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 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 a ...

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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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In the Past Colds Stopped My Running, Cross Your Fingers For me! standard

I made two positive life changes a little over two weeks ago. One was to take a break from alcohol, and I’ve been okay with that. Secondly I started running. I ran four times both weeks. On Sunday I woke up bright and early to skate the LES skate park at 9 am. Then I skated a lot that day. For all this good work I got a cold that took me out the first two days of this week. Looking back maybe I should have worn a long sleeve on Sunday while skating so many hours. Tonight after a long workday I got a bite to eat and almost ordered a drink with it. I was annoyed that after ...

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We Love and Will Miss the Curb at Astor, Simon Heath Raises Awareness, and Skate Spot Ideas standard

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvlRbWFqli4&feature=youtu.be] This morning I skated the LES skate park, had lunch with my sister and nephew, and really looked forward to ripping up the curb with my dawgs at Astor Square. Once I got there I saw barricades around the cube and construction stuff. Astor Square is getting redeveloped, and it looks to be eminent. Simon Heath (no nepotism here) made a great edit just last week. He interviews Big Jim Moore, Clayton Patterson, Matthew Taub, Jim Power, JF Vergel, and Sean Gallagher. These are local skaters, and creative types. The four-minute youtube clip is free, and gives some perspective that maybe IBM and other corporate new comers do not help the community. The artist Jim Power wants to fight ...

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Pop Off the Tail and Nose OR DIE standard

People that don’t skateboard may look at the modern street shape for skate decks as symmetrical, or the same. But to the skateboarder the tail, and the nose are different entities. By the shape the nose might only be slightly steeper, or rounded compared to the tail. But riding a board they become vastly different. I’m sure that I’m not the only skater who has made self-imposed rules for which tricks to do off the tail, and which they do off the nose. Learning skateboarding tricks is literally doing the same motions over and over. One might adjust some and analyze the movements, but the whole thing is repetitive. And guess what? Once you learn something, you keep doing it ...

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Only Use the Word Disgusting for Filthy Things standard

First, I want to make it clear, that I do not want to associate myself with the grammar police. I think half of the grammar snobs are afraid to write their own stuff and relish in putting down people that actually put writing online. But, I have noticed in my many years of customer service the misuse of the word ‘disgusting.’ This is really digging for content. I apologize in advance for this post and blame my stupid goal of blogging three times a week. Pictured above thanks to cell phone photo technology is the definition of disgust, disgusted, disgustful, and disgusting. This is from my personal copy of the American Heritage College Dictionary. Reading over the definitions it looks ...

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Yes, I’m Always Single, Get Over It. standard

Social norms are easing up on marriage expectations and sexual orientations. But one thing remains the same. People that are perpetually single stand out. You don’t have to be married or straight, but you better have a significant other. This blog entry is for all the people that are mostly solo, and that includes me. Friends and family perceive someone always single as being unhappy. Perhaps many single people are frustrated, but some purposely avoid relationships. I get this a lot as teasing from friends and conversations with family. Since I’m never seen with a woman, it’s odd. I know everyone has the best attentions but I’m annoyed and I don’t need advice. I work full time, have writing ambitions, ...

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Open Letter to Facebook on the Offensive ‘Skater Trainer’ Advertisements standard

Dear Facebook, Stop bullying me! I am foaming at the mouth in anger and self doubt as I write this. I find the fact that the ‘skater trainer’ advertisement is continually in my facebook feed offensive. Are you saying I can’t skate? Are you implying that my pop is weak and I haven’t skated since 1990? Yes, facebook, I skateboard, you are correct with your fancy user analytics. I am not sponsored, and my skateboarding may not be impressive. But I am not a beginner skater. Let me put this way facebook. Do you put advertisements for the latest tricycle technology to bicycle enthusiasts? Do you put advertisements on how to walk a mile to marathon runners? If not, you ...

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IMHO Banned Books and School Book Challenges are a Separate Issue standard

Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to read what one chooses and a reminder that censorship is bad. Overall I’m glad there is a week the literary world and the library world can shine in the news. This week gets far more press than library appreciation week in spring. But I feel the scope of what Banned Books week includes is too broad, specifically I feel book challenges in schools should be a separate issue. First off, in grad school at Kent State I took a course on Intellectual Freedom and I became a fan of the history of federally banned books in the United States. In the 1930’s James Joyce’s Ulysses was the first to get the federal ban ...

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