Saturday, April 30, 2011

Back in business.

Electricity came on right as I got home from work this afternoon, and I just realized the DSL was back up and running.  Time for a hot shower, then bed.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Day 3 with no electricity.

Thee days with no electricity. I'm charging my phone in my work van to keep it going.  I'm doing a lot of reading by candle light. Keeping ice in the cooler for perishables. 

I wish I had a couple of oil lamps.  Those would be handy right now, as would a gas stove and water heater.  Let me tell you, cold showers suck!

At least I have running water.

Alabama Power's latest update says they'll have me going by midnight, May 4th.  If it takes that long I'll have been living (mostly) electricity free for a week.  It's really not so bad.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Right in the thick of it.

My beat up old trailer survived the storms. Electricity is out so my bacon probably won't survive. There is a lot of death and destruction but it could have been worse near me.

I'm working today. A lot of Birmingham seems to have power.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

LWRC to do manufacturing in Alabama.

According to KitUp:

In a sort of business coup for a small gun manufacturer, LWRC International based in Cambridge, Md., has cemented an agreement with the Anniston Army Depot to use its manufacturing facilities and civilian labor to build its rifles and carbines, including the 6.8 PSD, M6A2 and the 7.62 REPR.

Information about the deal comes on the heels of the Army’s industry for the improved carbine program which will lead to the manufacturing of potentially hundreds of thousands of rifles by one manufacturer.

“To alleviate the concerns or fears that the Army might have about our production capacity, we’ve entered into a teaming arrangement with the Anniston Army Depot,” officials from LWRC told Kit Up! during a visit to their offices last week. The depot has entered into public-private partnerships like this before, the company tells us, but mostly for large vehicle programs like Strykers and Bradleys.
That's certainly not going to hurt Alabama's economy. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

On The Range #47: New Parts

After my 2,000 round review I replaced my recoil spring.  I put 170 rounds down range and had nothing but problems.  I had five FTE.  That was ridiculous so today I bought a Wilson Combat Bullet Proof extractor.  I shot 100 rounds after installing it and had no issues.  We'll see if that holds true. 

The extractor could use a little trimming for a flush fit but it's an aesthetic rather than functional issue so I'm not to worried about it.  It will be something to consider when I get around to doing a full detail strip.

While on the range I shot Dot Torture for the first time in almost a month.  I scored 31/50, which is not too bad considering. 

This is my shocked face.

Via Tam and SayUncle we learn:

A passenger screener at Philadelphia International Airport is facing charges that he distributed more than 100 images of child pornography via Facebook, records show.

Federal agents also allege that Transportation Safety Administration Officer Thomas Gordon Jr. of Philadelphia, who routinely searched airline passengers, uploaded explicit pictures of young girls to an Internet site on which he also posted a photograph of himself in his TSA uniform.
Just bear in mind, it was this guy's job to put his hands down the pants of little boys.  The United States government paid him to do that.  HIM. 

Do you honestly think he is the only one?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Pet Peeve: "Renewable Energy"

I see it in headlines every single day, "Renewable Energy This," "Renewable Energy That," and it pisses me off.  Anybody using the term "Renewable Energy" is a fucking idiot.

I'm no physicist.  My last physics class was in high school, and I graduated from the Alabama public school system in 2003 so that ought to give you an idea of the quality of my education in physics.  However, what I am formally trained in is philosophy, and I consider myself a Philosopher even though I lack a formal degree*.  A big part of philosophy is defining the terms we use to describe reality.

Energy, by it's very definition, can not be created or destroyed; therefore, it can not be renewable!  It is the potential to do work.  A quick and dirty way of thinking about energy is that it always is and always will be.

What people mean when they say "renewable energy" is "renewable fuel," or more precisely "energy efficient fuel."  We could run vehicles off horse power, but steam is more efficient, and fossil fuel is more efficient than that.  Electricity is even better, but most electricity is created by fossil fuels so if you're looking for clean energy go elsewhere (or build more nuke plants). 

Energy IS NOT renewable**.  For that matter, neither it fuel, but that's a whole different ball game.

*Socrates didn't have a degree, nor did he publish any papers.  I'm no Socrates, but I am a Philosopher.
**Or, if you want to be smartass, all energy is infinitely renewable.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Piss off, Spring!

I'm not a fan of Spring. Sure, the weather is nice but the pollen and other biological irritants just about drive me insane.  Add to that my aversion to medication in general and it's usually a very miserable time for me.

Unfortunately my job requires me to work outside. A lot. Today I reached my breaking point.

I worked until early afternoon sneezing like mad and with a perpetually runny nose, then I broke down and made my way to the nearest CVS for some Claritin.

Today was the first time I ever used that particular medication. I never felt it was worth jumping through all the nanny state hoops to buy it.

I like the stuff. It works great. All the more reason I shouldn't be treated like a potential meth cook just to buy it.  I'd have been using the stuff years ago if it was less of a hassle to obtain.

Think if all that lost profit.

John McCain, please shut up.

Veteran Stupid Party Senator John McCain had this to say recently
BENGHAZI, Libya -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, one of the strongest proponents in Congress of the American military intervention in Libya, said Friday that Libyan rebels fighting Muammar Qaddafi's troops are his heroes.
Does any one else flash back to the dedication at the end of Rambo III when reading that?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A couple of things.

A couple of days ago I was contacted by AmmoForSale.com about a review of some of their products that will be provided to me for free.  I'm taking them up on the offer, so hopefully I'll have more on that soon.

I got an email from LuckyGunner with my official confirmation of my spot at the bloggershoot.  I'm looking forward to that.

Dream home.

This is my dream home.  That.  Is.  AWESOME.

H/t New Jovian Thunderbolt

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A bittersweet ending.

I always enjoyed watching JAG whenever I could catch an episode, but I never watched it regularly until Netflix came around.  Today I finally watched the very last episode of JAG, "Fair Winds and Following Seas".

I was disappointed with Season 10, but the last episode was excellent, and the ending was perfect.  Just enough open endedness in just the right form to let you know that it's over, but not.  It was a bittersweet ending.  Bitter because you never want something you enjoy to come to a permanent end, sweet because the package wrapped up rather neatly. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

No excuses.

I'm not a nice person.  I go from being a mild jerk to a complete asshole.  I generally don't like people.  I spend most of my time alone.  I interact with people all day five days a week.  Most of those encounters are polite and pleasant.  For the most part, it's all an act.  I have to be nice and polite in order to do my job.  I don't like.  It's not me.

I realize 'me' is not a pleasant person to be around.  I try to be nice to people, and I want to be nice to those people I actually like, but sometimes I just don't have the energy or the drive.  I try to stay away from people when I'm feeling like that.  I don't always succeed.  I enjoy solitude, but I hate loneliness.  That's a weakness I can't shake.

Something happened tonight that's got me thinking a lot about me, and the jerk I am.  I don't like being mean to people, but when I'm not in the best mood I can be absolutely vicious without even thinking about it. 

I could blame the way I am on a lot of things, but I won't.  I'm not going to make excuses for me being me.  I am the way I am, I don't think I can change, and I don't particularly want to.  The best you can hope for is catching me when I'm genuinely happy.  That's a rare occurrence, and I've learned to enjoy just being content. 

Sunday, April 17, 2011

S&W E Series 1911

The more I read about them, the more I want one.  I've even got a little fund started to buy one.  It's not perfect, but from what I've read it's much better than what I've got.

I want the 'SC' which is the lightweight commander style with the bobtail. 

I'm planning on buying a gun next Friday.  I can't afford this 1911 just now so it'll probably be something in the vein of a Glock 19 or S&W M&P9.  However, if I see one of the E series and I like the price I might hold off on that and put on layaway.  We'll see.  

Friday, April 15, 2011

Robert's Picks

Books:

At All Costs by David Weber (excellent)

Storm From The Shadows by David Weber (good)

The Witness by W.E.B. Griffin (very good)

The Assassin by W.E.B. Griffin (very good)

The Murderers by W.E.B. Griffin (very good)

Movies/TV:

The Day of the Jackal

Broken Trail (good)

Bad Girls

Life:  Season 1 (excellent)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Going to Knoxville.

I've got confirmation that I'm in for the LuckyGunner Bloggershoot.  That's pretty cool considering I'm pretty much a nobody in blogging circles.  I'm looking forward to meeting all the people there.  I'm also really looking forward to my first experience shooting some machine guns, especially since they'll be providing the ammo.

Now I've got to get my travel arrangements made.  Since it's only in Knoxville I'll be driving up from Birmingham.  Thinking of renting a car rather than taking my long in the tooth Impala (although I may have the opportunity to buy a vehicle before the shoot). 

Ruger 1911.

Run over to The Firearm Blog to see the leaked photos.  It's looks like...a 1911.

That said, I want one.

The Budget Crisis in Perspective

It was just a big game of smoke and mirrors.  However this would have went it would have been effectively meaningless in terms of the budget, deficit, and debt. 

Mostly Cajun gives us the rundown (with pie graphs!  Don't you love pie graphs!)

We’re spending twice as much as we take in.  Now, if you and I woke up one morning and saw a major cut in pay and our household budget started looking like that, after the initial panic (assuming we didn’t see it coming) we’d start cutting out things and selling off things and slimming  and streamlining to survive.
RTWT

A couple of looks at the Remington R1 1911.

Linoge gives us his father's initial impression of his R1 and then links to a more comprehensive review.  At first I was turned on by the R1, then it was rumored no +P and I was turned off.  Apparently that last bit wasn't true.  Good to know.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Yep, totally beat that game.  And let me say, it was awesome!  Can't wait for more.

Only the military and police should have guns!!!!11

Yeah.  Sure.  That'll eliminate gun violence:

LONDON (AFP) – A Royal Navy officer was killed and another seriously injured in a shooting on a British nuclear-powered submarine, police said, which was only halted when a visiting politician tackled the gunman.
Another member of the navy was arrested on suspicion of murder following the incident on Friday in the southern port of Southampton, officials said, stressing that the shooting was not "terrorist-related".
Military and police are the only ones professional enough to murder people and shoot themselves with guns.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Machine gun used in a crime.

Not in the United States, but in the Netherlands.  Apparently you can own machine guns in the Netherlands.

The article at the first link said he had previous illegal weapons charges when he was 17 that were dropped.  The article also says he had some permits for the guns he had, but from another article:

Gun permits are difficult to obtain in the Netherlands, but illegal automatic weapons and ammunition are frequently seized during drug busts. 

Gun Control:  It's Doesn't work ANYWHERE.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Sorry.

I bought StarCraft II Monday morning.  I've been a little distracted since then.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Quote of the Day

Royalty?  We don't need no stinkin' royalty!

If George Washington knew you were Tweeting about the British royal wedding, he'd snatch the iPhone from your hand and kick your ass.
From Tam, at VFTP