After I left the power plant and went to work for Dell on August 20, 2001, I wrote letters back to my friends at the plant letting them know how things were going. This is the seventy first letter I wrote. Keep in mind that at the time when I originally penned this letter I didn’t intend on it being posted online.
4/4/03 – Interns at Dell Computer Corporation
Dear brave Soonerites,
By now, I suppose you are in the middle of an overhaul. I wish all of you well. Work safe. Think of the “Yellow Flag” before the accident happens. Lift with your legs and not with your back. Do the circle for safety. Watch out for the other guy, and don’t take any wooden nickels. Oh, and finish your work two weeks early so that you can “Help the team!!”
I was searching the internet on how to get to LAX from Oceanside without a car. I wanted to know if it would be worth it to try to fly a bargain airline out of LAX on a trip to Europe. One airline has a flight with connections to several European cities that leaves LAX in the late morning. For me that would mean an early morning train from Oceanside to Los Angeles and getting a connection to LAX. The problem is making connections to LAX. The easiest solution would be to get off the train at LAUS and catch the Flyaway bus to LAX. But this is roundabout adding miles and time compared to a more direct connection. I would have to catch a very early train and waste time getting to LAX. I would want to get to LAX by…
“It doesn’t matter if you fall down; get the fuck back up.”
James ‘Buddy’ Nielsen
I have always viewed each post on this site as a chapter in my life. Once a piece is written and published, I move on to the next, making a conscious effort not to look back at the works that I have already completed. But over the past five months I have been moving through a period of introspection, confronting myself with the darker aspects of my personality, and forcing myself to read through the chapters of my life that I have transcribed and shared with the world.
During my readings, I stumbled across a post called Bellicose; a piece in which I likened my own life and creative evolution to boxing. At the time, I thought that I had been through some shit; I believed that life had knocked me down and that I had learned…
To say 2016 was a bad year for progress is an understatement. A right-wing populist surge continues to sweep the Western world, bloody conflict rages on in the Middle-East, and with it comes an outpouring of refugees in unprecedented numbers. The left and the principles of liberalism as a whole have taken a beating, and given the state of social-democratic and socialist parties across Europe, 2017 doesn’t look like it will be much better. This article will argue that whilst the Left largely deserves to be in the dire state that it is, there is hope for progressive parties in 2017 and beyond.
2016 certainly has been a bad year for people who consider themselves to be left of centre: in America Donald Trump won a shock victory, Britain voted narrowly to leave the EU, and across Europe, liberals are in rout. It’s not just a case of losing elections…