Dec 16

Quite often we are reminded of the hate and loathing that we as a people have for fakers, show-offs and loud mouth whiners. We hate them so much in fact that those of us that have earned the medals, the battle scars and the 3-level house feel inclined to hide it lest we be treated with the same disdain as the big-mouths next door. Why do we take modesty so far? Well the way that the public views celebrities is a good indicator of why many men and women hide their “medals”. People dislike the rich as a whole, they run comparison checks with their own lives when a friend or loved one has some success, and then they react in a way to make themselves feel better. It reminds me of those drivers who make dumb decisions then when they see that you are… [Read more]

Dec 09

There is this new surge of effort going on to make Computer Programming a more popular choice for kids instead of the default ones that are out there (doctor, lawyer, police officer).  Part of the reason for this push seems to be our society’s rush to embrace tech, but the technicians (we nerdy, builder types) remaining a relative mystery to the world. This makes the philosophers of our time worried that little baby Steve Huffman’s are missing out on their programming goals due to being ignorant of the fact that there is no magical hamster inside of their computers. “If we want America to stay on the cutting edge, we need young Americans like you to master the tools and technology that will change how we do just about everything” – President Barack Obama Now we have presidential backed efforts to put Computer Science into school. Issue… [Read more]

Dec 04

The following list is a number of things that the average person does, or tends to do, or strives to do to fit into the world of normalcy. When people defy the odds by choosing not to abide by this list and live by a list of their own it is not uncommon for their friends and family to assume that they’re crazy. At the same time the people who strive to be different aren’t very friendly to those who play it normal either. Can weirdos and normals ever get along!? Take a look at the following list and see how close you are to either being a good, normal citizen, or a rebel without a cause. Once you have decided which side of the fence you fall on, think about how you feel about the other side. The list will probably offend you because… [Read more]

Nov 25

One of the most common stereotypes that women get plagued with is the notion that complaining is happiness. Another one is that a woman is never truly happy with a man, even if he is the drama-free type that gives her the world. These stereotypes come from a root of confusion, negativity, and oversimplification when it comes to communication, or should I say lack thereof between the sexes. The very popular backlash against approaching women in public has become deafening on the web. At the same time we have another loud cry for men to take it old school and approach women to court them face-to-face. If you aren’t already shaking your head at the paradox, I would urge you to read the first two sentences of the paragraph again. Men are being asked to stay away from women in public, but at the same… [Read more]

Nov 18

A workout relationship can have many forms, sometimes it is beneficial to both parties and other times it is one person hanging on for dear life. Many times with working out I compare the partnership to a boat and an anchor when docked. The anchor keeps the boat in place, preventing it from drifting out to sea and living as an example of fortitude, while the boat is there for support. For the anchor, the boat can be an important fixture that tests it’s resilience during stormy times and through the passage of time. To an outsider the two need one another but in terms of the people working out, it isn’t always so… The Immortal Anchor and The Reluctant Boat An anchor is a driven person that lives and breathes the workout. On days when they are sick, unmotivated, or lonely, they will still… [Read more]

Nov 07

HBO’s Boardwalk Empire is a show that is loved by both history buffs and lovers of television drama alike. It outlines something of an alternate universe which offers up historical names and figures in a convenient tale of gangsters versus the feds. The setting (those roaring 20’s) is a time when whites and blacks lived separately in their own worlds, and each displayed a level of ingenuity in entrepreneurship that allowed a comfortable life for those who put their brains at work. Liquor was illegal and prohibition ushered in big business for bootleggers and business-owners savvy enough to sell it. The whites held Atlantic City at the ownership level and the blacks kept it running via cooking, cleaning and of course entertaining. “You ain’t no Ma Rainey” – Chalky White One of the major characters in Boardwalk Empire is a hood turned boss by the name of… [Read more]

Nov 05

Time and time again I run into men and women that have big dreams but lack the ability to set them in motion. To them, people who move on their ideas have a special gift; more drive, and more education. I don’t think that this is true. Many times an idea being made into a reality has to come from you breaking ground and attempting to build–even if it’s completely wrong. What I have found is that as you build upon it, the people that know how to do it correctly will help you out in correcting your approach and when you have it built incorrectly, you will have no qualms with tearing it down and trying again. The biggest part in all of this is that you put forth the effort. “A brilliant idea with no execution is worthless” Have you ever met someone… [Read more]

Oct 31

“I sexed more with conversation than I ever did with my penis or my tongue.” – Iceberg Slim If you’ve read any of Robert Beck’s books you will understand why his genius and mastery of words reflect a complex creature that could not be summed up simply as a pimp. His words had a way of putting you in the moment, lulling you into his reality of wire hanger whippings, luxurious hotel rooms, and the drugs of the time that kept him so aloof that he earned the street moniker Iceberg. Pimping is a cruel, evil institution that has been strangely glamorized in Hollywood and music alike, but to say that the mythical pimp (not the real kind) does not hold a certain appeal to damaged young men is to be dishonest or dare I say ignorant to the culture. What is it about a pimp that… [Read more]