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Annual reminder.

Monday, December 1st, 2014

This is your reminder that, if you use the Amazon link on the right-hand sidebar to do your holiday shopping, I get a small kickback.

Said small kickbacks keep this blog flush, and support my bad habit of purchasing firearms related books. (I am currently pinching pennies towards purchasing a copy of The Rifleman’s Rifle, which is apparently printed on the hide of baby unicorns or something equally expensive.)

Lawrence and Popehat are also deserving of your support, if you’d rather fling money at somebody else.

Speaking of Lawrence, this is also your annual reminder that books from Lame Excuse Books make swell presents for every major and minor holiday, especially if you have an SF fan in your life.

Quick admin note.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

I haven’t forgotten about TMQ, and I hope to have this week’s TMQ Watch up by tomorrow night.

I’m also working on an after-action report for my recent travels, and I’m hoping to have that done by the weekend.

I’ve just been busy with various minor annoyances, as well as putting in a few extra hours at work, and haven’t been able to devote all the time I would like to these things. Real soon now, I promise.

(There will probably also be another post somewhat related to events of the past weekend, but it is looking like that will be a ways down the road.)

Administrative and other notes: November 5, 2014.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Happy Guy Fawkes Day. While you’re out and about, please remember poor Guido, the last man to enter the Houses of Parliament with honorable intentions.

It seems kind of fitting that that the holiday falls today. Beyond that, I don’t have much to say about the elections for reasons of time and inclination. Battleswarm is a good place to go if you’re looking for that.

I will be updating the contact pages on this site, but I’m going to wait until after the runoffs are over, everyone is sworn in, and they actually have pages to link to. If this does get past me for some reason, please yell at me until it gets done.

I’m going to avoid my usual “what China needs” snark here, because this is a little scary: Brittney Griner attacked in China by a man with a knife.

Griner sustained a small cut when she was attacked by a man while boarding a bus after practice Monday in Shenyang. The man, who followed the players onto the bus, also stabbed one of Griner’s teammates. She was wearing two jackets and wasn’t injured because the knife didn’t go through.

How did Peter Siebold (the other Virgin Galactic pilot) survive a bailout from 50,000 feet without a pressure suit? Bonus: quotes from Bob Hoover. The Bill Weaver story is also touched on briefly: a fuller account can be found here.

Things may be slow from Thursday until Monday. We will see.

Thank you, folks!

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

I made a few pennies off of Amazon referrals this month, so thank you, my readers, for making purchases and helping fight off entropy for a little while longer.

I hope the person who ordered Young Men and Fire likes it as much as I did. And whoever ordered the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic 2 Inch PVC Figure Mystery Pack, good for you.

What am I going to buy with my Amazon earnings? Well, I already spent most of them on FloFost. I want to assure you, however, that one thing I will not be purchasing is this:

That does remind me, however: with the holiday season coming up, I need to dig out that Harlequin NASCAR Christmas romance collection and do a “Quaint and Curious” entry on it.

Friends of the blog notes.

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Great and good friend of the blog Borepatch had a motorcycle accident yesterday. It appears that he will be fine (after all, he was able to blog) if a bit impared for a while. We wish him and his motorcycle a speedy recovery.

Warning: Sad.

You may have seen this elsewhere, but not everyone moves in the same blog circles as me.

South Texas Pistolero and his wife had their baby.

Erik hasn’t said anything directly, but I think the family could still use a few dollars if you’ve got any to spare.

TMQ Watch watch.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Good news: football is back.
News: Tuesday Morning Quarterback is also back.
More news: TMQ Watch will return. We are not sure when, as we are still busy with other things (including wrapping up DEFCON coverage) but we will try to get to this week’s TMQ as soon as we can.

Yeah, yeah, yeah…

Friday, June 13th, 2014

I beg you to give money to people, and then stop writing. I know, I suck.

There just hasn’t been anything I wanted to write about in the past couple of days. I am working on what I thought would be a major post, but looks like it will actually turn into two major posts; however, those need to wait for me to do more research and take some photos, which probably won’t be before Sunday.

If I have a chance tomorrow, I may put up the Columbus after-action report, and possibly a list of some books I’ve read and enjoyed recently. We’ll see how things go. Watch this space.

Good men need help.

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Yeah. I’m going to ask you to give money to a cause again. Actually, two causes.

I can’t say that I know Erik, who blogs at Live From the Alamo City, that well. That is mostly my fault. We’ve had several friendly exchanges on my blog and on his blog, and we’ve been talking about getting a group of bloggers together for barbecue. (San Antonio isn’t that far.) But life events keep getting in the way.

Anyway, Erik and his wife are going through a whole bunch of shit that nobody should have to go through. Car troubles, having to find a new place to live…

But the biggest thing is that Erik’s wife is pregnant, and their child is not going to survive. This sucks so horribly that I have trouble coming up with words for it without getting all choked up, so I’ll direct you over to this post at the great and good Erin Palette’s site. I’m pretty sure Erin got choked up as well, but since she’s already written a post, I can be lazy leverage her choke-up-ness.

There’s a YouCaring page set up for donations to help Erik and his wife with expenses. I’d like to ask you to consider donating if you can. I wouldn’t ask you to do this if I hadn’t already done so; I just wish I could donate more.


You’ll notice that Erin’s post is a twofer. I don’t know TinCan Assassin at all, either, but he’s going through a messy personal situation right now, and could also use help with lawyers and money to pay for lawyers. If you can spare some funds for him as well, I’d really appreciate it. Again, I wouldn’t ask you to do this if I had not already done so.

On the road again…

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Heading home. Travel day. In the meantime:

1. Go read this post by Tam. There are echos in it of something some less smart person wrote a couple of years ago.

2. I didn’t realize until the middle of last week that this year is the 50th anniversary of the .41 Magnum. (Ask me about my Model 57.)

3. I took a fair number of photos yesterday while running around with my aunt and uncle (who graciously drove the two hours each way from Cleveland to spend part of the day with me; thanks again, guys!). I’m waiting until I get back to do the post-processing and uploading, but I thought I’d throw one up here that I played with last night.


I took this with the D40X and the 18-55 kit zoom. It was cropped and the exposure adjusted slightly using Shotwell on Project e. I’m actually pretty happy with the end product, though I may make a second pass over it once I’m in front of iPhoto.

Still here.

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Just been busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest since Wednesday (and also having about as much fun as I can possibly have with my clothes on). South Texas Pistolero, I know I owe you an email.

After action report to come, probably Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. Other updates as time and conditions permit.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m going back downstairs for just a little while longer before I return to the room and dress for dinner.

Man, I have missed this (stuff).

Travel day.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Light blogging ahead. And just when it seems things are picking up, too.

The good news is, I’m going to get my yearly Smith and Wesson fix. I’ll report in as time permits.

In the meantime, the most recent “100 Episodes” column on the A/V Club site is devoted to “Mannix”, a series that is just at the fringes of my memory, and that I’d love to see again. (I’ve been watching for the DVDs to show up used, but haven’t had any luck yet.)

Mannix was too smooth, too ’70s to qualify as neo-noir, but more than anything else on television it did echo the flavor of its era’s most unsentimental crime novelists, authors like Ross Macdonald, John D. MacDonald, Richard Stark.

Beyond the shout out to three of my favorite crime novelists, this is a swell survey of what made “Mannix” interesting; I commend it to your attention.

Name and shame, part 2.

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Quirk Volkswagen Manchester
1100 So. Willow Street
Manchester, NH 03103

is a spamming business. Quirk Volkswagen Manchester hires people to post spam messages in blog comments. Here are some examples of spam messages for Quirk Volkswagen Manchester from just the past 24 hours:

Spam from Quirk Volkswagen Manchester.

More spam from Quirk Volkswagen Manchester.

Even more spam from Quirk Volkswagen Manchester.

If you live in the area of Manchester and are looking for a VW dealership, I encourage you to avoid Quirk Volkswagen Manchester. A business that spams is likely to be dishonest in other areas as well, and who wants to deal with a dishonest Volkswagen dealer?

Why not use the contact form on the Quirk Volkswagen Manchester website to ask them why they consider spamming blogs to be a good idea? Even better, they have a live chat system: perhaps one of their “live operators” could explain why Quirk Volkswagen Manchester is spamming blogs? (Please be polite to the “live operators”.)

If you own a blog and have been getting spam from Quirk Volkswagen Manchester, it might not hurt to report them to their domain registrar, It is interesting that they have chosen to use the “Domain Discreet Privacy Service” to hide who actually owns the domain; in my personal opinion, no legitimate business should feel a need to hide that information, and the fact that Quirk Volkswagen Manchester does gives additional weight to my opinion that they are a dishonest and untrustworthy business.

Their website appears to have been designed (badly), and may possibly be hosted, by why not drop a line and tell them that their client, Quirk Volkswagen Manchester, is making them look bad? As a matter of fact, it might not hurt to ask if they’re actually organizing the spamming for both Quirk Volkswagen Manchester and Paul Cerame Kia?

It also wouldn’t hurt to file a report with YouTube’s abuse department, since Quirk Volkswagen Manchester has a YouTube channel. I won’t link it here, but you should be able to find it pretty easily by searching YouTube.