Thursday, September 13, 2018

How to Use r/wroteabook to Benefit Everyone Here

There are 4300 subscribers on this thread but it seems like there's not a lot of activity other than posting a book.  Not a lot of up-voting and not a lot of action. 

This is not taking advantage of what this thread could be.

Here's what I would like book posters to do:

1.  Find a book someone has posted that you might like
2.  Buy it or borrow it
3.  Read it
4.  If it's good, review it on Amazon and tell the author
5.  If it's not good, tell the author via the book's reddit thread to help them out
6.  Provide some useful feedback either way on the reddit thread for the book
7.  Repeat as often as you can.

If you post a book, you should do this at least once simply as a point of courtesy and with the hope that someone will return the favor.  It's hard to get quality reviews, so let's leverage this community to help each other out.

As an aside, Kindle Unlimited is $10 per month and you can read as many books as you want for free (assuming the author activates it, which most do).  You can have 10 books at a time. 

I also think people should add KU to their title if their book is available for free so we can read as many of those as possible.

Feel free to read and review my tax books (written for normal people):
amazon.com/author/kirkea

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Impeaching Trump

So I'm reading and hearing lots of speculation on if Trump is going to be impeached. Lots of analysis of laws and precedents and who said and did what.
It's all bullshit.
The most important factor in whether Trump gets impeached is who wins the House in November. Whether he gets convicted: Who wins the Senate.
Laws don't matter. Truth doesn't matter. This is all typical Dem/Rep partisan fuckwaddery designed to keep you distracted and aligned with the proper tribe.
And if the Dems impeach Trump, the Reps will pull the same crap on the next Dem President if they own the House.
Sure, Trump is making it easier on them by giving them stuff to work with, but let's not pretend or be fooled into thinking that this has anything to do with anything other than control and consolidation of power.
Stop voting for D's and R's. None of this will stop until at least 15% of you wake up and smell the stench of the Big Bucket of Fuck they're feeding you out of.

Monday, June 25, 2018

I am NOT a Libertarian

Though I agree with them on many things, and vote for them often.

More to follow...

An Exercise in Not Being Hopelessly Partisan

List ten positive things about your favorite and least favorite politician.  List ten bad things about the same two people.  Get mad about all 20 bad things, give credit for all 20 good things.  If you can't do this, you are hopelessly partisan and are part of the problem.  You do not have to do this publicly.  If you can't think of them off the top of your head, spend some time researching.
It is simply impossible that your political opponents are wrong about everything.  It is absolutely possible that you think they are wrong about some things simply because they are your political opponent and that's what our government wants.
Who wins when a country is divided?
It's the people who want more power and control and less accountability.  I'll give you a hint: when you see their name in print they have a D or an R after their name.
Break the cycle of assuming a PARTY wants anything from you other than your vote, and will offer you anything more than a reason to hate the other party enough to keep you voting for them and not noticing that they never actually FIX anything they proclaim to be so badly broken that it is literally a TRAGEDY if it isn't fixed immediately.
Another exercise to help you to stop vilifying the PEOPLE (actual human beings) who don't vote the same way you do.  List ten GOOD reasons that someone might vote for the politician you hate.
Let's try to remember that PEOPLE are generally good, and want others live's to be better. 
Let's also remember that it is a pretty good time to be alive. 
Let's personally help others better their lives. 
Leave jealousy and anger behind. 
Make ONE person's day better today, and make NO person's day worse.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Double IPA Blind Taste Testing - Update

For the last couple of years, we have been doing blind taste tests of Double IPAs.  The original post is HERE (with the full rankings).

This summer we will be doing a bunch, always trying to include previously tested beers so we can roughly rank them.

Here's what we are doing this summer (at a minimum):

Wicked Weed Freak of Nature
Edmunds Oast Viridi Rex
Burlington Wizard (it's complicated)
Clown Shoes Galactica
Boulevard The Calling
Coast Boy King
Crooked Run Orbz
Weyerbacher Double Simcoe
Westbrook Two Claw
Fiddlehead Second Fiddle
Maui Double Overhead

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

If you're pissed off at people protesting the anthem (as I often am). I would encourage you to remember the last line.
I've written about freedom a lot. Let's talk about being brave.
Is it brave for a police officer to not take the extra seconds, admittedly at the risk of his own life, before shooting someone?
Is it brave to deny people the right to bear arms because we risk criminals having guns?
Is it brave to turn our backs on desperate refugees because terrorists MIGHT use our compassion against us?
I could go on. I bet you could think of dozens of examples.
Americans need to grow some balls and live up to the anthem we're so worked up about.

Friday, October 20, 2017