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Shane Nickerson
Los Angeles, California
Producer, Writer, Actor, Father. Not in that order.
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I love these two princesses. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Nickerblog
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The masses have passed by, which is just fine with me. I was never great with a huge readership. Too much pressure and not enough stomach to sustain any real criticism. Once, that's how it was. Blogs were new and no one read them. You could hide online in plain sight. I feel that way now, and it's nice. One of the pesky side effects of cutting alcohol down to almost none and consistent, healthy eating is clarity. That self-imposed beer fog is a great blanket of dampening oblivion. It's both terrifying and dumbly calming. What you can't feel can't... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Nickerblog
1. Travel now. Figure it out. 2. Forget working a lifetime to get to a pot of gold. Work, earn, spend some, save some. Work, earn, spend some, save some. 3. A little of everything is usually the best choice. 4. Let kids be kids. 5. Be as nice to yourself as you are to others. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Nickerblog
"Spikes," she says, as I kiss her cheeks before she leaves for school. It's what she's called my whiskers since she was able to speak, and it's become part of our routine. If I am clean shaven, it's a slightly surprised, "No spikes!" She bounces out the door, telling mommy about the sheep in her Minecraft world. She is four. She is the youngest of three, so our diaper days are almost behind us. I can't be sad about that, right? What's the word for missing the future past you are currently inhabiting? If I could hoard the feelings and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Nickerblog
I was listening to Tim Ferriss' podcast a couple of days ago, and stumbled onto an idea that planted itself in my mind and has begun to take hold. One of his guests, the quintissential motivational speaker Tony Robbins, said something to the effect of: You can become bored with happiness. Unless you attach meaning to the goals you have and the things you're doing, your successes and victories will remain unfulfilling. Interesting. As I push into my early 40's, I find myself struggling to evolve into the next version of myself. Until now, I've always at least had an... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Nickerblog
I have this block that won't allow me to write honestly. It's a huge unmoving blob of fear and hesitation, resistant to poking and prodding. I've been staring at it for what feels like a few years. We put out this version of ourselves on social media. A guarded angle on a much less slick reality. We carefully paint a person we want to be instead of baring the person we are stuck being. Problem is, you can start to feel disappointed in yourself each time you don't live up to the punched up version you wish you were. Eventually,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Nickerblog
Loading The return of the SoCal #MurderersRow home game, with @taopauly @change100 @kent171 @absinthetics @factgirly @fhwrdh @noahfonosch and Phil Cheung. So fun. #WPBT View on Instagram Back in 2005, poker bloggers, traditional bloggers, programmers, and a couple of pros used to play online poker together with a group that became affectionately known as the World Poker Blogger Tour: The WPBT. Dr. Pauly, the OG poker blogger gives a nice account of how that group came to be here: The WPBT began as a bad inside joke like a half-baked Saturday Night Live sketch that morphed into a global phenomena and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at Nickerblog
The fallacy is that the destination is the goal. And then you discover the routine you've been in for quite a while has become the source of some of your best memories, and you can't quite remember when the repetition took hold and became part of who you are. It starts with a decision to try something new: Softball team. Scuba diving. Tennis. Running. Hiking. Dancing. Bowling league. Game night. Then, you must have faith in the fact that your enjoyment of the thing you're doing warrants a return to that thing. Then you must not be afraid to make... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Nickerblog
Occasionally, I decide to stop drinking. Today, 17 days into a streak of sobriety, I can't remember why I'd ever start again. Anxiety attacks have stopped, my mood is more predictable, my energy level throughout the day is consistent...I wake up happy. I wake up happy. Weird how that works. Stop drinking (delicious hoppy) poison every day, start feeling better. I'm more productive, more creative, more focused. I like people more, I find the positive angle on things, I'm better equipped to deal with setbacks in life or at work. I'm also eating well. No bread, no white foods, no... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2014 at Nickerblog
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Nickerblog
-Dusting this place off. We'll see. -We moved. More space and a pool, which has made me never want to leave my house. In the best way. Life is good, so what's missing? Artistic expression? - I miss writing, but it feels clunky. Like when you haven't worked out in a couple of years and you walk back into a gym and look around and want to just leave because why bother? It'll never work. This is me stepping back on the treadmill in not cool gym clothes and a full sized towel because my workout towels are long gone... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Nickerblog
Let them mess up the house. Enjoy even the crying. Walk around the block at their pace. Answer them all the way. You are their life. Make them yours. Live the way you want them to live. Learn as they do. Listen. You're not perfect. That's okay. Be present now. You'll miss this later. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Nickerblog
As I thaw out from a couple of months of drowning creativity with self-indulgence, my synapses refire to remind me of who I prefer to be. Anyway. I've been thinking a lot about art and creating and what the trick is to do it right. I wonder if the golden rule of art is to ignore the audience. Write, produce, create what matters only to yourself, and see if people care. Ignore those it is lost on, worry not about whether the majority approves, apologize for nothing. Of course, easier said than done. But on stuff that is entirely personal... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Nickerblog
Fair point, but I'm not trying to dodge the taxes. I'm investing in an alternative currency that I whole heartedly support. If it cracks up to 10gs, I'll pay the 3.5k tax per BTC. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2014 on What is Bitcoin? at Nickerblog
If you got here via search, you're probably me last week. I put off learning about Bitcoin for over a year. Finally, after my friend suggested I do myself a favor and buy into this new crypto-currency before it's too late, I did some research. I'm not last to the party, but I'm last among the Internet people I know. In the real world, it's still an underground movement. So here's the very quick version. Bitcoin is an alternative to a government based currency. It is not traded on the NYSE, nor is it protected by the FDIC, nor any... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Nickerblog
When I was a younger blogger, and by that I mean back when having kids was a novelty for me, I wrote about them here. I recounted tales of outings and adventures, gloated about new parenting experiences, and shared photos as a kind of proof of my written words. This was in 2005, back when blogging was a thing. Now, I wonder. Was it fair to mark their lives here, without their approval? Was it all right to post punched up tales of our lives, using them as main characters in a narrative that is undeniably self-serving? I struggle with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Nickerblog
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Believe it or not, this is my first time reading a graphic novel/memoir. I didn't know this book was one until I got it in the mail. What a pleasant surprise. I know this one is slightly atypical, but I am really enjoying it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Nickerblog
Fixed. Now it's just a private group.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2014 on 12 Books in 12 Months at Nickerblog
Lorianne! I actually think I discovered this book through your goodreads history! I look forward to reading it. Also, maybe you can choose our February book? I hear you know a thing or two about literature. :)
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2014 on 12 Books in 12 Months at Nickerblog
Okay, let's do this. I've set up a group at Goodreads, which makes all of this much easier to manage. Some of you may already use Goodreads. As of now, I've created it as a secret private group that will not appear in search results. That's just to keep out the strays. Anyone is welcome, so please feel free to invite away. The link to join is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/invite/122201-12-books-in-12-months As our first book, I chose Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. I don't know all that much about the book or the author, but the reviews are good. Part of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Nickerblog
A nice mix of various genres. I actually look forward to being exposed to books I might not otherwise choose.
Anyone interested in committing to reading a book a month for 2014? I know we're all busy, but surely we can find the time in a month to read one book, right? We can break away from twitterfaceinstareddit for a few hours a week to get through a good old fashioned book, I just know it. Then we can all reconvene here to discuss our newfound knowledge and insight. Maybe it will even inspire us to write things, or be SMRT! You can even read it on your Kindle or iPad or Android device, I'm no purist! I'll pick the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Nickerblog
-I've been listening to the Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP2 for a week straight. Insane. Makes me wish I understood all of the references he makes. -Spent last weekend in Vegas. It was rough. Some fun blanketed in bleak, smoky regret. Fuck that place. -My last post was about beginning season 6 Fantasy Factory shooting. Almost 3 months later, we're almost done primary shooting. It's been full immersion back into a world I missed but will feel content to leave behind. It's closure I needed and have now found. -Began shooting 20 episodes of a new series called Snack Off. It's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at Nickerblog
We're back. After almost two years (1 year and 7 months, to be exact), we return today to the Fantasy Factory to begin production on Season 6 of our series. Without context, it's probably hard for you to realize why that matters so much to me. For now, just know that it's an exciting day that I was pretty sure we'd never see. Starting today, we get the chance to do it all one more time, and close out the series properly. It feels like the band is back together for four more months. ONE MORE TOUR! More later... Related... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at Nickerblog
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This is Max. He likes weekends. We adopted him 8 years ago. He was living under a car in South Central LA when he was brought to the shelter. He is the nicest, kindest, sometimes stupidest, most loving, squirrel chasingest dog ever. There are thousands of dogs like him waiting for someone to come save them from a crappy life they don't deserve. Support Anne and Wil Wheaton and the Pasadena Humane Society here! Related articles 2013 Wheaton Wiggle Waggle for the Pasadena Humane Society 2014 Celebrity Pet Adoption Calendar by Anne & Wil Wheaton Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2013 at Nickerblog