A note from the future

This site represents things that I, Matt Dragon, though worthy of posting to the internet to be publicly consumed from age 18-27. Many of those things were, and are, wrong. I used words here at the time I hadn't bothered to educate myself about the harms of. The fact they were more widely used then doesn't absolve my use of them. Many of my opinions reek of what I now understand to be white male privilege.

But I'm not going to take those posts or this site down. For one because it wouldn't matter, the internet is forever and people would still be able to find it. But also because it's important to acknowledge that people should and do change over time. Merely changing doesn't reverse the wrongs or forgive us of what we said or did before. But the actions we take in response to those personal changes should be evaluated to see if they can offset at least some of the harms we caused. I no longer believe people are beyond redemption if they put in the work and the communities their prior words or acts hurt decide to accept their help going forward.

Taking this down entirely wouldn't address the harms nor hold me accountable. So instead I'm adding this note and asking people to evaluate for themselves if they think that 2021 Matt has done enough to offset 2010 Matt. To be honest, these were not my worst takes. Around this time I also stated less publicly that when people run from the police they should hit them with their cars to catch them. If you run you must have done something, right? I had an argument with someone about how no one who wasn't guilty would ever confess to a crime. (Sorry random dude in MegaBYTES)

Obviously those takes were bad, uninformed, and I was wrong for voicing then at the time. I share them because I feel they represent how easy it was to feel empowered as a white male teenager and young adult despite knowing almost nothing. I share them because I think they represent the rock bottom of my opinions and show how much someone's thoughts can change when you simply seek out first hand knowledge and then listen.

Those are just terrible opinions I can remember right now. I'm sure there were others. I haven't exhaustively read all the posts here so there may be similar or worse things I said here. But today, I'm writing letters to the editor about the need for civilian oversight over jails and the police and advocating for the police to be taken out of traffic enforcement. I'm speaking at County Commissioners meetings about civilian jail oversight and the need for accountability. I'm constantly trying to unlearn my bad habits and challenge my initial responses to things. Not because the world has changed but because I have learned to listen. Because people took the risk, the time, and the emotional effort to share and luckily I realized I needed to hear them.

So I leave this up, with this now lengthy disclaimer to try to push folks reading my bad takes to also learn to listen, and to be explicit, not always and only listen to white dudes like me. Where I'm at now, I'm trying to lift other voices. Folks actually experiencing the struggles I have ideas about trying to lessen or solve. Folks who's opinions I trust not because they have degrees or status, but because they're talking about their community, their friends, their family, their life, their struggles. For some of my later posts elsewhere, I chose to channel Dennis Miller when naming that blog. That decision didn't age any better than he did. He's now a racist bigot or at least he is publicly, maybe he always was. He's probably beyond redemption at this point. Andrew Gutmann is probably beyond redemption too, but it's honestly not my decision. I think people definitely can change, and they can change for better or for worse.

So I've done some more recent writing elsewhere that, if you want to read it, is definitely more informed, less self absorbed, with fewer blind spots, and just generally better all around.

My whiteness and maleness have given me all the second, third, and fourth chances anyone could ever ask for. It's up to me to prove I've changed for the better. Hopefully this is a step in that direction.

just so everyone is clear....

posted 12/28/2002 10:18:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 42, grade level: 9 commentscomments(0) linklink
in florida, people are really really dumb. these guys are especially bright. "no arrest was made because there's nothing illegal about tackling a deer."

somethings are just funny...

posted 12/24/2002 10:29:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 75, grade level: 5 commentscomments(0) linklink
the good old fashioned joe pinto snow page is one of them.

ahhh addiction...

posted 12/23/2002 07:11:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 82, grade level: 3 commentscomments(0) linklink
flats sent me this bubble wrap game....warning, do not click the link unless you have hours to waste. there i warned you, now it's your own fault.

amazon scares me....seriously

posted 12/23/2002 06:53:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 65, grade level: 8 commentscomments(0) linklink
so i try to go to cdnow and look up a cd. well amazon has bought cdnow so i get taken to amazon. alright i can deal, i look up the cd and on the page with the cd info is the section "customers who wear clothes also shop for:" right under "customers who have bought this title have also purchased:". this raises a few questions: does amazon have that many nudist customers? why does it assume that i am not a nudist? what the hell does looking at a cd have to do with buying clothes? just for the record one of the clothing items it suggested: clean underwear, yikes.


posted 12/21/2002 09:26:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 55, grade level: 8 commentscomments(0) linklink
we've got funny computer jokes in image form and funny stuff at penny arcade. and now we must pause for a word from the great, honorable, p. diddy: "flavor"- p. diddy potential 2003 political candidate on what he'd bring to the white house. that's right kids, "flavor"

so many funnies so little time...

posted 12/06/2002 09:02:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 63, grade level: 7 commentscomments(0) linklink
i'm going to try to cover everything i found that was funny while the site was down...so here i go, there's not one, but two penny arcades. hmm, what else...well i can't think of anything else so off to csf homework i guess.

funny stuff from bash.org

posted 11/30/2002 09:06:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 85, grade level: 4 commentscomments(0) linklink
there's the a-team prayer, then we have the meaning of life, or you could just look at a random set. that is all.

clerks superhero spoof

posted 11/30/2002 04:05:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 78, grade level: 5 commentscomments(0) linklink
a pretty funny clerks spoof, but it's not as funny as clerks is, but what is really? so go and laugh and then resume your turkey fueled coma.

damn garden state's gone missing again...

posted 11/20/2002 03:36:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 60, grade level: 8 commentscomments(0) linklink
"thirty-four percent of the young americans knew that the island used on last season’s 'survivor' show was located in the south pacific, but only 30 percent could locate the state of new jersey on a map." hmm... and they say our country is full of stupid people. of course what do you expect when only 26% of adults have attended a 4 year college.

poor rusty...

posted 11/15/2002 02:09:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 48, grade level: 6 commentscomments(0) linklink
rusty the narcoleptic dog, courtesy of flats

spam my polls, i'll kick your ass

posted 11/13/2002 06:08:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 81, grade level: 3 commentscomments(0) linklink
or maybe just delete your votes and your entries in the stats. sucks to go to stanford. look for the yellow hi-lites.

dreams of smash bros...

posted 11/13/2002 12:02:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 66, grade level: 6 commentscomments(0) linklink
funny penny arcade which of course reminded me of many hours lost to smash brothers.... what a great great game.

when natural selection fails...

posted 11/12/2002 12:43:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 47, grade level: 13 commentscomments(0) linklink
if you are this dumb, teen burns self with 'jackass'-type stunt, or this dumb, iraq parliament rejects resolution, please call me so i can get a large group of people to repeatedly punch you in the face. if you're not that dumb, then you'll understand the problem created when people this stupid are allowed to breed.

fez is a dork...

posted 11/09/2002 02:45:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 60, grade level: 8 commentscomments(0) linklink
aside from his international acclaim as a dork (see europe videos), fez also finds time to be a dork in california, as can be noted by his harmonics bio.(note his audition song) also there's myles bio, but he's not as fun to make fun of as fez. btw, stanford's athletic site doesn't list fez's sport (squash) yet it lists syncronized swimming, what does this tell us? ...discuss.

many things

posted 11/08/2002 06:05:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 54, grade level: 10 commentscomments(0) linklink
first off funny penny arcade from wednesday. then there's this funny take off of apple switch commercials, I'd love to see the beatings the moron that made those things up is recieving daily. and last but not least flats passes on the slashdot-esk departmentalized "where are we going and why are we in this handbasket" link.

the genius of varley, via bruck

posted 11/08/2002 12:02:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 42, grade level: 8 commentscomments(0) linklink
updated: well seeing the link and bruck's profile has reminded me of varley's college vs. delbarton list which btw, he has updated as of today. it's a funny read, especially if you went to delbarton. he also has the aim profile how-to up which isn't as funny as it is practical.

flats adds to his tally...

posted 11/07/2002 10:28:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 68, grade level: 6 commentscomments(0) linklink
if you've seen this man, you are the lucky person who saw the man who is exactly, 1 unit of coolness cooler than fez. additionally there's this guy who used donations to buy george w. bush a ps2...hmm note to self get people to donate 300 dollars to me and then just keep the money...yes, excellent, it's all falling into place.

good to see rush is keeping himself busy...

posted 11/06/2002 10:23:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 80, grade level: 3 commentscomments(0) linklink
rush (or is it rust?) never sleeps. he's keeping himself busy with flash animations, here's the best part.

you're not literate till you've read this...

posted 11/05/2002 08:51:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 77, grade level: 6 commentscomments(0) linklink
that's right folks, winning with speed is rapidly climbing its way up the new york times best-seller list, and it makes a great holiday gift. back covers don't get any better than this. and btw, as the poll shows, fez is indeed a dork.

avoiding homework

posted 11/03/2002 11:19:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 59, grade level: 6 commentscomments(0) linklink
lets see, this is what i need to learn to do when it comes to homework. then there's crossing charles st. that i have to do every time i go to class. and then there's joe(y) who lives out in pa.

chatty bitch should get on IRC if he wants to talk...

posted 10/20/2002 04:13:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 72, grade level: 4 commentscomments(0) linklink
hahahahahaha... oh man, penny arcade will never ever ever ever get old and here's more proof from way back in 1999. and this, yup this too, and.....this one!!!(did it sneak by yah?)

flats goes for the cycle

posted 10/08/2002 07:58:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 67, grade level: 6 commentscomments(0) linklink
first off we have a really fun game, where you push a guy down the stairs. next up, there's people with lego's and too much free time here. then there's this about a blue guy who's running for office. and finally, wilfred gets the nod for this article about saddam hussein challenging bush to a duel to settle their disputes. and oh yeah...asshole's get what they deserve.

back on the air....sorta

posted 08/30/2002 11:37:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 74, grade level: 3 commentscomments(0) linklink
siteman is back, hopefully for good, we shall see

maybe it's the 3am talking but..

posted 08/04/2002 03:12:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 68, grade level: 6 commentscomments(0) linklink
this quote database is some pretty funny stuff. high-lights include:
[asr] 'fo sheezy.
[Sabboth] what the fuck does that mean in english? you should understand that having a day job precludes me from 'keeping it real' and as such, I lack a certain familiarity with the language of the 'streets' as it were
[calin] we had a guy at school that wore black lipstick.. and was all gothy.. and then one day we caught him buying an assvibrator
[ecoli] ew.
[ecoli] wait, you "caught" him?
[ecoli] like, you were behind him in line at the assvibrator store?

stats for the site

posted 07/31/2002 04:58:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 82, grade level: 4 commentscomments(0) linklink
you can now view the log files for the site, processed as stats here. there's also the link in the navigation. have fun, don't do drugs, and stay in school.

news flash:

posted 07/22/2002 04:34:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 42, grade level: 13 commentscomments(0) linklink
stanton peele still an asshole
read up kiddies, cause otherwise you might be "abused" after you act like such an ass at a town meeting that they have to have you arrested for disorderly conduct. everyone go to his court date august 6th so we can laugh at him.

flats finds a funny

posted 07/13/2002 03:36:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 53, grade level: 11 commentscomments(0) linklink
flats showed me the new penny arcade comic which makes fun of the new stupid apple commercials where people who's pcs were "too complicated" for them preach about how great macs are. btw, if you're pc is "too complicated" and you're under the age of 70, you have less intelligence than a slug who's had it's brains ripped out and replaced with monkey feces. (or you're mr. snow)

some funny links...

posted 07/01/2002 02:55:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 46, grade level: 14 commentscomments(0) linklink
there's traffic school and where's waldo (he's in there, keep looking) and there's this tetris movie, btw if you can actually play tetris this well you're lamer than wilfred and maybe lamer than fez.

so lets see if i've got this right...

posted 06/29/2002 01:10:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 45, grade level: 11 commentscomments(0) linklink
[may 6] stanton peele gets arrested at a meeting about delbarton's ccrc and gets charged with disorderly conduct because he wouldn't shut up.(btw he has a june 18 court date)
[june 3] the planning board approves the amendment to the master plan that would allow a sewer line to delbarton's ccrc.
[june 15] matt dragon almost pees his pants reading about what an asshole stanton peele is.
[june 18] unfortunately matt dragon is unable to attend stanton peele's court date so he can laugh at him personally.


posted 06/11/2002 04:49:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 68, grade level: 6 commentscomments(0) linklink
this is a really really funny commercial, too bad it's not real.

poking the bunny is fun...

posted 05/19/2002 05:21:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 86, grade level: 5 commentscomments(0) linklink
this is an old link but i never posted it and just thought of it so here it is...

do they follow fez around or...

posted 05/12/2002 02:14:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 53, grade level: 11 commentscomments(0) linklink
there's two really funny penny arcade comics up recently. start with this one, then either look at the next one or follow this link

some stuff

posted 05/03/2002 01:57:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 61, grade level: 11 commentscomments(0) linklink
well there's nothing much going on today except for the greatest game ever so go on and check that out, and amuse yourselves for hours on end.

fighting spam

posted 04/17/2002 02:55:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 34, grade level: 20 commentscomments(0) linklink
if you're up to the challange you can help fight spam by checking out spamcop where you can sign up for an account to forward spam messages to and the site does the detective work of figuring out who to email to bitch to. NOTE: this is not for the computer illiterate as it's not just as simple as forwarding an email. NOTE^2: don't reply to the remove addresses you get in spam, there's nothing binding that says people have to listen when you remove them and if anything you'll just get more spam

if you have to pee, go now...

posted 04/09/2002 12:08:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 47, grade level: 10 commentscomments(0) linklink
or you'll wet your pants when you read this. apparently kentucky has put a house resolution into action to "Encourage the purchase of a submarine to patrol the waters of the Commonwealth and search and destroy all casino riverboats." i have to go change my pants...

trillian stats update

posted 04/09/2002 12:07:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 72, grade level: 4 commentscomments(0) linklink
well since joe has been away for a while and hasn't updated his stats, i've decided to make fun of him, here. but seriously the stat's are still flowing and the graphs are still....graphing?(what do graphs do anyway?). so here's joe's and matt's.

winamp info

posted 04/05/2002 01:12:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 57, grade level: 11 commentscomments(0) linklink
you can now check out what my winamp is playing, here (btw only works when my laptop is online) pretty cool little plugin for those of you running winamp and a webserver on the same machine. and in case you couldn't find the link on that page to the plugin...here it is again

talk about a lucky day

posted 04/03/2002 10:20:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 74, grade level: 4 commentscomments(0) linklink
check out this page. that tugboat captain is one lucky mofo...

why pay for this???

posted 04/03/2002 12:10:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 61, grade level: 7 commentscomments(0) linklink
who would pay for this site? why spend the money to host this? ok now assume the hosting's free, why pay for the domain name... i mean it's funny but it could have been put on geocities or something. anyway...the other thing i've decided to share with you is everything2.com which is kinda like a big user sumbitted dictionary / encylopedia, check it out when you've got some time to kill.

more funny stuff

posted 03/31/2002 10:48:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 58, grade level: 7 commentscomments(0) linklink
ok, i've avoided the fez jokes thus far, but sometimes you just can't resist. anyway you should check out stripcreator.com for some good old fashioned time wasting.

some funny stuff

posted 03/31/2002 10:25:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 48, grade level: 14 commentscomments(0) linklink
you can check out diesel sweeties a comic with the tag line of, "there might be funnier commics out there, but none are this lowbrow or low-rez" which some of you might find ammusing.

why joe and i shouldn't be left unsupervised

posted 03/28/2002 03:57:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 63, grade level: 7 commentscomments(0) linklink
just when you thought the watching of trillian log file sizes couldn't get anymore exciting we've added graphs, yes that's right, graphs...here's matt's graphs and here's joe's graphs.

stupid people write stupid letters

posted 03/28/2002 02:59:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 58, grade level: 8 commentscomments(0) linklink
in his letter written to the courier news, which just for reference does not cover morris county, warren bobrow lays out his opinions on the delbarton retirement development. needless to say, he also joins the dumb as rocks club. and here is a draft of my response.

mr. west stuff

posted 03/28/2002 02:56:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 69, grade level: 7 commentscomments(0) linklink
i realized that i put up the alumni email about mr. west for joe to link to from his profile, but that i never linked to it from here...so here's the page and there it will be for as long as i can foresee. you should read regardless of whether you went to delbarton or not, he was a great guy.

bullshit tv violence study

posted 03/28/2002 02:42:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 73, grade level: 7 commentscomments(0) linklink
this study claims that watching an hour of tv a day makes you 4 times as likely to be violent. so that means that out of all the people you know who obviously watch too much tv (eric, wilfred, joe, myself; i'm looking at you) a bunch should be very violent. oh wait we aren't though. the best part is this, "Parents should try not to let children watch more than one hour a day on the average.", forget that crap that's only like 2 of 3 simpsons repeats that are on every day... guess tv no effect me no at all.

who cares???

posted 03/28/2002 12:12:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 33, grade level: 13 commentscomments(0) linklink
an opinion article in harvard's paper complains about the fact that a harvard professor has strong ties to cuba. personally i wouldn't care if castro himself swam over and started teaching somewhere, but this article does have some good overdramatic quotes such as, "...Cuba's nasty and oppressive regime seems sad and bullied and even a little bit cute the 'Tickle-Me-Elmo'ť of totalitarian states." so if you're looking for some conservative drivel to cheer you up, then head over and read it.

penny arcade's always good for a laugh

posted 03/27/2002 12:44:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 59, grade level: 10 commentscomments(0) linklink
this comic is really really funny, and while you're at penny arcade check out the rest of the cool stuff they have there.

funny stuff at satirewire.com

posted 03/04/2002 05:52:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 44, grade level: 11 commentscomments(0) linklink
satirewire.com is a pretty funny site that makes fun of lots of stuff. some highlights so far include french judge gives taliban win and austrailia gets drunk, wakes up in north atlantic

Stupid woman

posted 02/25/2002 11:02:00 by joe flesch-kincaid: 67, grade level: 7 commentscomments(0) linklink
Stupid Woman (as if theres another kind. :P) looks to sue Nintendo because her 30 year old son died from what seems to be an epileptic seizure. What the hell is this woman thinking? Her son had repeated seizures, and when one finally made him hit his head and die now she decides its worth suing. Thats touching. Maybe she should have read the warnings and torn the f-ing controller away from her son instead of waiting to waste her own, as well as nintendo's and the State of Louisiana's money on a trial. I'm sure the state could put its money to better uses - like teaching people how to read. And I want to see the new Zelda game within the next 10 years please. Arg i hate stupid people.

if you know who voltron is...

posted 02/23/2002 06:41:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 61, grade level: 11 commentscomments(0) linklink
you have to check this out, it's awesome and really really funny, i haven't read past the first page though so it may suck from there on out.

how much are you worth

posted 02/21/2002 11:50:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 89, grade level: 3 commentscomments(0) linklink
i'm worth a whopping $2,494,044.00 of course no one would ever pay that for me. find out how much you're worth

this is when a broadband connection truely shines...

posted 02/20/2002 02:06:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 52, grade level: 9 commentscomments(0) linklink
check out this flash movie, a parody of delta called ghetto airlines. ah there's nothing funnier than some white guy talking all ghetto, except maybe a british guy doing the same thing.

more monkeys, more laughs

posted 02/06/2002 02:09:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 17, grade level: 12 commentscomments(0) linklink
eric alerted me to this awesome karate monkey this is by far one of the coolest things i've ever seen in my entire life, very little compares to this.

spanking the monkey

posted 01/31/2002 12:08:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 103, grade level: 1 commentscomments(0) linklink
no no, it's not what your thinking, but try it out it's fun.

the crew heads to europe

posted 01/29/2002 07:08:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 52, grade level: 9 commentscomments(0) linklink
documentary film maker h. joseph pinto iii has started to release video shot in europe last summer on his website. this clip shows some interesting interaction between the cameraman (andrew bruck) and his subject (fez). also of interest is the product created when you give a crazy asian (wilfred) a prop, and tell him to go with it, which can be seen here. enjoy.

cooler than aim

posted 01/22/2002 01:12:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 78, grade level: 6 commentscomments(0) linklink
yes that's right kiddies, there is something *cooler* than aim, and it's called trillian. alright so it doesn't roll of the tounge like aim does, but it is cool and you should check it out.

b-u-t-t...oh wait

posted 01/14/2002 05:09:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 65, grade level: 10 commentscomments(0) linklink
the seton hall pirates are at it again, of course we beat them in hockey and this could be explained by these pics (1, 2, 3). maybe it's cause they thought we were playing baseball or football, just another reason that you should wish that you went to shp.

hacking comes home

posted 01/14/2002 03:49:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 41, grade level: 11 commentscomments(0) linklink
this article talks about how you can be a good parent and make sure you're kid isn't *gasp* a hacker. some highlights include "most american families use trusted and responsible internet service providers, such as aol." and "the safest policy is to limit your children's access to the computer to a maximum of forty-five minutes each day." so everyone read up, and make sure that you are a hacker, i mean...never mind.