Friday, July 30, 2010

Robert's Picks

Books I'm reading:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein (excellent)

Movies I've watched:

Predators (good)


"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
-Dr. Seuss

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I ate too much.

Three hot dogs.  Some KFC chicken and potato wedges. 


It was good though.  

Monday, July 26, 2010


I have to go into the office tomorrow to pick up my new work van.  It's supposed be loaded out for me and ready to go.  We'll see about that. 

Normally in this kind of situation I'd be getting someone from work to pick me up and take me in.  At least, that's how I've done it every other time.  Unfortunately that isn't going to be possible tomorrow so I'm getting a friend to give me a ride after he gets off work.  Hopefully that won't be an issue, and hopefully they won't be counting on me arriving at an exact time. 

This really sucks.  I've missed three days of work so what should have been a great paycheck is going to be that much thinner.  

Wikileaks unviels 90,000 documents...

And they're full of information that everyone already knew.

Civilian causalities during a war?  Unpossible.
Intelligence officers of a Muslim country helping extremist Muslims fight invaders from a predominantly Christian country?  Unpossible.
Special Operations units killing opposition military leaders, DURING WARTIME, without bothering to put them on trial?  Unpossible.

Give me frickin' break. 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

On The Range #19

Took my Ruger 10/22 outside for a good bit of practice.  Shot a few hundred rounds.  The sights aren't quite where I'd like them to be.  I'm going to have to make sure I've got a screw driver with me for on the spot adjustments.  That said, I was able to adjust my aim just a tad to hit right where I wanted too.

I enjoyed the practice, and the few hundred rounds I put down range didn't put even a dent into my .22LR supply.  I've always been able to make a .22 rifle do just about whatever I want it to, and that hasn't changed.  It's making the idea of picking up a 1911 pistol in .22 to be more and more appealing.  If fact, I think I'll definitely be acquiring one in the future.  


I had my favorite breakfast this morning:

Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.  I call it the Trott sandwich because I'd never made one until after watching a contractor cook one of up for breakfast in a house we were finishing when I was working as an electrician (he was sleeping there as it was a friends house and long drive from home).

I use thick-sliced bacon, one large egg, and Velveeta sliced cheese.  You could use any cheese you like (I've used swiss, which is also very tasty) but the Velveeta cheese melts and holds the whole thing together better than anything else I've tried.

Fry up four or five slices of bacon, then set them aside to drain on a paper towel covered plate.  In the bacon grease fry up one egg, breaking the yolk.  Set egg aside with the bacon.  Dispose of the bacon grease (my dogs love it over their dog food), wipe out the fry pan, then add a couple of teaspoons of olive oil over medium heat.  Place a slice of bread in the pan, top it with a slice of the cheese of your choice, then strips of bacon, followed by the egg, then another slice of cheese, and finally the top slice of bread.

At this point it's just like making a grilled cheese sandwich any other way.  Brown the bread on both sides as little or as much as you desire, but make sure the cheese melts over all the other ingredients.  Also, be careful the whole thing doesn't fall apart while flipping it. 

I usually have a strip and a half or more of bacon left over and I put it on my plate as a side but I can honestly never finish it and it usually goes to my very appreciative dogs.  This is a meal unto itself, and any other side dishes will see you leaving it unfinished.  Trust me, I know.  And I can put some food away.

Liberally doused with Tabasco sauce this makes one hell of a morning meal and will keep you filled up all day.  I rarely need to eat lunch after having one of these delicious amalgamations of staple breakfast foods.  

Friday, July 23, 2010

Handing an attractive woman a cup of your own piss.

Is it wrong that I get a sick thrill out of that? I'm not talking a sexual one, though. To me it's always been demeaning to have to take a piss test to screen for drugs, and I guess handing some attractive nurse a cup full of piss kind of lets me spread the joy. I know it's no big deal to her. It's her job. But it's also totally unnecessary for her to have to handle my piss. I'm not a patient seeking medical care. Nothing to help fix me will come from this.

Why is this a topic of a blog post? Well, let me tell you about my morning...

At five-thirty this morning I was on my way to work in my company van when I was rear ended by an 18-wheeler. I was on the curved, one lane exit ramp from one interstate to another. I came upon an 18-wheeler pulled off to the left with his signal on indicating he wanted back on the road. I slowed down, but he didn't appear to me moving. Since I was in a curve I couldn't see the actual truck until I got around the trailer. When I did I saw that he had stopped (???!!!) with only the truck pulled into the roadway, blocking it while his trailer remained off the road. That forced me to come to a stop. I was about to pull off to the left to try and go around him and/or avoid getting rear ended when I heard breaks lock up and...


Another 18-wheeler smacked into the left rear of my van. He didn't hit me square as he was trying to swerve around me, but it still did a lot of damage to the van and to his truck.

I called the local PD, notified my supervisor, and called the company that they have 'manage' their accidents. Took lots of fun pictures and did a lot of standing around on the side of the busy interstate. My van had to be towed as did the other guys truck.

Oh, and the guy who'd been blocking the freakin' road?  Yeah, he boogied the hell out of there when he saw he's caused an accident by being a fucking retard and pulling off to the side of the road on the interchange between two busy interstates!

Of course, since it wasn't my vehicle but a company van I had to take a drug test. 'Cause, you know, you only get rear ended if you're under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Anyway, since I had to go the clinic to piss in a cup I figured I'd get my head and neck checked out since they had started to ache about thirty minutes after the accident. The doc did some poking and prodding, looked at my neck X-ray and declared me fit to work.

Only I can't work until I get issued another van. And I can't be issued another van until the drug test results come back. So, four day weekend, and probably without pay (though my boss said he would see what he can do).

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Guilty Pleasures.

Picked this up from JayG.

1. Designer soap. I shit you not. When I can afford it I buy my soap as Bath and Body Works. Point in fact, I tend to go a little over the top when it comes to skin care (if I can afford it).

2. Kinky porn. The freakier the better. I admit it. Love the stuff.

3. Sappy music, like Nora Jones and Dido.

4. Nice clothes. If I can wear a button down comfortably I will. Better if I can wear a nice jacket as well. Even better when I have the rare opportunity to wear a suit. I'm probably the only guy in the country who lives in a trailer older than he is but has a Brooks Brothers suit hanging in the closet.

5. Tacticool stuff. I have Oakley sunglasses, and I have Oakley gloves. Blackhawk! knee pads? Check. When I had an AR? PMAGs and rails galore, AFG, single point sling, flashlight, etc.

6. Cartoons. Gummy Bears and Sonic the Hedge Hog are in my Netflix queue. I loved Avatar: The Last Air Bender (the live action movie kind of sucked though).
JayG has a post up about a guy facing a mountain of charges after shooting a Canada Goose.

Here's a little of what Jay had to say about it:

But jackasses like this douche poison the well for all law-abiding gun owners. For every hundred of us, every thousand even, that own and use our firearms responsibly, all it takes is one jackoff shooting at geese in his apartment complex to hand the media a gift-wrapped stereotypical gun owner. Ignorant of the law, indifferent to public safety, careless with dangerous weapons; this guy has every single negative connotation with which the antis love to tag gun owners. Hell, look at the damn mugshot. All the guy needs is a mullet to be more of a caricature...

In comments, I had to disagree.

I find killing a non-vermin animal (and I say there is some debate as to whether Canada Geese are vermin or not from individual to individual) for anything short of a meal or to protect yourself makes you an asshole. An asshole, not a criminal.

Everything else this guy did? He's a victim of government abusing it's power, and I'm not going to blame the victim even if it would be politically expedient to do so and even if he could have made choices such that he wouldn't be a victim.

I can see arguing that shooting a gun in an apartment complex is unsafe, but I don't think he did so in an unsafe manner.

On first thought our reaction is "OH MY GOD HE SHOT A GUN WHERE PEOPLE ARE!!!!!!" But really? How close are other people to you when you're shooting at the range, or with friends? And how easy is it to be safe in that situation.

I don't know the whole situation. I don't know if he was shooting at geese in the air (unsafe) or on the ground (aim at what you want to hit...goose, be sure of what's behind your target...the ground).

I think this comes down to a matter of, "Don't do that, you'll scare the white people." And that's not good enough for me.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

I like to write.

I won't pretend I'm any good at it. I've got stories rattling around in my head, but I'm not sure I'm any good at getting them down on paper.

Anyway, I've been working on this 'novel' for a while. I haven't taken it very far, and I'm still figuring a lot of things out as I go, but I like the idea, and I think I'll like where the story takes me.

I've done some research on the things I have no real experience with, but a lot of stuff I'm just winging it. That might bother some people. To an extent it bothers me and may in the future mean significant changes in the protagonist.

For now, it is what is, and you can find Chapter 1 here.

Edited to add: If you want to read some thing good, try this instead.

I've always been proud of my Irish heritage.

This just makes it better!

Irish homeowners can now legally use guns to defend themselves if their homes are attacked under new legislation.

The new home defense bill has moved the balance of rights back to the house owner if his home is broken into "where it should always have been", say top Irish police.

The police association of superintendents and inspectors, the AGSI, stated that “the current situation, which legally demands a house owner retreat from an intruder, was intolerable".

Via SnarkyBytes

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

On The Range #18

Today's shooting session felt very productive. I worked on a lot of different things. I slowed down some to focus on fundamentals, and I worked on speed. I did quite a few repetitions of draw, aim, fire one shot just to see how quickly I can make a good hit consistently. So far we're talking 2.5 seconds in the 5 to 7 yard range...not very impressive.

I've noticed that follow up shots tend to be pretty quick, but that getting that first shot off is something I can't do faster than ~2.5 seconds. Maybe I can get that down, but I have my doubts. I can only move so fast on the draw, but maybe I can increase my speed. We'll see.

I also did a lot of shooting with movement. I've found that I can reliably and repeatable hit my target while on the move. Accuracy falls from a stationary position, but I'm able to do it. As with everything, more practice!

More and more I'm feeling the need/desire to get some more formal training under my belt. I just wish it weren't so damned expensive.

Going to be a somewhat busy day.

I slept late because I was up into the wee hours after deciding to stay at the bar after trivia last night so I'm kind of getting a late start today.

First thing up is breakfast, which I am about to cook. It'll be what I jokingly call a Trott Sandwich, names after a contractor I worked with when I was doing electrical work. I saw him make this thing one days and was sold. I think he tended to use better ingredients, and I will as soon as I can afford it, but you can't go wrong with a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.

After a delicious breakfast I'm going to be taking my van to get the oil changed. Hopefully that will be quick since I'm doing it in the middle of the day. We'll see though.

When the oil is changed I'm heading home for some recoil therapy. I'm going to try some different stuff just to change things up rather than my usual 100 Round Drill. I don't want to stagnate or get stuck in one pattern.

I got a DVD from the NRA Personal Firearm Defense series titled "Combat Focus Shooting and Home Defense Tips." The instructor on the DVD is Rob Pincus and from what little digging I've done the man has a solid reputation. I'm going to give some of the stuff a try and see what I think. I'll also be trying a few other things that have been suggested to me.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I write like...

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I used my blog post about a Vietnam veteran I met a while back, and then the first chapter of the novel I'm slowing working on for this 'test,' and got the same result both times. I may try some other stuff as time goes by.

Oddly enough, Stephen King's On Writing is the only book I've ever read on the subject of writing. Maybe it had more of an impression on me than I thought. I'm not his biggest fan, but you can't argue with success.

H/T Borepatch

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

If this happened to Time Square...

I'd move there tomorrow!

How best to deport an illegal who has raped a 14 year old girl.

The subject came up over at JayG's. His preferred method is deportation from a C-130 at 25,000 feet.

I'm warring between trebuchets and impaled carcass with crime carved in chest. That's a tough one!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Damned weather, part II.

My friend Jen is going to be stuck in Montgomery all night. I'm not a pilot so I don't know why the hell they were diverted there in the first place, but I assume there was a good reason. Apparently after hours of waiting her flight crew was over their allowed hours and the flight was officially canceled so now she is stuck at least until morning.

I'm sick with worry and not a little guilt. She should be safe at home in her bed right now and she's not because she spent hundreds of dollars and flew down here to see me. I don't feel like I'm worth that much trouble as it is, and now this!

And on top of it I miss her. I didn't figure on missing her this much. I want her here with me, or at the very least safe at home. Instead she's stuck in a small regional airport with no food and nothing open, no flighthome (yet), and no one there that she knows.

And I know she can take care of herself but damn it I'd at least like to be there to watch her back while she gets some sleep. Damn it, I can't help but feel protective of someone I care about!

Fuck you NAACP

The NAACP adopted a resolution Tuesday condemning the Tea Party movement as racist, despite claims from Tea Partiers that the measure is just a political ploy.

The nation's leading civil rights group took up the language at its annual convention in Kansas City, Mo. The resolution was expected to say the NAACP would "repudiate the racism of the Tea Parties" and stand against the movement's attempt to "push our country back to the pre-civil rights era," though the exact wording of the final resolution wasn't immediately available.

I'm disgusted beyond words. This both pathetic and despicable.

Damned weather.

My friend's flight got diverted from Atlanta to Montgomery after leaving Birmingham late because of weather. The damned thunderstorms were spotty and fast moving but they were in all the wrong places at all the wrong times. The result is she is still in Montgomery when she should be most of the way home Philly.

I feel really bad. She wouldn't be in this situation if she hadn't been visiting me. I know I didn't create the situation, but I still feel guilty for her being in a shit situation.

She missed her connecting flight but she got in contact with Delta and has another one. Unfortunately she won't be home until after midnight. I don't think either of us will be getting much sleep because I'll be worrying.

This really sucks.

On The Range #17: New Shooter

A friend from out of town came and spent a long weekend with me. She wanted to go shooting. She said she'd been shooting before but I got the impression it was the type of shooting where some guy just sticks a big gun in her hands and stands back and laughs.

I went through all the safety stuff, emphasizing the Four Rules. After that we went outside and let her go at it. We had a lot of fun.

I'm not the best teacher, and I'll be the first to admit it, but I think I instilled some fundamentals and I KNOW she had a good time. She was shooting pretty damned well too, and I think with some more practice and some formal training she could be a great shooter.

You call it Taranis, I call it a friggin' Terminator.

Looming ominously like a space ship from Star Wars, this is the future of unmanned flight.

Defence firm BAE Systems today officially unveiled its first ever high-tech unmanned stealth jet.

The Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, is about the same size as a Hawk jet and is equipped with stealth equipment and an 'autonomous' artificial intelligence system.

The plane will test the possibility of developing the first ever autonomous stealthy Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) that would ultimately be capable of precisely striking targets at long range, even in another continent.

What the fuck, people? They actually fucking did it. They invented a freakin' Terminator!

I think a stock pile of honest to Hades armor piercing rounds is in order.

"Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind."
-Supreme Commandment of the Orange Catholic Bible

H/T RobertaX

Monday, July 12, 2010

Quote of the day.

"That's just what we need: Somebody pointing a .38 Special pepperbox loaded with snake shot at somebody and thinking that they are holding a "non-lethal" weapon for "civilized people"."

-Tam at View From The Porch, discussing the "Begane".

You're about stupid if you buy one of those, that's for sure.

Uganda bombings.

An American aid worker was killed and six members of a Pennsylvania church group were seriously wounded as twin bombers tore through crowds watching the World Cup final at a party in Uganda's capital Monday, killing at least 74 people.

This is a typical tactic of terrorists, so we should hardly be surprised that it happened somewhere. It is terrible that it did, but inevitable in a world where we allow these types of people to exist. People were together having fun, enjoying life as best as they could, and that makes religious nuts very unhappy. Can't have people actually enjoying life! They might not devote they every waking effort to the empty promise of sustaining a religion that promises paradise...when you die.

President Obama was "deeply saddened by the loss of life resulting from these deplorable and cowardly attacks," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he may be saddened by the loss of life, but I also know he probably won't do a damned thing about it that amounts to a real solution.

My weekend...

Has been really good so far. I have:

-Discovered Whole Foods
-Eaten good food at home, IHOP, and Stix
-Taken someone shooting (more to come)
-Seen The Last Airbender
-And lots and lots of other stuff!

Good times, indeed.

Fleeing rape charges?

Flee to beautiful Switzerland!

Nice to you'll have a safe place to go if you ever take up raping teenage girls.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Sitting at Birmingham International

A friend is flying in from out of town to spend the next four days with me. It's been years since the last time we spent any time together. I'm really looking forward to catching up.

Unfotunately her flight has been delayed due to weather and they've yet to update the flight board with a new arrival time. I hate sitting here disarmed, waiting.

Quote of the day.

"My gun doesn’t compensate for the size of my penis. It compensates for the fact I cannot throw a rock at 1,200 feet per second."

Violent protests erupted in Oakland with stores damaged and dozens arrested after a Los Angeles jury convicted a white former transit officer of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man.

He was convicted. Get the fuck over yourselves. Oh, wait. It's got nothing to do with someone getting killed. It's all about what you can steal.

At least a dozen businesses were damaged, including a looted Foot Locker store and a ransacked jewelry store, police said. Protesters also smashed the windows of a bank, set fires in several trash bins, and detonated a small incendiary device near a police station that caused no damage.

If white people did this every time a black man got a lesser sentence than was felt deserved for a crime he committed against a white we'd be called 'racists.' And there wouldn't be much else going on but rioting...

Oh, the world we live in.

I wish some store owner had stacked these motherfucking rioting thieves like cords of wood filled with .30-06 out in front of his or her store. Maybe I should go start a riot, cause we all know that didn't happen and that's what I wanted to happen after all.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Jayne Cobb hat.

A friend is knitting one for me. How awesome is that?

Robert's Picks


A Mighty Fortress (Safehold Book 4) by David Weber (very good)

Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein (good)


Dropkick Murphys (excellent)


I knocked down the wall that closed off my second bedroom (which also has the back door in it) and turned it into an office/study today. I've also rearranged my living room into a living/dining room by moving the furniture around. I eventually want to put a pub table in there. I think that will finish the space out nicely.

I'm going to have a house guest next weekend so I'm doing a lot of cleaning up and reorganizing. I couldn't resist knocking that wall down today. I like the new space I've created. I've got a lot of random junk I need to get out to my storage building out back tomorrow to really free up the space, but so far so good.

I'm looking forward to this next week. I've only got to work three days and then I'll be taking a four day weekend to spend with my guest. It should make for a really good time.

This is why I carry a gun.

A very brave woman, but more importantly she was a person prepared to do violence to an attacker if she was forced to it. Good for her.

H/T Weerd Beard

Busy weekend.

Saturday and Sunday were busy, with work. Not much of a Fourth for me. I did get a tip at the end of the day, and I did get to see some great fireworks last night at a friends home. Watching his daughter's facial expressions while she watched the fireworks was awesome.

I've got a lot to do over my weekend. I need to get my car tag renewed and do a lot of cleaning up. A friend from out of town is coming to visit for four days. She'll get here Friday night, and I'm taking Saturday and Sunday off in addition to Monday and Tuesday so we'll have plenty of time to catch up. The weather forecast isn't great, but I'm hoping to take her shooting. We'll probably at least catch dinner and movie out too.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Is it just me...

Or did Apple choose to pair their iPods/Phones with the most tortuous earbuds on the face of the earth? My Sony earbuds (my third pair) are in contrast wonderful and hardly noticeable...and worn out. So if I want to listen to my iPod I do so at the cost of constant pain and sore ears.