Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Paradoxical Intention

    Two years ago I read this book called "Man's Search for Meaning", a book half about Viktor E. Frankl's struggle in a German concentration camp, and half about the therapeutic technique called, LOGOTHERAPY. This is probably one of the greatest therapeutic ideas since Freud, because Dr. Frankl uses one's sense of humor and logic to fight one's fears and tribulation. There is one process he brings up that has set me spinning on a Lazy Susan.
    Paradoxical Intention.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Track Bicycles, Fixed Gears, and Fixies

     A few months ago I had a building need for a fixed gear bike. It progressed when the movie Premium Rush came out, by then I was dreaming about them, and it was driving me mad! I already had a bike that I had planned to turn into a fixie, which I dismantled. I also custom built a 27 inch fixed wheel, because I knew 27 inch tires are super cheap (and when I learned how to skid brake, I took advantage of the cheapness).
     Fixed gear bikes are the purest of all bicycles out on the market today. Fixies were the first bikes to be built, and were used by everyone, that is until the automobile came around. Most bicycles today use a freewheel which allows you to coast or cease leg movement without a wreck. Fix gears on the other hand, do not have a freewheel, if you were to stop your legs, the bike would stop. But for a fixed gear it takes a little more effort stopping your legs.
     Here is a bit of food for your thinker: when running, do you ever cease leg movement to relax your legs? If you were running at a high speed and just stopped, you'd trip and fall. Now explain to me why you would ride a bike any differently. Therefore a fixed gear bike is the bike to have!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Woman, PEH!

    Today while cycling around, I stopped at a stop light and this car pulled upside to me, I looked over and noticed it was a girl, so I flicked my head back and raised my eyebrows. She the put her hand out, knowing full well I was watching, and messed with her wedding ring! Excuse me, ma'am, I'm probably never going to see you again, SO PUT YOUR HAND DOWN. It really intrigued me, could someone be so self absorbed to think all men that look at her to be "lusting" after her. Then it made me think, if a person that has this more or less sexual paranoia, would be more prone to cheating on his or her mate? Fast-food for thought.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The (Unplanned) Trip to Holly, Washington

A little introduction to what I was doing: I had previously planned to bike to my uncle's house in Bremerton, and leave a note saying "Lucas was here", but I kinda got lost... Here is my story...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

My Mega Modernization Project of a Vintage Schwinn Varstiy!

In the month of August, 2011, I was given a Schwinn Varsity frame, fork, and various other parts. I was planning the build project to be a restoration, but I was sorely wrong. Finding the correct parts, i.e., 27 inch wheelset, 1 piece crankset, was to complicated, I then decided I was going to modernize the all-American steel frame!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Brain Doors: Gateways to Possiblilies

    Surgeons have found oak doors in patients brains while... Just kidding, the doors of which I speak are merely figurative.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bicycles are Rad

When designing a bike, I start out with the generic frame, then sculpt the lines to make some pretty radical bikes. When designing a bike, I keep in mind the structure; bikes are made of triangles... Well, the simple ones are...

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I am not in the "Now"

    The communication levels in teens have dropped significantly since 1990. Why 1990 you say? The invention of the cellular telephone.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Associations... THE WARNING LABEL

    I have told you about most all attributes of the "Associationator". These next tips will save your favourite things by redirecting the subconscious.

#1. Never make an association with a relationship to a favourite song. Everyone picks that perfect song, for the perfect couple, nothing is perfect. I had a relationship that I though would last forever (nothing is perfect), and I had made an association with the song "With Your Love", by Jefferson Starship. Well, as you have probably guessed, it didn't last past a month. Every time I would listen to the song, I would become depressed. Please, if you want to have your favourite song ruined, go ahead and make the association, otherwise utilize this to your own good.

#2. If you are going to have a serious argument, take it elsewhere. Try to avoid parts of the house you are fond with. An argument is negative to the subconscious leaving an imprint of the argument, topic, location, mood, etc. If you are planning on an argument, take it into the bathroom (nobody is overly fond of their bathrooms), take it outside, or if you are at work ask to leave the sales floor, office, construction area, etc. This will protect you from, essentially, hating your job.

I could not think of a third warning, so if you have negative associations comment and let me know what "goes down" in you head. It will really help my research.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Outsourcing Kills!!

           Have you ever wondered why jobs are being cut and factories being shut down all over the U.S, or why everything is "made in China"? One word can describe this, outsourcing. Outsourcing is less expensive than having to pay American workers $8.15 an hour, because countries like China, Taiwan, India, Etc., accept less pay because the U.S. dollar is worth more in their countries. But if it is better for companies to outsource, is it better for the U.S.? I believe it is not, outsourcing is not creating jobs in America, in turn it is ruining our economy.

            There is a large list of companies that started in America then outsourced because it was cheaper. Some big company names are Wal-Mart, Schwinn, and various other toy and electronic producers. But cutting jobs in America and outsourcing to China may be in expensive but it is not better. Cutting jobs in America lowers the amount of workers, who are tax payers, who input money into the economy, therefore lowering the worth of the U.S. dollar and raising the overall national debt.

            Franklin D. Roosevelt once improved the American morale when there was the Great Depression. He created jobs that didn't pay much, but it was money which the American people lacked and the simple jobs gave them hope. Nowadays, we are cutting America jobs and sending them to China, India, Taiwan, etc., severely destroying the American morale, which FDR built up. Why do we choose countries like China? Well, it is simple China, a Communist country, has a "fixed economy," meaning no matter how much debt they owe, the worth of their currency stays the same. Technically this is illegal for the global economy, but companies, like Wal-Mart, find it desirable. Now let me ask you, are we, as the working class, supposed to move to China and get a decent job? The answer is, no, we must fight for our country, our economy, and our freedom.

            But outsourcing isn't completely unjustified. Outsourced companies still contribute to the economy by paying taxes, a decent amount too. Also China, having a cheaper work labor, allows prices to be low. That is one reason why people find Wal-Mart desirable, because of their amazingly low prices. The real reason why Wal-Mart is successful is their "no-demand" system. They have a computer system that tracks what is bought so they can order that item or items. Say you order five Snickers bars, Wal-Mart will order five Snickers bars. This system makes it so there is no supply or demand, this system is very desirable among other corporations all across the world. But the outsourced company’s tax input is not enough to compensate for the American workers who were laid off.

            Therefore, it is my sincere belief that it may be cheaper to outsource but it is not always better. Outsourcing lowers the amount of tax payers, raising the U.S. debt and lowering the worth of the U.S. currency. The American morale is being diminished by outsourcing and job cuts; the economy is receiving the blow of job cuts too. Would you want to see "Made in China" written on every product you buy, or would you rather be assured by the "Made in the U.S." badge?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Issues With My Subconscious.

    I've always been slightly OCD. It wasn't until recently, when I identified my compulsive behaviors, that they were "enhanced". Here is a detailed explanation of what goes on in my psyche.

The Subconscience and Morals

    You may have noticed my interest in the subconscious mind, I have covered the topic in many of my previous posts. I am developing many theories, as well as truths into the functionality of the psyche. Now, this is an elaboration on a topic my friend brought up. He said he was tired of "picking up the ho's." I told him there were two variables affecting his personality and "picking up 'chicks.'" First, the groups he was hanging out with are most likely not the most "christian." Second, he must change his morals, then will the "attract-ees" will change. The group part was a simple guess, but the morals go more in depth.
    The subconscious is a very complex machine. One job that it does very well, especially in men, is the transmission of testosterone. The amount of man-pheromones emitted, all hangs on your morals. If all you think about is defiling women, then you will pick up the defilable women. But, if you think about respecting women and being polite, then, your personality will change, as well as your morals. So, if you are tired of attracting the "easy" crowd, simply change your morals.