Why Is Shit Always Such A Pain In The Arse?

Well, I guess where else would shit be a pain? Your nose? Don't answer that.

I talked about this in the Legion of Badass, but here's the basics of it out in public: on Wednesday, I wrote issue zero of the newsletter. I was going to upload it to the files area of the Legion. And somewhere between doing the podcast and going to upload it, I managed to corrupt the PDF and save another document over top of it, losing all of the layout and formatting and of course the content of the newsletter.

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I Know You Got Soul

It's been a long time; I shouldn't've left you, without a strong rhyme to step to, think of how many big shows you slept through - time's up, sorry I kept you. Thinkin' of this, you keep repeatin' the mix, the rhymes of the microphone solo wiz, so you sit by the radio, hand on the dial, soon... as you hear it... pump up the volume...

Sooooo you know how I keep saying "broadcast your failures" all the time? Heh. Hehehehehehe. Man, was this a big one.

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SHIT Beetles

The problem with getting started on your journey to badassery is that the only thing you really have is the SHIT people have thrown at you over the course of your life. And since it's all you have, you kind of don't want to get rid of it.

Just like your typical dung beetles, who carry their ball of shit around with them forever and eat it and mate on it and hatch their children in it. Most people will never transcend this beetle brain stage.

Hey, want to see the reason why we can't have nice things, as a general rule?

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The Exodus

So yesterday we talked about how your story begins, and of course I'm going to be offensive and draw biblical parallels because fuck you.

You started out with want, but you didn't know about it because your bucket was empty. Now you transition through filling your bucket and you go "hey, I need to do something about this thing that is wanting in my life."

And this is where you start the beetle-brain thing and you gather up your little ball of dung and start rolling it.

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That’s Right, We BAD

In the classic 1980 movie Stir Crazy, Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder are framed for bank robbery and sent to prison. As they approach the cell, Pryor coaches Wilder to "get bad, or else you gonna get fucked" and by the time they reach the cell they're twitching and bouncing around like junkies.

"That's right... that's right, we bad," Pryor announces as they enter the cell. "Uh-huh, uh-huh, we bad. We don't want no shit, either."

"That's right," adds Wilder. "Darn right."

Well, he tried.

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Beyond Belief

Now, yesterday, I pointed out that it doesn't really matter whether what you believe is true so long as you believe in something.

Which, on its face, is true. The world is full of people who get through their day by believing in specific concepts and ideas which may or may not be completely fucking retarded.

A lot of people talk to me about the law of attraction and The Secret. And then I talk to them about how the natural result of this belief is that you will go around waiting for things to happen to you, instead of, you know... doing things.

And they say "well, with an attitude like that, you are only going to attract difficulty and hardship into your life." Because like Yogi Berra said - some people, if they don't know, you can't tell 'em.

Most ignorance is willful.

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The First Step

萬丈高樓從地起 - maan zoeng gou lau cung dei hei - "ten-thousand measure high building from soil begin" - "the tallest buildings start from the ground" - "Every skyscraper stands where once was bare earth." (Chinese proverb)

If you're wondering what that has to do with steps, most people have translated this proverb as "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

It's kind of interesting that the Western version of that is about you personally doing a thing all by yourself that benefits nobody but you... and the Eastern version is about a major project no one person can do alone which results in something stable and permanent for the benefit of many. This is kind of the big difference between SLIM Jim and FAT Jack.

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