I really appreciate all of you that have signed up. I am going to start my focusing on building my this page. I have been working on the baseball book, and I am getting close. I am also working on a collection of writings, which is also almost done. It is spring and I am doing bonsai work, which I will post on the page, but I don’t see myself shipping them. I am also carving pipes and making hookahs, which I will ship and they will be for sale shortly. I thank everybody for their patience.
The drug war is racist. Heroin is outlawed because after the Chinese would work on the railroad and then home and smoke opium to relax their muscles a bit. White guys were afraid that the Chinese would get high and rape their women. The Mexicans were smoking weed and acting all silly, so the white man became afriad they would get stoned and rape their women. The reconstruction was not an easy time for a black man. They would work hard all day for no money, and they were constantly beaten down, so they do a little coke to get them going again. Guess what? The white man has a long history of being terrified of the black man, and it was just one more reason to be afraid that he would rape their women.
If you are interested leave comments, I am interested in feedback. I am not sure about registration, but I think it works. I will keep putting new stuff up. I am working on rewriting my baseball book, not all of just parts, and expanding it a bit. I think the steroid era may have something to do with right wall baseball, and there were a few other parts that I think can be better. I don’t cover baseball. I am a passionate fan, and baseball has taught me to interpret statistics. I wasn’t following the game closely during the orioles 14 losing seasons. I came back to it in 2012, and I love the way the Orioles are defying the experts predictions. I love sabermetrics, but I am also convinced many of their sacred cows are wrong, which is what this book is about. I also have a fondness for books about economics, so some of that is in there. My son started playing baseball in the spring of 2013, and it is one of those great father son bonding/teaching experiences. Anyway I think the baseball book will be next, but I look forward to rewriting Don Quixote as Nick Verdant: different books, different windmills, different language, cultures, and references. I am also working on my book about the Mental Health Industrial Complex, which is deeply flawed. This one I am passionate about, but I need to understand some of my emotions better before I can write any more, but I am thinking about it. And in case you are wondering I really did write a hip hop album called curriculum verte that in the near future I am going to post a rough mix. I have the raw tracks, I just want to finish some of the writing before I change modes.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat”-Teddy Roosevelt
I believe strongly in doing it yourself. I am not always a big fan of the experts. They add unnecessary layers of complexity to support their expert status. They speak glowing nerd speak. They don’t like outsiders cause they don’t get it. No clean lines. No simple purpose. They don’t seem care about the user at all.
Open source is great. I started running Linux in 99 after I took a Unix course at MCC. I am running Ubuntu now, and even though I find that not being trusted with root privileges a little insulting, I overlook it because they are all about the user, and they have an intuitive interface that just works. I started with Red Hat and I have used at least 30 different distributions through the years. They have made huge progress through the years. Nobody runs Gentoo or Slackware anymore.
You want to hear my favorite Drupal joke, I asked their leader to finish the following sentence. If it aint broke, then…He said, it doesn’t have enough features.
I think the main reason they do this is because of economics. These are open source projects, and they are not getting paid for their work, but they can use their product to create web sites for other people and get paid. Therefore they think by making it nerd exclusive, polishing their reputation with taxonomy speak, getting other people to believe, yes it is more difficult and more expensive, but it is because we are worth it. Well Drupal, your not worth it. Terrible design, and a dickish community. No thanks.
Anyway this is why I am using word press, and it has been a breath of fresh air.