsch16-Jul-04 15:12
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GeneralRe: A little off the top, sir (and a bit of motivation) Pin
Colin Angus Mackay16-Jul-04 16:09
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GeneralDoin' great and I'm improving. Pin
Colin Angus Mackay4-Jul-04 22:12
memberColin Angus Mackay4-Jul-04 22:12 
GeneralRe: Doin' great and I'm improving. Pin
Megan Forbes6-Jul-04 4:20
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GeneralRe: Doin' great and I'm improving. Pin
Colin Angus Mackay6-Jul-04 6:18
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General(Part Two) ... And Money is the Slave Pin
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suss1-Jul-04 12:50 
GeneralYou are the Master... (Part one) Pin
1-Jul-04 11:57
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GeneralGoals Pin
Colin Angus Mackay28-Jun-04 7:35
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GeneralImproving again Pin
Colin Angus Mackay27-Jun-04 23:23
memberColin Angus Mackay27-Jun-04 23:23 
GeneralRe: Improving again Pin
Megan Forbes28-Jun-04 0:42
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GeneralRe: Improving again Pin
Colin Angus Mackay28-Jun-04 7:17
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GeneralRe: Improving again Pin
Megan Forbes28-Jun-04 23:27
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Colin Angus Mackay29-Jun-04 1:37
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