Archive for month: July, 2015

Friday Quote – 7/31/15

31 Jul
July 31, 2015
The beautiful part about writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.

Robert Cormier

Metal Tuesday – Sonata Arctica – Replica

28 Jul
July 28, 2015

This week, we have a ballad. Enjoy!

https://youtube.com/watch?v=PdkHAYcajkM
Lyrics in the YouTube video.

I Guess I’ll Stay With My Current Provider

27 Jul
July 27, 2015

I’ve been hearing ads for Simplisafe home security systems and thinking about switching to them when my current contract is up. Then this:

Unless you are a trained professional, don’t grab a weapon. This includes firearms, baseball bats and pepper spray. They all sound like a good idea, but again, we don’t know how the burglar will react to seeing an armed person. If they do have a weapon, they may be more likely to use it when they see you have one too. If you use pepper spray in an enclosed space, you and your family will also be affected by the pepper spray. If you use another weapon, such as a firearm and are not a trained professional, you run the risk of hurting yourself or a family member. And when a weapon is in your hand, you also run the risk of arriving police officers mistaking you for the intruder! 

So, we’re going to ignore the mountain of successful defensive gun uses (and other weapons) to spout worthless advice probably written by corporate lawyers afraid of being sued.

Do you know what my current company’s salesperson said when he saw my gun safe? “That’s cool! I’ve been thinking about getting my permit.” Plus, they had a booth at the NRAAM. They at least recognize who is buying their system and aren’t likely to insult us with such worthless advice.

So, Simplisafe, you have lost my business. End of story. 

H/t to Miguel

You Are On Your Own. Please Plan Accordingly.

24 Jul
July 24, 2015

In the past two months, we have had three high profile mass killings. Charleston, Chattanooga, and now Lafayette. It’s still early on Lafayette to have any real facts other than some people are dead, some are injured, and the news media is ecstatic with another bloody story to sell to the public. Yeah, I guess I’m getting a bit cynical. Expect the same byplay on the gun control stage with Bloomberg’s minions telling us that restricting guns in some way would have prevented this and our side saying if someone in the theater had been armed, it would have been over sooner. Facts tend to support the latter, but we’ll still have to play that dance out once again.

What do these incidents tell me? No where is safe. Have a plan. Expect to have to put that plan into effect in the worst possible conditions. Carry your damn guns. Carry your damn flashlights. 

My girlfriend showed me a prank video where people were in an elevator car. The lights would go out and this kid would climb out of a secret panel and act like a horror movie ghost. None of those people had even a pen light on them for when the lights went out. None of them had a plan for reacting when fecal matter impacts turbine. You could see the sheer panic in their reactions. 

We live in a dangerous world. An infinitely better world than that of our ancestors, but still a dangerous world. Not just from crime, but disease, injury, and failures in the complex systems that work in our lives. 

Please plan accordingly.

Edit: My brother has informed me that this post caused him to pick up a pocket flashlight. My work here is done.

Friday Quote – 7/24/15

24 Jul
July 24, 2015

Whoever wishes peace among peoples must fight statism.

Ludwig Von Mises

Metal Tuesday – Leaves’ Eyes – To France

21 Jul
July 21, 2015

This was originally a Blind Guardian song, but I like Leaves’ Eyes’ cover. It may have something to do with my affinity for female-fronted metal bands. 

https://youtube.com/watch?v=nqGUCx6ntTE
Lyrics:

Taking on water, sailing a restless sea
From a memory, a fantasy.
The wind carries into white water,
Far from the islands.
Don’t you know you’re…

Never going to get to france.
Mary, queen of chance, will they find you
Never going to get to france.
Could a new romance ever bind you

Walking on foreign ground like a shadow
Roaming in far off territory
Over your shoulder, stories unfold
You’re searching for sanctuary.
You know you’re…

Never going to get to france.
Mary, queen of chance, will they find you
Never going to get to france.
Could a new romance ever bind you

I see a picture
By the lamp’s flicker.
Isn’t it strange how
Dreams fade and shimmer

Never going to get to france.
Mary, queen of chance, will they find you
Never going to get to france.
Could a new romance ever bind you

I see a picture
By the lamp’s flicker.
Isn’t it strange how
Dreams fade and shimmer

Never going to get to france.
Mary, queen of chance, will they find you
Never going to get to france.
Could a new romance ever bind you

Never going to get to france.
Never going to..

Friday Quote- 7/17/15

17 Jul
July 17, 2015

Does legality establish morality? Slavery was legal; apartheid was legal; the Nazi’s Nuremberg laws were legal; the Stalinist and Maoist purges were legal. The fact of legality does not justify these crimes. Legality alone cannot be the guide for moral people.

Dr. Walter Williams

Metal Tuesday- Falconer – The Clarion Call

14 Jul
July 14, 2015

This is another one that will crawl up your ear and stay there for a while.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=iswq0SWBRFA

Lyrics:

All our visions of sweet tomorrow

is cracking and fading away.

Hopes of glory are drowned in sorrow

this dissension expels us to yesterday.


Lead your troops into your lust of pride

they’ll fight so brave at heart.

Or cast the yoke of envy aside

and keep the land from falling apart.


Do you hear the clarion call,

it’s calling out to one and all.

Who will live and who will fall,

who will walk the golden hall.

Do you hear the clarion call,

it’s calling out to one and all.

Who is right and who is wrong,

whose side is god really on.


What are the alliances and treaties for

as pretenders yet look to the sky.

All the trumpets will sound once more

and victory will be given another try.


Do you hear the clarion call,

it’s calling out to one and all.

Our blood must be spilled

so the nobles’ visions can be fulfilled.


The night harvests our land

while the dissidents reach for their dreams.

The nations’ split by false hands

while their prize slowly vaporize

into a steam that escape their eyes.

A fool is he who cannot foresee,

hell is what this, our land will be.

Yes hell what is this, our land will be.


Do you hear the clarion call,

it’s calling out to one and all.

Which side will finally prevail,

while the other side will fail.

How many pretenders can we endure?

The land is bleeding, so not many more.

Who may better the royal sceptre sway?

Questions, questions,

you’ll see at the end of the day.

Metal Tuesday- Circus Maximus – I Am

14 Jul
July 14, 2015

This week we welcome Circus Maximus to the bands featured on Metal Tuesday. 

https://youtube.com/watch?v=DpKUgPhDECk
Lyrics in the YouTube post.

Friday Quote- 7/10/15

10 Jul
July 10, 2015

Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip.

Winston Churchill