Oi, my wallet! 
2008.12.28 22:43 - Guns, Browning Hi-Power, M1 Garand
Went to the gun range yesterday with father and sister, all five guns, 56 rounds of surplus .30-06, about 130 rounds of 9x19mm, about 200 rounds of 40S&W, and about 150 rounds of .357. This is about one-twelfth of my store of rifle ammo, and all of my pistol ammunition.

Dad and sister had a ball (nearly had to pry the Hi-Power out of my sister's hands), and sister is a surprisingly fair shot for all ten minutes of instruction I gave her. She shoots better than I do, actually, but there is past precedent for this.

Returned from range with all five guns, father and sister, 50 rounds of .40S&W, and 80 rounds of .357. I'm very glad my sister enjoyed herself, but 1) she's going to have to help pay for the ammo next time and 2) it is time and past time to buy something that shoots that cheap, cheap, cheap .22LR. Good gravy.

Also, I have five guns to clean this week. I may start asking for help with that, once I explain the finer points of why we use brass wire brushes on our guns.
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Merry Christmas! 
2008.12.24 12:46 - Miscellanea
And etc!
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On Stupid, Stupid Baby Names 
2008.12.17 11:15 - Meatspace Stupidity, News and Politics
This has popped up in my RSS aggregator twice now, so I'm going to blog about it. (One note: RedState.com's Erick Erickson needs to calm down just a bit. He should know better than to encourage violence against people for being stupid. I can only assume he's a bit short on sleep at the moment.)

The original story's from the AP, it seems.
The father of 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell, denied a birthday cake with the child's full name [Adolph Hitler Campbell] on it by one New Jersey supermarket, is asking for a little tolerance.[...]Karen Meleta, a spokeswoman for ShopRite, said the Campbells had similar requests denied at the same store the last two years and said Heath Campbell previously had asked for a swastika to be included in the decoration.
So, mother and father name child after the 20th century's most notorious totalitarian dictator, genocide, and racist bigot, and are now surprised and upset to find that other people take issue or offense with their decision.

Newsflash, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell: you are idiots, and you are saddling your children with names that, if they grow into decent adults, they will be embarrassed about for their entire lives.
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On Adagio Tea 
2008.12.17 10:53 - Tea
I've made a couple of purchases from Adagio Tea, but I don't think I'll be making any sort of habit out of it.

There's actually quite a lot going for them, mind. The website's pleasing to look at and browse, tea in reasonable quantities comes packed nicely in reusable tins. There's also some sort of social networking thing going on that I have refused to indulge in, as I usually do. There's also another neat feature that allows you to spec out and share your own blends of tea, giving other customers the opportunity to buy blends you've designed. All of this is very cool, if you're stupid serious about your tea.

I'm not super impressed by the quality of the tea itself, though. It's definitely good, but it's not a great deal price-wise, and I'm pretty sure that Special Teas sells similar teas at a higher quality for a much better price. And, then there's packaging.

At the end of October, I purchase a pound of a flavored blend from Adagio, and a pound each of a couple different teas from Special Teas. I'm nearly done with the stuff from Adagio, which is just as well because a) it's a seasonal thing, and b) it's getting stale. It's getting stale, though, because the entire pound was packaged in bag that cannot be resealed (I immediately transferred it to a sealable container, but it's definitely less than ideal). Special Teas shipped me four resealable quarter-pound bags for each full pound of tea, which should be much more manageable, even if I dump them straight into a tin.

Adagio does ship nearly everything smaller than a pound in a really nice reusable tin, though, including their samples. Special Teas uses resealable bags for everything, period. Make of that what you will.

That said, I've learned two lessons here: don't order that much tea, ever again. Even at the relatively prodigious rate I'm consuming the stuff, I just don't go through it quickly enough to justify having multiple pounds of the stuff on hand. (I'm hoping the sealed stuff isn't stale by the time I'm done with it.) Second, anything over four-to-six ounces will need to be split up into smaller units, vac-sealed, and stored someplace until I'm ready to fool with it. Ordering smaller units will save me the effort.
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I should stop checking the SW:tOR forums 
2008.12.12 14:05 - Entertainment, Microcode, Internet Stupidity
There's no information, and reading people's speculation and I-wants is producing a nigh-irresistable temptation to respond "Well, that's because you're an idiot."
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