Can I Just Say That I Hate The Apple Store? 
2008.09.10 11:29 - Toys, Gadgets
Specifically, I do not enjoy going to the Apple Store at the local shopping mall. It's always got a million people milling around, blocking access to anything you want to buy, and it's all hard, shiny surfaces and bright, white lights. The first time I visited the one here I got a headache.

When I was last in Chicago, Herb and Karen were sufficiently longsuffering to visit the nearest one to them with me. We ran into some other RHIT grads and had a brief-ish conversation which I mostly missed because of my somewhat questionable hearing and the sheer amount and level of background noise in the place.

It's just not someplace I have any desire to go to browse at this point. If Apple wasn't using their store's presence as an excuse to not sell some items through other places around here, I probably wouldn't bother with it at all.
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Life is weird. 
2008.08.16 13:09 - Guns, Magpul Masada/Bushmaster ACR, Internet Stupidity, Miscellanea, Zombie Preparedness
In one tab, I am checking to see if anyone is taking pre-orders on a new model of assault rifle yet (doesn't look like it), and in the other I'm searching to find a silicone matcha whisk (ditto).

I sometimes worry that the zombie uprising will find me both heavily armed and perfectly accessorized. (Is there a camouflage pattern for urban coffee shop? No?)
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If you must carry, carry cheap 
2008.08.13 00:06 - Guns, News and Politics
The opinions on what sort of gun you should carry tend to be as varied as the sort of people offering them. Some will tell you that a polymer wundergun chambered in 9mm Europellet is absolutely the way to go, and, nearing the other end of the scale, there are a surprising number of people carrying a single-action, steel framed hand cannon designed almost a hundred years ago with the largest bore diameter they find practical. (Farther down this end of the scale, you'll find people carrying things like .44 Magnum revolvers--it worked okay for Harry Callahan, after all.)

Anyway, a broader distinction tends to pop up between whether you should carry your favoritest, bestest, most tactical, most expensive handgun or, instead, one that you can most easily and inexpensively replace. On the one hand, you're probably more likely to carry a gun that you like, and probably will be able to shoot it better in the case of incident. On the other hand, you're not likely to be out a paycheck or three replacing it if your Glock or XD if one of the local police officers takes a shine to it, or somebody gets over-zealous in carrying out the department destruction policy, or whatever.

ColtCCO is currently having this sort of problem with the Gallatin Police Department.
Update: An update.
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Pretty sure this is total ear candy, 
2008.08.10 00:01 - Entertainment, Music
but it's really nice ear candy.

A complete switch is this, which relationship is that it's another song I've been listening to today.
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I guess there's a new KotOR rumor flying around? 
2008.07.18 01:29 - Entertainment, Microcode, Internet Stupidity
Allegedly, the CEO of EA is telling people that, oh yeah, that BioWare/LucasArts project is totally a KotOR MMO. Well, sort of. See, there's no independent confirmation, no confirmation from LucasArts, and, apparently, no confirmation from BioWare. And it's not actually clear from the article at Portfolio (linked above) that Riccitiello actually said that BioWare is working on a KotOR MMO, only that the game BioWare is working on for LucasArts is highly anticipated and is the same project as the one rumored to be the aforementioned MMORPG.

I suppose it will be interesting to watch, but I'm not actually stoked about an MMO (because monthly fee, roving player-killing jerks, and various levels of interpersonal Drama! from people I don't actually know), even one set in the Old Republic, which is looking like the last interesting bit of the Star Wars universe.

Also, also: BioWare's MMO studio is, apparently, mostly ex-SOE devs. If Portfolio isn't misinterpreting Riccitiello's statements, there's still the potential for this to be a rehash of Star Wars: Galaxies, which has infamously managed to be a failure of a game operating with a concept that shouldn't have been able to fail.
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