Spencer Richard

Author - Spencer Richard

Who Wants Money, Sex, And Attention?

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It seems to me that if we were to take any average person and ask them in confidence whether they think they would be happier with more money, fame, or sexy-time, the response would invariably be something along the lines of, “Yes, please. All of those.” Why? Just to make sure we’re on the same page, let me ask you this: do you ever find yourself daydreaming about winning the...

How To Stop Being A Horrible Person

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Being bad has it’s bonuses and all. I’m thinking in particular about the feeling you get after a long, enjoyable session of cannibalism. The only thing about being bad is that it tends to suck is the guilt arena. Kidding about the cannibalism, by the way. Cannon balls are hard to digest. Buddump chssss, moving on: I may be taking a small liberty here, but I’m going to assume...

Death And Life

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A tarp once tried to kill me.  In order to prevent this from being overly dramatic, I will first say that I didn’t actually die (spoilers!).  It was a relatively calm summer day when me and two dearest friends decided to set up the new water-slide for the amazing kids-camp we worked at. The three of us and a young boy whose family was renting the campsite that weekend carelessly...

Fight With Reason

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I always wanted to be a good person. It’s an old intention of mine—the kind that grows on the intellect like barnacles on a ship. But even as my desire for this goodness has grown and sometimes waned over the course of my life, I would be lying to say that it has ever disappeared altogether. You see, when it comes to my actions and my thoughts, I have been governed by something...

Stop Talking Stupid

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I’ve grown up with you, I’ve bumped in to you on the street, I’ve listened in to your conversations as a stranger, I’ve met you at the park for picnics, I’ve even read the posts on your wall. Do I have your attention? What I’m trying to say is: Sit down, we need to talk. Before you think you know what this is about, let me drop a disclaimer: I know what an...

The Problem With Being Interesting

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I won’t be a jerk and say you aren’t interesting—you have enough imaginary people telling you that—but I will say you should stop trying to be. It’s this problem you weren’t aware you had, and yes, it really is a problem. A defect, actually. I should know. I went through all this trouble of designing my own website and coming up with an memorably unmemorable...

What The Internet Has Done To My Generation (Part 2)

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Part 1 here. This article may shock some of you, but hopefully the shock is analogous to being charged with defibrillators, which is an act of life giving, or wakefulness, as opposed to the kind of shock one experiences with a fork and a power outlet.  That being said, lets get into it. Seven years ago there was a meta-study done on the role pornography plays when it comes to internet traffic...

My Advice For Creative People

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If you think you aren’t one of these “creative” people I’m going to talk about, feel free to close the laptop and ask the person nearest to you if they would kindly slap you upside the head. Every single one of us is capable of creativity, so don’t even bother trying to argue with me. The internet has my back on this one. I won’t bore you with the details...