Archive for May, 2010

“I Wished To Come Here And Say That The Integrity of a Man’s Creative Work Is of Greater Importance Than Any Charitable Endeavor. Those of You Who Do Not Understand This Are The Men Who’re Destroying The World.”

May 15, 2010

Virtue of Selfishness
What does Ayn Rand mean when she describes selfishness as a virtue?

Answered by J. R.

Ayn Rand rejects altruism, the view that self-sacrifice is the moral ideal. She argues that the ultimate moral value, for each human individual, is his or her own well-being. Since selfishness (as she understands it) is serious, rational, principled concern with one’s own well-being, it turns out to be a prerequisite for the attainment of the ultimate moral value. For this reason, Rand believes that selfishness is a virtue.

In the introduction to her collection of essays on ethical philosophy, The Virtue of Selfishness (VOS), Rand writes that the “exact meaning” of selfishness is “concern with one’s own interests” (VOS, vii). In that work, Rand argues that a virtue is an action by which one secures and protects one’s rational values—ultimately, one’s life and happiness. Since a concern with one’s own interests is a character trait that, when translated into action, enables one to achieve and guard one’s own well-being, it follows that selfishness is a virtue. One must manifest a serious concern for one’s own interests if one is to lead a healthy, purposeful, fulfilling life.

Boil the Ocean Owes The Following Parties An Apology

May 6, 2010

Austyn Gillette
His recent “day in the life” feature was deemed kind of bland on this blog-spot, skate tricks notwithstanding, but in recent weeks his take on jazzing up oatmeal with peanut butter, bananas and cinnamon began to resonate with me personally and ultimately took the oatmeal business to a whole different level around here. So obviously this clip “stuck” with me* more than initially reported, and for that, we regret the oversight.

Jereme Rogers
Having a grudging tolerance/general boredom with Twitter, it was probably almost for sure fate when I randomly checked JR’s twit-feed the other day and saw him hinting among the most recent postings at competing in the upcoming Maloof event in New York… but at the time it was simply too difficult to bring myself to care, and I moved on, perhaps thinking back to a previous posting that speculated Rogers’ comeback would take something more like three years (as opposed to less than one). Jereme Rogers, now a well-known internet music artist, is maybe feeling a little bit of peer pressure to up the ante and buy some more cars since that Aston Martin is looking a little bit Marge-Simpson-Chanel-suit. And if there’s a growth industry out there right now, it’s definitely selling music, but a backup plan can never hurt. Whatever the case he felt the need to up his own personal Buzz Factor with the recent proclamation that “Rogers Back” so probably I (and by proxy, you) should just roll with it.

People in the theater when Antwuan Dixon went to the movies the other day
Because a lot of them were probably quiet buttondown family types who were hoping to settle back in their stadium seats after a long day in the rat race and watch Freddy Krueger mutilate children in peace. I don’t believe Antwuan Dixon’s blustering review and see real fear in his eyes as he talks about this movie, which sounds really scary.

People who look at this blog
The longsuffering gentle reader of this web-page probably deserves more regular apologies, but time (and inclination honestly) has been thin lately and the drudgeries of daily life are pretty dire. Reality rap, this may or may not change going forward.

My skateboard
We haven’t spent nearly enough time together..

*heh hah?

Matt Bennett Makes Love To Flatbars At 500 Miles Per Hour

May 5, 2010

In the high-velocity venue that possesses our lives, where the old-in-30-minutes Twitter info cycle has already probably rendered this post* obsolete, Matt Bennett’s recent pro vid and elevation to pro-dom itself is a paradox. Perhaps, the ultimate paradox. His lust for instant gratification finds him sipping from the Chewy Cannon cup of speed in this clip Toy Machine put up yesterday, streaking across a beloved ledge and flatbar setup all at a crazy rate. That rate, measured in micro-seconds, is such that his famously hard-to-manage hair nearly sticks out sideways as he rattles off a few tricks I can’t recall seeing for some time (I guess Mike Peterson had a switch hurricane in YOUGOTTAGETTHAT) and others like the b/s tail that are fast enough to require the courage of an eagle.

Perversely it seems like the Toy Machine Beavis’ broader career trajectory has been mired in tasty peanut butter, or maybe a Dairy Queen Blizzard. Kind of like Mike York in the late 1990s, it seems to me that this dude has already or should already have been granted a pro board, maybe a few times over, but then again my mind is soft. Whatever the case, people who huck backside 180s the hard way over big rails deserve some encouragement in what they do, and I dig that Matt Bennett rides so hard for the switch frontside noseslide.