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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.

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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.

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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, Register.com. 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 Dealer.com: why not drop Dealer.com 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 Dealer.com 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.

Name and shame, part 1.

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

Paul Cerame Kia
11655 New Halls Ferry Rd.
Florissant, MO 63033

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

Spam from Paul Cerame Kia.

More spam from Paul Cerame Kia

Even more spam from Paul Cerame Kia

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

Why not use the contact form on Paul Cerame Kia’s website to ask them why they consider spamming blogs to be a good idea? Even better, they have a live chat system: perhaps Melissa Roberson or one of their other employees could explain why Paul Cerame Kia is spamming blogs?

If you own a blog and have been getting spam from Paul Cerame Kia, it might not hurt to report them to their domain registrar, Network Solutions. Their website appears to have been designed, and may possibly be hosted, by Dealer.com: why not drop Dealer.com a line and tell them that their client, Paul Cerame Kia, is making them look bad?

Edited to add: it also wouldn’t hurt to file a report with YouTube’s abuse department, since Paul Cerame Kia has a YouTube channel. I won’t link it here, but you should be able to find it pretty easily by searching YouTube.

We’ve got questions.

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Over at the other blog:

What types or styles of food are missing in Austin?

What Austin restaurants do you miss?

Random notes, some administrative, for April 23, 2014.

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Apologies for the extended radio silence. The past few days have been busy.

As many of the Whipped Cream Irregulars know, Sunday was my birthday, as well as Easter. This will not happen again until 2025.

Anyway, Mike the Musicologist came up late Friday night, rented a Silvercar, and we drove down to San Antonio on Saturday to do some gun shopping, tour Ranger Creek (which will be the subject of another post), and have dinner with Andrew and Lawrence at Bohanan’s (which may be the subject of another post).

I spent Easter Sunday with family, eating an excellent ham from the Noble Pig and a very good cake baked by my sister. (I don’t remember which cookbook she got the recipe from, but I thought it was very good; perhaps she’ll post here and update.)

Then on Monday, MtM and I took the Silvercar to Dallas, where we did some more gun shopping (including a stop at Cabela’s, but not that one), had a very good lunch at Chop House Burgers, and did some shopping for tacky souvenirs of pre-revolutionary America at the 6th Floor Museum shop.

So Saturday through Monday were jam packed. (For the record, I did not buy any guns. Though I was really tempted by the Sig Sauer 1911 22 at GrabAGun. I was also tempted at one of the San Antonio gun stores that had a couple of Nylon 66s, but I just can’t bring myself to pay $350 for one, even if it did have a scope.)

(Edited to add: Also, $1,300 for a K-22, even if it was an early post-war gun with the box, seems really really high.)

Anyway, I’m back and trying to get caught up on blogging. Profuse thanks to MtM for organizing the weekend.