Taking a step back to see the bigger picture
January 3, 2011 by hasser

Once Upon A Time…

There was a dragon who forgot how to breathe fire. As hard as he tried, he just couldn’t do it, only puffs of smoke would occasionally appear from his nose. Feeling defeated and useless, the dragon slumped through the forest, rather than taking to the air. A few minutes into his walk he came across an unusual sight, a mouse sword fighting a falcon. The dragon watched on with confusion and a hint of intrigue. Finally the mouse poked the falcon in the wing and the bird surrendered. The mouse bowed and graciously accepted his victory.
As the mouse walked away the dragon called out to him, “Excuse me little warrior, can you tell me your secret to success?”
The mouse turned around to face the dragon, looked up at him and replied, “You might see a little warrior, but that does not describe me, for I do not subscribe to your confined perceptions of what ‘little’ may be. I am larger than life because I am brave and virtuous. I am brave and virtuous because I give all my heart to bravery and virtue, and therefore I embody them.”
The dragon apologized for his demeanor, walked away and thought about what the mouse had told him. “If he gives his heart to bravery and virtue and becomes them, maybe if I give my heart to fire, I will become it.”
The dragon stopped and opened his heart to the fire, and he did indeed become the fire, but more than he intended. Within just a few seconds the dragon was a pile of ashes.

The moral of the story is don’t listen to sword fighting mice. They’re always full of bullshit.

The End

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February 27, 2010 by hasser

Forest on the edge

Ghostly Dead Forest

If we never loved, or cried, or laughed, or screamed in rage.

If we never kissed, or struck, or hugged, or winced in pain.

If we never shared ourselves, or coveted our feelings, or experienced victory, or loss.

If we never took part in any of those things, we would surely not be human,
but lifeless trees in a forest on the edge of oblivion.

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February 19, 2010 by hasser

Epic Beard Man

How does one man garner so much internet fame without even trying? I guess he just happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Or maybe it’s the right place depending on how you’re looking at the situation. Or maybe he’s just a Mother Fucker, as one of his shirts suggests.

To the real world though, he is Thomas Bruso, or call him Tommy Slick if you dare; a 67-year-old Viet Nam veteran living in Oakland, California. These days, he’s better known as Epic Beard Man.
And this is why he has become an online phenomenon:

That encounter between Bruso and another man on an AC Transit Bus in Oakland has been viewed more than 2 million times in just a short amount of time on YouTube. It’s not every day you get to see a “senior” kick some serious ass on a bus. That and the fact Bruso’s shirt choice for that particular day turns the brawl into something even more unique, some might even say… something close to a cosmic event.
Within a few days Bruso’s legend grew larger than life, as he was dubbed Epic Beard Man. Shortly after the bus fight video came out, it was discovered this was not the first time Bruso had appeared in a YouTube video because of a confrontation:

That man getting tased by police officers is in fact, Thomas Bruso. His rise of online fame/infamy is purely a coincidence. An older man fighting on a bus, or egging on police officers to tase him is not an every day sight for most. But it happens and Bruso has shown the world, or at least the online community, that messing with older people is not always a wise idea. The following video is a KRON 4 News interview with Bruso. It reveals that internet legends are not in fact epic, but simply real people, with real problems, sometimes captured on video.

Thomas Bruso

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