The MacBitseach

I am The MacBitseach of Clan MacBitseach. (MacBitseach is Irish Gaelic for son of a bitch.)
This blog is about wearing, making, and some of the social aspects of kilts. I started wearing and making kilts in 2003.
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Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It's Time

You've probably heard the old Chinese blessing/curse, "May you live in interesting times."
Has there ever been an uninteresting time?
It's the person that makes what he can of the time he has. Some of us decide we're going to wear kilts, or play poker, or ride a unicycle to work, write a book ... or carry a whoopie cushion.
It doesn't matter! We're the interesting part of our time!
Time is a theory. We live.

I know people from all walks of life. I've had a hundred different jobs from the tech industry to ditch digging. I've sharpened skates, planted trees, sold my own oil paintings, written stories, and at times, gone hungry. I understand the joy of lifting a boulder way too heavy for me out of a hole and I understand how mass curves space.
I've been in love and I've been alone.
For most of my life I've had a part of me that is childlike in wonder of it all.
There has never been an uninteresting time. Ever!
I don't get people that stay in a job they hate because they're too afraid to leave it; they're unable to take a risk, even for their own happiness.

I've never met a person that didn't have some interesting characteristics.
The people that I like to be with are the most interesting people, willing to take a calculated risk and do what they love to do. The people I don't understand are the people that chant the mantra of the drone.
"I'm bored."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Kilts and Poker

I can't help thinking there's a lot in common between guys who wear kilts and poker players.
Both like to see a friendly hand. Ha!

With kilted guys and poker players, there's a mindset there that says, I can't be beaten; a certain risk factor ... no, a bit of derring-do that challenges others to do what so few can do. Sometimes it's a bluff and sometimes it's real and you just can't tell with either kind of guy unless you call the bluff.
Kilted guys and poker players can both look you in the face with a twinkle in their eyes, smiling and ... you just can't tell.
A guy in a kilt is usually bluffing when some guy makes a rude comment about his kilt. There's some danger of physical violence there.
Poker players have a similar level of violence in many of the games they play, though not on the higher echelon tables.
It's learning to live with risk. It's gambling that you'll be around to play another day.

But none of us are fools.
Smart poker players don't go into seedy back rooms with a roll of cash in their sock expecting to walk out with two rolls.
Bad planning.
Smart kilted guys don't go into biker bars and order a virgin Rob Roy with a twist.
Also bad planning.

Life is fractal: the large things in life resemble the small.
In poker or in kilts ... in life ... patience and well timed aggression are everything.

But don't forget the chaos theory that goes with fractals. Sometimes a fractal will morph into something unexpected.
Every plan, even patience and well timed aggression is susceptible to chaos.
Just ask any poker player who's had his pocket aces busted or any kilted guy on a windy day.
Busted or gusted? You can do either or both ... I'm busting a gut doing both.
Ooh! And I have the ultimate poker shirt coming soon. Once I find a place to sell it, these are going to be popular!
(Needs better exposure than my kilt site.)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Forum Fodder

It's a long weekend? Whodathunkit?
Victoria Day.
For those of us who are struggling to make a home business work, (read struggling to pay rent), there's not even regular weekends off.
Long weekends are a myth, like three headed dogs ... or a photo of yourself that you're really happy with.
I have a large order of kilts I'm working on and will be finished soon. Then, I'll be trying to catch up on old orders and put more kilts on my In Stock pages. I'm hoping to add some women's kilts soon.

I'm still taking orders, too.

I found a kilt forum I really like. It has the feel of the now defunct Tom's Café but it's larger and more strictly kilts. It's called Brotherhood Of The kilt.

It's a fun forum and that's been lacking for a long time. Caption contests, haiku contests ... and there's stuff here that would be banned on other sites. Nothing too awful, as it is a family friendly site. It's a site that allows the fun of wearing a kilt to be expressed freely.

I still visit The Bravehearts Forum but sadly, it seems to be almost forgotten these days. It was once one of the top forums. I've mentioned before that it was one of the reasons kilts caught on in North America. And I still get a lot of hits from there. It's always been one of my top referral sites.

X Marks The Scot was a good idea in the beginning; a forum that prohibits talk of religion, politics, and weapons. It was civil and well, if abruptly, maintained.
It's still the biggest of the kilt forums but the advertisers are starting to run the place and attack other, non-advertising kiltmakers. I spoke up in defense of the kiltmaker being, (very unfairly), attacked and the thread vanished into the electronic ether with no explanation. I wanted to know why but all my private messages to the Mods went unanswered.
It's too bad. I have a lot of friends there. I personally like the Mods, and the owner, too. It just seems as if they have gotten used to the way things have continued to develop towards a censored membership and have stopped questioning what's right, in favour of what is most profitable.

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