Novel Update: A Complete Rewrite By Hand standard

For any aspiring writers that find my blog through a search be wary. If you’re looking for writing advice seek Writer’s Digest articles or search for interviews of your favorite authors. It’s a blessing that there is a plethora of information online, but every freaking person that aspires to write a novel, blogs about his or her process. That means it’s easy to get bad advice. I hate to pour my change into the river of misinformation, but I’m conceded and this is my blog, so I’m giving a novel update. After the Writer’s Digest 2014 conference in August I was charged to get my book out. I gave it out to my ‘beta-readers’ and I sent it to the ...

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The First Ever Mallisonwhat Contest! Win Dingle Berries (wheels)!!!!! standard

Looking back at some of my personal expenditures, one could say I have impulse control issues. Buying two sets of Dingle Berry OJ 42 mm wheels seemed like a good idea at the time. Recently I set up a complete around those wheels at Homage skate shop; a Tired 9.25 deck with a retro shape, and Indy 159’s. This was to be my 1992 nostalgia overload goodness. I would get pressure flips and switch tres with ease. However skating this setup, I realized this board was not a tech board, even with tiny wheels. I was at Thompkins so I ran to Reciprocal Skate Shop and bought 58 mm wheels. Of course I posted my purchase on facebook, instragram, and ...

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Every Country in the World Should Separate Church and State standard

With the recent shootings in Paris of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper staff terrorist acts in the name of religion are again making headlines. I am not going to write about Islamic terrorists or the Hebdo shootings, because there is enough professionally written articles on those topics to read through. What I am going to write is my opinion that all religions need to take a back seat in our world, and there should definitely be no countries run by religious doctrines. Over my lifetime I have seen the benefits of religion on the individual level. With things like addiction, grieving, and other hardships religion does give people something to live for during hard times. Religion can take a down and ...

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I Suggest the Michael Pollan Books on Food! standard

A few months ago I read Food Rules by Michael Pollan, and thought it informative but too brief. In Defense of Food is more substantial on the state of modern day food. According to goodreads The Omnivore’s Dilemma is more pack loaded with food advice. One lunch with my sister I mentioned these books, and was surprised she did not read them. She’s stated similar facts forever, so many already know this stuff. I’m ignorant on food, and have a convenient diet. By convenient diet I mean I eat what’s fast, easy to get, and cheap. Reading this book you’ll learn that the capitalism of America and Britain literary changed the way we eat. Nutrition was created by scientifically abstracting ...

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Tired and Thrasher Make the Biggest Tribute of All Time to Old Dudes Skating standard

Thrasher, Tired video On Christmas Thrasher put a video up by the company Tired that speaks volumes. In my opinion this is the biggest recognition of the old dude skate movement by the skateboard industry. Pro videos show a continual higher and unachievable standard for the majority of skateboarders. Most non-skaters think to skateboard you have to throw yourself down 10 stairs or jump the wall of China on a mega ramp. Tired celebrates that everyone can skate by showing regular old dudes skating, and to me puts some fun back into the scene. There is room for all levels of skating. I know it’s a cliché to say the important thing is to have fun while skating, but that’s ...

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Follow Standards Or Be Myself, Purchasing 42 mm Skateboard Wheels standard

I believe the year was 1990, but don’t quote me on that. For either Christmas or my birthday my parents told me to decide which video game system to get. We had Atari for years, and skipped that Nintendo thing. Nintendo was played out then so I narrowed it down to two choices, The TurboGrafx 16, or the Sega Genesis. I chose the TurboGrafx 16 since no one in the neighborhood had it, and the graphics looked cool. Shortly after getting that system, I learned the video stores did not rent those games. Even though I enjoyed playing that system I learned a valuable lesson. Sometimes it’s good to go with the more popular products. As an adult I use ...

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2014, Mediocre & Triumphant–Plus the Annual Reading Log! standard

Life is a series of competitions between loved ones, peers, and friends. At the end of each year it’s good to assess how you are doing compared to the people around you. Analyzing performance leads to planning New Year’s resolutions to help gain ground against everyone else. In some ways 2014 was a null year for me. I’m thankful that I’ve had no serious injuries skateboarding, but I’m alarmed at my lack of progression. Actually I don’t think I’ve progressed at all since 2012. If my 1993 self visited me today he would not be impressed. Once a week sessions don’t cut it, and I am the only one to blame. Even though I’m glad I got active with running ...

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One Problem With Legalizing All Drugs is Steroids Would Ruin Everything standard

steroids picture! Imagine if all drugs were legal in the United States of America. There would be millions less in jail, and we’d be closer to being an actual ‘free country’ where grownups make their own damn decisions on how to live. I thought of one horrendous outcome, and really the only problem to legalizing drugs. Steroids is a drug too, and one that could destroy everything if available legally to the masses. It’s common knowledge that a steroid user can at least quadruple their muscle mass with no exercise. In a matter of weeks a person can turn from normal size to dangerously strong with no effort. The current obesity problem in our country would morph into millions of ...

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Ef My Own Facebook Feed!!!! standard

After my last post I thought about alienating myself from all of my skate friends with an entry titled, ‘Skateboarding is NOT Art.’ But as a week passed I thought better of it. Why not attempt to alienate all of the friends on my facebook feed, not only my skate bros? My last post on facebook was an instagram picture from Saturday night November 29th. Pictured to the left it’s blurry and bad. The next day I realized I post way too much shit on my social media feed. Therefore I didn’t post anything for a week, and guess what? Life went on, no one emailed his or her concerns to me, and probably no one blinked an eye. I ...

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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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