Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Gun Funny!

Hey, it's got a gun in it.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Something worth sharing.

So hunting season is almost upon us. I know at least a couple readers are avid hunters, but both Chris and I are newbies, so I hungrily devoured this series by ZerCool. Go, read, learn.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I swear, mention there's no blogfodder and then stuff starts falling out of my head...

It appears there are two excellent fundraisers going on right now.

First, Carteach0 has a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. Go, read the post, support the Project.

Secondly, Ambulance Driver has a bit of a competition going on. Remember, guys, get your bits checked. Cancer's a bitch. I don't want to lose another friend to it.

Printable AR15 mags??

Don't want to buy mags for your AR15/M4gery? Got a 3d printer?

Make has information for a free mag download for your printer. Go, print, test!

...Seriously, though, that's pretty stinkin' cool.

Monday, September 19, 2011

My turn!

This is the knife that makes *everyone* laugh...mostly because of the color. It has +5 Unicorn Smiting...

I love my rainbow Leek. :D

Ok, I'll Play

Appearantly OG has restarted the Old What's In Your Pocket meme, but this time it's pocket knife specific.

SOG Twitch XL Tanto
It's fairly inexpensive, well built and thin. Everything I require in a pocket knife.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The free ice cream machine is a bit dry.

Have a lot of crap going on offline, haven't had time or energy to blog. Go hit the people on the sidebar for interesting things to read.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I wasn't going to post anything today...

BUT I will happily direct you to Tam's post on the matter.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Failing at market research: example!

This came in the mail yesterday, and it was addressed to me...not Resident. Chris didn't get one, so I can only guess I'm on a mailing list that he isn't on. While I appreciate their desire to support charities, I really don't think they're going to do terribly well in their campaign...unless, of course, their campaign is limited to making me laugh hysterically every time I read this thing.

Anyway, presented without further comment:

(apologies on the quality, the scanner I used is NOT the both to embiggenate)

I thought we were supposed to be the bullies?

I used to be a fan of, and have gotten some neat ideas from the stuff posted. On Monday, the blog owner posted a hack for a Buckmark. While it involved minimal IKEA parts, it was different and a bit refreshing to see posted on that particular blog, especially since the blog is popular worldwide and is regularly viewed in countries that don't allow firearms.

This morning, however, I read this. This disappoints me. When I last saw the comments on the removed post, they were mostly I wonder when the train wreck happened.

I guess we evil, evil gun owners lost another battle. Or something. Because the SuperMegaGood anti gun people harassed yet another individual to the point of pulling content from something they own.

Friday, September 2, 2011


We're now onto day 5 without power.

This is the sort of thing I'd expect if we were, say, in the middle of nowhere. Heck, I'd expect it if I still lived a county over, where there were cows a 20-minute walk from my house. I certainly don't expect that in Baltimore CITY, where (generally speaking) the power doesn't go out for us.

What kills me, though, is this is an issue that could have been easily prevented. Heck, most of the outages were preventable. BGE simply refuses to do the proper maintenance and due diligence required in order to run an effective power company, and they do this in order to protect and increase profit margins.

In our little town in Harford County, where I used to live, our biggest cause of outages was squirrels. Not storms, not freak wind, not ice. Squirrels. Why? Because out there the county and the power company actually kept trees away from power lines (and squirrels apparently love to chew on the lines). I vividly remember major storms (both ice and rain) coming through and watching the power flicker, but it very rarely went out...and it always came back in a few hours. Even in the nasty ice storm of 1994, we retained power with nary a hiccup.

In the decade+ that Chris has been in the house, the trees have been trimmed once, and those who did the trimming left a limb sitting on the lines...but not attached to the tree from whence it came. Because that makes sense. In the 5 years I've been with Chris, the power has twice gone out for over 24 hours. Both situations were caused by trees damaging the lines or the transformer. Last time, the line was knocked off the pole, and this time there's no visible damage, so we're assuming the aforementioned limb hit the transformer.

Last night, Chris and I drove through an area north of Baltimore to assess the damage, as we have friends around there who have gone without power as long as we have. The first thing I noticed: there were bucket trucks up there. LOADS of them! I counted five in a 2 mile drive through the neighborhoods. Where are our trucks? The work locations list says they were working near our home yesterday, but I didn't see any trucks. I didn't even see a marked city-owned vehicle. There is no indication whatsoever that we have any priority.

So where does that leave us? Generatorless (because we have a specific model we're buying, and it's backordered to kingdom come), borrowing an outlet at a neighbor's house so the fish tank can filter for an hour or two a night, and generally miserable. It's frustrating knowing the Governor's on TV and all over the news saying how they're working diligently, blah blah blah...and it's especially disheartening when BGE gets a nice big fluff piece in the Baltimore Sun, touting how awesome they are for getting so many people back up and running in such a short time.

And here's an interesting little bit of information: in Florida, everyone would have had power by now, save a few individuals out in the boonies. Friends down there agree, and they've actually seen real hurricanes.

Frustration is high, morale and sanity are low, and BGE is not the shining star of success they'd like to be.

While I was writing this post, the power was turned back on. THANK YOU Michigan, Ohio and Georgia Power!

Interesting tidbit - I don't know if Chris got the names of the gentlemen who said this, but they say they've never seen a power company with this poor maintenance. What does that tell you, BGE?