Social Media Pitfalls

As of this writing, it was about a week ago that I deleted all social media from my phone. I almost never use social media from any other device, so this was a pretty big step. The reasons I decided to do this were twofold. One, I was spending entirely too much time and energy…

5 Things Men Should Know by Age 50

I turned Fifty years old this week. Holy crap, if I had been given any clue that I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself. I have lived a pretty exciting life, from my perspective. I am going to present here my list of ten things every man should know…

Stand and Fight

I don’t recommend that anyone study what I study. The people who study what I study don’t sleep. The people who study what I study stay angry. The people who study what I study know what people are willing to do to each other. We stumble across trends in violence. We see different groups of…

Who is Responsible for Your Safety?

In our time we have a lot of luxuries, things our forebears never even dreamed of having. World travel is quick, the temperature is easily controlled, and all of the information from the entire history of mankind is accessible from a phone. Our society is, relatively speaking, peaceful and safe. There are bad people, but…

Mass Shootings: Do You Really Care?

At this writing, there was a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas yesterday, and another in Dayton, Ohio overnight. I am saddened by the shootings and disgusted by the public response. In this post, I am going to point out where so many people who think that they care are really showing…

RIPBianca: A Case Study in Safe Habits Online

I wanted to stay a little more lighthearted for a while after some of the more serious issues that we have discussed here, but fate’s big ol’ ugly face jumped in and changed those plans. I present this with a heavy heart as it is a terribly disturbing story, and it highlights some of the…

How Far Are You Willing to Go?

When it comes to personal safety, one of the things that I really try to bring home to my students is a simple concept. How far are you willing to go to ensure that you get out of the situation in one piece? This simple question will give you a pretty clear idea on whether…

Seeking Attention/Fame on Social Media

This post is a bit outside of my normal topic range. But seeking fame or even just attention on social media can put you in danger of a whole host of problems, from jail time to death threats. Today we are going to look at some social media attempts at fame that went wrong. We…

Your Own Worst Enemy

One of my all-time favorite movies is Oh Brother Where Art Thou. I have many times over watched it just for the music. But the story itself has always been something entertaining. It dawned on me the other day that there was something else about the movie that struck me, even though I had left…

The Phoenix

While I was born in Austin, in the Republic of Texas, part of my childhood was spent in Phoenix, Arizona. I was sick a lot as a kid and almost died from pneumonia twice before I was five years old during my time there. At some point in my life before anything left as a…