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An entire book can be written about the merits and handicaps of a helmet.
When you go crazy, as eventually we all do, then you can choose to self-destruct and leave the helmet home. I do sometimes wear a helmet, despite their occasional pitfalls. My rationalization for both arguments follows.
Reasons to wear a helmet:
1) Helmets protect your head from injury in a wreck.
2) Helmets protect your hearing.
3) Helmets protect your eyes and face from bugs, rain, and debris when using a face shield.
4) Helmets keep your ears warm.
5) It may be the law where you’re riding.
6) You need to have your phone headset available for calls or data (illegal in some states).
Reasons I don’t wear a helmet:
1) They can impair your hearing, and experienced riders carefully and constantly listen for cars, sirens, and adverse traffic conditions. I’m already half-deaf and need every advantage.
2) They’re hot. I ride in Florida.
3) They’re difficult to safely store and cumbersome to carry around.
4) They can impair your peripheral vision.
5) I once had a huge roach crawl out across the inside of my face shield while riding.
6) It’s currently legal to ride without one in Florida.
7) I never use the phone or listen to music while driving, for any reason.
8) My face is hideous and has callouses already. I like to show it off and scare the children.
Now you may notice that being “cool” is not listed above. I’m bad-ass because I’m me, not because I’m fearless or reckless or crazy, or because I don’t wear a helmet. Use the tools provided to you. Save yourself. That’s cool. During the winter and rain, I prefer a full-faced helmet. Yeah, my helmet is cool, but I’d wear a “Barbie” helmet if required. No, that’s a lie. I’m sorry. I just lied. I wouldn’t ride at all if I had no other choice but a “Barbie” helmet. I’d walk. Hell, I’d probably still be walking right now – but I’d walk.
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Wear a helmet!
I don’t wear a helmet, but I’m crazy, remember? A helmet will protect you from the inevitable consequences of learning. You will have an accident during the first six months of riding. It will be because you did something stupid. It will hopefully involve nothing more than sliding down the road, on your back, for about 10 seconds. Those ten seconds will tick by very slowly. You will feel the skin coming off your body, but it won’t hurt at first. If wearing a helmet, you’ll tend to lean onto it, to escape some of the damage to your back – specifically your shoulder blades. It’s like a reflex. Then you’ll pause to consider the weird effect of time dilation you’re experiencing. You’ll think about your day, that day, what you’ll do later, have for dinner. When was the last time you called mom? You’ll consider the strange nature of quantum mechanics, and whether or not Kennedy’s assassination was an inside job. You may decide which political candidate you favor. It will seem to take forever to stop sliding. Then it finally happens, and you’re, like, “Oh boy! It’s over! Thank God!”
Getting up afterward is interesting. The adrenaline is still pouring through your body, and the first time you experience this you’ll probably be shocked to discover strange bones sticking out of your body. Nothing hurts now, but it will, oh it definitely will. Even if you walk away without a scratch, the stress on your body will leave it sore for days, if not longer. The good news, though, is that you wore a helmet and you’re alive to experience it. If you survive your first wreck, you’ve earned some wisdom points and are less likely to do something really stupid in the future. It will take time.
More next week.
I developed Silent Sword and PC Lockdown with the amazing Inverted Paradigms/Delta Insights team, including Lee Hansen, George Emigh, and many other incredible designers.
Silent Sword was a revolutionary, anti-virus software that stopped viruses and other malware from executing and damaging operating systems. Silent Sword not only blocked the malware but also enhanced the computer’s overall system performance. Now retired, it set the foundation for many of the solid IT security products in use today.
So Silent Sword worked a lot like your front door. You don’t let perfect strangers in, do you? Do you lock your door? Of course, you do, and for good reason. In 2005, Windows was built without a door in the doorway. Silent Sword became the door, with a good lock and a camera to identify the person knocking. Bad guys never had a chance to get inside. It worked great.
Silent Sword made security decisions based upon a “gray list” – it assumed only bad guys were at the “door” to your computer. Anybody “knocking” on your door was checked for a unique identity. Without proper ID, the door was kept locked. If the guy at your door was a known to be friendly, he was permitted entrance. If not a known friendly”, then his ID was submitted to an online database for evaluation, but he wasn’t let into your house without a challenge.
Thus came Silent Sword as the result of two years’ effort. I owned Emergency Computer Services, Inc. in Southwest FL and had built a large library of self-authored software utilities to automate the repair process. Software errors accounted for about half of all computer problems. By linking these utilities together, I was able to fix 50% of computer problems in a matter of seconds – a quick buck! The epiphany of Silent Sword came by adding an automated startup software check – as a result it eliminated the threat of ALL current malware. Written in Delphi (Pascal), it was sold to Horizon Holding for an undisclosed amount in 2006.
Google News link – Sarasota Herald Tribune re: Silent Sword
PRNewswire archive – press release regarding the 2006 Silent Sword sale to Horizon Holdings
Pertinent trademarks still featured on Inventively.com
You can STILL download Silent Sword from CNet (DON’T DO IT! Unsupported!!)
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Everyone is trying to kill you. I learned this after being hit a car on Fruitville Rd in beautiful Sarasota, Florida. It wasn’t the first accident I’d had, but waking up to an army of paramedics while staring at the sky had this educational effect. I always thought that everyone was watching everyone else – like I did. No. They aren’t watching, and neither was I when I wandered in front of a car lingering in my blind spot. I walked away with barely a concussion, but the memory of that incident left a permanent impact upon my habits. No one sees you. They’re all trying to kill you. I’ll come back to this concept often.
I can’t remember the first time I wiped out. There have been so many. I’ve lost pretty much every inch of skin on my body to the effects of friction and asphalt. There are places that are impossible to scrape, but I figure that the countless times I’ve lost the skin on my arms, knees, and ass fills in the gaps. I have come to a dead stop and grievously injured my gonads. I’ve burned the inside of my thighs on dirt bike mufflers. That hurts, by the way. I had my “junk” freeze to my gas tank, but that’s a matter for another tale. A helmet (by the way) does not protect your nose from the effects of asphalt.
Everyone is trying to kill me.
The above thought runs through my brain every time I get on two wheels. It’s the product of an ungodly number of motorcycle miles and the resulting brushes with death. I will likely die in a motorcycle accident. I know this. But I’d rather spend my remaining wheels riding, than a few more hiding behind a steel cage. It’s a likely trade off, and one that I eagerly make. Anyone who’s ridden for any length of time will probably agree.
The assumption can be made that I’m crazy. I’d be hard-pressed to present a valid argument to the contrary. Insane or not, I do so thoroughly enjoy the wind in my face, the rumble of the bike as it growls down the road, the freedom – despite the exposure. It can be a pain in the ass; the rain, the bugs, the cold, the heat, the lack of a mere trunk. But I’ve learned to live a Spartan lifestyle, and there’s a simplicity to that life that makes it vastly more enjoyable. A zen thing. Yeah, I’m probably just crazy.
On my eighth birthday, way back in 1974, I woke up to a brand-spanking new Honda MR-50. I had no idea the joy that stood before me. Aside from sex, it would singularly lead me to the most precious experiences of my life. Shiny, red, with that “new bike” smell (actually smelt like oil if I properly recall)- it would be the vehicle of my future childhood adventures. My parents, my father in particular, had known the biker lifestyle. The greatest gift they could give me, was right there, begging me to go play. I did. Oh yes, I most certainly did.
The following stories are intended to illuminate. I’m hoping that through my errors, I can save lives. Even if only one person escapes, this effort has been worth it.
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Darknet, Bitcoin, Fraud is being released on Kindle and iTunes September 30, 2016.
I’m already working on new topics and revisions. Da Vinci once said that, “Art is never finished, only abandoned”. I must abandon this first edition and release the information to the wild. It’s not perfect, but it never would be. I can only hope that it helps someone do something constructive, aside from me and the many months it served as a worthwhile distraction.
I appreciate the many people that helped me with this effort!
I’m now a narrator for Audible! I’ll be submitting auditions over the next few weeks to try to establish a name for myself there. I’ll keep you informed as I progress! Thank you all for your encouragement, it keeps me moving forward.
After receiving scathing criticism about the previous theme, I’ve decided to move to a more responsive and mobile-friendly WordPress schema. So far I’m happy with it, any comments are welcome. I’ve also enabled audio files to be played directly from the site, and activated my showreel pages.
I never really felt good about the previous design, but I’m satisfied with it now and will begin building in earnest. Thanks for your patience and input!
Every time I research fraud statistics I get sick to my stomach.
Not from the amount of fraud mind you, but from the insignificance of those amounts compared to the profits generated by credit card companies! Hard numbers are difficult to nail, apparently obscured due to their obscenity. $25 trillion was projected for 2016 in worldwide eCommerce transactions, with somewhere between 2%-12% going to the bankers. That’s nearly $3 trillion in annual credit card revenues by some estimates. And we buy into it, willingly, happily even.
I smell another book on the horizon, but I promise I’m cheaper to buy than to kill!
My book, “Darknet, BitCoin, Fraud” is in editing and should be released to the publisher this month. I’m already researching the next edition. I also have a fictional story in the works and hope to make time to complete it. I thoroughly enjoy entertaining people, it’s the most satisfaction I find in life these days.