Archive for month: January, 2019

Metal Tuesday- Powerglove – Under the Sea

15 Jan
January 15, 2019

Yes, let’s do a cover of a Disney song with the lead singer from Dragonforce. What could possibly go wrong? Nothing as far as I can tell.

Sabaton History Channel

15 Jan
January 15, 2019

This looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Family Saturday

14 Jan
January 14, 2019

Last Saturday, The Brother came down for dinner. So, this necessitated doing some cleaning of the house. We noticed that the robot vacuum, Darth, was empty. We investigated and were getting frustrated because we couldn’t get it to work. After all, Darth is only six weeks old. Why was it acting like it’s battery was dead the moment we pulled it from the base station? Then I remembered the first rule of troubleshooting, and no, Darth wasn’t turned on. No idea how the little bastard got himself turned off, but the flip of a switch and he was happily buzzing around the house and annoying the cats.

The Brother brought over Terraforming Mars, which is a fun, if long, board game. If you pick it up and like it, I’d recommend picking up the Broken Token insert. It keeps the pieces organized and the player boards are awesome.

Dinner was pan-fried tofu in butter sauce over rice with naan. The tofu was an acceptable replacement for paneer. Which is good from a calorie budget perspective. And if five years ago you told me that was a satisfactory meal, I would’ve looked at you askance.

Oh, and I finally got a religious victory in Civ 6.

Friday Quote – Aldous Huxley

11 Jan
January 11, 2019

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

Can You Save The Roman Republic?

10 Jan
January 10, 2019

Could the Roman Republic be saved if the right decisions were made?

Here’s a fun little quiz to see how you would fair.

Final Parkland Commission Report

09 Jan
January 9, 2019

The final report is issued. Miguel has it here for your perusal.

Arming teachers is the hot button recommendation. If the bullshit passed by the legislature is any indication, that one is dead on arrival. Especially if it doesn’t include preemption requiring the school boards to allow for it.

Also, the state should spend a bunch of money on the usual suspects. Maybe we do, but considering how colossally Broward screwed the pooch in order to keep its numbers looking good, I’m skeptical that all that additional money will prevent another tragedy.

Metal Tuesday- Thousand Foot Krutch – We Are

08 Jan
January 8, 2019

Another band found on my Amaranthe station.

Being Armed Isn’t Easy

07 Jan
January 7, 2019

Via FB friend Evie, comes an article from a retired SWAT officer. The first part is dealing with a new doctor who isn’t thrilled to find out said retired cop is carrying a gun. I’m not comfortable with you being armed was the money quote from said doctor.

My first reaction was on the lines of “Welcome to the party, pal.” Particularly when the author goes into all of the issues of carrying concealed. These are all things I understand quite well. Particularly the odd looks in “mixed” company when I say I can’t go in a place. Or the look the Wife-To-Be gives me when I carry around the house.

Then I remember, I’m not the target audience of the article. He’s writing to other cops. Letting them know the issues that they will face when they carry after they leave they job.

Then, the author goes into whether or not an armed citizen can prevent/stop an active shooter. This is important for former cops to think about, because they have been trained to intervene. As for me, that’s not necessarily part of my wheelhouse. I’m not a sheepdog. I don’t carry to protect anyone but me and mine. I’m more of a porcupine with range. If I can do more, I will do more, but not at the expense of my first duty.

Friday Quote – John ‘Shrek’ McPhee

04 Jan
January 4, 2019

If you ever have to use a firearm for your own safety, this will be one of the worst situations you will ever face. This is humanity at its worst. Before, during, and after this situation, the skills need to save you will not just come to you. These skills have to be learned before that moment. Training has to begin before, and you need to know this cold and on demand. Training is for life and can only be achieved through perfect practice and repetition. There are no short cuts here. Refuse to be a victim.

Policing Our Own

03 Jan
January 3, 2019

Greg Ellifritz has gotten sick and tired of bloggers stealing his words. He doesn’t have the resources to sue, so he’s going to use the tried and true method of shaming. I’m good with that.

I re-blog a lot of content. Either because the author is more knowledgeable, succinct, and/or funnier than me. I make damn sure that if I’m quoting, I let my readers know I’m doing so. I have felt the pain of crafting a paragraph (or even a sentence) when on a deadline and the brain won’t cough up something coherent.

I’m going to let Greg have the final words on this post.

We in the gun community need to hold each other accountable. That’s why I’m sharing this with all of you. Do you think this guy [the thief] is a trustworthy source of information? Why would you rely on advice from a thief to keep you safe?