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2011.05.02 00:46 - Guns, Internet Stupidity, News and Politics
In light of recent events, SKD Tactical is having a sale.

I bought a chest rig, just because.

Also, I laughed.
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I voided my TiVo's warranty today. 
2011.04.30 19:02 - Meatspace Stupidity
Or I would have done, if it hadn't expired six or seven years ago, I guess.

I noticed the box making unhappy fan noises last night and hit it with some canned air to clear the dust bunnies out of the fan. (This might have been a bad idea, I dunno.) Sounded a bit better afterward, so I went to bed.

When I got up late this morning, it was clear the fan was still unhappier than before. After confirming the fan was, in fact, the source of the racket, I did some research, opened the box up, cleared out a colony of dust bunnies, confirmed the size of the fan, ordered a replacement, then put it all back together, because I'd still like to watch TV for the week or so it's going to take for the new fan to arrive.

I had a thought just a little while ago, though, did some googling and found this. Just tried that out. Much quieter now. I think the fan is still on its way out, but at least I can sleep tonight, and I don't think it will croak before the new fan gets here.

I used some fancy gun oil, FWIW.
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I will be patient, I will be patient, I will be patient... 
2011.04.29 22:12 - Guns, Whining
I am not very patient.

Ordered a semi-custom gun a while back (one of a small run of Sterling carbines built by a small company out west). Been waiting a while now. When I contacted the guy building it a week ago, I was told I'd get a tracking number when it shipped. So, I've promised myself I won't bug him about for at least a little while.

And, even if I got to pick it up tomorrow, it'd be at least a week before I could take it out and shoot it.

But! So impatient.
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Double Bummed 
2011.04.20 16:11 - Entertainment, Movies
I was reminded a little bit ago that I really miss drive in movies. There's still a drive-in in the area, but it's a bit of a drive to reach.

It sounds like only other drive-in left in the area might reopen under new management.

However, someone affiliated with the possible new management has posted (on a site I don't frequent and don't feel like linking here) that weapons being on one's person or in one's vehicle will be grounds for ejection and banning from the premises.

I guess it's good to know up front that they don't want my money. (Especially since I recall that being a part of town I wasn't entirely comfortable being in after dark.)

Ah, well.
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I guess I'm keeping my car for a bit longer 
2011.04.08 09:55 - Meatspace Stupidity, News and Politics, Whining
This got me thinking about how long it would take for me to break even on replacing my current car. Assuming I replaced my $25000 car getting about 20mpg (hopefully, a bit low, but most of my driving is stoplight-to-stoplight) with a $15000 car getting 58mpg and assuming $5/gallon gas, it would take about 13 years (and some change) to break-even. I would have to be averaging less than 17 miles to the gallon just to reach break-even before the expected life of the new vehicle (about 10 years) is up. This doesn't take maintenance into account, of course.

But, that's an intentionally ridiculous estimate. I don't drive very much, but, on the other hand, the gas mileage estimate on my car is low and the one on the hypothetical nĂ¼car is fairly absurd for a car costing $15000--we'll leave motorcycles out of the equation, but that's where you'd have to go for those numbers. So, if we assume an annual distance of 15000 miles (almost double my annual mileage), but a more reasonable average mpg of, say, 38mpg and the current average gas price of $3.70 a gallon, it would only take ... a bit over 14 years. For a Ford Fiesta.

I guess I'll keep driving my inefficient little riceburner, then.

Incidentally, while the link at the beginning is a bit inflammatory, I'm not trying to score partisan points, here. I just thought it was interesting (and a little depressing) how much cars have to improve to make replacing mine worthwhile.
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