Thursday, October 23, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Shooting the breeze (and maybe some clay birds)

A friend of mine took me shooting the other day. It was a blast! These are the only pics I got though... we did trap first (shotgun & clay pigeons) then pistol at 25m and 10m (with a Sig Sauer P226) then the AR-15 and SKS at 75m. I'm going again next weekend, will get to use an M14!

Pics of me:
Oh, I only took these at his house afterwards because I forgot all about it while we were at the range.

The Guns I used:

Yugoslavian SKS (the precursor to the AK-47)

Olympic Arms AR-15 (really an M4 Carbine)

Remington 870 Express (not sure if it was the Express but I think it was)

Sig Sauer P226 (used by SEALs, Federal Agents...)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

I Passed Southwest Boarding School

SW Boarding School
Originally uploaded by mikejulietpapa
I passed! Oh yeah... did you? Yeah, didn't think so. Get yours at

Monday, October 06, 2008

Election Coverage

It seems that the only thing I hear about regarding the upcoming election is energy policy.  Well, I also work at a place where that's all I hear in general, but still, there are much bigger things at hand than to just talk about how we are going to build wind farms and capture carbon.  Our Second Amendment is at stake.  Below are some things I found interesting in the NRA Magazine: "America's 1st Freedom"

Barack Obama's Ten Point Plan To "Change" The Second Amendment

1. Ban use of firearms for home defense.

2. Pass Federal laws eliminating your Right-to-Carry.

3. Ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.

4. Close down 90% of the gun shops in America.

5. Ban rifle ammunition commonly used for hunting and sport shooting.

6. Increase federal taxes on guns and ammunition by 500 percent.

7. Restore voting rights for five million criminals including those who have been convicted of using a gun to commit a violent crime.

8. Expand the Clinton semi-auto ban to include millions more firearms.

9. Mandate a government-issued license to purchase a firearm.

10. Appoint judges to the U.S. Supreme Court and Federal judiciary who share his views on the Second Amendment.

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From "America's 1st Freedom" October 2008, Mail Call page 7

History Lesson

"February 4, 1938.  Adolf Hitler promoted himself to military chief of Germany.  Hitler took over Austria on March 15, 1938.  After massing thousands of Nazi troops at the Austrian border, Chancellor Kurt Schusschnigg admitted defeat and was arrested.  One might ask, "What has this got to do with the Right to Keep and Bear Amrs?"  My wife of more than 50 years was living in Austria at the time.  She told me how the Nazi troops took away the firearms of farmers and village people; soon after that, the Jews and the gypsies disappeared from the countryside.  A few of their bodies were found, and the rest were sent off to prisons.  They had nothing with which to defend themselves.  I pray to God that freedom-loving people in the United States remember this lesson from history, so that we may keep our Second Amendment right to defend ourselves." - Don Humphrey

My response:
Ok, I'm not comparing Obama to Hitler, except that they both seem to have an agenda of disarming their citizens.  We can't have that.  You say that nothing like that will ever happen to us, but you don't know that.  I think it's best to be prepared.  Protected and prepared.  

I probably just opened a hole can of worms...  let the flaming begin.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Freakin Continuity...

I was watching "In Harms Way" tonight and I noticed something that didn't quit work for me.  In the lower third, the name key, and they had a graphic in there that didn't make sense.

Let me explain, this was the first time I have ever seen the show but I guess it's mostly about people who have jobs that put them in danger all the time.  If it was just Coast Guard rescue (like this episode) or other rescue jobs then this really doesn't make sense.

Well, in the lower third there is a little graphic of an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter.  Hardly used for rescue.  Except in rare occasions...

Why would they use that?  Why not a Blackhawk or something, or a Dolphin?  

Ok, that may be going a bit too far, but you have to maintain continuity.  Although, I did
 think about it further and I can justify it.

Like I said, I have not seen any of this show before.  "In Harms Way" could cover many things, and one of those be our military, which just happens to be "in harms way" so I could understand that.  But still...

Anyway, here is their graphic, and below that is a pic I found online of an Apache.  

Friday, October 03, 2008


I thought that I would just search Google on "Why" and came back with this.

I love how the first result is a quote from Batman.  Epic.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Internet Speeds

Internet Speeds
Originally uploaded by scrappapervlog
An example of my internet speeds. It's pretty self explanatory. I have DSL at home. I keep talking about upgrading it, but I don't know... I just do all of my uploading (photos and videos) at work. Plus, I can still video chat (though the quality is crappy) and play Xbox online, so it works! We'll see. I would love some blazing internet at home, but this is working out alright. Those numbers are still sad though.

Watch Now! (almost)

It's about time! Netflix will finally be streaming to my Mac! I've had to use Parallels to get by in the mean time but this is a huge step.

I think this is really going to add a lot more people to the Netflix community. I have a few friends that would totally use Netflix but since they can't take part in one of the biggest and coolest features, they decided against it.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Fringe Theory String 1

This was made mostly for my brother. Thanks S.H. for the X Files thought. 

Fringe rant #2

Why did I watch episode 4.. I don't know...

*Oh, and I'm taking these notes as I watch, so I'm not looking back things and some things may be wrong later.  

**SPOILER ALERT (if you haven't watched it yet)**

Bald guy reminded me of cockroach man from MIB.  Not from physical appearance but from attitude.  "Need sugar water."  Get it, the bald guy wanted barely cooked roast beef and 11 jalepenos...  Each have their weird diets.

Oh, and about the pic of the guy in Quantico from 1987...  Why is he wearing digital camo?  

Digital camo wasn't used until 2004.  Ok, you may say that the pic is a recent pic of him... still serving... but why is the picture of him and the picture of the mysterious object in black and white?  C'mon!  We have color film!  We've had color film since 1942!  Either way, it should be in color.  That's why they need a consultant.  Hire me!

Overall, this was actually a good episode.  There was a healthy dose of suspense and just a touch of sarcasm while the other 3 had much more sarcasm.  But, there is still something missing.  Maybe this is a "LOST" that my kid brother can follow?  I don't know.  

Random Thoughts:

- The dude with the watch cap and nail gun was from Generation Kill if I'm not mistaken.  Nice surprise.

- "Civilian Consultant to the Department of Homeland Security" I need to get credentials and a title like that!

- I love the open to this show, the music and graphics, it's kinda like House, but different.

Who is still printing emails?

[don't you love these graphics!?]

I remember my Dad used to.  I mean, he would print the shortest lamest emails but if they had anything to do with me, he would just slap them right on the table.  But who is printing emails?

Two reasons why you shouldn't... saving paper means you are not feeding the demand to cut down trees as well as saving money because you are simply using less.  It's a win win!

Ok, conservation and good stewardship are great and all but what it really comes down to for me, is what's the point?!  We live in a day and age that paper is almost not necessary, for certain things.

We get emails on our iPhones, Blackberries, laptops... we are so mobile!  Having stacks of paper reports or handing out paper presentation points at a conference are cumbersome and unnecessary.  

But I do know this.  Sometimes there is nothing I want more than to put pen to paper.  Just doodling sometimes.  Sometimes I just have to sketch it out and I feel better.  On the same note, I like to polish those initial notes as an organized document on my laptop.

Not wanting to turn this into a paper vs computer thing... my questions still stands.  Who is still printing their emails?

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