Good Night Dr. Watson

Almost eleven and a half years ago, The Brother and I adopted the two males out of a litter that were on Shootin’ Buddy’s back porch. The Brother named his long hair tan and white Dr. Watson. Because he was The Brother’s trusty companion. Watson was a very easy going cat, but clearly a single-person cat. I think it took months before Watson would let me pet him. This caused some frustration with The Wife who loves all cats and wants to show that.

The last six months have not been good for Watson. It finally caught up last weekend.

The family will miss Watson.

NRA Finally Starting to Heal?

Last week was the NRA Annual Meeting. The big news wasn’t the guns introduced – which I didn’t hear much about. It was how the leadership elections played out.

The best sources are John Richardson’s No Lawyers – Only Guns and Money blog and Stephen Gutowski’s The Reload. Both have the blow by blow of the elections and the fight over moving the headquarters from Virginia to Texas. (That one got spicy fast).

The TLDR. Although the establishment managed to elect Bob Barr as NRA President, the First and Second VP slots, as well as the EVP/CEO slot went to reformers. Moreover, the new EVP/CEO, Doug Hamlin has started shaking up things and reminding the NRA staff that they are there for the members. That they need to regain the members’ trust.

Those are very good first steps. The revelations of the previous regime’s shenanigans resulted in plunging membership (and revenues) as well as soaring legal bills. Extremely bad for an organization to continue being a going concern.

I am cautiously optimistic. I’m going to watch to see what Mr. Hamlin does over the next six months. If he continues to make these kinds of reforms, I’ll rejoin the NRA.

Monday Links

I hope everyone is having a good Memorial Day weekend. There will be a bit of tab clearing since we didn’t have a links post last week.

I’ve got a slew of Reason articles to start.

A look into how bad science is keeping bad regulations around nuclear power. We need more nuclear power. Because we need more power. Because we need to reduce our dependence on oil. Not just climate change, but because of the politics and other environmental hazards of oil.

A look at how zoning regulations empower the people we don’t want to have power.

Surprise, surprise, the real reason for self-checkout bans is not the stated reason of stopping theft. Incentives matter, and that doesn’t change once the issue becomes political.

No, Super Size Me was not a documentary. It was a bullshit publicity stunt that did nothing to address what it purported to address. Other than getting Mickey D’s to change it’s branding.

NYT says that looser gun laws caused the spike in homicides. Um, yeah. Keep thinking that.

This one about a New York man being convicted of building guns made the rounds of the gunblogs, but here’s Reason’s coverage. The judge telling the defense the Second Amendment doesn’t work here was surprisingly unsurprising.

Now on to other sources.

From Ground News, we have an aggregation of Uvalde parents suing Meta, Microsoft, and Daniel Defense because the bad guy was on Facebook, played Call of Duty, and used a DD rifle. I’m kinda glad the plaintiffs are pulling in Meta and Microsoft, as they can slap down those better than Daniel Defense.

From 404 Media – all those nifty northern lights that folks were able to see earlier this month? Yeah, that same coronal storm caused issues with tractors talking with GPS, which has resulted in issues with planting. Which will definitely have some downstream effects in the food supply chain.

Nature published an op-ed decrying climate scientists being climate activists. This has been one of the big problems with doing anything about climate change. The moment you step out of being a neutral dispenser of information to a partisan, whatever information you provide is degraded. Either because a swath of the population will no longer believe you, or your information becomes shaded. Because incentives matter.

Ars Technica has an article on a company that had its Google Cloud account completely wiped out. Including the backups. Fortunately, the company had backups other than Google, but it’s an interesting case study.

Via The Brother, here’s the transcript from a talk Bert Hubert delivered on Cyber Security and war.

From the local TV station, we have an article about a homeowner who killed an intruder, by stabbing him, after the intruder shot her in the face. In a fight for your life, don’t stop until you can’t fight anymore. Or the threat is stopped.

Introduced to a New Family Member

Last weekend we had a belated birthday party for The Brother, Shootin’ Buddy, and another family friend who share birthdays very close together. Since The Wife and I don’t get to catch up with Family Friend much, this was a good chance to share what was going on in our lives. There was a wide ranging discussion on the state of our lives, new jobs, the annoyance of HOAs, the state of our county governments.

This was also the day The Wife and I got to meet the newest member of the Ward Extended Universe family. Shootin’ Buddy and his partner welcomed their new daughter at the end of March. This was the first time we got to meet the little one. She was a sweet infant with very spiky hair. Until I come up with a better moniker, I think I will dub her “Eighties Baby”.

Dinner was cut semi-short because The Wife and I were informed we needed to take SIL to the Tampa airport at oh-dark-early because BIL was ill.

It was a nice way to spend a Saturday.

Scenes From Ward Manor

This one actually took place in St. Augustine when The Wife and I went up to celebrate our anniversary.

We’re in the hat shop, and I’m looking for a straw hat. My other hats are felt and they get hot in the wet season. The Wife pulls one down.

The Wife: What about this one?

Me: Hell no.

The Wife: What? Is it too white? To plastic looking?

Me: It looks too Madonna.

I heard the shop clerk give that snort laugh when someone says something funny, but you don’t want to laugh in case someone takes offense. To The Wife’s credit, she immediately understood what I meant.

The Wife and I have different dialects.

The Wife and I had very different upbringings. As a result, there are somethings that we say that the other has no clue.

The two examples recently were “polite fiction” and “tempest in a teapot”.

You know how you use a colloquialism so often, that you forget how best to define it? Yeah.

Derek’s Early Anime

I don’t have really enough links to do a Monday Links post. So, I’m going back in time to present a handful of cartoon series that shaped my love of anime and storytelling.

This is the first one I really remember. I even had a birthday cake with the main villain on it. It wouldn’t be until I was an adult that I learned how “kiddified” they made it to play on American television.

This next one gave me an intro to a series with a long story arc. Plus, I would sing the theme song ad nauseum.

Then of course, was the penultimate influence on my early childhood in terms of anime and storytelling.

I’m going to give this one an honorable mention, as I think it had more influence on my tastes, but I really didn’t realize it at the time.

I’m also giving these two as honorable mentions for cementing my love of anime, but not to the degree as the others.