Expanding Horizons

In some ways it seems silly and pretentious to write all this out, but given the nature of what a personal blog is I’m going to try and get through it…

First off some direction through definition:

1. To increase the size, volume, quantity, or scope of; enlarge: expanded her store by adding a second room. See Synonyms at increase.
2. To express at length or in detail; enlarge on: expanded his remarks afterward.
3. To open (something) up or out; spread out: The bird expanded its wings and flew off.
4. Mathematics To write (a quantity) as a sum of terms in an extended form.


1. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) Also called visible horizon apparent horizon the apparent line that divides the earth and the sky
2. (Astronomy) Astronomy
a.  Also called sensible horizon the circular intersection with the celestial sphere of the plane tangential to the earth at the position of the observer
b.  Also called celestial horizon the great circle on the celestial sphere, the plane of which passes through the centre of the earth and is parallel to the sensible horizon
3. the range or limit of scope, interest, knowledge, etc.
4. (Earth Sciences / Geological Science) a thin layer of rock within a stratum that has a distinct composition, esp of fossils, by which the stratum may be dated
5. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) a layer in a soil profile having particular characteristics See A horizon, B horizon, C horizon
on the horizon likely or about to happen or appear

I put these definitions here to help lay out where I am going with this post in particular and this blog in the abstract. In particular, I am looking at incorporating definitions 1, 2 and 3 from the first, and 3 of the second.

When I first started this blog, in its original inception, way back in time (2001), I had envisioned a place where I shared the things that I had an interest in (writing, art, training, politics, cultural anthropology, comparative religions, etc.), or had a hand in (family “stuff,” writing, art, training, commodity training, etc.).

Over the years it has vacillated somewhere in-between these two poles, even splitting into two separate blogs for a while, one specifically about my training, the other encompassing all the other areas.

A couple of years ago I recombined them back together to streamline my web-presence.

For the last year this blog has been almost exclusively about training. Now, I love training, both for myself and my clients… But my life is bigger than this, and I am feeling “cramped” by the focus I’ve been plying to it. I love helping people meet their physical goals (as well as my own) and am going to continue to perform in those arenas. But it is time to take a much wider focus and reopen the doors to those other fields of enquiry.

I have taken the last couple of months deciding what and where I want to go with this site – especially as I spend considerably more time on Facebook and Twitter micro-blogging than here.

For the for seeable future I am going to be putting posts up on everything from old (and new) artwork, my writing (including putting up new articles that I haven’t found venues for yet), articles and posts on current events, politics, news, etc., stories I love about comparative religion, cultural anthropology, commodity trading, and more…

Hopefully you’ll stay tuned for what I have planned… And maybe tell your friends. 😉

Ciao for now!

Nicholas Was

One of my favorite Christmas tales… Written by Neil Gaiman, and finally put out in video format:


Ho, Ho, Ho…


As you can tell it's been awhile since I've posted on my blog. Lots of things going on, not the least of which is that I've been spending more time on sites like Facebook and Twitter, microblogging, and learning to use Web 2.0 social networking sites, than on more "macro" sites like my blog here or my athletics blog.

So, here's what's happening: first up is I finally got a job — back in the training industry. I am now a trainer at Gold's Gym in Loveland, so far only working part time, specializing (for those of you who might want to know) in corrective exercise (post rehab only), S&C, and fighter conditioning. I am also working on setting up kettlebell group training and to establish a class that I am (tentatively) calling Ground Games, which is a collection of solo drills pulled from my years in Judo, BJJ, Submission Grappling, Aikido, as well as stuff I've learned from Russian Sambo and Systema. If you have any interest in joining me, please let me know.

Secondly is that I've once again submitted my first novel to a publishing house called Damnation Books. They are a new publishing house specializing in "dark" fiction (where KOSC and ADR should fit right in). They publish in e-book and print on demand (POD). I sent my book in about ten days ago, so according to their website I have about seven weeks left until I hear whether they are interested in the novel. Wish me luck!

Thirdly, between job hunting, starting the new position, writing, training, commodity trading — you know the daily deluge that has been my life the last few months, I've also had to deal with an acute case of Insurance Industry bureaucratic dumbassery, an ongoing SEC investigation (of the company my wife and I invested with last year), another criminal investigation (where I've been called on to be a witness)… And I may have jury duty this coming week… Too much stress. Especially of an unnecessary nature — man made self-important dipshittery… 

So, that's what's been going on here at case Kechter since the last time I wrote. I hope things are more settled and saner where you are!

Ciao for now!

Why is a raven like a writing desk?*

It seems appropriate that after the last couple of weeks, I put up a riddle inspired by the Mad Hatter, as that is exactly how I feel.

To much to do, to little time… Which is what the Hatter was supposed to get the chopping block for: according to the Red Queen, he had to die for "murdering time."

So now we know where to place the blame. Damn Hatter!


I am once more back on the job hunt, though it has both been slow, as well as more than once put aside to do other things…

One of those things I've put it aside for is that my wonderful wife and I are now in the business of domain and website hosting. Check out the animated badge to the left of this post, (or go here: The Host Ship). It seemed a natural fit, as we both have extensive histories in the computer field. She with coding and project management, me with technical support as well as in marketing and graphic design.

So, if you ever have a need (or want) for your own domain, or website, check us out at The Host Ship. We'll take excellent care of you!


Also keep an eye out for our next project, which will hopefully go live in the next month or so.

Dark Alley Designs

Wait till you see what we've got cooked up for you!


One last thing: I am in need of a new name for my athletics blog… I've though of a few, but nothing that REALLY gets me going. How about any of you? Any ideas?

Don't be shy, please let me know, either here in the comments, or via email.

 Ciao for now!


*No one knows the answer to the riddle. When Alice gave up guessing, even the Hatter admitted that he did not have an answer. 

From Wikipidea: "Lewis Carroll originally intended the riddle to be just a riddle without an answer, but after many requests from readers, he and others, including puzzle expert Sam Loyd, thought up possible answers to the riddle. One possible answer is "Poe wrote on both", a reference to Edgar Allan Poe, who wrote The Raven
In the preface to the 1896 edition, Carroll wrote:
'Enquiries have been so often addressed to me, as to whether any answer to the Hatter’s Riddle can be imagined, that I may as well put on record here what seems to me to be a fairly appropriate answer, viz: "Because it can produce a few notes, though they are very flat; and it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!'"

As noted in The Annotated Alice, given that later editions "corrected" the word "nevar" as "never", the subtle wordplay with the reverse spelling of "raven" was lost on most of his readers.