I am unusual in that I lack a class identity. My father, a physicist who worked for the US government, married out of his class, which was upper middle. My Mom's father was a redneck type who chewed tobacco and raised gamecocks in the back yard of his small house on the outskirts of Arkansas City, Kansas. Growing up I never felt that I belonged to either class. I did feel that I belonged to a country however. I had a strong identity as an American when I was young.
I am old now. In some ways I like being old. When I was young I never thought that would happen. When I was young I identified with youth very much.
There is no television in my home, which is a small studio apartment in "downtown" San Francisco. "Downtown" is what they call it here. I would call it "inner city," though I would hasten to add that the neighborhood is not dangerous. In my opinion television was the worst thing that ever happened to the country, including slavery. Not that slavery was not evil. It was pretty bad.
I am a tennis player. It is not a hobby because I feel moral obligation to play, and in no sense am I escaping reality. I also do writing. When I was in high school reading Orwell's Keep the Aspidistra Flying made me want to be a writer.
I live with two cats and I take the bus because I can't afford a car.
NTRP Tournament Tennis and Racquet Stringing
by Kendra Blewitt
Approx. 32,090 words.
Published on March 2, 2012.
It strives to say intelligent things about tournament tennis and the related subject of racquet stringing, and to do so using clear English.
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- Boob Tube (a Soap Opera Novel)
on May 13, 2011
I kept turning the pages out of interest. The drama was good. The sex was at first a bummer but I got used to it. My primary impression, which I think the authors intended, was of extreme cultural decadence. People with gigantic egos that closed off all pathways to their souls. Apparently that is the reality of the Hollywood soap scene, if not of Hollywood generally. I found myself thanking God that I was a failure. Some of the characters depicted, “celebrity” types and their various agents, will surely be reincarnated as rats or vampire bats. I get the feeling that what is depicted is truth and reality in Hollywood. Thank heavens I live at a great distance from Hollywood. I stopped watching television years ago. Boy, am I glad I did that! The book is definitely worth reading.
- Framing 9/11
on June 18, 2011
In my opinion this book is disinfo. I am moderately well read regarding the 9/11 question. Regarding the assertion or “news” that no real airplanes struck the Twin Towers, Christopher Bollyn told me in an e-mail that the “no planers” were disinfo people. I am not socially connected with any of these people, however I suspect that Gage, Jones, Hoffman and Paul share this sentiment, as I do. Disinformation is not accidentally false opinion acquired in a sincere quest for truth. Disinformation is a political act; it is totally distinct from any pursuit of truth or knowledge. It is the deliberate introduction of false belief into the minds of the members of an activist group with the intention of doing harm to the group as a political entity. Sadly, this is done everywhere these days. It appears to be standard procedure. Spies and false news make trust difficult, and without trust are great acts possible? The Judy Wood energy ray theory is also disinfo, in my opinion. According to this theory the three WTC buildings that came down were destroyed by a secret military weapon that could fire a ray from a satellite that would vaporize steel on the earth below. Two points here: (1) If the existence along with the particulars of this hypothetical weapon are classified, there can be no documents proving its existence or stating its capabilities made available to the public. (2) The energy involved in producing a ray that would vaporize steel from outer space, losing energy as it penetrated the earth’s atmosphere, is so enormous that the hypothetical weapon is impossible, according to scientific opinion I have seen. I think this book is clearly disinfo. It is worth reading in case you want to study disinfo in order to be able to better recognize it when you encounter it in the future. Otherwise reading this book is a waste of time.
- How Likely are UFO's?
on Dec. 16, 2011
I give it 4 stars. I learned from it. Mostly I learned that I do not agree with modern physics regarding basic reality. Neely, the author writes, “Quantum Mechanics formulae have resulted in scientists coming to believe that more than three spatial dimensions are required to explain reality as we thought we knew it.” I am a student of Kant, and a disciple. I believe that space in itself is nothing. It is an idea that we have, and it is therefore something which we can examine, but its only objectivity is that it conditions our rudimentary sense data so that the mind can be affected by it. Space is not something out there. It is in us first of all, and the objects out there that are in space are productions of the mind, blown up like a balloon by imagination and conceptual thought from or out of the rudimentary sense data that affects it, blown up like a balloon in the nothingness of thought to be our world, and this rudimentary sense data that our actual, real experience is based on is not in itself anywhere. Because it is in us first of all, we know space a-priori. We are immediately familiar with space, and we know all that there is to know about it perfectly well. Thus, we know that space has three dimensions; and we know this much better than we (or any experts) know anything about atomic particles. That is what I believe. Regarding flying saucers, there is compelling evidence in that people have seen them at the same time and in the same place as they have been detected by radar as being, regarding where and when. That is hard to discount. Something must be there. Yet their movements defy what we know about the objects that we experience. The right-angled turns at 2,500 miles per hour, for example, are impossible; also, traveling through the atmosphere at such tremendous speed would make them extremely hot from friction. Neely suggests that these contradictions with our scientific knowledge might possibly be explained by the fact that space has more than 3 dimensions. Well, if you believe, as I do, that space only has 3 dimensions, then there is no possible explanation for the movement of these observed entities. Therefore they are not real objects in the world, the good evidence of their being observed simultaneously both by sight and radar notwithstanding. That is my present position. They are not part of our world. Whatever they are, they are not real things. Do they exist? I hope not. I do not want to believe in ghosts, or in other occult stuff. At present, thank heavens, I don’t.
- Encounter on Onion Peak
on Jan. 02, 2012
The author is a good story teller. The author also seems believable as a person. I accept the story being told as a true one. It doesn’t necessarily follow that Sasquatch exists. But I think that the story being told of the presumed encounter with a Sasquatch is completely genuine. The epub version I downloaded had no problems.
- The Top 5 Myths Of Medical Marijuana
on March 24, 2012
Old Hippie has a commercial flavor that the original “for real” hippie of the sixties did not have. My take on cannabis use is that it does no harm to others and it is not socially dangerous, so state power should leave it alone—as John Stuart Mill would argue. Old Hippie’s book provides some useful information in case you use medical marijuana. The writing is good and the info provided seems trustworthy.
- MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments
on March 28, 2012
The author seems to be a “straight” person who is into the cannabis thing just for reasons of health and pain relief. I find it refreshing to read material about this subject that does not have the hedonism that is typical of the marijuana community (to which I am an outsider, although I am a user). The author makes a good case regarding how good the medical benefits of cannabis are, and she raises the question of why something so beneficial to good health should be so outlawed by the American government. “Crystal meth” is officially rated as a less dangerous drug than cannabis in the USA, and so is “crack” cocaine. The author raises this point. Could it be that cannabis use is deemed to be “dangerous” because it makes propaganda become less effective? If so, where are we at? I found the book to be genuine, and I think it is a good example of what an e-book should be.
- The Hayfield
on May 02, 2012
I mostly read philosophy. I read Kant's metaphysics especially, which I consider to be the absolute height of things, but I also read serious fiction. I read Hemingway again this year, for example. I read "A Farewell to Arms." I am acquainted with Max, the author of the book in question, through tennis. I am a tournament player and Max was a USTA referee at a lot of the tournaments I played in. Anyhow I learned of Max's novel through the tennis scene and I read it, and, I must say, I am amazed by the quality of the literature. It compares favorably with the good stuff, i.e., classical literature, with which to some measure I am acquainted. This book is solid material, in my opinion; it does what for me novels are supposed to do, which is to provide an insightful picture of an historically significant people. In this case the people involved are the middle class of Americans that primarily made up the country until a few years ago. This book provides a good accurate picture of this historical people in terms of the motivations of their actions, or the workings of the soul. Personally speaking, I have found the time spent reading this book to be very rewarding.
- Motorcycle Safety (Vol. 1) Accident Free Riding, It's Not By Accident - Proven Techniques To Keep You On The Road And Off The Pavement
on July 25, 2013
Everyone who rides a motorcycle should read this book.
- Motorcycle Safety (Vol. 2) Accident-Free Riding Revisited - More Proven Techniques To Keep You Shiny Side Up And Rubber Side Down
on July 26, 2013
Years ago, when I was a student, I bought a motorcycle because to my mind it was a sports car that I could afford. I loved speed and I wanted a performance machine. I never did own a sports car. I never had the money. But along the way I did own 5 motorcycles. They were all street bikes. My main sport has always been tennis. As a sport, motorcycling has been a secondary sport to me—otherwise I would have done dirt riding, which teaches you the fundamentals of controlling the machine, I understand. I am basically a sports car person who enjoys fast driving, and for reasons of economy I do this with a motorcycle instead of with a car. Most of all, I think, I am a person who enjoys driving on the open road. The open road is a free place somehow, which I have liked all my life. On 5 occasions I made the trip between Santa Cruz, CA, and Wheaton, IL, riding a Yamaha 550 Vision. I made this trip on this particular bike using all three Interstate routes: Route 80, Route 40, and Route 10. In summary, I am far from being an expert motorcyclist, however I do have some experience, and, up to a point, I know what I am doing when it comes to riding a motorcycle. Recently, despite being age 68 and transsexual, I have been contemplating buying another motorcycle and riding again. I miss the road. I miss having wheels and I have caught the motorcycle "bug" again. I plan to get a used Ninja 250. With all this in mind I have read Bob Miller's two e-books on Accident-Free Riding. I have learned a lot from this. Miller has persuaded me that some of the things I used to do were wrong. For example, when going through a corner I would do it as you would do it on a race track, taking the widest arc and crossing over the center of the riding lane. Miller has persuaded me that it is best to stay in the outer third of the lane the whole time when taking a corner, instead crossing the slippery middle. Another thing is using the horn. I never used to use the horn. Miller has convinced me that using the horn should be standard procedure, and that it is a wise idea to invest in an after-market horn that makes a good loud sound. In general, Miller is a genuine expert motorcyclist who has much to say to anyone who rides regarding how to anticipate trouble and how to play the odds in order to best avoid having a crash. If street motorcycling were not dangerous it would not be as much of a sport as it is, nevertheless not crashing should be more important to you than anything else when you risk life and limb on the public road, right? In my opinion Miller's two e-books on Accident-Free Riding should not only be read by motorcyclists who ride on the public roads; they should be re-read time and again by those who do this, like a Bible.