Why is everybody so shitty!?

If everybody is shitty to you, it may possibly be because

  • Oppression.
  • They are upset at something they perceive you did/said.
  • You have a need to be angry.

Tiny EDC knives: Bastion Braza Bro vs WESN

Size comparisons


(Note the thumb knob does stick out ever so slightly, which you can see in photo albeit blurry)



Bastion Braza Bro opening demo

Day 1:

This is straight out of the box, no practice. The blade (without any springs) easily snaps into place with a light flick of the wrist (like you’re shaking water off your hand), and the finger guard protects the thumb while folding one-handed.

A tip for snapping the blade open is to make sure you match the direction of the wrist flick with the direction of blade opening (for nerds: the physics of vector).

(Note: I have very small hands)

Day 2: hardly requires a flick. But, once open, the blade is still very stable with no wiggles.

WESN knife opening demo

It took some practice and (for me) a strong flick of the wrist to snap the blade. It is not like flicking water off your hand – it’s like if you had time for just one flick before you have to shake your interviewer’s hand. Once you get good at it, it doesn’t require a big swing – just a strong flick.

The skill it takes to snap the blade is a trade-off for the incredible size – because of the physics of torque (e.g. The shorter the handle of a wrench, the harder to turn the nut).

A tip for snapping the blade open is to make sure you match the direction of the wrist flick with the direction of blade opening (for nerds: the physics of vector).

But not to worry if it doesn’t snap. The thumb knob to complete the opening is beautiful, elegant, and ergonomic.

The finger guard protects the thumb when closing it one-handed.

It is gorgeous, urban, non-threatening, and noticeably lighter than other knives of this size.
(Note: I have really small hands.)


My personal conclusion

I carry around my WESN primarily because I find the design so appealing (I am a counselling art therapy student, and I am attracted to shapes).

Secondly because I live in an urban area and I imagine the non-traditional (urban) look is less jarring, especially because it’s hard to predict if people / clients are triggered by knives.

The third big factor for me is that it fits horizontally in the 5th (coin) pocket of my Levi’s, making it less poke-y to sit down than it being in there vertically. I am also attracted to the light weight.

Bastion absolutely steals my heart in the design of the blade (feels sharper) and the absolutely gorgeously designed handle when holding it and working on something (again, I have small hands). The slightly longer blade minus the thumb knob lends itself to cutting apples, cutting paper at a fold into two equal pieces, and cleaning the blade. For that last point, in short, WESN thumb knob is a tiny extra effort to clean.

It is hard to compare the steels because I accidentally ran the WESN over a staple nearly immediately after I got it. WESN offers a ship-in sharpening, except I can’t get a hold of them by email.

We are oppression

Oppression is when you tell the truth and they still get to strip everything from you.

Oppression is when they get to keep doing it to you until your behaviour starts appearing fragile, scared, and broken.

Oppression is when people believe it when they say “See? I knew you were crazy.”

We are the people, and we can stop this by committing to witness the imbalance of power.

Procrastination is arrogant

Procrastination serves many roles.

One of the most common: If you do things last minute, you are never graded/judged for your true skills. You’d rather get a B+ for “I did this last minute” than A- for “I put everything I have in it.” Because the former leaves the possibility that their true skills are A+ or even off the scale.

Second most common: this is your way of supplementing thrill in your life. This means someone’s important project, something someone else’s business / teaching contract relies on, etc. is nothing but play to you.

In its all possible explanations, it is arrogance because in all cases they don’t actually fail as a result of procrastination.

Stop being shitty and be kind to those who trusted you with this project.

Evidence-based practice and why Freud was right

APA came down with the empirical and evidence-based practice policies and made everyone feel bad. Suddenly all the counselors are terrified of not having “evidence” back up.

During that time, they decided Freud was silly. No one really liked him anyway. He was always getting in fights with Jung and Adler and other nice people.

And they froze in time.

Currently, the “intrapsychic conflict” of Freud’s theory is one of few, if not the only, theories of a person that have been scientifically proven. (Other ones being BF Skinner’s Behavioral Theory, for instance, but that’s hardly a theory of a person). There is plenty enough science now that the brain stem (survival = id) and cortex (socialized mind = superego) are in conflict.

Counsellors, stop pretending to be scientists. The better alternative is to listen to scientists.

Asolo hiking boots and the detaching sole

Asolo gets this rap because they make excellent boots not just because they make a certain type of midsoles (i.e. other brands do too). Let me tell you what this is, and I’ll tell you why my next boot will still be Asolo 535.

What is it?

It is a phenomenon where your soles fall right off your boots suddenly one day.

A molded polyurethane (PU) midsole absorbs moisture over time and one day suddenly falls apart. Here is hydrolysis happening to a Nike. Asolo tells you to expect this at about 6 to 7-year mark. As noted below, while other brands also use the polyurethane midsole this is most noticeable in Asolos probably because boots from other brands are replaced before that.

If you’re curious, check out a few hiking boots manufacturers’ warranty webpage. You’ll find other manufacturers (especially good ones!) also using PU midsole because, really, it’s the best material.

Polyurethane crumbles into powder. So there is no way for a cobbler to glue it on. There appears to be two ways to resole this. One, to rip off the entire midsole and replace it with a Vibram and, two, reconstruct the midsole. I shipped my pair to Resole Patrol in North Carolina. I will report when I get them back. They are usually quick (a couple of weeks), but unfortunately mine fell apart days before Christmas.

The reason I picked Resole Patrol is because it looks like John remolds PU midsole. I do believe it is the best material. I really don’t want my soles to fall off in the middle of any longish hike. So I think I’ll just send my boots for resole at 6 year mark before the soles fall off.

I suggest you make a choice. Do you want boots that last beyond 7 years? Then you’ll need to be willing to spend these 7 years and beyond in soles lose your stride power and give you sore feet. If this is all acceptable to you, you probably didn’t need the excellent performance of Asolo 535 anyway.

Why is this an Asolo problem?

It isn’t.

This is known as an Asolo problem likely because Asolos make boots (“upper”) that last way longer than 7 years. Let me ask you. What happened to other hiking boots? They wore out, and you bought new ones. Maybe water soaked in. The ankle wrinkled and cut into the skin. The boot loosened, resulting in heel blisters. Or just got really ugly. Now, did any of those lasted 6 years?

I love my Asolo 535, and I know my next boots will also be Asolo 535. I say confidently because I worked and played in steep terrains (hiking 100 – 130 % straight up with load on regular basis) and worn out all major brands except Lowa (they don’t fit me). I hope the North Carolina guy can fix my boot. But if not, I’ll go out and buy a new pair of 535’s.

Many of you are probably wondering why the soles aren’t worn on my Asolos in the photo. It’s because I wear them mostly in the winter on snow. I’ve had other boots the last few years, and because of my shoulder injury, I haven’t done multi-day where I needed my Asolo 535. In the winter where I’m doing casual hikes through snow, though, I trust no other boots but Asolo 535 (no-Goretex version) with Snowseal to keep my feet dry all day.