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.

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.