It’s Looking Like This Wedding Is Getting Serious

06 Feb
February 6, 2019

Last week, the invitations went out. The Wife To Be has been informing me daily of the RSVP count. Also last week, the Wife To Be and I went down to the local courthouse and picked up the marriage license. This, of course, necessitated me leaving all my toys in the car. The deputy manning the metal detector asked me to open my little urban kit. When I showed him the contents, he thought my urban kit was nifty.

We also paid off the venue, and then got me outfitted with a new suit. I’ve needed a new suit since none of my other formal clothes fit me anymore. We also splurged on a pair of fancy dress boots. Because I hate laces, even on my formal shoes.

The Wife To Be harried off to Plant City for flowers. She’s considerate enough to understand that I’m not really interested in making floral decisions, but to also take my preferences into consideration.

I have been delegated the task of setting up the wedding playlist. I love technology. It means we don’t have to spend money on a DJ. Especially for a casual reception. The Wife To Be bombarded me with requests, which I duly included, and asked if I would please not make the rest of it metal. I’ve included some metal (because it’s my wedding too), but I’ve duly followed her wishes.

Less than six weeks to go. Damn, this business is starting to get serious.

Metal Tuesday- Black Rattle – The Itsy Bitsy Spider

05 Feb
February 5, 2019

Heard about this on the Assorted Calibers Podcast. Surprisingly good.

Concealed Carrier Versus Active Shooter

04 Feb
February 4, 2019

I came across this article on things to consider if you, as a concealed carrier decide to engage an active shooter. For me, this definitely reinforces my opinion of getting my family and friends the fuck out and only engaging if needed.

Still, even with that stance, this article explained some things that have to be considered if that active shooter does cross my path. My big takeaways were:

  1. Act fast and decisively
  2. Get close because the bad guy has a rifle and I have a pistol
  3. Even doing everything right, I still might get shot by the cops – accept it

There is a lot more in the article, so read the whole thing.

Friday Quote – Jury Question to Judge

01 Feb
February 1, 2019

This came is as the jury request in the case of Brian Aitken, who was convicted of running afoul of New Jersey gun laws. This is a prime example of why I support jury nullification.

Why did you make us aware at the start of the trial that the law allows a person to carry a weapon if the person is moving or going to the range, and during the trial both the defense and prosecution presented testimony as to whether or not the defendant was in the process of moving, and then in your charge for us to deliberate we are not permitted to take into consideration whether or not we believe the defendant was moving?

Adding To The Lexicon

31 Jan
January 31, 2019

I came across a tweet from Hanne Blank (@hanneblank) on Facebook – because we must cross the streams – that kicked over my giggle box. Then, it made sense. So, adding this to my writing lexicon.

Fucktangular (Adj.) – Describing a situation that was complicated and messy in multiple unpleasant and difficult ways

Watching Game of Thrones is seeing one fucktangular situation after another.

Living With Robots

30 Jan
January 30, 2019

The future is funny sometimes. We use Echoes in the house. Yes, I know the security issues and I’ve judged the risk acceptable at this time. What amuses me is some of the “human” failings of the robots.

Today’s example – We have three Echoes, which with our small house often means two will pick up the verbal command. This morning, my wife orders the bedroom Echo to turn the lights on. No problem. The living room Echo, because of sound changing as it bounces out of the bedroom misheard and proceeds to tell me that there are no alarms set.

The future is weird.

Metal Tuesday- Powerwolf – Fire and Forgive

29 Jan
January 29, 2019

We’ve had Powerwolf on before. This is the title track off their new album.

Scientology in Florida Prisons

28 Jan
January 28, 2019

Reason reports.

From the article: An organization connected to the Church of Scientology has run seminars in more than a dozen Florida correctional facilities over the past several years, public records obtained by Reason show.

For anyone not clear on the insidious nature of Scientology, I would recommend watching Going Clear. Here’s the trailer:

Friday Quote – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

25 Jan
January 25, 2019

We need leaders not in love with money, but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity, but in love with humanity.

Tax the Texts!

24 Jan
January 24, 2019

California’s Public Utilities Commission is considering taxing text messages. People aren’t doing voice calls as much and the commission is spending a lot more for its subsidy program for telecommunications for low income people.

I’d laugh, but this is something I could see spread across the nation. The states have trillions in unfunded obligations, and they’ll be looking for any way to extract more cash from the populace.