Sunday, September 24, 2017
Sports has always had it's share of social issues, and that's what Kaepernick did. He made a simple social protest statement. You can like it, hate it, ignore it, whatever. But his right to make that protest is the very thing our military forces have been fighting and dying for for over 200 years.
I would also suggest you look up the SCOTUS decision "West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette". Decrying what the professional athletes are doing is like spitting on the Constitution AND the flag.
Now, would/do I stand when our national anthem is played? Yes, I do. But if I were standing next to Colin Kaepernick, or anyone else that kneeled today, I would offer them my hand. Because I do respect our anthem, our flag, and our country.
Sunday, July 02, 2017
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Sometimes I forget what I'm doing just as I'm doing it. For example, I'll be showering and can't remember if I shampooed my hair. Or be in the middle of talking and forget what I'm talking about. This isn't something that just popped up now that I'm over 50, though. I've lost mental track since I can remember. But I'm sure it's been exacerbated by all the meds I've been on the last 20 years.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
I live in the Washington DC Metro area.
Like the rest of the east coast, it's cold. Make that COLD! I don't mind when it's cold, but this is STUPID COLD. Sometimes I wish I was still back in Nürnberg, but the Germany I knew doesn't exist anymore. Last time we were there was in the 70's and 80's. I wonder if the Green Goose is still around. It was a firetrap of a bar that played great rock/metal music. Practically lived there back then.
Oh well, enough daydreaming. Gotta go shovel some snow.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
I have been playing video games since the mid-70's and working in the computer field, primarily as a programmer, since the early 80's. Back in these early days, a term was coined; “hack.” The term was used to express the elegance or coolness of a particular piece of code. You might hear the phrase, “That was an awesome hack.” Therefor, those of us who hacked were called hackers and hacking was what we did. Initially, the term was used in a very positive way. The goal was always about making the programs run better, more efficient, easier to use.
Now, there have always been those who would use their programming prowess for nefarious endeavors. They created viruses, broke into systems, and stole data for fun and profit. Since they felt their code was of the highest caliber, they also started calling themselves hackers. Those of us who opposed their actions spent much time and effort to try and make the distinction between real hackers and those doing illicit things understood. Then the mainstream, non-technical media heard the term. From then on, we were tilting at windmills. Now, every virus, every data breach, every celebrity nude that hits the Internet is perpetrated by hackers. There is no way that we, the true hackers, will ever get our moniker back.
Hackers equals bad guys. Period. It has been irrevocably poisoned.
This is the state that the GamerGate tag has found itself. It is now completely associated with negative actions and attacks. The New York Times has said so. It doesn't matter that many in the GamerGate world are good people trying to do good things. It doesn't matter that there are those maliciously attacking said people. It doesn't matter what anyone, anywhere says or does.
GamerGate equals bad guys. Period. It has been irrevocably poisoned.
Right now the video game industry has just started to break out of the stereotypical “antisocial teen boys wasting their time” stigma. Educational gaming is growing. You can get a degree in game development. You can even get a varsity letter in sports playing video games for your university. But if the GamerGate tag continues to show up in articles and editorials in mainstream media, all of that progress will be lost.
And that would be tragic.
Monday, June 02, 2014
Recently I met someone who is an avid gamer who I thought might be interested in doing this with me. Turns out they were, so I'm going to give it a shot. Whether it works out to be something others might be interested in, or just another invisible blog taking up space on the 'Net, I think it'll be fun.
If you are curious, check out the Kwiksand Kronicles at http://kwiksandkronicles.blogspot.com. It's just getting started so there's little content yet (i.e. none), but cross your fingers and come along for the ride.
Like I said... If nothing else, it'll be fun.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
First, there's almost no overt stress to it. You simply get numb to everything. This crisis happens or that emergency comes up but, for you, it's just another case of reacting to daily events. Decisions get reduced to "or" choices.
- Pay the electric bill OR buy food
- Pay for Internet OR put gas in the car
What's on the agenda for today? Avoid collection agency calls, figure out how to make $1.15 last the rest of the month, call and see how Oma is doing, take son to Sober, try and find some kind of part-time job I can do until December, put off a boatload of other things because OVERLOAD!
Honestly, I was not made for this kind of reality.
And it's only going to get worse.