Pro Parts Heavy on No-Comply’s are the Doom of Skateboarding, or I’m Pissed that it’s Raining standard

A few years ago I thought it was great that the skateboarding world immersed itself in a love fest and every skater could do whatever trick he or she wanted. But today with the rain I might be brewing more negativity than usual. I purchased the new Enjoi video called ‘Oververt’ on Itunes. Although I’m glad they targeted old dudes with the 80’s heavy music selection, I found the amount of no complies/43’s/ or in general step off crap alarming. Also the skaters in this video smile way too much and had too much fun. The state of the skateboarding world is in peril, and we are all going soft! In the Powell videos of the late 80’s Ray Barbee ...

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Review of ‘Operation Thunderclap and the Black March…’ by Richard Allison standard

Richard Allison is my uncle and my godfather. He has been an active part of my life since I was a kid. We’ve gone on vacations, and since my college years we’ve shared our writings. For the family he has written a family history book, and a book on my grandfather’s service during WWII. This past month my uncle’s first officially published book came out by Casemate Publishers, and it’s called, Operation Thunderclap and the Black March: Two World War II Stories from the Unstoppable 91st Bomb Group. My uncle worked in a bank with Addison Bartush for a long time, and slowly learned his story. He officially interviewed him and reviewed his letters. This vet survived 31 flight missions ...

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Training Now to be Awesome in my 40’s standard

As a 37-year-old man, I have one simple goal in life. My goal is to be cooler at age 40 than I was at age 30. By cooler I don’t mean popularity shit. I mean I want to be in great shape, skate better, be financially secure, and few other things. A study showed that 80% of single men in their 40’s living in NYC who look good tap more models than single men in their 30’s who look horrible. Vanity is a virtue and beauty opens up doors. Sometime in life I got lazy and a little bit fat. There are a variety of reasons for this, but I should not concentrate on ‘what if’’ scenarios. The past is ...

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Do All 8 180s In A Line, and Commit to the Switch Tic-Tac Movement standard

Not all blog posts can be groundbreaking. In fact if I keep up the pace of 3 posts a week, at some points I’ll be digging for content. I’ve had a good few weeks, so now is time for a fluff post. Did you ever feel the absence of drills in the skateboarding world? In other sports they have all sorts of calisthenics, and routines to peak performance. To bring out everyone’s inner jockness, I came up with a drill specifically for skateboarding, whistles are optional. On Saturday I skated the new 181st skate park in Washington Heights. Our friend, in an unorthodox way did super basics in a game of S.K.A.T.E. His first trick was an ollie. I got ...

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The MLIS Degree is an Important Requirement for Library Work standard

Hiring freezes, recent unemployed grads, political/society attitudes, reference trends, technology, and shifts in services brings up the debate of if a Master’s Degree for Library and Information Science (MLIS) should be required. This conversation has been going on in some form since I was in grad school over a decade ago. I believe for many reasons the MLIS should be required, and below I’ll bullet point two reasons. First, I’ll say a few of the opposing viewpoints. One that is undeniable is that there is less reference in public libraries because of the Internet. If I wanted to know what baseball team won the World Series in the year I was born, I just type that question into google, and ...

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Sometimes I’m the Worst One in a Skate Session, and No One Cares standard

Bar patrons in the past have ordered me to step off the karaoke stage, but never has a skateboarder asked me to stop skating during a skate session. When I started back skating in 2009 after my ACL injury sometimes at skate parks I’d get vibed out and stop myself. The level of skating today is ridiculous, and in several instances I’m the worst skater at a skate park or spot. I believe people that are hyper competitive may be miserable as skaters. One of my friends that taught skating years ago told me that most adults that try to learn skating have a problem being at skate parks. They can barely ollie, and right next to them a twelve ...

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A Review of ‘Death to the Readers’ by Bob ‘Shaggy’ Crawford standard

‘Union Square’s Hubert Selby,’ reads an amazon review of Death to the Readers by Bob ‘Shaggy’ Crawford. I’m sure the amazon reviewer referred to the sex, drugs and profanity in this book. In addition to the content the structure is Selby like too. Selby threw away the dialogue rules and it worked. Shaggy does not have any paragraph or chapter breaks. Instead the thoughts are separated by some space. The only reason this works is the narration has a really strong voice. Shaggy is talented. I know Shaggy somewhat from skating Astor Square. I bought my copy off of him at the Starbucks during a session. Months later I got around to reading it. On the print copy there is ...

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Read ‘Almanac of the Dead,’ by Leslie Marmon Silko, it’s EPIC standard

I have a history with the book Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko. At least 6 years ago my old roommate, The Timmers, and I were having a rambling late night talk. I told him how I enjoyed the author Louise Erdrich, because how different her stories are being influenced by Native American folklore. The Timmers recommended I read Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko. I’ve meant to read it for years, and took it on many vacations. Somehow the weight of the book and the small print deterred me from starting it. I even read Silko’s much shorter breakthrough novel Ceremony first. Before I moved to Rockaway I asked Tim to borrow it again. He ...

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Thicker Skin Needed or Expect Nothing standard

A few weeks ago I wrote an entry on baseball and I tagged several people on facebook. One of my friend’s, a baseball fan, wrote me that I lowered myself to talk show barking with that post. Over a few emails I did get some suggestions from him to think over. Also on that facebook share I did not get a response from the majority of those I tagged. Over thinking ensued, and I did not blog for a week. I’ve read several successful authors state before they got famous, they could not give away their books. People are used to reading published, and polished work. None of my facebook friends are obligated to read anything I share. After all ...

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‘Ten Talk New York’–Shorter Edit on Youtube standard

My indulging in self-defeat post on not blogging for over a week can wait. Tonight I’m glad to share that Simon Heath put a 19 minute partial edit of his short film ‘Ten Talk New York’ on youtube. It is embedded above. Watch it, and then decide or not to purchase the full edit, which is roughly 40 minutes. — http://simonjheath.vhx.tv/ On Monday October 27th, Simon gave the third screening of this film at the Grand Tribeca Hotel. The nearly full screening room had a mix of skater friends, artists, and Australians. Afterwards Simon answered questions. In January he screened ‘Ten Men Talk New York.’ At that screening Anastasia, one of the interviewees in the film, stated he should interview ...

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Screw Baseball and The Rest of the Spectator Sports standard

As of today the World Series is tied at 1 game each for the Giants and Royals. I did not know this fact until I checked. I haven’t paid attention to baseball since the Cardinals beat the Mets in game 7 of the National League playoffs seven years ago. I don’t dislike baseball or any other sports that much, and I appreciate athletic prowess. But if I want to make it in the blogging world I need to throw daggers. Baseball sucks because it’s a spectator sport. Millions of people sit on their asses at home, in bars, or in stadiums and cheer on dudes for three or more hours at a clip. The season starts in April, and including ...

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Transferred the blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org and Bluehost standard

Even though I knew my vacation was for a week and a half I did not plan to stop blogging. I thought once my parents went to sleep I could turn out 500 word posts easily. A few Fridays ago, the night before my flight, I wrote about changing my comment feed. I got the suggestion to add Disqus. I learned that disqus and many other services are called plug-ins. Plug-ins work with wordpress.org, and not wordpress.com. I remembered the speaker, Nina Amir, at the Writer’s Digest Conference strongly recommending blogging with wordpress.org instead of wordpress.com. Near midnight that Friday I decided to make the change. I read this article I found from a google search http://michaelhyatt.com/convert-wordpress-com-wordpress-org.html . The page ...

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Update: Flip Flopping Yet Again On Commenting Settings standard

Dear Readers, According to my blog posts earlier this year I blocked all possible comments on my entries. I did this because of a lack of legitimate comments and a lot of spam comments. I got tired of comments in languages I can’t read with suspicious links. But since that decision I learned about blogging platforms. I changed my mind on comments once again, and now will allow comments with minimal restrictions. Recently I’m writing posts three times a week, and last month averaged over 40 views per day. At the Writer’s Digest Conference I learned 3,000 page views or more a month should interest agents and publishers. 3,000 page views per month averages 100 page views a day. I’m ...

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