Davis Ray Sickmon, Jr

The End of Selfie a Day, Two New Personal Projects, Quick 2017 Recap, 2018 Plans Already Start

So, it’s the beginning of a new year, so it’s that time of year to say that I’ll be writing more in my blog.  Seriously. 😉 . As with previous years, time will tell if I actually do it – though, I actually did write a number of things that were never published in 2017 …

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Tai chi (Taijiquan), Swords, and Old Men

If you read only one rambling blog post with no discernible point behind it today, you might want to pick a different blog post.  But, since you’re already here, you might as well keep reading… Last week I decided it was time to refresh my Tai Chi (Taiji, Taijiquan, however you’d like to refer to …

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Doing a little Colorado Marijuana Tourism

When in Rome, right?  People who know me know I’m not a pot head – it’s just never been my thing.  But, since I was going to be in Colorado, I had multiple reasons why I wanted to check that whole thing out.  At the same time I’m writing this, I’ve already written an article …

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The Real Me

Reinvention – The Real Me?

“I went back to the doctor To get another shrink I sit and tell him ’bout my weekend But he never betrays what he thinks “Can you see the real me, doctor? Doctor? Can you see the real me, doctor? Woah, doctor” — The Who, The Real Me Two things occurred to me on this …

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Selfie a Day #21: Women's March in Wichita

Women’s March in Wichita, and Protest Anxiety

Becoming more active in the community, and the world as a whole, has been a goal of mine for a while.  I’ve not been as good at it as I should be.  Facebook activism doesn’t count, and even that is sometime I carefully dole out (someday I’ll bother writing a blog post on the company …

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Relationship Diatribe: The Rest of It (ish)

OK, this one is a little less diatribe, and more point of view.  I’ve thrown shade at marriage as a goal.  I’ve talked about the idea of relationships that are a lot less “spend all your time with me”.  I’ve talked about relationships where it’s just about existing together, not necessarily trying to achieve something. …

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More Relationship Diatribe: A Relationship More Like The Cat.

Cleo isn’t my cat – I don’t have a cat.  My roommates have a cat.  However, the cat has adopted me, loves the heck outta me, and spends a lot of time curled up on me, or hanging out in my office space.  Here’s the thing: after a conversation with a friend, I got to thinking …

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A Diatribe on Marriage and Long Term Relationships

Every once in a while, during a conversation, I’ll end up blurting out this long diatribe on something or other without knowing I even started a diatribe: it’s just a surprise what coming out of my mouth.  Sometimes it’s only even tangent to what’s being talked about – but, it was enough of a trigger …

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The Big Understatement

The God / The Universe / Deity of Choice / Random Circumstances struck oddly, so I thought I’d post and talk about this for a moment.  See, I was getting ready to write this week’s article for Advanced Mobile Healthcare, and I look at the list of topics we came up with last year (I …

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Why I Don’t Try and Impress… Well, Anyone Actually.

Introduction This in one in what’s probably going to be a small series of posts looking back at old relationships.  I’ve been married twice, and have had a number of long term relationships, and then there’s the various short term relationships (which I have very little interest in, and haven’t had much affect on my …

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Our Friends Are a Mirror of Ourselves

Introduction Sometimes we give a somewhat sinister amount of control to our significant others when it comes to who we call friends, without ever knowing it.  That’s a really bad sign. If you haven’t already, be sure to head over and read part 1 of this series of posts, in particular the Introduction section that …

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When the Mirror is Broken – Isolation From Your Friends is Bad

Introduction Our friends are a good indicators of our relationships.  Not each friend, individually, but our friends when taken as a whole can tell you a lot about where you’re at in a relationship. If you haven’t already, be sure to head over and read part 1 of this series of posts, in particular the …

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Made an Agreement? Keep it in Your Pants. (Infidelity)

Introduction Relationships are a contract, informally negotiated by two people who, for one reason or another, want to spend their time together.  Marriages have a more formalized contract – marriage vows, etc. – that both parties agree to.  But, any romantic relationship has some sort of boundaries and proper behavior that each party is supposed …

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Tearing You Down

Introduction One of the best things about a good partner:  they’ll always build you up.  They’ll help you traverse rivers, climb mountains, explore the depths, hold your hand when you’re sick, and know your deepest fears.  Unfortunately, the wrong partner can ignore the first part, and use the last bit there against you. If you …

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The Symphony of Some Relationships: Yelling, Screaming, and Anger

Introduction I am a communication person.  I wasn’t always that way, but I’ve always been a talker.  These days, I’m good with a sit-down conversation in a relationship to see where each one is at.  To talk about things of substance, and even talk about feelings, rather than just “stuff”.  That’s communication.  Screaming, on the …

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Why Can’t You Just Be Who I Want You To Be?

Introduction We fall in love with our partner because of so many things.  Their attitude, their caring, their integrity, the way they make us feel. The list is too long to put here.  But, what about those things we’re not a fan of?  Or that our partner isn’t a fan of in us? If you haven’t …

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A Side Note About Danger Levels

Introduction I mention in the introduction section of pretty much every post that he and she is replaceable in these posts.  There’s a part of abuse that I haven’t experienced, and it’s unlikely I would experience:  physical abuse, and the fear of being injured, or worse.  It’s also the part where “he” and “she” aren’t …

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It’s All Your Fault & I Wouldn’t Do This If You Didn’t…

Introduction It’s weird:  the yelling, screaming, lies, manipulations, all of that stuff – it’s not something the person who did them take responsibility for.  Instead, it’s because you made them do it. If you haven’t already, be sure to head over and read part 1 of this series of posts (this is part 8), in particular …

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Warping Your Reality: Gaslighting

Introduction Imagine if someone else could be able to affect your perception of reality, and your memories?  That would be pretty weird, wouldn’t it?  It happens. If you haven’t already, be sure to head over and read part 1 of this series of posts (this is part 9), in particular the Introduction section that puts this …

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The Lies, Manipulations, and Control

Introduction In some ways, these topics are already covered as part of the larger story arc – but, let’s stop and take a closer look at the for a moment. If you haven’t already, be sure to head over and read part 1 of this series of posts (this is part 10), in particular the Introduction …

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What It Did

Introduction It’s not that everything changed overnight for me.  The things that happened, they didn’t all happen in one day, and the effects were slow and gradual, until suddenly they weren’t. If you haven’t already, be sure to head over and read part 1 of this series of posts (this is part 10), in particular the …

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Davis Strikes Back

Introduction So, how does one go to war with one’s self, and one’s past, and the things done to them?  Damned good question, and I had to find – or, I suppose, create – an answer that fit me. If you haven’t already, be sure to head over and read part 1 of this series …

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Phantasm: Ravager

Phantasm: RaVager

Wow.  So, I’ve now seen the end of the Phantasm series.  37 years wrapped up in 5 somewhat low-budget movies.  How does the last one stand up to the first one?  Well, I recently got an awesome look back at the first one. Phantasm I Phantasm is strange.  Even the original trailer is pretty strange, …

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Selfie made of Selfies

What’s Wrong With Selfies?

Kodachrome They give us those nice bright colors They give us the greens of summers Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day — Paul Simon, Kodachrome This is a world of “if I don’t do it, it must be stupid.”  Seriously, Pokemon GO! is an example of this thinking – somehow, “adults who …

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ICT ComicCon during setup on Friday

Back to our regularly scheduled blogging…

SO.  I had planned on getting back to regular blogging, just as I was moving.  Then, I went a week without regular Internet access.  Oops.  Since I was on a rush to get a couple things up and rolling, I decided I would hold off on getting back to it until after ICT ComicCon and …

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The Tool Cleaning Phase

An Odd Lesson Learned From The Great Culling and Sorting

“Don’t wanna live as an untold story Rather go out in a blaze of glory I can’t hear you, I don’t fear you” — The Struts, Could Have Been Me With a new place came the chance to reorganize a whole lotta my stuff, and my life.  Obviously, reorganizing stuff is considerably easier than reorganizing …

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Where the Magic Will Happen (the New Place)

One dream, one soul, one prize One goal, one golden glance of what should be It’s a kind of magic — Queen, It’s a Kind of Magic In many ways, the move had brought about a new way of life for me. Well, Not brand new, just one I haven’t experienced in quite a while. …

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Blog

Changes to the Blog – Sort of, Changes to Life, Return of the Vlog?

Changes to the Blog – Sort of. Problem:  I keep saying I need more writing customers.   What I’ve got now isn’t bad, just doesn’t put me on as solid footing as I’d like. Problem 2:  I’ve got a company website.  However, it’s geared towards my other field, video game development.  It’s rather hard to …

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Low light image of lighting a cigarette with matches, with light trails turned on during capture.

The Smoking Habit

I tend to prefer vaping to smoking these days, but if I’m stressed out, I tend to revert back to smoking.  Which is funny:  I really can’t stand the taste anymore, it’s just part of my coping mechanism habits. As one might expect, with a moving coming up, and a new potential part-time gig coming …

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Prepping for the first con I’ve done in a while… (ICT Comic Con)

August 27th, 2016 is ICT Comic Con & Science Fiction Convention here in Wichita.  I’ve done cons before – I’ve been an attendee, a vendor, and a speaker.  I do the Great Plains Renaissance Festival twice a year, but that’s not quite a con, though it’s got some con-like stuff going on (like the Kansas Authors’ Pavilion …

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