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Participation Trophies

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I think it’s OK to give kids trophies for participation. In fact, I think it is good. It’s a good thing.

Some kids never win a trophy. Then some kids win all the fucking trophies. I always hated those kids. One of the good things about not being one of them was that it turned me into a skateboarder.

The kids that never win — well — that makes them feel like shit. It makes a lot of them not want to participate. Participation and trying should be encouraged. I hate it when people are so damn stingy they won’t give a kid the slight break of recognizing that they tried.

End of rant.

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December 11th, 2018 at 1:24 pm

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Infinity War

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In the film Avengers: Infinity War, if the problem Thanos sought to solve was scarcity of natural resources, rather than killing half of all intelligent life, why didn’t he just snap his fingers and create universal abundance as a physical law?

Because he’s a jerk.

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November 30th, 2018 at 9:33 am

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Cultural Literacy

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I met a 15-year old boy the other day who had never seen a Godzilla film. Now I realize there must be others out there. Sad. Things have gone so wrong.

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November 19th, 2018 at 11:28 am

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It’s Carl Sagan’s Birthday

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Time to watch this again. Time to think again about how big it all is, how small we are. How beautiful it all is. Time to think it all in (as best we can) someplace private, and weep a little bit.

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November 9th, 2018 at 1:34 am

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Mid-Terms

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Well, today is election day for the mid-terms. Beto O’Rourke has been running a punk rock style campaign – grass roots stuff. Ted Cruz has been, well, Ted Cruz, which is to say an arrogant asshole, but is that a surprise? Not really. Apparently a lot of people are cool with that.

Firmly into middle-age, I can’t say I have any real insight into the psyche of the electorate. Are we simply seeing the result of the culture wars that in my mind started in the 1980s (but probably started a lot earlier)? Is the internet to blame for giving voice to all the dark and angry bile just barely under the surface?

I don’t know. I just want everyone to have a roof over their heads, food to eat, healthcare when they need it, and the ability to live openly as who they are and participate equally and without fear in this society. That doesn’t seem like a lot to ask. Those all seem like the basic shit to me.

 

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November 6th, 2018 at 9:46 pm

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Strength

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I’m not saying I have any special knowledge or whatever. This is just an observation. I’m as guilty as anyone.

Most people really have no idea what strength is. It’s easy to rename stubbornness, pettyness, and smallness as “strength” and continue on the path of weakness, lazyness, and self-deception. You see it all the time. People who pick the easy route and claim they are being strong. It’s easier to close your doors to people, but it’s the coward’s way forward.

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October 30th, 2018 at 5:26 pm

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New Cruz-Smasher

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New Cruz-Smasher in build phase. Because you can’t smash him enough. Go BETO!

Cruz-Smasher #3.

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October 28th, 2018 at 12:22 am

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Goodbye Podcast

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I deleted the Concrete Lunch Podcast account on LibSyn. I am still doing the Freestyle Podcast, but I haven’t done a Concrete Lunch podcast in a long time, and I feel like I don’t have a lot of time for it. I have some new podcasting ideas that I might try out, but decided to let this one die off. It was fun. But it’s more fun to do a podcast along with a friend or two. Whatever I do will have something to do with skateboarding. Or hell, maybe tabletop roleplaying games. I don’t know.

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October 24th, 2018 at 1:37 am

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A few thoughts since last Friday

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  • Dementia sucks
  • Friends are awesome
  • Skateboarding is great
  • Having great professionals to help you face life’s challenges is the best
  • The human organism is amazingly resilient, but ultimately it will fail
  • Friends are awesome again, because you can’t say that enough
  • The world is beautiful and sad and amazing and happy and brutal and kind

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October 16th, 2018 at 10:44 pm

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Video clips

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A couple that didn’t get used in the new video from NeverWas skateboarding. Started thinking. Instead of Fakie 360s, how about a Fakie 270 and then do something else. So this is me fiddling around with that idea. The other is a manual.

My whole video part is here: https://youtu.be/Bw87-qT4yzc?t=2325. I recommend headphones, because I never noticed how good the bass part is on this song.

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October 15th, 2018 at 8:11 pm

Google+ is on its way out

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Well, after really digging G+ for a while, Google revealed today that it is discontinuing the service. It seems they had a data breach with G+, and based on the fact that it didn’t really catch on like they wanted they’re going to kill it off.

I like G+ because I didn’t see very cockeyed bullshit idea that everyone posted like on Facebook. I could join, for instance, a Traveller RPG community and only see that stuff. It was nice to, for the most part, interact with people without finding out they are nuts.

Anyway, a lot of the RPG gaming communities from G+ are moving to https://mewe.com/.  MeWe is a social network that seems to value privacy a bit more than others. Their business model is different. It’s so different that I wonder if it is really viable. I hope it is. I think I may spend some money with them just to help them out. One cool thing — you can’t see much about a person there without actually being one of their connections. I like that. Anyway, I signed up a while back, and now I’m going to give it a real shot and see how it goes.

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October 9th, 2018 at 3:01 am

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Kindness

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The driving motivation in our society should be kindness. It should be the most revered personal trait. No one should be elected to public office who isn’t kind.

And anyone who isn’t kind should be beaten without mercy.

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October 6th, 2018 at 2:00 am

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The Cruz Smashers

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Added Beto for Senate stickers to my main riders today.  Beto is traveling the state meeting everyone, like a good punk should. I hope he wins. Going to be tough.

 

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September 30th, 2018 at 1:06 am

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More skate video filming

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I finally got out last night to film some last stuff for the upcoming NeverWas II video. I’ll be honest. It wasn’t easy thinking up new stuff to do. It’s not like I’ve learned a lot of new tricks since the last one. It would be nice if I had a parking block at the little ditch where I skate, but I don’t. Oh well. I just kind of skate the way I skate. I realize now that mostly I do a lot of 180s and 360s in different combinations. That’s what I like to do. So they’ll be getting a lot of that in this upcoming blockbuster. It’s actually quite fun to get these clips together and then see what another editor does with them.

Anyway, here’s a clip I did yesterday. Just me doing the same old stuff. Have no idea if it will make the final cut on the video.

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September 19th, 2018 at 7:17 pm

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Back Again

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I’m sitting in the same hospital room we had in November 2016. My mom fractured her hip in a fall yesterday. Looks like surgery this afternoon. She had a good night. It sure is hard to see her like this, but that’s the road we’re on. It’s going to be a rough week for her, and a rough few weeks after that, but we have all the resources we need to get the hip repaired and rehabbed as well as possible. Life sure is weird, but it’s still good. It’s good just to be in the room with her. We need to get this hip fixed, and get her back on her feet before she loses too much muscle.

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August 22nd, 2018 at 11:41 am

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