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Welcome to my new “home” for Pake family updates, new blogs, photos, and other random stuff in my post social media world. Everything that I might have posted on social media before will be here now.
May 20, 2019
RACE WARS! aka HyperFest 2019 at VIR
Monday PM Update: Blog is up. Click above or right here: http://www.stevepake.com/photography/2019/5/20/hyperfest-2019
William got the Fast and the Furious boxed DVD set for Christmas. We’ve still only watched the first few, but he loves the movies (duh!) and really loved the ‘Race Wars’ scene from the first one, so I thought it’d be fun to take him to a real racetrack and motorsports festival that also ties in (kinda) with the XBox Forza Horizon games he loves so much, too. I’d heard of HyperFest years ago from a friend, so decided to go earlier this year, and made the 4 hour drive all the way down to Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on Saturday, and then camped out overnight at the track and came back Sunday. It was awesome and a lot of fun, albeit hot, but we managed to stay well hydrated and also hopped in the car for a bit as needed with the A/C running to cool down. VIR is one of the premier race tracks in the U.S., and it’s also featured in the Forza Motorsports series on the XBox, and Gran Turismo series for Playstation, so it was really cool to see the track in person after racing on it virtually over the years. Race spec cars screaming at full blast and all of the drift cars were amazing to see (and hear!) in person. Full photo album below. I’ll eventually write a photography blog about it after I pick out a few favorites.
May 12, 2019
Happy Mother’s Day
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mom’s out there. Some old blogs of mine. People are finding these somehow and they’ve been getting some traffic today.
I’ll be honest, we’re not big on these “Hallmark” holidays, because in our world you need to love and appreciate the people in your life every day, because they could either be gone or things could be very different in the next. This woman is loved and appreciated every day, and she knows it.
Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby District Competition
William’s Cub Scouts “Coupe de Will” Pinewood Derby car competed at the Potomac District Regional competition yesterday, after finishing 1st in his den and 2nd in his entire Pack earlier in the year.
Links to the District competition photo album, and the blog from a few months back which I’ve just updated, are both below.
May 11, 2019
I’ll close off what’s been an extremely infuriating, depressing, and heartbreaking week with a cute picture of Puffles taking a rest amongst the dandelions after a run around the park. I’ll have some more photos posted on his page soon. :)
Personal Facebook account officially deleted.
Personal Instagram account officially deleted.
May 10, 2019
I’m still too pissed off and irate at the trust the world, and myself, had granted these social media companies, that they have now completely betrayed for anyone that doesn’t share their bigoted left-wing Jew/conservative-hating, terrorist-coddling Silicon Valley ideology, so I’m just going to drop some links here while I continue to delete and/or purge my social media accounts.
For these companies to be removing non-threatening peaceful dissenters exercising their rights and labeling them as “dangerous” people with “extremist or dangerous ideologies”, all while propping up Hamas and other terrorists organizations and left-wing hate groups that do actually go out and physically threaten, harm or KILL people is never something I expected to see ever, but it’s happening. Read Laura Loomer’s lawsuit.
Facebook Calls me ‘Dangerous’. Imagine My Shock. No, Really…
Purge, censor, and silence: Tech giants go full-Orwell to prepare for 2020 elections
Alternative Social Media Sites Condemn Facebook’s Blacklisting of Conservatives
It’s Time to Break Up Facebook
Whistle-blower: Facebook Is Promoting ISIS Propaganda
Twitter Has A Problem With Its Treatment of Jewish Americans
Living In A Digital Gulag On Holocaust Remembrance Day
Why conservative censorship on social media has become an all-out assault
Forget Facebook, They Want to Revoke Your Access to Banking
It’s NOT a matter of left or right politics and whether you agree with someone or not. You don’t have to agree, and you don’t have to like someone. This is America, not Communist China. People that have broken no rules have a right to speak on “public square platforms” period. You might be a fascist if… you actually agree with and support all of these politically motivated social media bannings and deplatformings.
I never thought I’d be turning my writing talents and energy towards defending freedom of speech and basic civil rights in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WTF?
LATE UPDATE: HUGE! Facebook Hits Conservative Icon MICHELLE MALKIN! Removes Her Post Defending Laura Loomer and Gavin McInnes (Breitbart)
Just coming to the defense of people who have been wrongfully banned will get you censored. This is just unreal and totally Orwellian. I can’t even believe it.
May 9, 2019
It seems that I don’t even really need to write my own blog about exiting social media, when plenty of others with far more time to write are making my point for me. The op-ed by Chris Hughes, Facebook’s co-founder and Mark Zuckerberg’s college roommate is a must read. It’s long, but worth it.
A key point that Hughes makes is as follows:
The most problematic aspect of Facebook’s power is Mark’s unilateral control over speech. There is no precedent for his ability to monitor, organize and even censor the conversations of two billion people.
Exactly. Who on earth does Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg think they are to have the ultimate say on what billions of people can and can’t say? That’s just insanity, totally un-American, and I refuse to submit to this. I refuse to have everything I post on that platform be run through the narrow ideological prism of Silicon Valley political and PC police filters, checked by human moderators if the “wrong words” or language are found, and only if Mark Zuckerberg approves can it be posted. This is a complete insult. I refuse to be censored by anyone, not just by right of being an American, but because I’m a writer as well. Mark Zuckerberg is not my big brother. What the hell is this, Communist China?
I’m not sure where I stand between the regulating Facebook argument presented by Hughes, and the “platform access is a civil right” argument being presented elsewhere. I agree that the FTC allowing Facebook to acquire Instagram and WhatsApp was definitely a terrible mistake in hindsight though, and unwinding the mergers and spinning them off as separate as Hughes suggests certainly seems like a good move to me. It’s a shame that my grievances, mainly with Facebook, have now bled over into Instagram as well and led me to abandon both platforms, which pretty much makes the case for unwinding their mergers. I would have been happy to just stay on IG, but the same backwards policies and grievances now apply there too. What alternate choice do I have? Not really any, because of Facebook’s monopolistic control over social media.
My solution for now is none of the above. Most normal people don’t have their own website, but I do, and it can do what I need it to do - let friends know what we’ve been up to, share some photos and blogs, and how to get in touch. I’m not a public figure or a journalist of any sort, don’t care about “likes’ or number of followers, and have zero qualms about blowing things up and starting over, so there’s no real need for me to be on social media anyways.
Feedback? Wanna chat? Psst: Join my new website chat group on Telegram. It’s centered around Young Adult Cancer, but all family, friends, and followers are welcomed to join and chat, and your messages on Telegram will never be monitored or filtered through some stupid algorithm in Menlo Park looking for ‘wrongthink’ before approval.
Telegram Chat: https://t.me/YACCbySteve
May 7, 2019
Our Annual Summer Kickoff Color Party will be held in the vicinity of July 4th this year (working on an exact date), both for the hopefully slightly warmer weather, but also because we’ll have a DUNK TANK. It will also be rain or shine, after the total fiasco last year with the completely unpredictable weather and totally unreliable forecasts!!
May 4-5, 2019
Debbie got an early Mother’s Day brunch at Le Diplomate in D.C. since we might have a number of conflicts next weekend (no album yet), and then William and I headed out to Cunningham Falls State Park in Thurmont, MD for the Cub Scouts Spring Campout. After missing the last one or two Cub Scout meets due to our crazy schedules in April, William was super excited about the campout and we had a great time. It did rain all night, but fortunately the weather held off for all of the activities, and we were well-prepared so didn’t get wet.
In other news, I’ve started training for the Rehoboth Beach Father’s Day 5K run with William. He did his first 5K training run in 29 minutes (!!!!!) a few weeks ago, meanwhile I managed a 34:20 on Sunday. That’s pretty good, but I’ll never be able to keep up with this kid. He’s like a little human F-16 Viper, super fast and agile but no fuel tank, and I’m like a C-5 Galaxy or something. Lol! It’s not about who’s faster obviously. Running is good for both of us and we’ll have fun doing it, and that’s what counts. Enjoy the few pics and link to the full Cub Scout campout photo album below.
May 3, 2019
My social media purge has begun. I deleted my Twitter account this morning and took it off my social links here. I rarely if ever used it, and got virtually no traffic from it either. I’m going to be deleting and/or hollowing out numerous other social media accounts that I own, with the exception of my @yacancerbysteve accounts on both Instagram and Facebook, which are purely for engagement with the cancer community that I’ll leave intact. Sad that it’s the end of an era, but this is where I get off the social media clown show.
Deep-sixing and/or gutting a bunch of my social media accounts might seem crazy now, but believe me, whether later this year or next, a bunch of you are going to be wanting to do the same thing. Social media has been a slow train wreck in the making for a number of years now with all of the privacy issues, spam and garbage content, and now rampant platform bias, censorship, and free speech issues just to name a few. When Facebook announced that they would be hiring tens of thousands of human moderators and developing algorithms to “help combat fake news” and remove “dangerous individuals” back in 2017, I laughed my ass off and broke out the popcorn. Well, here we are in 2019, and I’ve just decided this is the point where I jump off, aside from cancer community support focused accounts, oh and the dog.
Most people don’t have their own website. Well, I do, and unlimited storage and bandwidth also, so I might as well use it. Onward…
May 2, 2019
April 29, 2019
NEW CANCER BLOG: “Why I Don’t Give a Bleep About Cancer Anymore”
This is a bittersweet blog about a lot of things. It’s about living a good life, putting yourself out there and making a difference for others, and most importantly of all, managing to live past my worst fears after cancer. Check it out.
April 26, 2019
Updated Spring 2019 Album: Just a reminder that friends don't let friends buy electric lawn mowers!
Grass needed to be mowed *before* we went on vacay, but didn't have time to get to it. Came back and it was nearly a foot tall. LOL! But no worries, the 5.1 NET HP Honda mower chewed right through it no problem. My weak POS electric mower would have had to make two passes through the whole yard at minimum, and would have needed two charges on the battery per pass, for 4 charges total. Literally would have taken me all day, but instead just the usual 30-40 minute job with the Honda gas mower. :)
See my blog about what a freaking scam electric lawn mowers are here: http://www.stevepake.com/life/2018/5/25/the-truth-about-electric-lawn-mower-horsepower
By the way, if anybody local truly does have a small yard with nice even grass and not much weeds to chomp through that would be suitable for a "light duty" electric mower, the one mentioned in that blog is available and for sale at a really good price. Hit my inbox. Lol...
April 22, 2019
We just got back from Turks and Caicos, and it was fantastic! If you just want to see a bunch of cool photos, click the photo album link below, or for a bit more context and what’s what, read the blog.
Full Photo Album: http://www.stevepake.com/islandtime/turksandcaicos2019/
The Blog: “Turks and Caicos With My New Canon EOS RP”
April 14, 2019
Photo Drop - Chicago last week. I was in town for the big Promat show, and had a bit of time to walk around. Trigger warning for a few Trump hotel photos, but don't miss The Bean aka Cloud Gate. I missed twilight the evening I planned to go because our dinner ran way too late, but sunrise photos the next morning turned out to be so much better. :)
April 6, 2019
The DC Cherry Blossoms were great. We caught them a little past peak, but they were still gorgeous and the weather started clearing as we were midway through walking around the Tidal Basin.
April 4, 2019
I had a spare afternoon/evening in Phoenix last week after a trade show, so went to the Phoenix Botanical Gardens with a colleague. This was really neat to see, because we obviously have nothing like this on the east coast. I love the iconic terrain of the American southwest. We need to plan some trips out here.
I’ve created a new page just for our 2019 photo albums, which you can check out below. I just don’t have the time to write photo blogs for the most part, but I do have time to dump a bunch of new photos online, so they’ll all be indexed yearly here.